“Blurred Lines,” the Robin Thicke hit that has stirred up much controversy for its racey lyrics and video, has set a new record — radio audience, having reached nearly 250 million listeners, which bests the previous record of 188.8 million by a considerable amount.
This comes on the heels of the song becoming 2013’s longest-reigning no. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, having held the spot for seven weeks.
The song is the title track for Thicke’s upcoming album, which is due out July 30. The single has received much criticism for its lyrics, which some have said invokes rape imagery. Thicke says “that’s ridiculous” and that the song is about “blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl.”
But he didn’t exactly help his argument when he said that the now-banned-from-YouTube video was degrading to women — “What a pleasure it is to degrade women,” he told GQ.