Robin Thicke's ‘Paula’ Stunt Backfires With Dismal Debut

Robin Thicke's 'Paula' Stunt Backfires With Dismal Debut

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It debuted at No. 8 on iTunes, and other outlets aren't reporting much better

There's nothing blurred about the bottom line of Robin Thicke‘s new album “Paula” — the opening sales rankings are not good.

The album, dedicated to estranged wife Paula Patton, debuted Tuesday at No. 8 on iTunes.

It wasn't much better news on Amazon. On the CDs and Vinyl albums chart, “Paula” was No. 82 at the time of this writing. The digital album had moved up to No. 12 on the best sellers chart.

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Thicke performed at Sunday's BET Awards. He is currently doing the publicity rounds for his album while trying to win back the woman who left him.

Last summer, Thicke's single “Blurred Lines” erupted into the stratosphere with 14 million digital copies sold. The actual album sales to-date are decent with 731,000 units moved.

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Thicke's lackluster “Paula” opening follows Mariah Carey‘s and Jennifer Lopez‘s recent flops.

Carey moved roughly 57,000 copies of her new album ”Me. I am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse” in its opening week. Lopez's “A.K.A.” didn't even do that.

The first week of Thicke's sales figures — measuring from Tuesday through Sunday — will be released next week on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning by Nielsen SoundScan.