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Interview:
Thicke Glad HeChose Music Over Acting
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Robin Thicke could have been an actor. His father is “Growing Pains” star Alan Thicke, and he snagged some roles on that show as well as “The Wonder Years.”

But, the 30-year-old pop/R&B singer and songwriter says: “I never liked the acting thing. It never came comfortably to be. It always felt like a force.”

Besides, he’s doing just fine in his “day job” these days.

After a slow start five years ago, Thicke hit it big with his 2006 sophomore album “The Evolution of Robin Thicke,” which has been certified platinum and has launched the hits “Lost Without U,” “Wanna Love You Girl” and “Can U Believe,” while he’s also notched some high-profile guest vocals for 50 Cent (“Follow My Lead”), Eve (“Fantasy”) and Lil Wayne (“Shooter”).

With Thicke feeling “reborn,” his slot opening for Beyoncé’s current tour is undoubtedly winning more fans, but at this juncture he says he’s most interested in getting the follow-up to “The Evolution ...,” which is expected next year, in gear.

“I really don’t want to be on the road too long that I can’t go back and make great records,” he explains. “You still have to go in and make great music to be able to go out and perform it, y’know?

“Luckily, because I’ve been writing my whole life and I’ve always had a studio right in my house, every day that I have off I go right to my home and my studio and I write songs for two or three days. So I’ve got half of a brand-new record ready to go.”



Robin Thicke opens for Beyoncé at 7:30 p.m. Friday (August 17th) at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $49.75-$99.75. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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