Name: Robin Thicke
Born: March 10, 1977
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Robin Thicke always knew he wanted to be a musician, but his father actor Alan Thicke tried to encourage Robin to finish high school before recording a demo tape and beginning his music career. The plan was unsuccessful when Al Jarreau, jazz vocalist and uncle of one of the other members of Robin’s vocal group paid for the four-song tape. The tape eventually made it to R & B artist Brian McKnight who invited Thicke to join him in the studio.
Thicke co-wrote the song “Anyway” that was included on McKnight’s second album and the song paved the way for Interscope Records to sign Thicke to a recording contract when he was just 16 years old. When he was 17 and still in high school, he moved out n his own and supported himself as a songwriter and record producer.
Thicke, who used only his last name as a stage name until 2005, spent most of the 1990s writing and producing music for other artists including Brandy, Jordan Knight and Christina Aguilara. In 2002, he released his first single “When I Get You Alone,” which got some radio airplay in the United States, but was a much bigger success internationally, including peaking in the top three singles chart in the Netherlands. The followup album which included the single sold just 63,000 copies.
His second album, however, hit number 5 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Billboard R&B charts. The album garnered Thicke several appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and a spot as an opening at on Beyonce’s 2007 tour. Thicke’s biggest commercial success to date came with the 2013 single “blurred Lines” and the album of the same name.
Part of the song’s success may have been related to the controversy surrounding it and the accusation that it promoted date rape. Thicke and songwriter Pharrell Williams were sued over the song, claiming that it may have unintentionally plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” In March, 2015, a Los Angeles jury said they did just that and ordered them to pay $7.2 million to Marvin Gaye’s estate.
Thicke had an estimated net worth of about $15 million.
How much is $15 million?
If the lines between plagiarism and “musical influences” are as blurred as they appear after the jury verdict, $15 million is not much at all. At the jury awarded price, Thicke can afford to have just two such hits.