Thursday, April 18, 2024

Robin Thicke Gives Piano to Long Island School as Part of Career Rehab Campaign


Robin Thicke: last year, you thought his career was over. So did I. His “Paula” album sold two copies. That was a result of his stealing “Got to Give It Up” from Marvin Gaye, passing it off as “Blurred Lines,” sliming all over Miley Cyrus during a national TV performance, screwing around, and then divorcing the beautiful actress Paula Patton, his high school sweet heart.

Thicke was toast.

Now the rehabilitation has begun. Thicke was sent out to perform at charity functions like the wonky amFAR event in Cannes, and places like that. Free publicity. Good works. Now Thicke has a hit single with Nicki Minaj, and threatening a new album. Of course, another single borrowed heavily from a Barry White track, but this time– as opposed to the Marvin Gaye debacle– they just gave White credit.

Now Ken Sunshine’s company says Thicke donated a Yamaha piano “worth $10,000” to a school in East Quogue, Long Island (this is like the Outer Hamptons). He also talked to the students and played a couple of songs for them. He may have cautioned them not to steal other people’s music or cheat on your wife right after she has your baby.

This was all done as a charity deal– Sunshine reps VH-1 Save the Music Foundation. You know, Robin’s always been “a huge supporter of music education,” according to the release.

Well, this is all pretty amusing. F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. You can have a second act! And a third, and a fourth! Just ask Donald Trump.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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