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Updated: NERD Not Held In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

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Here’s an official statement from Pineapple Concerts: Pineapple Concerts Sdn Bhd is pleased that Sunburst KL International Music Festival 2009 held on 21st March 2009 at Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club & Country Resort, was a tremendous success. Contrary to media reports, we wish to emphasise that NO ARTISTS WERE DETAINED NOR THEIR PASSPORTS HELD by any agency or government body during their stay in Malaysia. Though discussions were held with relevant agencies, all matter were amicably resolved. However, Pineapple Concerts hereby confirms that Milenda Events, the agency appointed by the company to manage all permits & licensing applications and submissions relating to Sunburst KL 2009, is now no longer contracted to, or in any way associated with all present and future Pineapple Concerts events, with immediate effect. Razman Razali, Managing Director. Thanks To Ebb.

March 23rd
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have been held in custody in Malaysia because the group did not receive permission from the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry to perform at the Sunburst Festival. NERD were forced to cancel concerts in Indonesia this weekend (21-22March) after they were detained by Malaysian authorities for failing to gain the correct performance permits. The Everybody Nose hitmakers – comprising of Williams, Shay Haley and Chad Hugo – performed at the Sunburst KL International Festival in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (21March), before heading to the city’s airport to fly to neighbouring Indonesia. But they ran into trouble with immigration officials and were detained for several hours after Malaysian authorities discovered they had not obtained the permission needed to perform in the conservative Muslim country.

According to local reports, the band’s Malaysian promoter had requested the permits twice before they were due to play at the music festival, but their attempts had been rejected on both occasions, with officials citing the group members’ “obscene” dress sense for the denials. However, NERD pressed ahead and performed without the proper credentials – resulting in their detainment at Kuala Lumpur airport. Immigration Director-General Datuk Mahmood Adam says, “Following investigations, we found that the group did not receive permission from the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry to perform at the concert. “After their statements were recorded, they were released with assurance from the concert organiser.” After learning of NERD’s immigration delay, the promoters of their Indonesian gig, Java Festival Production and Urbanite-Sinjitos, called off their scheduled show in Jakarta on Sunday (22Mar09) and the band subsequently flew back to their native U.S. Ticket holders have been offered refunds for the cancelled concert.

*klue.com
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NERD To Perform On Jimmy Fallon, March 27th

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will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon On Friday, March 27th. I hope they’ll perform Popcorn.

Pitbull’s Blanco Goes Online Tuesday March 24th, Video This Week


In advance of the film’s release, the original motion picture soundtrack album for Fast & Furious (on Interscope/Star Trak) will arrive in the physical and digital marketplace March 31, it was announced today. The first eSingle release – “Blanco” by Pitbull, featuring Pharrell goes online on Tuesday (March 24th) and the video will premiere the week of the album’s release.

*prnewswire.com

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Fast & Furious 4 OST (2009) (Final Tracklist)

01 – Rye Rye – Bang feat. M.I.A.
02 – Busta Rhymes – G-Stro feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
03 – Kenna – Loose Wires (Neptunes)
04 – Pitbull – Blanco feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
05 – Pitbull – Krazy feat. (Lil’ Jon)
06 – Tego Calderon – You Slip, She Grip feat. Pitbull (Neptunes)
07 – Shark City Click – Head Bust feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
08 – Pitbull – Bad Girls feat. Pharrell & Robin Thicke (Neptunes) (Snippet)
09 – Don Omar – Virtual Diva
10 – Tasha – La Isla Bonita (Snippet)
11 – Pitbull – Blanco feat. Pharrell (The Strictly Spanish Mix) (Bonus Track)

Robin Thicke Ready To Take On Acting

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Robin Thicke the actor? Singer Robin Thicke is ready to branch out into acting but fears his first role might not be a good one. “You’ll (probably) see me doing a horror movie with Paris Hilton,” Thicke said in a recent interview. The R&B singer, son of actor Alan Thicke, admits having actress Paula Patton as his wife is like “living with an acting coach”. “It’s in the blood. I wasn’t very good at it when I was a kid because it didn’t come naturally to me.” Thicke adds, “I wouldn’t do anything just for the celebrity of it, but I would love to be involved with some great project.”

