Robin Thicke's ode to his estranged wife, his seventh studio album, Paula, is a commercial disaster. In its first week, it sold 24,000 copies in the U.S.—that's an almost 87 percent drop from the first-week haul of last year's Blurred Lines (177,000 copies), and even less than Jennifer Lopez's recent A.K.A., which is widely regarded as an instant flop. To contrast, this week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Trey Songz's Trigga, did 105,000 copies.
In Canada, Paula sold 550 copies its first week in stores. In England, Paula moved 530 units. In Australia, its first-week sales were less than 54. More people attended your little sister's dance recital last week.
Maybe it's residual "Blurred Lines" backlash. Maybe it's what many perceive to be the self-indulgent nature of his material. Maybe it's because it just fucking sucks. No matter, no one cares about Paula.
Although it is a commercial failure, time will tell if it is a personal success, if in fact it succeeds in getting Paula Patton back. Not looking so good, though.
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