H&M and Designers Against AIDS (DAA) has once again teamed up with some of the biggest celebrities for Fashion Against AIDS, to help fight the disease and raise youth awareness. Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry, Róisín Murphy, Estelle, Cyndi Lauper, NERD, Robyn, Yoko Ono, Yelle, Moby, Katharine Hamnett, Dangerous Muse, and Tokio Hotel are among the artists who designed T-shirts, T-shirt dresses, vests and bodies for the cause. 25% of the sales price will be donated to youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects. The collection, in 100% organic cotton, for both guys and girls will go on sale in H&M’s youth DIVIDED department from May 28, 2009. “The designs have a real 80’s feel to them, there’s lots of white, bright colours and graffiti-like prints. Girls can wear the pieces with mini’s, or worn denim and big jewellery, while boys can team them with coloured jeans or rolled-up chinos – it all adds to that 80s feeling.
Fighting AIDS is always of great importance, and H&M is overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and the commitment from each and every celebrity involved in this collection.” Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M head of design. “H&M and Fashion Against AIDS are so important to us because we could never reach so many young people on our own. AIDS is still very much a subject that’s vitally important today. People build their attitude towards their sex lives when they’re very young, so it’s important for them to realize that safe sex is a vital part of that as early as possible.” Ninette Murk, founder, Designers Against AIDS.
Fashion Against AIDS
According to Brent Paschke (SpyMob guitarist), Timbaland teamed up with NERD to work on the new album again. Timbaland previously worked with NERD on the 2008 single “Everyone Nose” by adding scratches (Uncredited) on the track.
“Getting done w/my day w/ N*E*R*D. In with Pharrell & Timbaland. Capped off the night listening to old school tunes. Love the Star Trak camp! – 11:42 AM May 21st from Tweetie”
Sony-BMG confirmed that Colombian singer Shakira will release a new single at the end of June, Los40.com reported. The single will be released in both English and Spanish. Los40.com also reported that both versions of the single will appear on her as yet untitled album that will come out in October. The album will be recorded in English and will be launched in an English-speaking country. Five or six months later the album will be released in Spanish. Despite the rumors, the first single from the album will not be a duet. According to Los40.com, it was confirmed that artists Pharrell Williams, Wycleaf Jean, Toby Gad, Gustavo Cerati and Redone will collaborate with the Colombian singer on the album. So we’ll maybe hear a Neptunes single.
Derrty Entertainment R&B singer Avery Storm is close to unvealing his anticipated debut album. Known for lacing songs from Rick Ross and even The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Nasty Girl” with his vocals, Avery Storm will take his own shot at the charts with “Shotgun Love“. The album (“Shotgun Love“), following Rick Ross’ “Rich Off…,” is already packed with industry heavyweights including The Runners, Pharrell Williams, Cool & Dre and DJ Khaled. Speaking of “Shotgun Love” recently, Storm offered: “Based on the response I get from my mixtape and feature songs I CAN’T wait for the people to really hear me and just me.” Storm is hoping to release his lead single early this summer followed by the album. Earlier this year, Storm was featured on Jadakiss’ latest effort, also featuring Mary J. Blige, “The Last Kiss“.
Harvard graduates Chester French have most certainly lived up to their Star Trak label expectations, meshing their core rock sound with urban sensibility. HipHopDX recently sat down with D.A. Wallach of Chester French to talk about the groups’ new album, current and future collaborations, and a poor review from Blender magazine. With Love The Future cracking the Billboard’s Top 100 in its first week, D.A. was grateful to the fans that made the effort to grab a copy of their debut album. “In an era where you don’t have to buy records, to me it shows that 7,000 people gave us a vote of confidence in what we’re doing, which is pretty cool.” Supporting other acts such as Common, Lady Gaga and Blink-182 later this summer, Wallach added, “It’s been great to play with all these different type of artists, and I think also it’s helped us develop a base of supporters that are really diverse.”
