As if Robin Thicke’s career could take much more of a battering, his new album Paula has shifted fewer than 54 copies in Australia.
The controversial US singer, whose desperate effort to win back his estranged wife has been met with mockery, also sold just 530 copies in the UK in its first week of sale.
Thicke’s album, which includes tracks “Love Can Grow Back”, “Still Madly Crazy” and “You’re My Fantasy” has been criticised as “stalkerish”, and failed to place in Australia’s Aria Top 500 chart.
A Blondie compilation at number 500 sold 54 copies last week, meaning Thicke’s album must have fared worse and might not have made double figures.
He has little to celebrate state-side either, having shifted an underwhelming 24,000 copies to reach ninth place.
Thicke has written the 14-song Paula entirely himself in the hope that Paula Patton, who left him after nine years of marriage, might give him another chance.
But with lyrics such as “Every time you walked through that door I shoulda bought white roses, rubbed your toesies (…) waited patient, thanked ya, spanked ya”, everyone is cringing.
The most controversial internet crazes
The most controversial internet crazes
1/7 Gun Selfies
Where it actually came from remains a mystery, but the 'Selfie' remains a popular feature on the internet - it was even named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2013. However, a number of gangs in America have taken it a step further, posting 'gun selfies' of themselves. Last year, two men were charged for 142 counts of possession of a firearm and were bailed by police after posting numerous photos. The craze has led to several calls for photos to be taken down, with parents fearing that children could try and create their own poses.
Originating in Australia in 2008, the trend of 'planking' swept Britain a year later. The craze, in which people form a straight figure with hands down by their sides, had thousands of participants uploading their efforts on to Facebook. While most were harmless enough, the more daring have been known to plank across railway tracks and between buildings, causing major health concerns. In 2011, a 20-year-old man died after 'planking' on a seven-story building in Australia.
Twerking, a mixture of twisting and jerking, has been around since the late 1990s, but its popularity dramatically increased after Miley Cyrus 'twerked' at the 2013 MTV VMA awards with Robin Thicke, prompting fans to upload their own versions on Youtube - we've even had twerking stormtroopers. It's since been accused of corrupting the minds of young people and, last year, 33 students were suspended after making a video of themselves 'twerking' using school equipment.
4/7 Happy Slap
It's been almost a decade since the Happy Slap craze broke out in the UK, but what started out in as a small joke between friends in Lewisham in 2004 eventually became a nationwide phenomenon. Happy Slapping involved a victim being filmed on a camera phone getting slapped. As the craze spread, incidents became more and more vicious and it was linked to a rise in bullying in school playgrounds. In 2008, a teenage girl was sentenced to two years' detention after filming the fatal beating of a man.
'Tombstoning' emerged in 2012 as a much more dangerous fad. It involved finding the highest rock to leap from, giving jumpers sufficient time to change their body position to resemble a tomb falling into the sea. It was invented initially as a way to keep cool during sizzling temperatures, but as the challenges became more daunting, some experienced horrific injuries as a result of jumping into shallow or rocky waters.
While not as dangerous as other internet fascinations, McDonald's staff are now finding themselves on the receiving end of another internet craze. 'McDiving' started last year and normally comes at the end of an alcohol-fuelled night out, where it is then customary for a 'McDiver' to go to the nearest McDonald's and launch themselves over the counter. McDonald's franchises have even started hiring bouncers at peak times of the day to deal with any mischief makers.
7/7 Gallon Smashing
Given that glossy floors are prominent in supermarkets, it would be deemed acceptable to see the occasional person slip over. But this is no accident. Gallon smashing started to appear on Youtube last year and has becoming increasingly popular in the US. It sees agile teenagers throw gallons of milk in the air as well as hurtling themselves on to the ground. However, with the mess, cost and inconvenience that is caused, the 'gallon smashing' craze has seen security stepped up in supermarkets.
This time last year, Thicke was revelling in the success of Blurred Lines, which hit number one worldwide after the release of the title track.
Now he is having a bad week, following an epic PR fail during a Twitter Q&A. Fans were invited to put questions to Thicke using the hashtag #AskThicke – cue a deluge of misogyny accusations and personal attacks.
"Did you really write a rape anthem as a love song for your wife and are you still wondering why she left you?" wrote one Twitter user, while another asked: "If one of your songs played in a forest and no one was around to hear it, would it still be sexist and gross?"Reuse content