Madonna kicked off her Sticky & Sweet World Tour in all grandeur with a show that featured eight costume changes, $2 million worth of jewellery and a full dance troupe. She began the 49-date trek with an opening concert in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday night and wowed the 40,000 people at the Millennium Stadium by taking to the stage on a giant throne, surrounded by throngs of dancers in top hats. The show was split into four parts and each was followed by video recordings from celebrity pals including Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. The 50-year-old singer stunned the audience with her still-sexy self and kept her fans happy by performing a mixture of classic hits including Vogue, Borderline, La Isla Bonita and Into The Groove.
Pharrell’s “Voltron” movie gets the Hollywood Green Light When rumors of a potential Voltron Movie hit Hollywood over three years ago, Pharrell Williams jumped at the chance to be involved due to his love for Japanese pop culture (hence BBC’s popularity in Japan). Attached as a producer to the film, Pharrell not only was willing to contribute some money out of his own pocket for the movie, but he wanted to lend his music producing skills to do the music score as well.
After many years of development and negotiations, Voltron The Movie is now a reality. 20th Century Fox and Relativity Media just announced that Voltron has been given the green light and will go into production with a “modest budget” and a look and feel similar to 300. The movie is set for a 2010 release and this will be Pharrell’s first foray into producing a major motion picture.
O’s new album is really just getting started. He’s gone from the Sony system, where he spent the first six years of his career, to Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group. The deal was recently finalized. Omarion said he felt the need to change labels because of all the changes that happened at Sony over the past few years. Switches in staffing, he said, affected the proper push of his past few projects. There’s no date yet for the new album, nor have any guest stars been announced. The only other producer being mentioned is Pharrell Williams.
“I asked to be released,” he said of the rumors that Sony dropped him. “A release is different from a drop. When an artist is dropped, usually they haven’t brought any revenue to the company. As you know, I’ve been with that company for a long time, roughly over six years. Throughout B2K and my solo albums, revenue was still brought in. An artist like me could never get dropped. How did I get dropped and I still ended up in a great situation? Usually when you hear ‘drop,’ it means, ‘Oh, he’s over.’ It’s a wrap. It’s unfortunate that stuff like that gets put out there. Everybody likes to associate — especially me being such a cool dude — with negative things. Are you kidding me?”
“We’re just picking each other’s brains to see what can be done differently,” he continued. “My energetic style and aggressiveness when I perform, I don’t think that’s necessarily been captured [for the length of] an album. I always felt like I had joints like ‘Touch,’ even ‘Entourage,’ where it’s upbeat. But it hasn’t been captured in an album. All these crazy new dances, all these different things I wanna do. When I look at my peers in the game, they capture the true essence of who they are. I kinda felt like throughout my career, I had just blots of that.”
On top of the hint that was placed by her group mate Kelly Rowland about next year’s possible reunion of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé has been working on her upcoming third solo effort. She is reportedly working with rapper Kanye West in the album, which is allegedly scheduled to drop with title “Virtuoso Intellect“. Beyoncé has also reportedly included producers Rodney Jerkins, The Neptunes, and The-Dream in a list of her possible collaborators for the album.
Furthermore, her upcoming album is believed to include her song entitled “Beautiful Nightmare” as one of the U.S. Bonus Tracks. The single is supposedly scheduled for release on iTunes on September 12 but has been leaked months before. Beyoncé’s next album is reportedly scheduled for an international full release on November 11 while the domestic edition is set to drop a week later on November 18. Elsewhere, Beyoncé has another project of recording an anthem called “Just Stand Up“. She is going to team up with a dozen of the world’s most accomplished female recording artists, such as Rihanna and Mariah Carey to support a cancer campaign. The single will be available for digital download on September 2.
N¤E¤R¤D’s Fall Tour Dates Incl. Seeing The Invincible Sounds Of Summer Tour
August 27th – Pepsi 500 Event – Los Angeles, CA
September 9th – Verizon Wireless – Houston TX
September 10th – H.O.B. Dallas, TX
September 12th – Fete de l’Humanite – Paris, France
September 13th – Marquee – Phoenix, AZ
September 14th – Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
September 15th – Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
September 16th – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
September 18th – Showbox – Seattle, WA
September 20th – Berkley Comm College – Berkley, CA
September 21st – H.O.B. – Las Vegas, NV
September 23rd – Filmore – Denver, CO
September 25th – Rave Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
September 26th – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
September 27th – Foundation – Chicago, IL
September 28th – Filmore – Detroit, MI
September 29th – Kool Haus, The Sound Academy – Toronto
September 30th – Montreal
October 1st – Orpheum – Boston, MA
October 2nd – Factory – Philadelphia, PA
October 3rd – NC State University – Raleigh, NC
October 4th – Roseland – New York, NY
October 5th – Roseland – New York, NY
October 6th – Rams Head – Baltimore, MD
October 9th – Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
October 10th – Filmore – Miami, FL
Each Tuesday, FADER editor Matthew Schnipper highlights an underappreciated recent release he thinks we need to know about. This week it’s Fam-Lay “Da Beeper Record” 12-inch. I saw the cutest baby on the subway today. She was in a stroller and she was so little. She was sleeping but would half wake up intermittently, mostly with her eyes still closed, and paw around at her face and tiny blanket. Then she yawned and her mouth moved in a circle. The palms of her hands were pink. She had a lot of hair. She could not have been more than a few weeks old. She was chilling. A while ago, my friend Jessica asked me why everything makes me bummed. It’s a good question. That baby was one hundred percent cool though.
