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Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Among Most Shazamed Songs In The World

It seems like there's a way to quantify just about everything these days.

It seems like there's a way to quantify just about everything these days. But who would have ever thought "tagging" would be of any importance in the grander scheme of things?  Well, it's not as if it actually is important for anyone other than Robin himself. For the electronically illiterate, the type of tagging in question occurs when using the song-identifying app Shazam.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Robin Thicke's Marvin Gaye knock-off "Blurred Lines" topped Shazam's list of most tagged songs worldwide and in the United States as well.  It was tagged nearly 18 million times worldwide, and 5.6 million times in the United States. Rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' song "Thrift Shop" came in third globally with 13.6 million. Why Thicke's song, a hit record in the U.S., was tagged so often is anyone's guess. Perhaps people were trying to see if the app could figure out the difference between his version and Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up", but one can only guess.

Ricardo A Hazell has served as Senior Contributor with The Shadow League since coming to the company in 2013. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Sea Post, the Root and many other publications. At TSL he is charged with exploring re black cultural angles of where they intersect with the mainstream.