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Not long thereafter it peaked at number one, becoming Thicke's highest peaking song on the chart in his recording history.It also became Thicke's first chart entry since "Sex Therapy" and his second top 20 ever, after "Lost Without U".
The song's music video was released in two versions, with one featuring models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M'Bengue, and Elle Evans being topless, while the other censored nudity.It was released on March 26, 2013 through Pharrell's label Star Trak Recordings.The song became the subject of a bitter legal dispute with the family of Gaye and Bridgeport Music as to whether the song infringed copyrights to "Got to Give It Up".by the time the multilayered and carnal harmonies of the chorus come in, the song is completely on fire." Digital Spy's Lewis Corner, who gave the song three out of five stars, was more wary of the single and remarked: "It's a subject that when in the right hands can be smooth and soulful, but in the wrong, crass and chauvinistic ...you need the right balance of charm and swagger to pull it off."s Pazz & Jop annual critics' poll ranked "Blurred Lines" at number four to find the best music of 2013, tied with Kanye West's "New Slaves".The song subsequently became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with sales of 14.8 million, Pharrell and I were in the studio and [...] I was like, "Damn, we should make something like that ['Got to Give It Up'], something with that groove." Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about half an hour and recorded it.
He and I would go back and forth where I'd sing a line and he'd be like, "Hey, hey, hey!
This has led to the song being banned at universities and other institutions in the United Kingdom and prompted a rebuttal from Thicke.
"Blurred Lines" peaked at number one in at least 25 countries and becoming the number one song of 2013 in several of them. I.'s fourth, and Pharrell's third number-one single in the US, where it was also the longest running number one single of 2013.
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Critical reactions to Blurred Lines were mostly positive.