I bet Fam-Lay gets bummed out by everything all the time. Like especially the fact that no one cares about his music even though it’s good. There used to be dozens of copies of the “Rock N Roll” 12-inch at this one store, all a dime apiece. I bought three or four and gave them away. But “Da Beeper Record,” I never saw that until I went to Amoeba in San Francisco a few years ago and they had piles of them for three dollars each. “Catch me on the night shift like the Commodores/ If you about to bullshit what you’d call me for?” My grama is like that, she hates the phone. She is like Fam-Lay, they both work hard and don’t get a lot of recognition, except from their close family (me and Pharrell, respectively).
Sinden made a song out of “Beeper” and then Kid Sister rapped over it. I wonder if he heard that. My grama tutors young immigrant kids. I wonder if she sees them when they get old. I wonder if they ever look at cute babies. My grama has a really small dog named Yasmine. Does Fam-Lay have a cute baby? Or did he keep a copy of the note Pharrell wrote when he promised to make him famous? My grama has a cool Turkish accent. Fam-Lay sounds southern. Fam-Lay sounds like family, my grama is my family. This is bumming me out. Do you think cute babies like rap music? If I was a baby would I be cute? Was I a cute baby? Was Fam-Lay? Was my grama? This is bumming me out. Thanks to Alkashi.
Solange – Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams (2008)
01 – God Given Name (Soulshock & Karlin)
02 – T.O.N.Y. (Jack Splash)
03 – Dancing In The Dark (Mr. Familiar)
04 – Would’ve Been The One (Jack Splash)
05 – Sandcastle Disco (Soulshock & Karlin)
06 – I Decided (Neptunes)
07 – Valentine’s Day (Bama Boyz)
08 – 6 O’ Clock Blues (Mark Ronson)
09 – Ode To Marvin (Jack Splash)
10 – I Told You So (Shea Taylor)
11 – Cosmic Journey feat. Bilal (Soulshock & Karlin)
12 – This Bird (S. Knowles)
13 – I Decided Part II (Freemasons)
14 – ChampagneChronikNight (Bama Boyz) (UK Bonus)
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Pharrell spoke exclusively to MTV News… When we asked the pop lothario if he was listening to any UK artists during his European tour we got a surprising response “I really like what Duffy does she’s dope…(and) the group called The Wombats? Yeah crazy, their single is crazy. Sick. It’s called Moving To New York.” P also told us that Common’s forthcoming album Invincible Summer is ‘dumb’ which means ‘sick’ which means really good “man his album is dumb, I did a bunch of records for it, I did like nine records.” Pharrell, pictured above our very own VJ Rickie, told us “with Announcement I wanted to make some kind of 1994, 95 feeling, but we’re going to see”.
Bollywood’s super producer duo Vishal & Shekhar have mass produced soundtracks for blockbusters such as Om Shanti Om, Bachna Ae Hasseno and Salaam Namaste. While in NYC for the Unforgettable Tour they sat down with The Corner’s Jay Gatzby to chop it up. When asked if any US mainstream collaborations were in the near future, they responded with names of Timbaland and Pharrell. Both Timbaland and Pharrell have a history of using South Asian riffs, samples and hooks to mix into their well known hits. Will one of Bollywood’s most powerful producing duo change the face and sound of Bollywood Music as we know it? Keep it locked to find out and stay tuned for an exclusive video interview with Vishal & Shekhar with The Corner Radio Show’s Jay Gatzby.
1. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: $150 million
2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter: $82 million
3. Sean “Diddy” Combs: $35 million
4. Kanye West: $30 million
5. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley: $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams: $20 million
7. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean: $17 million
8. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus: $16 million
9. André “Dr. Dre” Young: $15 million
10. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges: $14 million
The release date of Missy Elliott’s seventh studio album, Block Party, has been pushed back. According to Rap-Up, the album’s was pushed back because the rapper is still recording. “Block Party”, which was scheduled for release in September release, is now slated for a November release.
