Billboard 200 news for ya this mid-week. For the first week of July, Trey Songz’ 6th album Trigga debuts at #1, selling a very solid 105K copies in its first week. It’s Trey’s second #1 debut in his career (Chapter V being the other). In contrast, Robin Thicke’s polarizing new album, Paula, also debuted and sold a very poor 24K copies (with only 530 in the U.K.) Dang. Looks like not a lot of people are vibing with Thicke’s reconciliation attempt.
Click both bolded links to stream each album and congrats to Trigga on Trigga at #1.
Robin Thicke‘s dedication to Paula has already been polarizing — many admire his willingness to make his plea for a reconciliation public, while many others think it’s an insipid, even pathetic attempt to do it so directly and publicly. Now we have the full album to form an opinion as Paula is made for free streaming below, ahead of its official release tomorrow. Plus, ICYMI, Thicke premiered “Forever Love” at the BET Awards last night.
A quick rundown of the 2014 BET Awards Performances, in case you missed it. We had Beyonce & Jay Z sending in a video of “Partition” to close the show (hah! kinda funny), Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne performing his new single “Krazy”, John Legend & Jhene Aiko together (!), Trey Songz & August Alsina squashing their beef, Chris Brown back, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Robin Thicke, T.I. & Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, and more. And start it all off with how the show did: host Chris Rock‘s hilarious opening monologue as he takes fun jabs at Solange & Jay Z, Oprah, Rick Ross, Kevin Hart, and Donald Sterling.
Plus, some fun GIFs, MEMEs, and the like below too!
**Beware of the autoplay! There is no stopping it, sry :)**
Robin Thicke continues his reconciliation efforts with the new video to “Get Her Back”, dedicated to Paula Patton, much like his entire upcoming album, Paula. The video shows, what we are led to believe at least, the text messages exchanged between Robin and Paula during crisis mode, and as a result, piques the interest of any casual viewer. Watch and see it unfold above.
2013 was great to Robin Thicke.. in the beginning. With “Blurred Lines” becoming the biggest hit of his career and his first Billboard Hot 100 #1, Thicke was at the top of the world..
.. that is, until his love life came crashing down. His wife of 9 years, Paula Patton, filed for separation from him as the couple announced their split this past February. Since then, Robin Thicke has opted multiple tactics in attempt to get his wife and the mother of his only child back in his arms.
Thicke has announced his 7th studio album, to be released July 1, will be an ode to the love of his life titled Paula. Thicke, who has known Paula Patton since age 14 and been in a relationship with her since age 16, has dedicated many of his recent performances to her from his famous signature tune “Lost Without U” to a new song to be featured on Paula titled “Get Her Back” which was debuted at the Billboard Music Awards last month.
As a fan, I’m expecting an album that returns to form for Thicke. A nice R&B album reminiscent of his critically acclaimed The Evolution of Robin Thicke LP filled with soulful songs about love. Robin stripped down singing from the heart is Mr. Thicke at his best. Robin will be performing new material from the album at the BET Awards June 29.