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Robin Thicke track most downloaded in UK music history

Robin Thicke's controversial chart-topper has been named the most downloaded track in UK music history.

According to a new countdown compiled by the Official Charts Company and unveiled by BBC Radio 1, the track Blurred Lines - which also features vocals from TI and Pharrell Williams - has sold a record-breaking 1.54 million copies since it was released in May.

Read more: Singer Robin Thicke crowned 'sexist of the year'

Controversial Robin Thicke Blurred Lines most downloaded track in UK music history
Controversial Robin Thicke Blurred Lines most downloaded track in UK music history Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The best-selling single of 2013, it was banned at several universities and was the subject of campaigns from women's rights groups after some said the lyrics were derogatory and sexist.

The track was accompanied by a video in which Thicke was surrounded by naked dancing models, prompting some to call for age ratings applied to pop tracks.

Read more: 'Blurred Lines' advert restricted after complaints

It overhauls the previous biggest selling download, Adele's Someone Like You, which has now sold 1.53 million copies to date.

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Singer Robin Thicke and actress wife split

Singer Robin Thicke and his wife have announced their separation. Credit: PA Wire

Singer Robin Thicke and his wife Paula Patton have separated after nearly ten years of marriage.

"We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," the couple said in a joint statement.

Thicke shot into the limelight last year with the hit song 'Blurred Lines'.

'Blurred Lines' advert restricted after complaints

Restrictions have been slapped on an advert featuring a performance by singer Robin Thicke performing after complaints were made about its sexually suggestive scenes.

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Robin Thicke performing with dancers in crop tops and hot pants in New York earlier this summer. Credit: PA

Viewers complained the ad for Beats Pill speakers, in which Thicke performs his controversial single Blurred Lines, was sexist, objectified women and was degrading to women.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said: "Whilst we acknowledged a number of viewers might find the content of the ad distasteful, we did not consider that the ad was likely to result in widespread or serious offence and concluded that it was not in breach of the code."

The advert was suitable from broadcast after 7.30pm, the ASA ruled.

Blurred Lines 'banned' from Edinburgh University venues

The summer hit 'Blurred Lines' has reportedly been banned from all student union buildings at the University of Edinburgh because of references to "sexual violence" and "rape".

Singer Robin Thicke performs in New York
Singer Robin Thicke performs in New York Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

Edinburgh University Students' Association took exception to lyrics such as "I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it". It says the song falls in line with its policy to "End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus".

Canadian-American singer Robin Thicke has dismissed such claims as "ridiculous," insisting in an interview with GQ magazine that he has "always respected women".

Edinburgh student newspaper The Tab reports that a DJ was forced to stop playing the song at a silent disco at the university on Sunday night.

Watch: Bill Clinton 'covers' Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines

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