I don’t think it should surprise anyone that, based upon his absolutely disastrous Twitter PR stunt last week, there’s not a lot of love out there for Robin Thicke right now. So it should come as even less of a surprise that his new album Paula — which dropped last week and was creepily named after his estranged wife who wants nothing to do with with him — wasn’t exactly the commercial success that maybe Robin Thicke had been hoping for. Or not. Maybe his end game was just publicly harassing her into taking him back. Which means that the album was a flop in that regard too, because he allegedly has not seen Patton for over four months now.
But just exactly how bad has the album done so far? The UK’s Guardian reports:
There are falls from grace, and then there’s Robin Thicke. His latest album, Paula, has entered the Official UK Chart with a bullet at … No 200. To achieve this feat, Thicke has shifted a whopping 530 copies of Paula.
The resulting sales of Paula seem to answer the question of whether there can be such a thing as bad publicity. Thicke’s previous album Blurred Lines sold 25,981 copies in its first week, according to Music Week.
Yikes, 530 copies. I’m no music executive, but I think the industry term for that is “not good.” But OK, those are just the British numbers. Surely the album had to have fared better in the United States, right? Right??
Over in the US, Thicke’s sales are not looking too healthy either. Paula sold about 25,000 copies there in its first week, according to Billboard – down from 177,000 sales of Blurred Lines in its first week.
Oh well, I guess he had a good run. And hey! On the bright side, at least we’ll always have that rape song everybody enjoyed so much.