Robin Thicke’s new single, “Blurred Lines,” is already a big hit, and fans can expect more upbeat tracks when his full album drops on July 30. Thicke says that even though he tends to write more melancholy songs, he found that he and his wife had a lot more fun listening to his upbeat material.
“My wife and I would hang out at the end of the night, and I would play her the songs I was working on and we would dance around and be so happy,” the singer told Billboard. “And then some of my sadder and more depressing songs would come on, and we would always want to go back to the top and keep dancing and having a good time. So I think I just ended up making an escape album. I never plan it, but I think I did my best to make my wife and I have a chance to escape every night, and I felt like that made for a great album.” Thicke added that his downbeat fare went by the wayside, and “the songs I ended up keeping, I had a better time listening to them than some of the other ones, so that’s where we headed.”
In addition to working with Pharrell Williams on the Blurred Lines full length, Thicke also enlisted the help of producers such as Dr. Luke, Timbaland and will.i.am.
“I’ve always kind of come from the band model; I’ve always tried to make records I could duplicate with a four-or five-piece band, so there’s still that kind of core feeling on some of the songs,” Thicke explained. “But when you work with some of these other producers, they’re about pushing the sonics forward and into the next realm and the next level. It inspires me in a way they can do things I wouldn’t even think to do.”
Thicke says he’ll be promoting the album for the rest of this year, and he plans to do a U.S. tour in spring of 2014.