Robin Thicke’s newest album “Paula” is creepy and controversial, but what it’s not is a smash success. Thicke’s multi-track apologia to his estranged wife, Paula Patton, was released July 1 and has sold a measly 530 copies in the Britain, according to the Guardian. That’s in pretty stark contrast to his last album, “Blurred Lines,” which, Billboard reports, sold more than 25,000 first-week copies in the United Kingdom.
“Paula” is faring slightly better in the United States, where it sold approximately 25,000 copies in its debut week. That’s still paltry compared to “Blurred Lines,” which sold 177,000 copies in the same time.
To put into perspective just how rough those 530 album sales are, here are a few things that rival that unfortunate figure.
1. The seating capacity of an Airbus A380 airplane
The biggest commercial airplane in the skies can fit about 525 people with its normal seating configuration. Just enough to hand each person on the plane one of Thicke’s albums, with a few left over for the cabin crew.
2. The population of Cokeville, Wyo.
This small Wyoming town reported a population of 535 for the 2010 Census. Cokeville’s Web site touts the town as one of Wyoming’s “hidden gems,” once ranked by Business Week as the best place to raise kids in Wyoming. It fails to mention that if every resident bought a Robin Thicke album in Britain, they could have single-handedly doubled sales.
3. The number of people who watched a screen recording of Robin Thicke’s dad doing a diabetes commercial
No one likes a YouTube video where someone has turned a video camera on their TV, yet 524 people were willing to sit through one featuring “Growing Pains” star Alan Thicke’s commercial on the latest in diabetes medical treatment. Just six fewer than the number of British residents willing to buy Robin Thicke’s album.
4. The number of people who retweeted a Thicke-themed Beetlejuice joke
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5. The number of times someone said the F-word in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’
A few curious (or really bored) souls endeavored to count the number of swear words in Leo’s latest. Counts vary, but Slate heard 544, Variety and other outlets reported 506, and Vulture reported a whopping 569 in painstaking detail.