Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" Breaks R&B/Hip-Hop Record

Single breaks another record on the Billboard charts.

Posted: 09/26/2013 10:03 AM EDT
Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell

A 16th week at No. 1 marks a new milestone for "Blurred Lines." Robin Thicke's single, featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, holds the record for the longest reign atop Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart since Nielsen began collecting the data in 1992. 

The summer smash passed Mary J. Blige's 15-week run for "Be Without You."

Released in March, "Blurred Lines" debuted at No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 and worked its way to first place, where it stayed for 12 weeks. It also topped the charts in over a dozen countries, shattered Interscope's radio ariplay records, reaching 242.65 million listeners, and sold over 5 million digital downloads worldwide.

Making history has come at a price, though. Thicke's been fending off accusations that the song's racy lyrics promote rape, and in August filed a preemptive suit against the family of Marvin Gaye to ward off assertions that "Blurred Lines" is a ripoff of the soul singer's "Got to Give It Up" and the Funkadelics' "Sexy Ways." 

Thicke denies the copyright infringement claim, but reportedly offered the Gaye family a six-figure settlement to keep it out of court.      

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