Safe to say Pharrell Williams is a busy man. He’s been touring the world with Kanye, released a new album with his band NERD, made Madonna cry in the studio and he’s still got time to launch his new clothing label(s) Billionaire Boys Club/Ice Cream in London. MTV News joined a whole host of celebrities including Mischa Barton and Will Young for the launch party on the champagne fuelled Fifth Floor of Harvey Nichols in London.
Shortly before taking the stage, Pharrell told MTV News’ Rickie the inspiration behind the clothes: “It’s all about self-expression and individuality. All of the seasons are a reflection of my experiences and my inspirations. They’re literally like a 3 month journal”. When we asked him if there was anyone he thought was ‘hot’, he gave hope to the millions of female fans out there: “I like everyday girls, because what they wear is a true reflection of how they feel. That’s what fashion is all about.”
Sean Garrett is a singer, songwriter and record producer and is responsible for a series of chart-topping compositions, most notably Usher’s “Yeah!”, Ciara’s breakout track “Goodies” and Chris Brown’s debut single “Run It!”. He is in a production duo with Swizz Beatz, and together they produced several Beyonce singles. Garrett is currently working on the much anticipated comeback albums from legends Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
01 – Deep Deep (Intro) (S. Garrett)
02 – What You Doin’ With That (S. Garrett)
03 – Come On In feat. Akon (S. Garrett)
04 – Girlfriend Ringtone feat. Lil’ Wayne (L.O.S.)
05 – Turbo 919 (Bloodshy, Avant)
06 – I Still Believe (Interlude) (S. Garrett)
07 – Lay Up Under Me (Stargate)
08 – On The Hood (Avila Brothers)
09 – She Likes Me (Interlude) (S. Garrett)
10 – 6 In The Morning (L.O.S.)
11 – Grippin feat. Ludacris (Deputy)
12 – Patron feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
13 – Pretty Girl (Darkchild)
14 – Why (S. Garrett)
Robin Thicke Won ASCAP’s R&B/Hip-Hop Song Of The Year with “Lost Without You. Other big honorees were publisher of the year (EMI Music Publishing) Songwriter Of The Year (Timbaland), Rap Song Of The Year (“Make Me Better” by Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo), Ringtone Of The Year (Mims’ “This Is Why I’m Hot“) and Gospel Song Of The Year (The Clark Sisters’ “Blessed & Highly Favored“).
Star Trak will be out in force in London courtesy of iTunes
Chester French, NERD & Kenna will all be performing on July 1st at KOKO and it’s a show not to miss.
Apply for the free prize draw for tickets at www.ituneslive.co.uk . More dates to be announced soon (individually)
The producer and N¤E¤R¤D star has previously collaborated with the band’s frontman Julian Casablancas and is desperate to team up with the US rockers again. Pharrell said: “Julian Casablancas and I collaborated for Converse with Santogold, so I’m talking to him about The Strokes’ next record. “I want it bad. I really want to do the next album. I don’t know if Julian wants me but I’d love to.”
Pharrell also revealed has been working with Fall Out Boy “on a few tracks” and is discussing a collaboration with Good Charlotte. He added: “I’ve been talking to Joel Madden from Good Charlotte. There’s a bunch of stuff that we’ve done and we’re set to do.” Pharrell’s N¤E¤R¤D bandmate, Shay Haley also has his sights set on another rock collaboration.
He said: “I wouldn’t mind N¤E¤R¤D teaming up with Jack White,(The White Stripes) I think that would be pretty dope. He’s a dope musician and a cool writer – I think a N¤E¤R¤D and Jack White collaboration could be pretty mean.”
“On her debut disc, From A Planet Called Harlem, out in August, she mixes sweet ballads, brash jams and street-savvy rhymes that speak both for and to her young peers. Her message: You don’t have to fit into anybody’s mold but your own. “Harlem is a stage,” she says of the album’s title. “It’s like its own planet, from the way we dress to the swag in the way we walk and talk.”
Check your iPod. If you don’t have any N¤E¤R¤D tracks (and if that’s true, then you need to get on it, so read on to avoid further pitying), then dollars to donuts, you’ve got something they’ve applied their Midas touch to as The Neptunes — their production operation. Madonna and Britney, Ludacris, Snoop, and Kanye — they’re currently backing him on his much-lauded Glow In The Dark Tour. Hell, they’ve even remixed Sade. Or, put another way: open up the Billboard charts, close your eyes and randomly point to an artist. Now open them. There’s an excellent chance the brain trust behind N¤E¤R¤D produced, remixed or will remix and/or produce that artist, taking already solid material to a new dimension you didn’t know existed but suddenly need a whole lot more of — the flavor of dream you’re not sure is the good or bad type, but you know it tastes better than being awake.
