Pharrell has recently been interviewed by the Radio Show “The Corner” with Gatzby and Ashkay, where he revealed that he is working on a Bollywood Project. He said that “he can’t talk about it but there’s something big happening right now” You can check the interview here out.
In an exclusive interview with DJBooth’s DJ “Z”, Robin steps inside the booth to talk about his constant fear of failure, past and future collaborations with Lil’ Wayne, which famous rap group was a major musical influence, and what his ‘Dream World’ looks like.
Santogold: If you liked M.I.A., you’ll probably dig Santogold. Her self-titled album bowed in April and is a genre-warping blend of rock, soul, new wave and electronic.
MGMT: Along with Vampire Weekend, MGMT is one of the most-buzzed-about indie groups of ’08 — for good reason. The New York duo mixed indie rock with electronica and psychedelic rock to craft Oracular Spectacular, which was released in January. I’m still listening to it in July.
Wale: Heading my list of hip-hop discoveries is D.C. rapper Wale, who is a cross between Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West. His Seinfeld-inspired Mixtape About Nothing — a free download at www.10deep.com — made me a believer. The guy can spit.
Chester French: An Ivy League pop duo who met at Harvard, Chester French got signed by Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. Musically, these guys are all over the place, in a good way — ’60s pop clap-alongs and Johnny Cash-type songs, all with modern-pop catchiness.
Asher Roth: The next Eminem? Roth is more preppy than demented, but his voice, flow and wackiness remind of Marshall Mathers. You can download his free mixtape at www.thedailykush.com.
Miguel: This L.A. soul singer gave me Sure Thing, which I’ve about worn out the past two months. He reportedly signed with Jive Records, where his Prince-ish style has the potential to be big.
Adele: People are liking Duffy as the next British vocalist import, but Adele is my pick as the next Amy Winehouse. She’s got that same old-soul thing going on. Check out Chasing Pavements and Right as Rain from her album 19.
B.o.B.: He reminds me of my favorite rapper, OutKast’s Andre 3000, so that’s immediate points for B.o.B., who like Andre 3K hails from Atlanta and has no problem bringing guitars and harmonicas into his rap records. But he still can make a Southern street record like Haterz Everywhere.
Jamie Lidell: Lidell has been at it for a while, but this British singer came on my radar with his new album Jim, a hooky and fun mix of funk, electronica and old-sounding soul.
The Ting Tings: The award for getting songs stuck in my head goes to the Ting Tings, an English pop duo whose We Started Nothing went to No. 1 overseas. They haven’t gotten as huge here yet.
Banner said “Quincy Jones got me, Akon, Pharrell Williams and T-Pain,” he explained. “[He] allowed us to choose and remake our favorite songs.”
It’s probably the collaboration of the millennium. As Converse celebrate their hundredth year, Julian Casablancas, frontman of the Strokes, Santogold, N*E*R*D and producer Pharrell Williams have got together to mark the occasion with a special new track called ‘My Drive Thru‘.
To celebrate the colossal coming together of the aforementioned names, Gigwise is pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win a limited edition 12” vinyl of ‘My Drive Thru‘ signed by Casablancas, Santogold and Williams, as well as exclusive artwork.
competition at gigwise.com
VOTE FOR KENNA IN THE MTV VMA NOMINATIONS!
This year MTV is letting the fans decide who the nominees are for the VMA’s! Voting is now open for the Best Male and Female Video categories. Make sure to go to vma.mtv.com to vote for Kenna’s video for “SAY GOODBYE TO LOVE”now!
Voting closes Wednesday 7/23 at 11 AM EST.
She may not be a household name in the United States, but Jamelia who was rumored to be linked to Usher in the past is huge “across the pond,” and she’s snapped up Pharrell of The Neptunes for her next album.
According to The Mirror, the singer/songwriter known for her hit “Superstar” was approached by the hit maker last week. A source told the magazine: “The pair met at the F1 bash in London last week and hit it off. His people asked her to discuss working on her next album. She was very flattered.”
Jamelia’s new album, due next year is the followup to her platinum selling album “Thank You” and gold-selling album “Walk With Me” released in 2006. Since her debut in 2000, Jamelia has earned four MOBO Awards, six BRIT Award nominations and eight UK top ten singles
Check Chester French at these dates:
August 14th – Spaceland – LA [get your tickets here]
September 1st – Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle
September 14th – Monolith Festival – Colorado [The set is at 5:10 on the Rock Room Stage]
September 19th – San Diego Street Scene – San Diego
September 20th – Treasure Island Music Festival – San Francisco
for more info check myspace.com/chesterfrench
ALSO remember to take part in the “Friends of Chester French” questionaire for your chance to be interviewed by the guys and feature on their blog
Kenna, Chester French & N*E*R*D opened the month long iTunes festival with a guest appearance from Robin Thicke.