D.A. told DX that Chester French has worked on some records recently with Bronx rapper Mickey Factz, which will likely be featured on his new album. “We’re helping him revamp a song he already had that he is planning on putting out as a single,” he said. Likewise, the group has collaborated with several other prominent emcees, one of which had the Milwaukee-native star struck. “We’re working on a new record with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek. We also did a song with Masta Ace, which I was super stoked about because he’s one of my favorite rappers. That song is with Edo G.” When they find time in between touring, Chester French has plans to work on Jacques Jams Vol. 2: Stamina, the sequel to Vol. 1: Endurance. “I’d loved to have Q-Tip on there, Andre 3000 and Malice as well; we love collaborating,” Wallach said. Still, their main focus is keeping their fans pleased with a combination of music, shows, and an intimate connection that money can’t buy. “The relationship we have with our supporters is really the most important thing we cultivate. Anyone who supports us I feel is a part of our band almost. I want them to feel like they’re right there with us.
Chester French Projects
- Mickey Factz
- Talib Kweli
- Masta Ace & Edo G.
Chester French – Jacques Jams, Vol. 2 (2009)
Fast Company issued a list of 100 Most Creative People In Business and Pharrell made it on #36. “Pharrell Williams knows it all starts with a beat — he got his start on the snare drum in his high-school marching band back in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As half of the production duo known as The Neptunes, he has helped everyone from Britney Spears to Justin Timberlake to Madonna to The Hives find time on the charts. Williams also fronts the funk-rock band NERD, produces a clothing line called Billionaire Boys Club, hawks a line of shoes under the Ice Cream Footwear brand, and designed sunglasses and jewelry for Louis Vuitton. Most recently, Limelight, an updated version of Fame that he created with film director McG, was picked up by ABC. Tapping Williams’s own beat, the show is loosely based on his performing-arts experience in high school.
It seems like Kelis is going back doing music again with the Santi/M.I.A. producer Diplo. It definitely sounds good. Kelis officially filed for divorce with rapper Nas on Thursday in Los Angeles, citing both verbal abuse and infidelity as the cause. She is currently pregnant with their first child, due in July.
Kelis – Love Cherry & Feel Alive (Snippets) (Diplo)
Pharrell speaks to Nino Scalia, co-writer of Street Dreams, about making the song “Hoppin’ Over Fences” for the movie’s soundtrack after Rob Dyrdek (of Rob & Big) approached him for it. The movie is due June 12th.
Download The “Pharrell – Hoppin’ Over Fences” Snippet Here!
UPDATE: May 25th
Remember Justin Timberlake worked with The Neptunes on some tracks that never came out in 2003. One was titled “What’s A Guy Gotta Do” well, this is one of the tracks they did. Here is the Full Track since its an old tune.
What’s A Guy Gotta Do (Legal Title)
BMI Work #6224674
Hugo Charles Edward
EMI BLACKWOOD MUSIC INC
WATERS OF NAZARETH PUBLISHING
Pharrell, Chad and Justin Timberlake Playin The Piano
This Is the track they were doing 7 years ago while working on Justified.
Another Usher & Neptunes collabo just leaked onto the net called “What’s A Guy Got To Do“. This might be a track off Usher’s new album that we’ve seen pics months ago with Adam Levine & The Neptunes In The Studio working on it, it seems like the track ain’t finished yet.
Pharrell posted some pics of him and an Orchestra working on a Movie Score on his blog. Could this be the work for the Zoom Score That Busta Was All Hyping About or is this something else.
“There is a first time for everything. I’m working on a new project for a movie which I can’t discuss yet but I got to work with an orchestra for the first time. It’s crazy that we haven’t done it before and I can’t wait to share it with you guys”
Upcoming Neptunes Score Projects
Square Grouper (2009) (TV) (HBO, Adult Swim, Rakontur Films)
Limelight (2009) (TV) (ABC)
Street Dreams (2009) (TV)
Zoom (2010) (Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment)
Voltron – Defender Of The Universe (2010)
Joel Silver & Pharrell Williams Project (2010)
Update: May 25th
Krayzie Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has joined Lupe & The Neptunes in the studio. Krayzie Bone arrived to the studio……..oh Boy yes he is here with Lupe Fiasco and the Neptunes…woaaaaaa, In the studio with Lupe Fiasco…..Pharell is Still a beast! Krayzie you need to get on this song tonite! Fire!! Thanks To Dale.twitter.com/bigbobfrancis
Update: May 22nd
Yup It’s confirmed, Lupe Fiasco has The Neptunes on his new album, according to NERD Twitter.
