Robin Thicke talks about Canadian ties, making ‘fun’ music

TORONTO — Robin Thicke, whose album Blurred Lines is at the top of the charts, made a beeline for Toronto on Sunday night to spread the word about his album of the same name.

After spending a day doing radio interviews — accompanied by his famous father Alan Thicke (who was shooting scenes for his upcoming Slice reality series The Thicke of Things) — the singer made a stop Tuesday at Global’s The Morning Show.

Thicke, who was born in the U.S. but has dual citizenship, said he feels at home in Canada.

“I’ve been coming here a few times a year since I was a baby,” he said. “I have family all across the country. It’s really wonderful for my grandfather and all my cousins and everybody to go, ‘Wait! that’s our family.’ I’m enjoying every second of it.”

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Thicke credited his soulful sound to his parents (his mother is singer-actress Gloria Loring).

“I am undoubtedly a combination of the two of them,” he said. “My mother is a very soulful singer and she listened to a lot of Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder in the house and my dad would listen to soulful white guys like Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Gordon Lightfoot even.”

Blurred Lines is Thicke’s sixth album and the first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He told viewers of The Morning Show the success of the album comes from changing his tune.

“I always write some very introspective soul-searching type songs and then with this album I started making a bunch of fun dance-y, have-a-good-time-all-night songs” explained Thicke. “This album is the most fun music I’ve ever made before.

“The funny thing is, I think of myself as always being a party guy, always wanting to spread love and good energy and yet I’ve always tried to make very serious music. So this time I just threw all of that out the window and tried to make a very fun album.”

Thicke also spoke about the controversy around the video for “Blurred Lines” and offered an apology to Edmonton for his role in Wayne Gretzky’s trade to Los Angeles.

The singer will be back in Toronto at the end of August for a radio station concert and will launch a world tour next year.

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