*examiner.com

Chester French In-Stores & After Parties Contests Dates

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March

March 24th – Chicago, 923 Rush Street – 4pm
March 30th – Boston, 339 Newbury Street – 4pm

April

April 1st – Philadelphia, 1507 Walnut Street – 4pm
April 2nd – DC, 1249 Wisconsin Avenue NW – 4pm
April 3rd – Tampa, International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd – 4pm
April 4th – Atlanta, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road – 4pm

After Party At Barrio’s in Minneapolis
Address: 925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

After Party At El Bar In Atlanta
Address: 939 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

*chesterfrench.com

New NERD Song Soldier, Features Santogold & Lil’ Wayne

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I wasn’t home yesterday, so i just updated the full Popcorn performance without checking it even out, so according to that performance, you can hear Lil’ Wayne at 4:00.

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NERD – Popcorn feat. Santogold (Florida, Panama City)

The Neptunes Have 7 Tracks On Fast & Furious 4 OST, Preview

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Who would’ve thought of this. The Neptunes get not 3 tracks as we thought nope, they have at least 7 Neptunes tracks on the official Fast & Furious 4 OST which probably will be released through Startrak/Interscope, the other tracks have to be confirmed yet if they are produced by The Neptunes, although they ain’t sounding Neptunish such as the Tasha tune. What suprises me the most is, that Busta’sG-Stro“ made it on the OST… that means that we will be able to hear at least one other Neptunes Busta collabo on his upcoming album “B.O.M.B. (May 19th)” either „Kill Dem feat. Tosh“ or „Back On My Bullshit“. We also know now what tune Fam-Lay has on the movie where he has been talking about at the Fast & Furious 4 premier, it’s „Head Bust“ with quite lil’ differences then the old snippet that leaked 3 years ago but the track goes by the name Shark City Click and not Fam-Lay. It’s also nice to see Thicke on a official Neptunes collabo since 2005’sWanna Love You Girl“. Check out the Fast & Furious 4 OST Preview. Thanks To Bigmac For The Info.

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Fast & Furious 4 OST (2009) (March 30th (Preview)
01 – Rye Rye – Bang feat. M.I.A. (Blaqstarr)
02 – Busta Rhymes – G-Stro feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
03 – Kenna – Loose Wires (Neptunes)
04 – Pitbull – Blanco feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
05 – Pitbull – Krazy feat. Lil’ Jon
06 – Tego Calderon – You Slip, She Grip feat. Pitbull (Neptunes)
07 – Shark City Click – Head Bust feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
08 – Pitbull – Bad Girls feat. Pharrell & Robin Thicke (Neptunes)
09 – Don Omar – Virtual Diva
10 – Tasha – La Isla Bonita
11 – Pitbull – Blanco feat. Pharrell (Spanish Version) (Neptunes)

P. Diddy Previews Cassie’s Neptunes Track „High“ Live On Ptwitty TV

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had one of his famous live shows last night live on his Tweety Site ptwitty from the studio where he has played some exclusive tracks off Cassie’s upcoming album “Connecticut Fever” such as The Neptunes track “High” and ofcourse you know it we were there to rip that tune so here’s the 1 min snippet.

Cassie – High (Neptunes) (Snippet) (Live From PTwitty)

Diddy: „Pharrell & Co… I’m Pushing Them To A Certain Level Of Greatness“

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Beyond bashing DJ’s, Diddy talks about his new “sound” for his upcoming “Last Train To Paris” LP (Due September 22nd) which he calls “electro-hip hop soul-funk: the new black!.” Diddy says “on this album, I’m using names that you know – Pharrell, Tricky, Rodney Jerkins and T-Pain – and I’m pushing them to a certain level of greatness. I’m motherfuckin’ Rick James on this album. I’m talking about love – sex-pain – heartache and some other stuff I can’t mention yet. It’s the dark and the light side.”

*rapbasement.com

NERD To Perform New Song At Spring Break In Panama City

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According to NERD’s Twitter Site, NERD are about to perform a new track at Spring Break in Panama City from a possible new album or a Seeing Sounds Re-release.

Pitbull’s “Blanco feat. Pharrell” Gets A Video

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According to NERD’s Twitter Site, they’re already shooting the video for Pitbull’sBlanco” Tune featuring Pharrell from the Fast & Furious 4 OST. In the meanwhile, check out my Extended Mix of Blanco that I did this morning :D.

Pitbull – Blanco feat. Pharrell (Extended Mix)

Madonna To Record New Songs For Greatest Hits, Possibly New Neptunes/Madonna Collabo ?

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Madonna’s
25-year tenure with Warner Music will come to an end with a new greatest hits compilation due out in September, the Material Girl’s management told People. “Madonna does have plans to go into the studio to record a few new songs for this album,” says Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg. “We’re hoping to have a greatest hits package come out in September. We’re all very excited about it.” In a new twist, fans might get to have a say in what makes the final cut of the greatest hits compilation. Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary took to Twitter yesterday to ask fans what songs they’d want on the upcoming collection. “Thank you to everyone that gave me there pick of song ideas for Madonna’s greatest hits.

