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
Apparently Lindsay Lohan’s new album called Midnight Show (Due October 14/Motown Records) has 4 Neptunes tracks on it according to www.atrl.net Thanks To AirEasy
Lindsay Lohan – Midnight Show (Due October 14th)
– Promises In The Dark
– Wrapped Around Your Finger
– Midnight Show
– Put The Blame On Me
Well, Jurassic 5 has officially fucked off. Beware, the following explanatory post on the band’s Myspace: I would like to thank all those who left comments much respect especially to the one who left the comment on what happened to the group, well here you go. We met with Jimmy Iovine played him what we did got a few nods on certain songs one in particular “Work It Out” which he really liked he said and I quote ”I Really Like This Song But I Don’t See It As A First Single” which opened the door for us to work with some producers that he thought could give us that first single in which we interjected that we would like to work with Kanye West, Just Blaze, Pharrell and Scott Storch.
Kanye had a deal with Sony and couldn’t do it. We reached out to the rest, but they were busy. Scott Storch answered the call being he already had a production deal with Jimmy as well as he was a fan of the group and wanted to work. We did 4 songs, only kept one and that still wasn’t the first single (what the fuck) the first single turned out to be “Work It Out” the song Jimmy said ”He Don’t See It As A First Single“
The creation of N¤E¤R¤D’s latest album has been a long and meticulous process. Unlike with their first two albums, In Search Of… and Fly Or Die , Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley studied everything from the demands of the market to the technical intricacies of the music, calculating every aspect to a scientific degree. The result is Seeing Sounds, a neon-coloured firebomb, radiating energy and pulsating with power. On June 10, it will be released not only at a time when the trio feel it has no competition, but in the midst of likely the biggest hip-hop tour of the year, the Glow In The Dark Tour, which they are on with Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Rihanna.
This is actually a demo of the *You Know What* song by N¤E¤R¤D off their new album *Seeing Sounds* performed by Shareese Renèe Ballard also known as Res, produced by The Neptunes. theneptunes.org spoke with exclusively Res about the collaboration between her and The Neptunes.
Here’s what she told us about “You Know What”…
Res: Me and Pharrell worked together and “You Know What” was one of the songs he wrote during the session. Jimmy Iovine didn’t think it was a good Res song, he thought it was a N¤E¤R¤D joint so i guess Pharrell thought that too and put it on his album. It’s all good. It sounds great and he was so fun to work with!
He just released his second studio album Trilla in March, but Rick Ross is already busy working on his third album called “Deeper Than Rap”, scheduled for release later this year. His new single is called “Get Down” and was produced by The Neptunes and features Pharrell.
The first leak off Invincible Summer, “Universal Mind Control”, the first thing the listener recognizes as the song “Universal Mind Control” begins is that Common is obviously embracing the electro hip hop house sound that has been pervasive for about a year and a half now. But, when he starts rhyming the reminder that electro hip hop is nothing new comes swiftly as Common uses a familiar staccato rhyme pattern utilized in the early days of hip hop. Pharrell eventually chimes in on the chorus with a very Afrika Bambata-ish echo effect galvanizing B-boys to the dance floor. The computer funk sound gives the song a refreshing vintage yet current feel. The track sounds like it’s sampled from Afrika Bambaataa’s “Looking For The Perfect Beat”.
Common – Invincible Summer (June 24)
– Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.) (Neptunes)
– Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo
– Punch Love
– What A World feat. Chester French (Neptunes)
– Party Shit
– Runaway feat. Santogold
Ashanti said during her June 2 appearance on 106 & Park that she recorded 52 tracks for the album, of which only 13 were used but none of the The Neptunes tracks made the final cut on Ashanti’s fourth album “The Declaration” released on June 3, 2008. MTV.com apparently said that the Thicke collabo is produced by The Neptunes which is obviously a mistake (it’s produced by Channel 7).
01 – Intro (Marcus Aurelius)
02 – The Way That I Love You (LT. Hutton, A. Douglass)
03 – You’re Gonna Miss (LT. Hutton, A. Douglass)
04 – So Over You (Darkchild)
05 – Struggle (LT. Hutton)
06 – Girlfriend (LT. Hutton)
07 – Things You Make Me Do feat. Robin Thicke (Channel 7)
08 – In These Streets (Ron Neff-U Feemster)
09 – Good Good (JD)
10 – Body On Me feat. Nelly & (Akon)
11 – Mother (Babyface)
12 – Shine (Peter Stengaard)
13 – The Declaration/Outro (Channel 7)
– Go Deeper feat. Robin Thicke (Neptunes)
– Untitled (Neptunes)
The video for “I Decided,” directed by Melina, is offering the viewer a glimpse of who Solange, the visionary, really is: It is the ultimate pop art piece. Its psychedelic, it’s adventurous, it’s colourful and not so colorful, it’s intelligent, and it’s the inner makings of Solange. “I love pop art; in fact I am a painter myself and have several pieces under my belt that I haven’t put on display but soon plan to.”
The “I Decided” video deals with pop culture from the 60s to the future. It displays Sol-Angel in settings from American Bandstand, to the Civil Rights Movement, to New Wave, and finally a “Cosmic Journey” future
Check out this CDM out listed with a Remix featuring Pharrell and a Timbaland Remix. It definitely looks interesting.
Solange – I Decided (CDM)
01 – I Decided (Main)
02 – I Decided (Radio)
03 – I Decided feat. Pharrell (Remix)
04 – I Decided feat. Timbaland (Timbaland Remix)
05 – I Decided (Freemasons Remix)
06 – I Decided (Mr. Mig Remix)
07 – I Decided (Azza Remix)
08 – I Decided (Instrumental)
09 – I Decided (Acapella)
“…The out of this world duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, also knows as The Neptunes, were in both studio A and B working on various projects producing Common’s upcoming album “BE” with Drew Coleman engineering, as well as Robin Thicke’s upcoming album “Evolution Of Robin Thicke” with mixer Rich Travali adding his special touch to the project. They also scheduled a Remix for Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” music video…”
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