There are a few changes to the R&B/Hip Hop single sales chart this week with Missy Elliott coming in at #2 with her Pharrell-assisted single “WTF (Where They From).” Elsewhere, Alessia Cara jumps to #3 with “Here” and lastly, The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” slips to #10 following a 27% decrease in sales.
In what appears to be the beginning of her official comeback, Missy Elliott’s recently released single “WTF (Where They From)” with Pharrell landed at #2 this week, selling 69,334 units. The track’s music video acts as Missy Elliott’s first video in seven years. Make sure to get the single on iTunes.
#1. Drake – “Hotline Bling (Cha Cha Remix)” – 82,031 (1,416,573)
#2. Missy Elliott – “WTF (Where They From)” – 69,334 (86,935)
#3. Alessia Cara – “Here” – 49,922 (582,627)
Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) feat. Pharrell (Official Video) (2015)
The Neptunes Engineer and 1/3 of The Neptunes Andrew Coleman, posted a early rough draft of N*E*R*D’s ’In Search Of…’ session which includes 17 tracks, those tunes are pretty much already available, they’re just called different, nonetheless check out the tape below.
N*E*R*D – Rockstar (Poser) (2002)
“Gooooood mornin 💜 … I’m going to share something personal here with you, which at times isn’t easy for me. i highly encourage everyone to read this book I just finished reading myself. especially those who are currently in search of self-REALIZATION & who are entering or going through a journey of change. some of you may speculate what has been going on with my music, or lack-thereof, and truth is I’ve had to go back to the drawing board in the last year and some change.
there was a huge fear in that for me. and if we are being honest, made me question myself & my entire approach. fear of growing older. fear of being mis-interpreted, mis-understood, forgotten. fear of “what the hell now?” anxiety in every way. i reached an extreme low that i never experienced before & i felt broken. without music i can’t breathe. after going through my moments (and thank you to my loved ones for never letting go of me), i finally started to hear Gods voice (through many different vessels), telling me that i have to stop focusing & worrying about what hasn’t happened, and trying for it to happen right away.::
and instead i needed to focus on myself & reflect on how i can be better & more prepared for LIFE..: so that when i reach my goal i am not just there, in the same place again, uncertain & full of confusion as to what to do with it, but rather i needed to self-reflect, heal, learn my strengths & weaknesses, own them, not be afraid of them, and grow within. to be full! i remembered a friend telling me about this book years ago after i read “the alchemist”. i was driving recently & the name just popped in my head. i went right to Barnes & nobles & sat there in the store & went in.
I felt a sense of awareness. & acceptance. in knowing that the journey is to be appreciated & the process is to teach! rushing to the goal without stopping to smell the roses won’t teach you anything worth knowing. i am grateful that i have a story to tell & that I’ve been through my share of “no’s” & closed doors. so now, when my platform is given, i have a story to share & i hope to inspire! i am not done. I’m just getting started!!! 💜
Leah Labelle – So Hot (12′)
Pusha T. is in popular demand. The Virginia rapper — formerly of the rap duo with his brother No Malice called Clipse — and newly appointed president of G.O.O.D. Music has been on his press run for weeks since launching his new Adidas sneaker (Nov. 13) and announcing that his highly anticipated project King Push will now be a two-part album. The first half, called Darkest Before Dawn, will roll out Dec. 18 while the next installment is due sometime in spring.
On a brisk winter night in New York City (Nov. 24), the multi-hyphenate has a warm and pleasant demeanor after doing what looked like two days’ worth of interviews on Twitter. He apologizes for running nearly two hours behind schedule but is the type to get excited over a fancy legal pad and pen in one of the meeting rooms called The Library at the Dream Downtown Hotel. He has some grievances to air out, though.
Directed by Kid Art.
Erykah Badu just released a new mixtape titled ’But You Caint Use My Phone’, which has a Neptunes Cover specifically Usher’s 2001 hit ’U Don’t Have To Call’. The mixtape’s title is a reference to the singer’s 1997 classic “Tyrone”, while each of its tracks is about telephones in some way, specifically “our own reliance on staying inter-connected.”
According to a press release, for the tape, Badu worked closely with producer Zach Witnessin in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. Over a 12-day period, she welcomed a number of surprise guests, including André 3000 and Drake, into her bedroom studio to help create a new genre blend she has dubbed “TRap & B”. Badu and Witnessin focused on creating “sympathetic vibrations” between the music’s frequency and vibration, even utilizing a tuning fork and Tibetan singing bowls to find the precise wavelengths. The goal was to create “a sound that brings peace and tranquility to its listener.” Check out the tune below, and make sure to donwload Erykah Badu’s new mixtape Here.
Erykah Badu – U Don’t Have To Call (Usher Cover) (15′)
Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone (2015)
01 – Caint Use My Phone Suite
02 – Hi
03 – Cell U Lar Device
04 – Phone Down
05 – U Use To Call Me feat. Drake
06 – Mr. Telephone Man
07 – U Don’t Have To Call
08 – Whats Yo Phone Number
09 – Dial’afreaq
10 – I’ll Call U Back
11 – Hello feat. André 3000
Holiday gifts big and small are unwrapped to reveal Samsung Galaxy devices as the Missy Elliott hit song “WTF (Where They From)” plays. An assortment of gifts are shown, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, Gear VR and Galaxy View.
