Robin Thicke 'Blurred Lines' Unrated Video: Explicit MV With Topless Models Banned By YouTube, Hits No. 1 On Billboard’s Hot 100 [WATCH HERE]
By Staff Writer | June 13, 2013 10:46 AM EDT
Robin Thicke’s unrated video of Blurred Lines, featuring topless models, is a social media success. Blurred Lines popularized the #thicke hashtag on Twitter and has received millions of views, in addition to hitting no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
But a few weeks ago when the video debuted, YouTube thought the Blurred Lines music video crossed the line and was too explicit, according to E online.
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“YouTube took down the Unrated version of #BLURREDLINES because it was too hot," said Robin Thicke in a tweet last March.
The clip can no longer be found on YouTube, although a much tamer version remains on the site, reports E online.
Only weeks after the Official Charts Company (OCC) of the U.K. said that “Blurred Lines” made history by becoming the fastest selling record in the country, breaking its own record twice, Billboard is reporting that Robin Thicke scored his first Billboard Hot 100 No.1.
The song, which features hip-hop artists T.I. and Pharrell Williams, jumped from no. 6 to no. 1 on the highly regarded music chart.
It also hit number one on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.
“Blurred Lines” vaulted to the no. 1 spot as the chart’s top digital, airplay and Streaming Gainer. According to Billboard, it is the first song to claim all three honors simultaneously since the lattermost award was introduced last year.
The track, which was released with a controversial music video, spent a second week at No. 1 on Digital Songs, with a total of 315,000 downloads sold, based on statistics by Nielsen SoundScan.
Asked by Metro UK if the single’s success can be attributed to the topless video, Thicke said, “The interesting thing is the topless video has around 25 million fewer views than the one with clothes on. The song really took off as soon as it came out on radio. I’d love to give the video the credit but the song’s pretty good.”
Thicke told Metro UK that “he couldn’t be happier” with how the single has done.
The original unrated version of “Blurred Lines” shows the three artists surrounded by topless models and caused quite a controversy when it was first released in March. It can only be found on video-sharing site Vevo.
The video is stamped with the hashtag #THICKE every few seconds.
The single has been well received, as shown in its reviews. Amy Lipsky of TheCelebrityCafe.com said that “Blurred Lines” has a unique blend of soft R&B and rap that makes it hard not to sway your hips to the beat.
Speaking with the Breakfast Club, Robin Thicke explained, “I've realized as I've gotten older that we all think we're living either in a black or white world, or on a straight path, but most of us are living right inbetween those straight lines,” reports Hot New Hip Hop.
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