Recent signings Chester French are first on stage with their uplifting genre straddling pop. Dressed in a natty white jacket, front man D.A. Wallach looks like he’s swallowed a book or two on showmanship and for a band virtually unheard of over here, they have the audience eating out the palm of their hands. Things take a slightly surreal twist when they indulge in an instrumental medley of chart hits, including Amerie and Daft Punk. Hey, it all adds to their quirky charm…
Next up, fresh from his appearance at Glastonbury with the ubiquitous Mark Ronson, is Kenna with his smooth blend of funk and epic rock. With songs like ‘Say Goodbye To Love’ and ‘Out of Control’ it’s genuine mystery why he’s not a permanent fixture in the charts. It’s only a matter of time before people wake up and appreciate what they’re missing out on.
Headliners N*E*R*D finally take to the stage, with Pharrell making a strange sight in a fetching SpongeBob SquarePants tee. With a tight backing band, Pharrell, Chad and Shay play out all their hits in a gloriously sleazy set drawn heavily from their classic debut album.
When they launch in to the colossal ‘Lapdance’, they bring the house down – the whole place erupts into a wild mess of flailing limbs and the stage is swamped by rabid fans.
Way past the curfew, Pharrell announces “We’re probably going to be fined tonight. I promise there’s going to be a riot if everyone get’s kicked out” before performing recent hit ‘Everybody Nose’. Thankfully, no one was kicked out and we’re treated to a finale of ‘She Wants To Move’. Pharrell is in his element – top off and surrounded by girls – before the band segue into the White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’ bringing the night to an end and leaving everyone in the room breathless.
A fantastic start to the festival, reminding everyone what a thrilling live proposition they are, N*E*R*D have set the bar high.
review written by Hit40 UK
I was lucky enough to be there courtesy of Chester French (thanks guys) and here are some exclusive photographs for theneptunes.org that i got from the show. Click Images To Enlarge
Highlights of the night will be broadcast on ITV2 (UK) on Monday July 14th at 8pm and an 8 Track EP of the night will be available to buy from all 22 iTunes stores worldwide from July 15th
Some pop stars like to be seen and heard. They rock a mic and their look. So, in honor of the men who make “pretty boy” sound so good, here are The Frisky’s Top Five Metrosexual Musicians:
5. Andre 3000
What’s cooler then being cool? Being Andre 3000, a gentleman so stylish he makes plaid golf gear look hip.4. Marc Anthony
The always dapper Anthony probably has a walk-in closet of clothing only rivaled by his wife’s. Even as a new dad, he’s constantly clad in a suit and you know J. Lo only lets him off his leash for spa days.
3. Mick Jagger
More preened then even his supermodel arm candies, Mick Jagger is the grandfather of metrosexual. The rock ‘n’ roller is still wearing skin-tight stuff with sequins well into his swinging 60’s.
2. Pharrell Williams
From head to rims, Pharrell is covered in all the right trims. He matches more than beats, Pharrell wears baggy hip-hop clothes with color-coded sophistication. He also knows how to rock a fur.
1. Justin Timberlake
Started out in a coordinated boy band, but now he’s all that with his own clothing line. In his signature skinny ties with vests, JT’s ensembles are as smooth as his moves.
Pharrell has always had this ability to look cool. No matter what he’s wearing, whether it was something out of his Billionaire Boys’ Club line or a designer brand, or a plain white tee, he has this look of confidence. You could argue that he gets it from being a hiphop and fashion icon, but I don’t think the amount of swagger that Pharrell exudes can be taken solely from outside perceptions of him. He definitely was displaying very high levels of coolness early on even before he became super-famous.
There’s no amount of media-training that can teach you that kind of confidence (i.e. Clay Aiken). For me, it’s his nonchalance in everything he does. Its his way of making it look easy or making it look like he’s not even thinking about it, even though every part of his outfit on any given day looks painstakingly picked out. That’s why I appreciate this photoshoot. He brings this nonchalance even to these golf-inspired outfits.
And its also a breath of fresh air. I wish he dressed more in “gentlemanly” pieces instead of the ubiquitous street clothes that he revolutionized and popularized. I can imagine barely justifying a cardigan or a quality collar shirt costing hundreds of dollars. But it is hard to swallow that people drop $300 for a graphic sweater or even $100 for a graphic T-shirt. Pharrell is a student of fashion and a pioneer. His Billionaire Boys Club line should be showing the young ones what $300 is really worth.
(What’s this?)Heard on the album Hard Candy in the confines of Madonna’s publicist’s office, Give It 2 Me sounded good. But out on its own, this Neptunes-produced track is more Madge by numbers, stiffly comical where she was once a shimmering queen. Perhaps she had other things in mind – like how much of her fortune would go to hubby in any future divorce settlement -but when she boasts of being able to “go on and on and on when the lights go down”, you want to say, politely, there really is no need. Three minutes is more than enough.
Give It 2 Me will be released on July 14, 2008.
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