Missy Elliott – Block Party (2008) (November)
Producers & Guests: Souldiggaz, Danjahandz, The Neptunes, T-Pain, Pointguard, Timbaland…
In 2002, two astonishing debut albums were released on opposite sides of the Atlantic which, in similar ways, exquisitely captured the existential angst of a young male growing up in the suburban hinterland. One was N¤E¤R¤D’s In Search Of…, whose protagonist dreams of a better existence against the backdrop of Virginia Beach, VA. The other was The Streets’ Original Pirate Material, the location switched to Sutton Coldfield. What made both records so refreshing was that we’d heard the gangster narrative countless times. What we’d barely heard was the voice of the millions of other guys, quietly keeping their heads down and staying out of trouble. The comparison isn’t a perfect one, but the similarities in spirit – the tug of war between here-and-now hedonism and yearning for a different life – are striking. And so, in many ways, is what happened next. Both acts fulfilled their own prophecies. Pharrell Williams did become the “Rock Star” he sang about; Mike Skinner did hear his “bangers” blasting out of car windows and council blocks. And in many ways, they’ve both been defined by their reaction to fame.
Pharrell became the bling-bling playboy who needed to step into a brand new pair of box-fresh Ice Creams even to walk to the fridge. Skinner lost himself in a celebrity-and-cocaine whirlpool. And they both pitch up on Brighton Beach at the same T4-broadcast event to pimp their latest albums. Skinner’s in the mood to return to the spirit of Original Pirate Material, and its opening track, “Turn The Page“, is the first he plays on a blustery day beside the sea, and it’s one of many OPM cuts, including “Don’t Mug Yourself“, “Has It Come To This” and the sublime “Weak Become Heroes“. “Have you ever seen a band before midday?” Skinner asks, taking the party-unfriendly hour (it’s 11.50am) as a challenge. He’s an effortless crowd manipulator, armed with ready wit, interactive stunts and the odd dreadful visual pun: in “Dry Your Eyes“, he points at the English Channel for the words “plenty more fish in the sea”, looks apologetic for a second, points gun-fingers to his temple, and pulls the trigger to the sound of a snare. “This is a new song,” he announces midway through, “so just ignore it.” The truth is that “Heaven for the Weather”, one of the standout tracks from the imminent Everything Is Borrowed, is so infectious that ignoring it won’t be an option.
For “Fit But You Know It“, he parts the crowd Red Sea-like, runs down to the back, and is carried aloft back to the stage just in time to segue into Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n’Roll“. Follow that, Pharrell. Camouflaged in a red cap, Ray-Bans, a cricket cardie and a thick scarf, he looks like someone who isn’t used to the British weather. Pharrell fusses about the wind ruining the sound, does a strange dance when things are going well, and sits on the drum riser in a sulk when they aren’t. To be fair, he’s clearly unwell. “My voice is messed up”, he explains (hence the scarf), and his angelic falsetto stays locked away throughout. Eventually, N¤E¤R¤D do drop the hits, including “Everyone Nose” and a neck-snapping “Lapdance“, which is accompanied by a stage invasion which is open only to attractive young women. And Pharrell, like Skinner, tries the “go low” stunt. But we’ve already seen it once today, and it falls flat. If he’d turned up a couple of hours earlier and watched the little English guy with the Brummie accent, he might have learned quite a bit.
On a muggy summer’s morning, Pharrell Williams is stifling a yawn. It’s 7am on America’s east coast and the N¤E¤R¤D frontman sounds like he could do with a strong coffee or 10 minutes alone with a hot shower. His voice is low and bleary — as if echoing from the bottom of a deep well. We’re guessing Pharrell isn’t a morning person. “No, no… ‘s cool,” he murmurs. “I’m okay.”
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Hotly tipped newcomers Chester French played a sold-out show at Spaceland in Los Angeles last night (August 14), covering Smashing Pumpkins for an adoring crowd.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts quintet who recently signed to Pharrell Williams’ label to record their full-length debut, gave a brief, high-energy set that got the packed house dancing.
Sporting a blue blazer and red trousers, frontman D.A. Wallach did his best to get a rise out of the crowd despite his muffled vocals. “Get your asses shaking, it’s loose booty evening here at Spaceland!” he shouted. The crowd cheered back in response.
The band concluded the night with a surprise encore of Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Zero’.
Chester French played:
‘The Jimmy Choos’
‘She Loves Everybody’
‘Not Over You’
‘Beneath the Veil’
The band head to the UK to support N¤E¤R¤D next week (August 18), and are set to return to LA’s Spaceland for a second performance on August 28 before playing a handful of US festivals.
–By our Los Angeles staff.
Hey UK Chester French fans! We’ll be hitting your shores next week for a slew of shows! Here’s the breakdown…
On Monday, August 18th, we’ll be playing at Sheffield Academy with N¤E¤R¤D.