“New Lupe x Neptunes track is so dope! Lu killed itMay 21st:
It looks like The Neptunes are working with Lupe Fiasco for his third album Lasers (2009) according to NERD’s Twitter, or is it a CRS project ?
“Chase Chad walks into the studio… P and Lupe in the room. Chea!
about 18 hours ago from web”*twitter.com
According to Busta Rhymes, The Neptunes are remixing Busta’s “World Go Round”. The Main track is produced by Jelly Roll and it features Estelle. Thanks to Skateboard.
“I’M IN THE STUDIO MAKIN’ A FUCKIN’ MONSTER RIGHT NOW IN L.A. “WORLD GO ROUND” REMIX.STAY TUNED. OH BY THE WAY THE REMIX IS BEIN’ PRODUCED BY PHARRELL!!!SHIT IS SOOOOOO FUCKIN’ KRAZZZZZZZYYYY”
When I take a break from the recording studio, I like to ride around Virginia Beach, Va., Bumping (1)”Looking at the Front Door” and (2)”What’s Beef?” Those are two songs that made me the rapper I am today. I know we make more lyrically skilled songs, but I respect some pop-rap records. Would you believe that I was totally entertained by the whole MC Hammer era? (3)”U Can’t Touch This“? I thought that was gettin’ busy onstage. [Hammer] even had the gumption to face New York with those pants and that vest with his chest open [laughs]! I know Malice really enjoys rock music. He says he can play The Killers’ Sam’s Town in the shower until the water turns cold. (4)”Uncle Jonny” is his favorite. R&B-wise, Teddy Riley is the coldest. His new-jack-swing cuts make me happy as shit. Guy’s (5)”Groove Me” can get me through anything during the day. It’s nice out today, so we’re about to have a cookout. I’m about to turn on (6)”Jamming” and make some jerk chicken and drink a Red Stripe.
Pusha T.s Playlist
1. Main Source’s jazz-tinged breakup anthem from their classic debut, Breaking Atoms (Wild Pitch, 1991).
2. The Notorious B.I.G. kicks serious knowledge about what true trouble is all about (Bad Boy, 1997).
3. MC Hammer introduced the world to parachute pants and unfathomable dance moves (Capitol, 1990).
4. From The Killers’ acclaimed sophomore album, Sam’s Town (Vertigo/Island, 2006).
5. The suits Teddy Riley and company wore for the cover of their debut album, Guy (MCA, 1988),were shinier than anything Puff Daddy and Mase ever donned.
6. One of the epic songs Bob Marley and The Wailers recorded in England after an assassination attempt on Marley, December 3, 1976 (Tuff Gong, 1977).
Chester French have been featured on the Cover of Antenna Summer 09′ Issue and did a interview with Readingeagle.com. There are a lot of things you can become after graduating Harvard – a doctor, lawyer or entrepreneur – but a rock star? Not likely. But D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey, recent grads who make up the pop duo Chester French, are taking an unconventional route with their Ivy League education. Instead of working a 9-to-5 or continuing their studies, they’re busy promoting their debut CD, “Love The Future,” released last month. “We want to be James Brown, we want to be like Led Zeppelin,” Wallach, the group’s vocalist, said. Wallach and Drummey, both 24, studied African-American studies and social anthropology, respectively, when attending Harvard. Wallach, who’s from Milwaukee and Drummey, of Boston, graduated in 2007 and began their career as full-time musicians soon after. “We were just dudes who hung out in the studio all the time making our records and once we finished what we thought of as the first draft of our album, we started sending it around to a million different people,” Wallach said.
“With great serendipity near the end of our senior year, a number of threads connected and we ended up getting opportunities to work with Kanye (West), Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri (and) Pete Wentz,” he said. Though they were courted by all of those heavyweights, they chose Pharrell’s Star Trak label to release their debut CD. They say Pharrell promised to not hinder their creativity. “People might think he would want to exert a lot artistic control, but what he liked was that we were self-contained, and we were producing and engineering and writing everything ourselves,” Wallach said. Their debut disc is a retro-pop mix with soul and rock influences. “We made it in our dorm basement,” said Drummey, who arranged the CD and plays the guitar. The band hopes to appeal to fans who appreciate all genres of music. “We always looked up to acts like Beck or OutKast, who similarly defy categorization but always have a consistent quality to what they do,” Wallach said.