I will pass along all your thoughts,” Oseary tweeted.  The upcoming greatest hits will be the Madge’s fourth best-of compilation, following 1990’s The Immaculate Collection, the ballad-bunching Something to Remember and 2001’s GHV2. The collection will also mark the end of Madonna’s 25-year career at Warner labels Sire, Maverick and Warner Bros., a partnership that dates all the way back to her 1983 debut album Madonna. Several months before the release of 2008’s Hard Candy, Madonna signed a massive, all-encompassing 360 deal with Live Nation in October 2007, which immediately paid dividends as her Sticky & Sweet tour raked in over $200 million, record-breaking, top-grossing tour by a solo artist and female artist.

*rollingstone.com

The Neptunes’ Movie Projects

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Here are the movie projects that The Neptunes are involved with.

Fast & Furious 4 (2009) (April 3rd)
Director – Justin Lin
Writers – Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
Composer - The Neptunes
Soundtrack
- Tego Calderon – You Slip, She Grip feat. Pitbull
- Pitbull – Blanco feat. Pharrell
- Fam-Lay – Untitled

Limelight (2009) (TV) (ABC)
Executive Producers – McG, Leonard Goldberg
Co-Executive Producer – Peter Johnson
Director – David Semel
Score Composer – Pharrell Williams
Writers – K. J. Steinberg, David S. Rosenthal

Square Grouper (2009) (TV) (HBO, Adult Swim, Rakontur Films)
Directors – Alfred Spellman, Billy Corben
Composer – Pharrell Williams

Street Dreams (2009)
Director – Chris Zamoscianyk   
Producer – Rob Dyrdek, Scott Mellini, Chris Zamoscianyk 
Composer – Pharrell Williams
Writers – Elisa Delson, Rob Dyrdek, Nino Scalia

Voltron – Defender Of The Universe (2010)
Director – Max Makowski
Producers – Mark Gordon, Mark Costa &  Frank Oelman
Score Composer – Pharrell Williams
Writer – Justin Marks

This Wednesday (2010)
Director – Christine Crokos
Writer – Christine Crokos
Score Composer – Robin Thicke

Zoom (2010) (Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment)
Director – Preston Whitmore
Producer – Brian Grazer
Score Composer – Pharrell Williams
Writer – Preston Whitmore

Joel Silver & Pharrell Williams Project (2010)

Tyrese Is Working With Robin Thicke

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According to Tyrese’s Twitter site, Tyrese has been in the studio with Robin Thicke Recording a song called “Pregnant” for his 5th Studio Album.

Tyrese - 5th Studio Album (2009)
- Pregnant (R. Thicke)

NERD ~ Jakartaglobe.com Article

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NERD’s Not Your Stereotypical Group. Do not be fooled by their name. This group of three does not wear thick eyeglasses, carry heavy textbooks or consider the library their second home. These buddies since high school — Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley — make up a group called N.E.R.D., which marries hip-hop with funk-rock. These versatile musicians infuse a little bit of everything contemporary, including pop, heavy metal, funk, hip-hop, rock and R&B. Williams is the group’s frontman, who also plays the drums. Hugo, who is of Filipino descent, plays lead guitar, keys and saxophone. Shay Haley is the backing vocalist-cum-percussionist. On Sunday, March 22, NERD is scheduled to perform to about 4,000 fans with their fusion groove at Tennis Indoor Senayan in South Jakarta, following back-to-back performances at international music festivals in Singapore and Malaysia.

Nirmala Hapsari of Java Festival Production, the promoter of the concert, said, “With many concerts being held in Indonesia, with various genres, this is concrete evidence that Indonesia, especially Jakarta, is a safe and lucrative place for foreign musicians. “NERD is a must-see event for those who have a passion for funk, hip-hop and rap,” Nirmala said. “You can’t miss out on [their] stage presence.” The ingenious Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo also make up the dynamic Grammy-winning duo, The Neptunes, who are responsible for producing the sounds of some of the most acclaimed pop, hip-hop and R&B artists, including Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Madonna, Kelis and Justin Timberlake. NERD is an offshoot of The Neptunes. NERD is the outlet in which the boys can directly channel their musical creativity. As the band puts it, on their official MySpace page, “NERD is the offspring of The Neptunes id … that subscribes to no rules, adheres to no agenda.” In 2001, their debut album “In Search Of?…?” was released in Europe. The first version was produced with a digital-heavy sound, echoing the modern, hybrid beats Williams and Hugo used on albums they produced for other artists as The Neptunes.

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