Robin Thicke's Make Up Plea Paula Falling Flat
07/10/2014 AT 01:30 PM EDT
In the U.S., Paula – the crooner's seventh effort, titled after his estranged wife Paula Patton – sold approximately 25,000 copies, a meager number but enough to land it at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. In comparison, last year's Blurred Lines debuted at No. 1 and pushed 177,000 its first week.
This marks Thicke's worst first-week domestic sales since 2007's The Evolution of Robin Thicke, which debuted at 20,000.
Across the pond, the record fared considerably worse, selling a scant 530 copies its first week in the U.K.
Thicke and Patton – who have a son, Julian, 4 – have been married since 2005 but announced their separation. Since the split, Thicke has launched a very public campaign to win Patton back (see: his song, "Get Her Back"), from dedicating to her to naming his album after her.