According to Billboard.com, Pharrell will be on 46th season of Sesame Street coming up in January, and with quite the roster — and we’re not just talking about Elmo and Big Bird. Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Nick Jonas and Fifth Harmony are just a few of the musical guests that will stop by on the small screen’s most iconic street. This season also promises a new set, new opening and closing songs and a new character named Nina. It all begins Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. ET on HBO.
By Natalie Weiner. Pusha T.’s been building hype for his sophomore solo album for most of 2015, which was, up until yesterday, going to be called King Push. During an interview with Noisey, though, the rapper explained that he had so much material he wanted to put out that he would be releasing two albums instead of one — King Push will be pushed (no pun intended) to the spring of 2016 to make room for the just-announced Darkest Before Dawn, which will drop Dec. 18.
“I’ve been recording so much — I didn’t want to break up that body of work,” the rapper told Noisey. “I feel like I had the producers doing things that they weren’t usually known for, a little out of their wheelhouse. I wanted to give the fans that body of work. That’s the music I love, and that’s the music that my fans love from me.
Instead of having those moments throughout King Push, let’s just separate the game.” Pusha confirmed that Darkest features collaborations with Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, The-Dream, Jill Scott, Kehlani, and Beanie Sigel. It also features production from Kanye, Hudson Mohawke, Pharrell, Q-Tip, Timbaland, and Diddy.
— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) November 24, 2015
Amazon Books is asking celebrities for their favorite reads of 2015. The Grammy Award-winning Pharrell Williams chose three titles. One is a children’s book. Pharrell says his son “loves when I read this book to him, it’s the perfect introduction to our universe.” It’s Emily Bone’s picture book, Big Book of Stars and Planets. It comes with four giant fold-out page spreads of the solar system.
Pharrell is also a big fan of Kevin Todeschi’s Edgar Cayce on Vibrations: Spirit in Motion. Pharrell says of the book, “I’m fascinated by the fact that everything that exists has it’s own vibratory rate.” And the never predictable Pharrell chose adman George Lois’ LOIS Logos: How to Brand with Big Idea Logos, as his third pick. “George Lois’s brain needs to be studied by scientists,” wrote Pharrell.
Here is Jesse Rankins, Jonathan Wells and Eddie Smith III’s aka WatchTheDuck’s latest single produced and featuring Pharrell. It sounds like it’s been produced in the early 00’ cuz Pharrell is back at being weird again, by weird I mean pretty awesome, just listen to the hook to the tune. ’Stretch 2-3-4’ is on WatchTheDuck’s new EP, The Trojan Horse, via Dim Mak/ Epic Records. The EP also includes T.I., ScHoolboy Q, Afrojack and Steve Aoki executive produced by Pharrell. And after several rumours of ’WatchTheDuck’ being on Pharrell’s label ’i am OTHER’, Pharrell confirmed the signee on his Twitter last week, so from now on you’ll get the latest news from ’WTD’ on theneptunes.org, make sure to cop it on iTunes.
For everyone who isn’t familiar with ’WatchTheDuck’ (WTD, stylized as WatchTheDuck), is a musical trio from Montgomery, AL. signed to the Epic Records formed by friends Eddie Smith III, Jesse Rankins, and Jonathan Wells DJs, producers, and musicians originally from Montgomery, Alabama but moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. The name of the group comes from a phrase that they use to describe their work. Smith has been quoted as saying, “Everybody sees the duck traveling smoothly on top of the water but nobody sees it kicking hard as hell under it, struggling to stay afloat.”
They released their debut (EP) on 2013 titled ’Anatidaephobia’ which had their famous single ’Poppin’ Off’ and they just released their second project via Epic Records/i am OTHER titled ’The Trojan Horse’. Y’all remember them also being on T.I.’s Paperwork album from last years on the Pharrell produced tunes ‘G Shit‘ and ‘Light ‘Em Up (RIP Doe B)’
WatchTheDuck – Poppin’ Off (Official Video) (2012)
T.I. – G’ Shit feat. Jeezy & WatchTheDuck (Official Video) (2015)
WatchTheDuck – The Trojan Horse (EP) (2015)
01 – Stretch 2-3-4 feat. Pharrell
02 – Making Luv To The Beat feat. T.I. & DJ E-Feezy
03 – 6 Shots feat. ScHoolboy Q & Candice Pillay
04 – Don’t Blame Luv feat. T.I.
05 – Lost Future feat. Afrojack
06 – Hustler feat. T.I.
07 – Beautiful, Broken & Wasted feat. Steve Aoki
The Norfolk VA crew just released a new tune with Chad Hugo titled ’Landmines’. Dissociative lyricism over an alarming, pulse-pounding instrumental that may make you question your place in space-time. Recorded & engineered by Curt Plummer at The Scotch Chamber Studios in Smithfield, VA. VISION ALPHA coming soon..
Here is the latest OTHERtone episode with Pharrell Williams, Scott Vener and the queen of Astrology Susan Miller.
OTHERtone Episode 11 With Pharrell Williams, Scott Vener & Susan Miller (2015)
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