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  • 22 April 2014, 7:00

Thicke's Blurred Lines Most Downloaded Track

Robin Thicke's chart-topping song Blurred Lines has become the most downloaded track in UK music history.

The song, which also features vocals from TI and Pharrell Williams, has sold 1.54 million copies since it was released last May.

However, Thicke's lyrics did prove controversial with women's rights groups claiming they 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.

The singer's raunchy performance of the song with Miley Cyrus at last year's MTV Video Music Awards also drew criticism.

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

The all-time top five is completed by 2011's Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra released the same year, and I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas which was first released in 2009.

Pop star Thicke said: "I'm so honoured, the success of Blurred Lines is a dream come true."

The track entered the official singles chart at number one in its first week, reached one million sales in eight weeks and spent five weeks at the summit in two different spells.

It has sold 70,000 copies since the start of 2014 alone.

But around 20 UK universities stopped it from being played in their student union bars.

An e-petition addressed to the Prime Minister also called on him to put age ratings on music videos whether they are sold in shops or viewed online.

The announcement marks nearly a decade of downloading history.

In that period, 1.17 billion single track downloads have been bought in the UK and 153 million album downloads - adding up to more than 2.7 billion music tracks, or 108 tracks for every UK household.

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