Canadian-American R&B pop singer Robin Thicke says that he is happy with all the attention that he has been getting from the raunchy performance with fellow pop singer Miley Cyrus at the recent MTV Video Music Awards.
The 36-year-old behind No. 1 hit song Blurred Lines, which he performed with a bikini-clad Cyrus, would rather sell more records than have credibility, which he says is subjective.
He was speaking to the press before a performance at the MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia concert in Selangor yesterday. "Miley and I knew exactly what we were doing at the awards, and it's the MTV Awards, you know, it's the place of shock and awe, a place to provoke," he said with a grin.
The singer-songwriter was the headline act last night in a line-up that also featured K-Pop band EXO, American hip-hop/electronic music quartet Far East Movement and Malaysian rapper Joe Flizzow.
Last week, Blurred Lines was named as the top song of the summer by both music magazine Billboard and music streaming service Spotify. The title track from his sixth album, it is his biggest hit song to date and has charted at No. 1 in 14 countries around the world.
"For me, I'm just happy to be getting all this attention because it gives me a chance for people to hear my music. And when I die, the only thing that will matter to me is the music that I left behind, not some performance on MTV that everyone will forget," he added.
Commenting on the Blurred Lines video, which has been accused of being sexist, Thicke said that the idea to have the topless women came from female director Diane Martel.
The song's detractors claim that lyrics such as "I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it" promote rape.
The video, which features female models dancing semi-nude while Thicke, song co-writer and producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. are fully clothed, has also been blasted for being misogynistic.