The annual Met Gala, one of the most anticipated events in the fashion world, will honor designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme Des Garcons. It will be the first time the gala, and the accompanying exhibit of the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, will focus on a single living designer since 1983, when it was Yves Saint Laurent. The May 1 gala will be chaired by Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, as well as Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” curator Andrew Bolton said. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.” About 120 examples of Kawakubo’s designs will be on display.
Mr. Porter’s Style Council, the brand’s “digital rolodex” of influencers and ambassadors which give users recommendations for the best bars, restaurants, hotels and brands via the new app, has quite the roster of heavy hitters in its lineup. Among the uber stylish men on the list are Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Dwayne Wade, Business of Fashion’s Imran Amed and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom. Mr. Porter has also integrated Google Maps, Uber and Opentable into the app, making it your “one-stop concierge.”
Let’s talk about “Alright” for a second. It has become our generation’s protest song.
When you wrote it, did you have that in mind? Did you think of it as a protest song?
No. You know what? I was sitting on that record for about six months. The beat’s Pharrell. And between my guy Sam Taylor and Pharrell, they would always be like, Did you do it? When you gonna do it? I knew it was a great record—I just was trying to find the space to approach it. I mean, the beat sounds fun, but there’s something else inside of them chords that Pharrell put down that feels like—it can be more of a statement rather than a tune. So with Pharrell and Sam asking me—Am I gonna rock on it? When I’m gonna rock on it?—it put the pressure on me to challenge myself. To actually think and focus on something that could be a staple in hip-hop. And eventually, I came across it. Eventually, I found the right words. You know, it was a lot going on, and still, to this day, it’s a lot going on. And I wanted to approach it as more uplifting—but aggressive. Not playing the victim, but still having that We strong, you know?
Make sure to cop the single HERE.
In the midst of his stint as G.O.O.D Music president and dropping new music, Pusha T has stepped up to the forefront of political and social advocacy. The Brooklyn rapper has actively supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and as of late, King Push has dabbled in the journalism realm, interviewing his newest signee Desiigner.
In a recent video released via Complex, the rapper flexes his reporting skills as he interviews filmmaker Ava Duvernay on the significance behind her newest film 13th, released in theaters on Oct. 7. Ava DuVernay’s gripping documentary 13th is based on the 13th amendment, and sheds light on the increasingly high rate of mass incarceration within America.
J Balvin notched his fifth consecutive No. 1 song on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart thanks to his latest single “Safari,” featuring Pharrell and BIA. This week, the upbeat track rules the chart (dated Oct. 29) jumping from 5-1. Balvin’s previous No. 1s include “6AM” featuring Farruko, “Ay Vamos,” “Ginza” and “Bobo.” “Safari” gives Pharrell and BIA their first No. 1 song on Billboard’s Latin Charts. The reggae-infused track is part of Balvin’s latest album Energía, which dropped this summer. The steamy video for the tune was filmed in Los Angeles back in May. make sure to get the album in iTunes.
The headphone company have assembled an all-star cast to launch their new product line. The company, which was co-founded by and named after Dr. Dre, are releasing a new line of wireless headphones which have been designed to be compatible with the new iPhone 7 – which, for the first time, has no headphone jack.
In the new advert, titled ‘Got No Strings‘, animation from the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio is shown before the likes of Pharrell and other are shown individually lip-syncing to the song ‘I’ve Got No Strings‘ from the animated film while wearing the new headphones.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) October 17, 2016
Hidden Figures is entering the Oscar race. While the film was originally scheduled to premiere in January, Twentieth Century Fox landed an earlier limited release on Christmas Day, making the film eligible for Oscar consideration, EW has confirmed. Hidden Figures, a biographical drama about NASA’s unsung heroes, will now open in limited release on Dec. 25 before going wide on Jan. 6. This shift also moves Why Him?, starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco, from Dec. 25 to Dec. 23.
Directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe as three women — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — who were instrumental in launching NASA astronaut John Glenn into space in 1962. The studio previously brought footage of the film to the Toronto International Film Festival, where producer and composer Pharrell Williams performed some of the songs on the motion picture’s soundtrack.
An Oscars push has been rumored for some time, but Henson told EW she wasn’t worried about awards consideration. “Is Katherine gonna be happy? That’s all I care about,” she said. “Will she be proud? Will she be proud of the work that I did? All of these women went unnoticed in history and that is crazy to me. That is crazy. Hell no. That makes my blood boil.”
The new #OTHERtone episode features the skater crew ‘Illegal Civilization’ without Pharrell this time around but with Scott Vener where they talked about their new projects and many more, check it out HERE.
With his ongoing love for Jesus Christ, Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin continues to bless the world with his music and helping others make their dreams come true. For over two decades, the 10x Grammy Award-winner popularized contemporary gospel music, and it has certainly paid off! Franklin’s lyrics and musical sound exemplifies his brutal honesty and mission to spread the love and mercy of God.
Franklin’s current single, “123 Victory (Remix),” is doing well on the charts. The offering was his fifth number one record on the Billboard Gospel Songs chart. He collaborated with Grammy award-winning producer, Pharrell Williams on the record, which represents his versatility as an artist. Singersroom.com spoke with the gospel veteran about working with Pharrell, their latest single, longevity as an artist, and more.
“Pharrell and I have been friends for over 15 years. And for a long time, we’ve talked about doing a song together. It worked out where he can be featured on the song. We were exploring different sounds because we didn’t know the rhythmic sound for the song at first. In the end, the creative process turned out good. “123 Victory (Remix)” was number one on the charts; he’s just a talented person.” Make sure to get ‘123 Victory (Remix)’ on iTunes.
Kirk Franklin – 123 Victory feat. Pharrell (Remix) (16′)
Today Complex announced additional details on its “first ever cultural World’s Fair” ComplexCon, taking place in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, November 5th & Sunday, November 6th. Multi-platinum artist and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg has been confirmed to headline night two, along with 2 Chainz and Migos. Created for an audience of influential fans and dubbed as the “first-ever cultural World’s Fair,” ComplexCon is a celebration of everything that is COMPLEX – the ultimate festival experience complete with concerts, panels and conversations, art, food, shopping and much more.
In partnership with ReedPOP––a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions and producers of New York’s Comic-Con and fashion trade show Agenda––Complex and its Host Committee of experts include legendary artist Takashi Murakami, Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams and world-renowned electronic music producer, Skrillex. The current lineup on night one includes Skrillex, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott and a guest DJ set by Virgil Abloh – performing on November 5th. In addition, the daytime lineup for both days will include buzzworthy performances by Little Yachty and The Sailing Team, Chief Keef (performing his first album, Finally Rich), Metro Boomin, LOLAWOLF, Spark Master Tape, MadeinTYO, Tunji Ige, DJ Sliink, THEY., Cousin Stizz, Khalid, Smino, Jubilee, Chase B, Johan, and Ta’East.
The GOOD Music boss (a.k.a. El presidenté, a.k.a. Blowbama) has aired out his grievances with the rap game on “H.G.T.V.,” produced by Mike Will Made-It. The blistering cut clocks in at just over two minutes, but Pusha makes the most of his time with hard-hitting bars aimed at those who’ve failed to top him, check out the tune below.
Pusha T – H.G.T.V. (Mike WiLL Made-It) (16’)
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