The early sales figures are in for Robin Thicke’s new record Paula — and they are not pretty.
According to reports, Paula entered the Official UK Albums Chart at Number 200 on its first week of release, selling a whopping 530 copies.
That’s five hundred and thirty. Well assume no one bought it twice.
Here in the States, things are bit more appealing for the maligned “Blurred Lines” singer, whose new record is a well-marketed (and desperate) plea to win back his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton. Domestic sales for Paula are coming in around 25,000, a far cry from the days when Summer 2013 mega-hit “Blurred Lines” sold 177,000 units in its first week.
The album, which entered the Official UK Albums Chart at Number 200 has, reports The Guardian, managed just 2% of the sales of the singer’s previous album in its opening week. Thicke’s last LP ‘Blurred Lines’ managed to sell 25,981 copies in the UK in its first week. Over in the States sales are also down, with Billboard reporting that the record has sold 25,000 copies compared to 177,000 first week sales of ‘Blurred Lines’.
Thicke’s new album is named after his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton. The singer scored his breakthrough UK hit with the single ‘Blurred Lines’ last year. His new album includes the song ‘Get Her Back’, which was debuted at the Billboard Music Awards in May and is thought to be about Patton. Other tracks on the album include not-so-subtle references to the break-up, including ‘Get Her Back’, ‘Still Madly Crazy’, ‘Love Can Grow Back’ and ‘Too Little Too Late’.
The singer announced that he and Patton would be separating at the end of February, following nine years of marriage. It was speculated that the breakdown of the relationship was the result of Thicke being pictured in compromising situations with other women, though neither party has commented on the reasons for the split.