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R&B singer Robin Thicke wants to crossover genres and make a gospel album following the success of his no. 1 hit, "Blurred Lines," on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"I want to make a country album, a Christmas album, a gospel album. I'm like, 'Finally!' I'm ready to make four albums right now," said Thicke, reported Billboard.com.
In the past, Thicke has become successful by making soulful, slow rhythm tracks that is his signature style. But his new interest to delve into gospel music comes as no surprise as his funkier, upbeat new single "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, is his first genre switch into mega main stream music – the opposite of what he is known for.
"The reason why `Blurred Lines' is breaking records is because rarely do you have a song playing on all pop stations and all black stations, all of the urban stations. And because I have an urban fan base and urban audience, I wonder if it was a brand-new artist, would they play 'Blurred Lines' on black radio? I don't think so," said Thicke.
Prior to dominating music charts for weeks on end, Thicke, who hails from a family of entertainment parents, singer-songwriter Gloria Loring and songwriter-actor Alan Thicke, gained moderate success with the release of his 2003 debut album, Beautiful World. Since then he has released four additional albums and produced hit singles whose success has been minor in comparison to the buzz surrounding his new track. But more recently, he became keen on revamping his musical image in order to appeal to a wider crowd.
"I went into the [current] album with all kinds things in my head like, `Why didn't my last album sell? How come?' I guess I need to freshen it up. I need to take some chances. I need to do something new. ... So I did want to push the boundaries and work with some hit makers to see if they could help me and luckily it all worked out," said Thicke.
Over the years, his sound has been woven into several music categories, including hip-hop, disco, electronic pop and symphonic compositions, and he anticipates to keep his widespread popularity relevant through his new album and his desire for a faith-based project.
"I loved the [previous] albums just the way they are. I have no regrets ... but I figured I don't want to be one thing; I have to take some chances," said Thicke.