When it comes to rhyming about the glamorous and gritty life of dealers-ternt-rappers, The Clipse are among hip-hop’s elite. Thinking beyond the beats and bars, Malice and Pusha T. realized that they weren’t just the dynamic duo of drug rap, but also fashion trendsetters. Their clothing line, Play Cloths, debuted at MAGIC in 2008 and has been causing chatter amongst fashion fiends ever since. With their third proper album, “Til The Casket Drops,” on the horizon and moments before rocking NYC’s Webster Hall, the Brothers Thornton got with StreetLevel to discuss soaking up game from Pharrell Williams and A Bathing Ape’s Nigo, avoiding the rapper-with-a-clothing-line cliché and what the hell a “Tokyo Buffoon” is.
UPDATE: May 16th
Zoom (2010) (Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment)
Director – Preston Whitmore
Producer – Brian Grazer
Score & Composer – Pharrell Williams
Writer – Preston Whitmore
I was thinking about this today and I think now there won’t be a Pharrell solo album, well not this time thought , i think Busta Rhymes heard the Score for the upcoming Zoom movie since Busta said: “a movie is coming with the album, with some big f—in’ super-producer in Hollywood. They heard the album and they couldn’t believe it so they wanted to write a script for a movie that goes with the entire album. And the movie is gonna be based on the topics that he talks about in his songs“, so yeah i think there won’t be a new solo album, it’s the Zoom Score. Zoom is based on his own life growing up in West VA where he attended high school and met Chad Hugo…which led to the creation of The Neptunes. Pharrell will compose the score and soundtrack. “Zoom” is the story of a troubled West Virginia youth who attends a music academy and finds his voice and a place in the world.
Check out this “Back On My B.S” Review by Busta Rhymes himself where he explained how they created The Neptunes track “Kill Them” and check out what else Busta said…
“This is one o’ the two tracks that were originally done when I was signed to Aftermath – the other was Don’t Believe ‘Em. The rest of the album was re-done when I did the deal with Sylvia. The beat here was inspired by Shame On A Nigga, from ODB. The guest on it is a lady called Tosh, a Jamaican Mariah Carey-type singer, but I wanted her to give me that raw Jamaican patois on this record, and cos of my Jamaican descent I did the same thing. And everybody take notice: Pharrell’s new album is incredible. He played it to me in the studio and that shit made me cry, just like with Midnight Marauders when I first heard it. This isn’t Rebel Child Soldier [Pharrell's rumoured supergroup with Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco], this is Pharrell by his self! Yo, the shit that he does on this album, he has never given it to anyone, ever. And it’s no cameos on it! He has no-one with him on his album at all – it’s just him by his self. This shit is the most incredible fuckin’ album I’ve heard since Midnight Marauders. In f—in’ tears, cryin’ hysterically in the studio! Un f—in’ believeable! And the entire album is about the suffering in the urban community. But this album is so crazy, that right now I think a movie is coming with the album, with some big f—in’ super-producer in Hollywood. They heard the album and they couldn’t believe it so they wanted to write a script for a movie that goes with the entire album. And the movie is gonna be based on the topics that he talks about in his songs. The movie provided the script. Yo, this shit is so f—ing crazy! So crazy!”
It looks like Pharrell is planing a In My Mind Part 2, or is it Clones II: Empire Strickes Back ? “XXLMag”, we’ll see!
We managed to get Natasha Ramos aka Tasha for a Interview, Thanks to Goober, where she speaks about her new album, how she signed to Star Trak, her Kanye West collaboration on The Neptunes produced track “Screwed”, being a former member Star Trak’s Girl Group and much more. So let’s get it started. “It’s been a while since anybody heard and seen anything from me, but I’m Back Bitches!, Right now, I’m Tasha Ramos, you can call me Natasha Ramos. Over the past few months I have been working on new music and some of you may know that I got a song on the Fast & Furious Soundtrack “La Isla Bonita” a Madonna’s Remake which I’m very proud of”.
How Did You Get Started?