You can buy tickets here.
On Tuesday, August 19th, we’ll be playing at Birmingham Academy with N¤E¤R¤D.
You can buy tickets here.
On Wednesday, August 20th, we’ll be playing at Manchester Academy with N¤E¤R¤D.
You can buy tickets here.
On Friday, August 22nd we’ll be playing at the Edinburgh Edge Festival with N¤E¤R¤D.
Tickets can be bought here.
Then Saturday, August 23rd we’ll be playing the “Push” Club at Astoria 2.
You can buy tickets here.
So UK C French fans? See you in the trenches...
-DA & Max
My father once brought me to this piece of land in downtown Houston…. He said he was building a compound there for his record label along with a studio for me to write and record my music. When I looked at this city block all I could see was this empty lot with an old plantation home in a homeless and drug infested area, but he had a vision and a dream that he held onto and made into reality. This location is now the headquarters for a project he started in the spare bedroom of my childhood home. The name of the street is Hadley St. and this is indeed where I started the making of my album. It was an eye opener and an evolution for me as an artist. I felt the bravery in making music that inspired me and started to pull out my old records of Shuggie Otis, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding – artists that had messages and melodies that spoke to me. I experimented with the Soul of that type of music by adding subtle electronic influences I picked up along the way from traveling and spending so much time in London and France. I decided lyrically that I would tell my story, with hopes to inspire and most importantly spare no punches in holding back.
If I had to describe the sound of my record, I would like to think that it is as if The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Dusty Springfield and Minnie Riperton were to make the music they did in the 60’s and 70’s now with a modern touch.I reached out to producers I felt like could capture this sound right on, but it definitely didn’t come without a lot of persistency. Because of my past associations and ties people tend to cast me away easily. It was so important to actually play the music for these producers and not go the traditional way. I reached out numerous times through managers and agents but it wasn’t until the producers actually heard my new music that they wanted to be apart of it, and I understood that. I ran into Cee-Lo in a club and begged him to come and listen to the album in the car after the club, and from there he was on board. We wrote and recorded “T.O.N.Y” and “Sandcastle Disco” that next week. Producer Jack Slash who produced three 3 songs on the album (“T.O.N.Y.,” “Would’ve Been The One,” and an “Ode To Marvin“), captured the sound I envisioned right on.
By the end of the project, all of the producers and artist I had ever dreamed of working with such as Q-Tip, Pharrell, Raphael Saddiq, Boards Of Canada and Mark Ronson contributed to the album. When I got a call saying the legendary Lamont Dozier would take the time out to write with little old me I was ecstatic beyond words. He is probably the single most influential person that worked on this album! When hearing this album, I hope the listener is taken back to a time when music was melodic, sweet, and soulful. When music was less provocative and came from a place of inspiration and storytelling. I hope to have followers with an intelligent ear and that are willing to take risk.
Why is he famous?
As part of the production duo The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams has produced hit singles for some of the most renowned hip-hop and R&B artists in the world, including Usher, Nelly and Justin Timberlake. In fact, an August 2003 survey found that 43% of the songs played on U.S. Radio were produced by The Neptunes. He is also the lead singer and drummer of the rock band N*E*R*D. Though Pharrell was frequently featured on other artists’ tracks over the years, he didn’t release his own album until 2006.
Pharrell Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While still in grade school, Pharrell met Chad Hugo and the duo formed an R&B group with two other friends. In 1990, they were discovered at a talent contest and signed by producer Teddy Riley. Four years later, Pharrell and Chad formed The Neptunes and soon began producing hits for major hip-hop artists. The duo also created the rock band N*E*R*D with Shae Haley and released three albums. On July 25, 2006, Pharrell released his debut solo hip-hop album, In My Mind.
Check out this video where Britney Spears was at the House Of Blues to see Robin Thicke this weekend. Think there could be a Thicke/Britneycollaboration in the future ?
“Jamaica’s musical influence is big, especially in the past five years in the game… we’ve influenced a lot of different forms of music, and people and genres are saying “respect” to it. I’m loving that, I’m loving that it’s becoming something on peoples’ albums. But one thing that is a dark side of that is that none of these people go back home to Jamaica to do it… and I find that if you wanted to get so-called crunk music, you find Lil’ Jon to work with him, and if you want a more R&B song, you check Pharrell and The Neptunes for the hip-hop, and that’ll sound more R&B and smooth.
So I come to Jamaica to produce The Trinity — not to just hear it and try to do it back. So that’s what I’m doin’, I’m giving respect back to these kids. Now I’m not sayin’ that everybody in the world can’t produce dancehall, but these kids are the current vibrancy of what’s doing in Jamaica — that’s where I come from, man, so I have to give back to them.
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