Blurred Lines features guest vocals from American rapper
and American singer and producer
All three share writing credits on the song, while production was done by Pharrell.
• It was produced by Thicke and Pharrell with an intention of creating a sound similar to Marvin Gaye's
"Got to Give It Up". The song was completed in less than an hour. In an interview with GQ's Stelios Phili,
Thicke explained: "Pharrell and I were in the studio and [...] I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like
that ["Got to Give It Up"], something with that groove.' Then he started playing a little something and we
literally wrote the song in about half an hour and recorded it.
He and I would go back and forth where
I'd sing a line and he'd be like, 'Hey, hey, hey!' We started acting like we were two old men on a porch
hollering at girls like, 'Hey, where you going, girl? Come over here!'"
In a separate interview, Thicke clarified the meaning of the song's title, saying it referred to
"the good-girl/bad-girl thing and what’s appropriate."
Robin Thicke explained the song's meaning to The Daily Star: "It is mostly throwaway fun, but naturally Pharrell and
I - being in love with our wives, having kids and loving our mothers - we have a lot of respect for women,"
he said. "So the way we were seeing it is, 'I know man tries to domesticate you but you're an animal, you are
just like any man'.
"It is also about the blurred line between a good girl and bad girl, people who want to get naughty," he added.
Robin Thicke admitted to SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show that his sexual escapades with Paula Patton, inspired the song: "'Blurred Lines is very much about my wife," he said, "It's about how she's a good girl, but she wants to be a bad girl. My wife is Mrs. Good Girl, but gradually over our marriage, I've turned her into a bad girl."
"I mean naughty, sexually, yeah," he added. "I won't get into too many details out of respect to her but she likes it all. We've done just about everything."
Thicke addressed the debate over the song's Lyrics during an interview with Today's Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. "When we made the song, we had nothing but the most respect for women and - my wife, I've been with the same woman since I was a teenager," the singer said.
"So for us," he continued, "we were just trying to make a funny song and sometimes the Lyrics get misconstrued when you're just trying to put people on the dance floor and have a good time, but we had no idea it would stir this much controversy. We only had the best intentions."
Thicke went on to claim that the debate over the song is a positive thing as it stirs conversation. "It's supposed to make us talk about what's important and what the relationship between men and women is," he said, "but if you listen to the Lyrics it says 'That man is not your maker' - it's actually a feminist movement within itself."
The track broke the record for the all-time highest number of radio impressions during a single week in the US, with 219.8 million impressions in the first week of August 2013, surpassing the 8-year old record of 212.2 million set by Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together."
A jury determined that the song
Got To Give It Up
Marvin Gaye's family was awarded $7.3 million in damages - almost half of the $16 million
The music video, directed by Diane Martel, was released on March 20, 2013, and was made in two versions; the first video features models
Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M'Bengue, and Elle Evans being topless, the second features them covered.
The unrated video remains available on Vevo, while the edited version is available on both Vevo and YouTube.