Growing up with famous parents can bring a lot of pressure, something that Robin Thicke had to deal with. Thicke’s mother is Gloria Loring, an actress and singer that was known for starring on “Days of Our Lives”, while his father Alan Thicke was a long-time sitcom star known most for “Growing Pains”.
Instead of following the acting path of his parents, Thicke decided that he wanted to get into music and formed a group (As One) that got their demo tape to singer Brian McKnight. McKnight invited Thicke to his recording studio when he was just 16 years old and landed his first contract with Interscope Records.
Now, Robin Thicke is making hit records, and his estimated net worth is valued at $15 million. Even though Thicke wanted to be a singer, he had to take his licks as a songwriter for others before becoming a big star. Thicke wrote for late 1990’s and early 2000’s stars such as Brandy, Jordan Knight, Christina Aguilera and many more over the years.
You probably don’t remember this, but Thicke’s first hit song came in 2002 with “When I Get You Alone” from his debut album “A Beautiful World”. The album only reached number 152 on the United States charts, and Thicke only made $70,000 from the album as it sold just 63,000 copies in America.
Thicke continued to make a living as a songwriter for the next few years, and in 2006 he finally got a bigger break when he released “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” which had singles such as “Wanna Love U Girl”, “Shooter” and “Lost Without U”. Thicke also went on tour that year with India.Arie and then John Legend (as an opening act), and he collected $1.5 million from those two.
Thicke would continue to have modest success over the course of the next few years as he released “Something Else” in 2008 and then “Sex Therapy: The Session” in 2009. He also went on tour as the opening act for Beyonce during her “The Beyonce Experience” tour, “The Love Soul Tour” with Mary J. Blige and then headlined another tour with Jennifer Hudson.
While Thicke was a millionaire, he still hadn’t launched into the higher tax bracket at that point like he is now. That all changed in 2013 when he released the album “Blurred Lines”, and the single from the album with the same name was the biggest pop single of the year, and one of the highest selling of all time with 14.8 million people buying it. The album itself was also certified gold, and Thicke made nearly $8 million that year from record sales alone.
Now that he was a bigger name and could draw people in as a headliner, Thicke went on tour in early 2014 with the “Blurred Lines Tour”. It’s estimated that the tour itself brought in more than $3 million in take home profit for Thicke, and he was able to purchase a mansion in California that was listed at $3 million.
Thicke was seemingly on top of the world, but early 2015 would not be a good year for Thicke as he was engaged in a legal battle with the estate of Marvin Gaye that claimed he had stolen his hit song from Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”. A trial began in February, and by March a jury ordered that Thicke and co-author Pharrell Williams had to fork over $7.4 million in damages due to copyright infringement.
The duo is still locked in a battle as they try to appeal the decision, but it doesn’t look good for them. While the lawsuit was still being drawn out in 2014, Thicke released another album, “Paula”. The album reached number nine on the charts and number two on the R&B charts, but sold just less than 50,000 copies.
Despite the setbacks, Thicke still has a pile of cash to sit on with his $15 million, but he hasn’t been able to replicate the success of “Blurred Lines” in 2013. His last two songs have not reached the U.S. charts, but he has shown how easy it can be to come out of nowhere with one of the biggest songs of all-time.