After the news of Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s separation, one of the first things we thought about was what it would be like for him to perform his music on stage again. For those of you who do not know, outside of a couple of songs on the, Blurred Lines album, and music he has written for other artists, Paula has served has the inspiration behind a large majority of Robin’s best music. In fact in 2006, his breakthrough single, “Lost Without U” was very obviously about her. The lyrics described a time in his life when he felt down and out, after the poor performance of his debut album, (A Beautiful World in 2002 and reissued in 2003) and needed her to believe in him.
“Lost Without U” was released as the second single off of Robin’s second album, The Evolution Of Robin Thicke in January of 2007 as a last effort to save his career. It was his one last shot to graduate from being a song writer for others, and earn the right to become the artist he had always wanted to be. Since it was the favorite from the album of Interscope’s co-founder, Jimmy Iovine, and Robin’s producer, Pharrell Williams, they agreed to release it on good faith. (CLICK HERE TO HEAR ROBIN TALK ABOUT HIS PRE “LOST WITHOU U” STRUGGLE WITH CLIZBEATS IN 2008 INTERVIEW) However since Robin feared being dropped Interscope soon after, he thought the song’s music video would be his last. This is why he got Paula to play the “video girl” for the song about her. Seeing and hearing this genuine love they shared is what Robin needed to take him to the next level
It hit number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Adult R&B Airplay, simultaneously in March 2007. The single eventually spent 11 consecutive weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (the biggest hit of the year in that chart) and Adult R&B Airplay charts, and ten consecutive weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. The success of the song put Robin and Paula’s marriage into the public eye for any music fan that picked up that album. As a result, The Evolution Of Robin Thicke is still Robin’s best selling complete album with 2 million sold. (“Blurred Lines” is only his most successful single)
Keeping all this in mind as early Robin Thicke supporters, We knew it was going to be impossible for Robin to pick himself up, and not sing “Lost Without U,” or many of the other Paula Patton themed songs in his discography. That is why we were not surprised to see him get emotional in TMZ’s coverage of his first return to the stage since the announcement of his separation with Paula. CLICK HERE to see the video of Robin discussing his separation on stage at his show in Fairfax, VA. Take a listen to “Lost Without U” and other Paula Patton themed songs below.
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“Lost Without U”
From The Evolution Of Robin Thicke
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