Thicke has worked with several artists, such as Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, K. nk, Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, Kid Cudi and Mary J. Thicke worked on albums such as Usher's Confessions and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III, while releasing his own R&B singles in the US including "Lost Without U", "Magic", and "Sex Therapy".He rose to international fame in 2013 with his single "Blurred Lines", which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.In 2002, Thicke released his debut single "When I Get You Alone".

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Then, in terms of me as an artist, because I'd been singing all these songs about self-reflection – like '2 The Sky' and 'Angels' – I just thought it was time for me to start singing about something ELSE!

Also, I felt that – with my music being a little different from everything else you can get out there – the music IN ITSELF is also something different and something else!

The moderate success was enough to signal the release of the album in 2003 with its name changed to A Beautiful World.

Despite the release of a second single, "Brand New Jones", the album received very little promotion and debuted at number 152 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Reflecting on A Beautiful World in 2013, Usher stated to The New York Times, "I was blown away — I thought Beatles, Earth Wind & Fire, Shuggie Otis, Marvin Gaye — all in one album.

[Robin's] got a soul you can’t buy, man." Runner-up Blake Lewis performed "When I Get You Alone" during the 2007 season of American Idol when the Top 3 chose a song to sing.

Lewis has often put Robin Thicke in his list of musical influences in interviews and on the American Idol website.The music video for the song received some rotation on MTV2 and BET's Rated Next and was spun moderately on pop and urban radio, peaking at number forty-nine on Radio & Records Pop chart.Globally, however, "When I Get You Alone" became a chart success when it peaked in the Top 20 in Australia, Belgium, and Italy, and reached the Top 10 of the singles charts in New Zealand and the Top 3 in the Netherlands.The song was also performed by Blaine Anderson (played by Darren Criss) on Glee during the Season 2 episode "Silly Love Songs". '" The first single, "Wanna Love U Girl", featured producer Williams and charted successfully on urban radio in the United Kingdom.Following A Beautiful World, Thicke was keen to begin work on his sophomore album but financial and creative disagreements stemming from the performance of his first album led to a several month-long stalemate between Robin and his record label. For the video, Thicke changed his appearance, cutting off his trademark long hair.Thicke's preference was the track "Can U Believe", which peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.