N¤E¤R¤D is Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley. Like a giant squid fused with a set of conjoined octopus twins, the end result of N¤E¤R¤D’s time spent behind the controls sounds like they’ve got a lot more than just six hands and 30 fingers on deck. And the tracks snap, crackle and pop with the hyperstimulated sizzle of sticking all 30 into 30 different electrical sockets. “With The Neptunes,” N¤E¤R¤D Chad Hugo told Hamptonroads.com, “we have that ability to collaborate with artists, and they have their vision and we’re there to paint different scenarios. As N¤E¤R¤D, what we put out is directly from our brains to the stage. We’re in our own shoes. We have the ability to be ourselves.” Right. Which is why they’re about to drop their third N¤E¤R¤D album, Seeing Sounds, (out tomorrow), named for the neurological phenomenon synesthesia, where your senses basically swap shoes for the day. The album’s a celebration of their genre-resistant, chopped-and-screwed, tilted-and-twisted sound, complete with that hypnotic sawtooth bass swagger, dirty-ass drumming, superfunked, sexed-up, spaced-out blips, beeps and bumps.
We always suspected these guys saw things we don’t. Turns out they see everything we don’t. And with N¤E¤R¤D — forever the sickest and coolest kids you know — piloting their musical spacecraft into complete sensory overload, we get to explore a whole new galaxy of songs, sounds and sights we’d never otherwise hear… or taste. Watch N¤E¤R¤D’s new video, “Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing In Line for the Bathroom),” plus a few all-time N¤E¤R¤D classics, check out their MTV.com live peformances, watch an exclusive Buzzworthy interview with the Va Bee three, watch their exclusive Artist of the Week videos — including performance clips shot at Special Sauce in Bayshore, New York — and road trip clips, featuring Donnell Rawlings (Ashy Larry of Chappelle’s Show.)
Everyone Nose MTV Performance
U Gotta Go Cuz (With Donnell Rawlings) (Commercial)
Rockstar (Poser) (Dive Bar Remix)
NEW YORK – Chad Hugo is nervous. He’s sitting backstage for an interview after his band, N¤E¤R¤D, performed a rousing set in a sold-out Madison Square Garden as part of Kanye West’s “Glow In The Dark Tour”. He’s affable and gracious, but admits that the questions are “freaking me out.” “You’re like my shrink right now, and it’s really scary that I’m spilling all this (stuff) to you,” he says, laughing. Maybe that’s because he’s not used to the spotlight. Although he’s spent more than a decade as one half of The Neptunes — the superproduction duo whose whirring, funky soundscapes have become a signature in pop, R&B and hip-hop — he’s always been overshadowed by the team’s omnipresent face, Pharrell Williams.
That dancing dog from Britain’s Got Talent aside, nobody works harder than Pharrell Williams in the world of entertainment right now. Under his producer alias ‘The Neptunes’, he and ex-school buddy Chad Hugo have crafted multi-platinum hit after hit for an impressive roster of stars such as Madonna (Hard Candy), Britney (I’m A Slave 4 U) and Snoop (Drop It Like It’s Hot). On top of that, the 35-year-old Christian from Virginia Beach runs fashion label Billionaire Boys Club, nurses an acclaimed solo career, and is planning a move into directing movies. As we hook up with Pharrell, you can tell from the croak in his voice that he’s weary. But a day off is not coming any time soon – he’s just “got the band back together”. And as N¤E¤R¤D, the super-group formed of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and rapper Shae Haley, return with their third album (Seeing Sounds), we sit down with all three members for an exclusive chat.
Rolling Stones 3/5
While writing their third album, N¤E¤R¤D watched a Discovery Channel show about synesthesia, a neurological disorder that causes people to experience sounds as colors or as objects in their minds. Superproducers The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) and their rapping buddy Shay Haley were inspired to create music you could envision as a live show. Does that creative concept work? Hard to say, but the results are experimental and expansive: Specked with ostentatiously weird grooves, “Spaz” and the speedy, jazzy single “Everyone Nose” are destined to go down as some of 2008′s most interesting hip-hop cuts.
The album also dips into Sixties soul (the sweet “Sooner Or Later“) and chugging, riff-driven rock (“Kill Joy“), and tosses in big New Wave choruses. But some melodies feel tossed-off (is Pharrell spending too much time writing for other artists?), and you don’t learn much from Pharrell’s lyrics except that he’s horny. The Neptunes don’t necessarily need guest MCs to make a great album of their own, but if they want their rhymes to keep up with the strength of their tunes, they need to dig a little deeper than this.
After his self-titled debut produced two singles which ended up in the top five of Billboard’s Hot 100, Sean Kingston is looking to change his formula. For his sophomore set Kingston hopes to take a page from Madonna’s book and enlist the help of Virginia beatsmiths Timbaland and Pharrell Williams.
The 18-year-old, who jumpstarted his career via MySpace, gave HipHopDX some exclusive information about working with the two production giants. “I’ll be going in the studio with them, and I can’t wait,” Kingston tells HipHopDX. “It’s gonna be crazy. I think their styles are so dope, and we can make some magic over those beats. I write all my own music, and all my own stuff, so it’s gonna be dope.”
Lately, it’s been 0-60 for the rapper. He’s gone from a budding artist spitting complex, fascinating rhymes on free mixtapes to touring with producer Mark Ronson and getting signed to Interscope Records (via Ronson’s Allido imprint).
Wired.com Listening Post: Any producers you really want to work on this record? Or that you already know you’re working with?
