The Evolution of Robin Thicke

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The Evolution of Robin Thicke
Studio album by Robin Thicke
Released October 3, 2006
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre R&B, soul, funktronica
Length 60:13
Label Star Trak, Interscope
Producer Pharrell (exec.), Robin Thicke, Pro J, The Neptunes
Robin Thicke chronology
A Beautiful World
(2003)
The Evolution of Robin Thicke
(2006)
Something Else
(2008)
Singles from The Evolution of Robin Thicke
  1. "Wanna Love You Girl"
    Released: August 9, 2005
  2. "Lost Without U"
    Released: January 30, 2007
  3. "Can U Believe"
    Released: April 12, 2007
  4. "Got 2 Be Down"
    Released: October 2, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Okayplayer 4/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[5]
Yahoo! Music UK 3.5/5 stars[6]

The Evolution of Robin Thicke is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, released by Star Trak Records on October 3, 2006. Guest appearances from Faith Evans, Lil Wayne and Pharrell were included. The album was re-released as a Deluxe Edition on February 13, 2007, and included three new bonus tracks.[7] By the time of the album's original release it had spawned two singles, the urban hit "Wanna Love You Girl" and the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one hit "Lost Without U".

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in October 2006 selling about 20,000 copies in its first week during the album's original release. The first single, "Wanna Love You Girl", featured producer Pharrell and was released a full year prior to the release of the album on August 9, 2005.[8] The single experienced chart success on urban radio in the United Kingdom and a remix version of the song was recorded with rapper Busta Rhymes.

The album's second single, "Lost Without U" began getting a lot of radio airplay in Urban & Rhythmic stations in late 2006 and early 2007. The song has reached as high as number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[9] As a result, Thicke became the first Caucasian male artist since George Michael to top the R&B singles chart.

Currently the album has reached a peaked position of number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[10] It is the first R&B number one album of Thicke's career. From February 24, 2007 to March 3, 2007 the single "Lost Without U" and album The Evolution of Robin Thicke simultaneously spent two consecutive weeks at number one on the R&B singles and albums charts respectively. On the March 3, 2007 issue of Billboard magazine, Thicke simultaneously topped four Billboard charts; Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, and Hot Adult R&B Airplay.

Due to the popularity of "Lost Without U", sales of the album started to increase. By late March 2007, The Evolution of Robin Thicke was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Thicke and his record label Interscope soon considered potential tracks to be released as the album's next and third single. Thicke's preference was the track "Can U Believe", which has since peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at number ninety-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[11] On October 2, 2007 "Got 2 Be Down" was released to radio airplay as the official fourth single.

Television uses[edit]

Three of the album's songs appeared on General Hospital, including "Angels", used on November 22, 2006 during Luke and Laura's goodbye; "Shooter", which was used during Jason and Sonny's shootout April 12, and April 13, 2007; and "Lost Without U", on October 2, 2007 during a love scene between Sonny and Kate.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Got 2 Be Down" (featuring Faith Evans) Robin Thicke, James Gass, Faith Evans Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:33
2. "Complicated"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:13
3. "Would That Make U Love Me"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:36
4. "Lost Without U"   Thicke, Sean Hurley Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:14
5. "Ask Myself"   Thicke, Bobby Keyes, Robert Daniels Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:47
6. "All Night Long" (featuring Lil Wayne) Thicke, Gass, Dwayne Carter, Daniels Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:41
7. "Everything I Can't Have"   Thicke, Gass, Moises Vivanco Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:23
8. "Teach U a Lesson"   Thicke, James Gass Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:28
9. "I Need Love"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:55
10. "Wanna Love You Girl" (featuring Pharrell) Thicke, Pharrell Williams The Neptunes 4:23
11. "Can U Believe"   Thicke, Daniels Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:51
12. "Shooter" (featuring Lil Wayne) Thicke, Carter, Keyes, Gass, Daniels Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:37
13. "Cocaine"   Thicke, Gass Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:30
14. "2 the Sky"   Thicke, Larry Cox II, Greg Malone, Ronnie L. Breaux Jr., Justin Derrico Robin Thicke, Pro J 6:05
15. "Lonely World"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:21
16. "Angels/2 The Sky (Reprise)"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 8:35

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Certification
U.S. Billboard 200[10] 5 Platinum
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[10] 1
UK Albums Top 75 30
French Album Chart 184
Dutch Album Chart 60

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