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Wed May 06 16:29:08 SAST 2015

Robin Thicke's controversial 'Blurred Lines' breaks radio records

Times LIVE | 29 July, 2013 13:08
Pharrell Williams (L) and Robin Thicke perform at the 2013 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California on June 30, 2013.
Image by: PHIL MCCARTEN / REUTERS

Robin Thicke's No. 1 single ‘Blurred Lines’, featuring T.I. & Pharrell, which has been slammed for being ‘rapey’ is dominating airwaves, having broken the record for the highest radio audience ever recorded.

According to a release by Thicke’s record label, Interscope, as of last week, the track has reached more than 242.65 million listeners, breaking the previous record of 188.8 million.

This follows the track breaking the record for biggest-single week downloads so far this year when it racked up more than 428 000 during the week ending June 23.  

The track has also reached No. 1 in 80 countries around the world and has more than 3.5 million in sales to date.

The controversial video, directed by Diane Martel, has racked up more than 100 million views on YouTube.

The song is the title track to Thicke's upcoming new album of the same name, which will be released by Star Trak/Interscope Records on July 30.

R&B singer Thicke, also a composer, and actor, rose to fame when he released his debut album,  A Beautiful World, in 2003 under the name ‘Thicke’.