Wale: I’m working with Pharrell, Just Blaze, my people from back home The Best Kept Secret, and DJ Premier.
Wired.com Listening Post: Any artists you already have lined up for your debut?
Wale: That’s kind of something you can’t really say, because things change. Certain tracks don’t make the album or whatever. So, I really can’t say 100 percent. But I have a pretty long list of artists that I consider friends now. You know what I’m saying? Like Jay-Z, Pharrell, Kanye, Black Thought, ?uestlove, Bun B., Pusha T., Rhymefest. Those are people that I consider my friends.
Thanks To YellaNerd
From Their Blog: Today, we wanted to point out two particularly awesome Chester French mentions by the press. The first is our article in the L. A. Times by Chris Lee. We think it really sums us up and is one of the best pieces about us out there. We also think Chris’ description of our sound (“Their shimmering songs can conjure Dr. Dre and the Kinks, psych rock and surf music, while still sounding totally modern”) is pretty accurate while at the same time incredibly flattering. Everyone, check out the article. It is fresh.
We also make a killer guest appearance on the MTV Buzzworthy Blog, with an interview that spans topics as diverse as Kevin Costner, White Zombie and Pilates. Check that out here. More to come Monday, folks. Have a killer weekend. And by that, we of course mean you should kill people. We kid! We kid… please, no lawsuits. DA & Max
Thanks To TooTall. Robin Thicke was on the Doug Banks Show and talked about his upcoming CD. Robin said “Something Else” is supposed to be coming out in September, like we already know, but he also said that he and Usher were thinking about trying to go on tour together towards the end of this year or the beginning of next year.
“Magic” Promo Package
A Philly DJ was so impressed with the promo package that he posted this pic on his blog and wrote: “Got this a few days ago at the station. Only RT would send his single in a silk bag and a custom box.”
Not content with mere millions, the Billionaire Boys Club of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay aim higher, bringing N¤E¤R¤D back to its raw beginnings with buckets, synesthesia and a can of red bull. Pharrell Williams strolls into the lounge at Electric Lady studios, plops down his skinny frame on a large leather sofa and begins a lengthy text-messaging session. Constantly multitasking, the vocalist, bucket drummer and producer extraordinaire busily e-chats with Madonna via his Blackberry while explaining what makes N¤E¤R¤D different from he and partner Chad Hugo’s million-dollar-earning production alter ego, The Neptunes.
“N¤E¤R¤D is to the left because of its attitude,” Williams explains. “Aesthetically, it’s individual music, written from the perspective of the conscious. The songs all have this other look to them, a whole different feel. A lot of people might write ‘C’mon baby’ or ‘I want you tonight’ — we hear those things so much that we become desensitized and it no longer sounds like the way people really think N¤E¤R¤D is written the way a person really thinks versus conversation. More like a conversation with one’s self versus everyday sayings.”
There is no stylist waiting in the penthouse of The Raleigh Hotel in Miami. There is no rack of designer clothes, no table piled with jewels. Every article of clothing and glittering accessory for this shoot arrives with N¤E¤R¤D frontman, super-producer, style arbiter and newly-minted jewelry designer, Pharrell Williams.
He strolls in just before noon wearing a black T-shirt and red baseball hat from his own line, Billionaire Boys Club, a pair of high-tops that are by A Bathing Ape, and a diamond-encrusted Jacob & Co.-designed keychain that’s hooked on the belt loop of the dark, slim-cut Levi’s he picked up in Tokyo last week and from which the key to his Ferrari Enzo dangles. It’s a look of studied nonchalance that Kanye West might spend an hour calculating, but when Williams says it’s just something he threw together, somehow I believe him. And that’s the beauty of being Pharrell Williams. Since everything he owns is already imbued with his own stylistic stamp, he can roll out of bed, throw on a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and his most comfortable kicks and, like that, he’s ready for his close-up.
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the iconic shoe brand, Converse has brought together N¤E¤R¤D, Julian Casablancas and Santogold to create an original full length track. The song will be made available to the world as a free online download. The collaboration came together when Pharrell and Julian sat down to discuss ideas in New York. After Julian was on board, Pharrell saw Santogold at SXSW for the first time and thought she would be a perfect fit. Santi recorded with Pharrell in Miami. Julian recorded with Pharrell in Miami after Santogold and then again in L.A.
N¤E¤R¤D – My Drive Thru feat. Santogold & Julian Casablancas (Converse Anniversary)
Due to a weak response to the first single and iffy reviews of the pre-release, From A Planet Called Harlem (which “was supposed to” come out later this month) has been delayed indefinitely, now looking likely for a 2009 release. Almost all of the tracks that were recorded for the album (which was in fact finished some time ago) are being scrapped and they’re going back in to redo the album.
The good news is that one of the main issues for people who heard the current version of the album was a lack of involvement from The Neptunes, which likely means that she’ll end up working more with Pharrell than was originally planned. I don’t know what that’ll materialize into, of course, but there’s certainly a desire on everyone’s part to get much more Neptunes on the new version. Either way, don’t expect to hear the album for awhile. I’d bet that the old version will end up getting leaked out in the next few weeks though. Thanks To 30th Century Man
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