When I was 17, my mom told me about this talent show where I went to the audition. At that time Destiny’s Child broke up and they were looking for a 3rd member, so they have chosen me. We did 10 songs, ans we were really close to finish the album, but my manager & I had differences. It didn’t worked out, I was not ready yet. I left the group and I came back home. It was so stressful, that I wanted to give up, but then what actually made me not give up was, I had a dream about Aaliyah after she past away, I was at the grocery store and was looking at magazines with pictures of her and the pictures became live and she started talking to me. When I woke up, I said I can’t just give up like that, I was inspired by that dream. I’ve been singing before I could even speak, and I always wanted to be a Perfomer/Singer. My first performance was when I was Six year old in front of an audience, after that I was just looking for different Talent Shows. I sang the National Athem in High School.
Working With The Neptunes & Star Trak Girl Group
A High School friend, “Brandon” came to me one day and told me about this guy called Reggie who knows the producer “Troy Oliver” who already worked for Jennifer Lopez, Ginuwine and many more, and I got to meet Troy who introduced me to L.A. Reid where I sang “Yesterday By Shanice” for him. He was blown away after the performance. So I ended up signing with Arista/Chocolate Factory and started working on my album with The Neptunes. We did a couple of tracks such as Midnight Hour and Invisible. We we were so close to finish the album but then Arista canceled the project. After that, Pharrell had the Idea to make a Star Trak Girl Group with three Spanish Girls, so Vanessa Marquez, me and Tffany Villarealjoined the group but it didn’t worked out at the end and we all went separate ways and I signed to Star Trak then.
Who Recorded The “Midnight Hour” Video?
It was Kenny Ortiz, he was my A&R at that time.
Why Do You Look Bored In The Video?
People on Youtube just make me laugh, they just speak and they just dont know. The reason that I looked so leanbacked and chilled was because I just came back from L.A. from a Darkchild Session that lasted 4-5 days and flew straight from L.A. to Virginia. I was exited working with Pharrell but at the same time supertired. So I was absolutelly not bored, there was no way I could have been bored in the presents of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.
Who Made The “Midnight Hour” Beat?
The Neptunes made the beat, Pharrell wrote it 6 years ago.
What About Natasha – So Sick feat. Clipse?
That’s not by me, I did not record that song. That’s Natasha from Jive Records, I’m Natasha from Star Trak Records. It did cause some cofusion because that record features the Clipse, you would think that’s kind of a give, to work with the Clipse who are on the same label but it really wasn’t.
How Is Star Trak Treating You?
I got a very close contact with the record label and it’s not just a label with me, it’s a familly, so if I have to call somebody up and say “hey this is going on am I right” It’s Star Trak.
What Do You Feel About The Current State Of The Industry?
The music is not what it used to be, people who feel and love music would agree with me. A lot of labels are looking for things that don’t really matter, not everybody can be Beyonce, dances and sings and backflips all at the same time, my speciality is singing, with the vocals and the pen. That shouldn’t be something that people are gonna be like “She doesn’t dance like Ciara so I don’t know if she’s gonna be big”. It’s all about what you’re hearing what you feel.
Who Are You Inspired By?
Musically I’m inspired by anybody who’s inspired by their own music, anybody who’s inspired by what they do. I’m inspired by them, because anybody who’s really passion about what they do can hear it feel it, I can’t really point by who am I inspired by, I’m just inspired by great music wether it’s just one song of an artist that Is awesome or the whole album.
What Kind Of Music Are You Listening To?
I listen to every genre of music, if it’s good music, I like it.
How Did “La Isla Bonita” Come About?
Star Trak’s A&R Jay Jackson actually contacted me and said that they have this record for me to do. I came to New York and I didn’t even know the song back then, all I knew was that it’s for a Soundtrack. It’s producer by J. Drew Sheard II. ” Kierra “Kiki” Sheard’s brother” one of my favourite gospel singers.
Pontential First Single?
I can’t really say what single I should pick. If they can make a whole album a single that would be a deal.
What Can We Exept From The Album?
It’s just realness, real music. Stuff that is musical, good melodies and just great tracks and awesome lyrics and real topic that people go through, I’m all for music that can make you dance, but at the same time I’m all for music that can make you think and cry and feel and be that’s what I want and that’s what you’ll get.
Are There Any Other Contributors On The Album?
The album is not completely done yet, so obviously The Neptunes, Troy Oliver, Hit-Boy, Ryan Lesle maybe again etc.
So far I have one song with Kanye West called “Screwed’ produced by The Neptunes. His verse is so stupid.
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