Williams says he wasn’t popular with the opposite sex at school and was more interested in music than studying. Pharrell Williams couldn’t get any dates at high school. The producer-and-musician wasn’t popular with the opposite sex when he was growing up because he didn’t like sport. He said: “In high school I wasn’t getting girls because I wasn’t a jock.” Pharrell decided to focus all his attentions on music from an early age, but admits his success in other school subjects suffered as a result. The ‘She Wants To Move’ star explained: “I was a C/D student, but still made mostly Fs. The only thing I showed up for since seventh grade was band practice.
“I’d like to say that my humble beginning in music was that of fortune, but I’ve been smart enough to pay attention from that moment on.” It seems Grammy award-winning Pharrell is still putting his career before his personal life. The 36-year-old star recently admitted he spends most of his time in recording studios and has been working on new albums for Shakira, Usher, Rihanna and his own band NERD. Pharrell said: “Well, I have no social life, and it’s kind of cool that way.”
Here are the videos of the Pharrell ~ Billboard.com interview that’s been floating around the net.
Artist Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams have both collaborated with Louis Vuitton, and now the two men, both represented by Paris art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin, are collaborating on artworks with a dash of bling. Williams is having his cult jeweler, Jacob & Co., pave everyday objects in precious stones, which will then be incorporated into sculptures by Murakami. Titled “The Simple Things” and set inside a chamber-like plexi vitrine, the Mr. Dob–themed sculpture is a hallucinatory work in fiberglass, steel, LED light system, and acrylic, and features seven objects — including a bag of Doritos, a bottle of Heinz ketchup, and a can of Pepsi — all made in different types of gold (pink, yellow, and white) and encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds. It sold for €2 million ($2.8 million) In Art Basel this week.
Now I’m working with producers,” he said with a smile. “I get a chance to work with Jim Jonsin. Obviously I’m gonna be in with Lil’ Jon, The Diaz Brothers, The Neptunes, Play-N-Skillz. The list goes on. I can create this music where I can make [the album like a] Now! hits record. I’m not just throwing a record out there to make sure we stay relevant in the game like I was doing on TVT. I’m excited. I finally get a chance to hit one out the park. I’mma make sure it’s a grand slam. This is the one right here. It’s gonna be that one with God’s help, obviously.” Pit’s new album is called Rebelution and drops sometime in late summer or early fall.
Mos Def – The Ecstatic (2009)
01 – Supermagic (Oh No)
02 – Twilite Speedball (Chad Hugo)
03 – Auditiorium feat. Slick Rick (Madlib)
04 – Wahid (Madlib)
05 – Priority (Preservation)
06 – Quiet Dog Bite Hard (Preservation)
07 – Life In Marvelous Times (Mr. Flash)
08 – The Embassy (Mr. Flash)
09 – No Hay Nada Mas (Preservation)
10 – Pistola (Oh No)
11 – Pretty Danger (Madlib)
12 – Workers Comp. (Mr. Flash)
13 – Revelations (Madlib)
14 – Roses feat. (Georgia Anne Muldrow)
15 – History feat. Talib Kweli (J Dilla)
16 – Casa Bey (Preservation)
“Twilite Speedball” Gets An AMD Pick Of The Album
“Combined with backdrops from Georgia Anne Muldrow, Preservation, The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo, and the Ed Banger label’s Mr. Flash, the album is a gumbo that adds juicy dub thwacks, regal synthetic horns, tangled piano vamps, dashes of spiritual jazz, and rolling Afro-beat, almost all of which is cloaked in light reverb.”
“The most conventional backdrops here are from the deceased J Dilla, whose deftly chopped soul loops fuel the stellar Black Star reunion track “History,” and The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo [click to read], who provides the aptly-titled “Twilite Speedball.” And in these situations, predictability doesn’t equate to monotony.”
Mos Def – Twilite Speedball (Chad Hugo)
Pharrell Williams speaks on the state of the record label, Susan Boyle, and where he feels music is going.
According to Keri’s Twitter, she’s been in the studio with The Neptunes to record a tune with Clipse for their new album “Till The Casket Drops” (Due Semptember). Thanks To Alsween.
“Working w/ my buddy “Skateboard P” 2nite on a Clipse record…OH & congrats NERD for your 1st BET nominations!”
Clipse – Till The Casket Drops (2009) (September)
Producers & Guests: The Runners, Swizz Beatz, Rick Rubin, Sean & LV, Justice League, Dame Grease, The Neptunes, Danjahands, DJ Khalil, Reefa, Boi 1-Da, Keri Hilson…
- Kinda Like A Big Deal feat. Kanye West (DJ Khalil)
- Popeye feat. Pharrell & Cam’Ron (Neptunes)
- Wretched Pitiful Poor Blind & Naked feat. Pharrell & Kenna (Neptunes)
According to Billboard.com, The Neptunes are working with Rihanna, Incubus & Sara Bareilles among others… “I’m finishing up with Shakira’s new album. I’m in the studio with Usher, I’m going in with Rihanna, I’m going in with Incubus and then with Sara Bareilles” said Pharrell. At a Smirnoff press conference at the Bowery Hotel last year, Pharrell Williams admitted that he doesn’t sleep. “I’m just operating in a fog,” he told the crowd. Williams has plenty of reasons to be worn out. Aside from his thriving career as a producer (of the new Usher album, among other projects), he performs with NERD (which is finishing a new album), runs a clothing line (Billionaire Boys Club) and a shoe line (Ice Cream) and will soon launch a branding agency with Cornerstone.
He even has starlets lining up to work with him: A gossip column reported that Lindsay Lohan was overheard telling friends he wouldn’t return her calls. Williams’ break arrived in 1992 when Teddy Riley got him a gig writing a verse of the Wreckx-N-Effect hit “Rump Shaker.” He then produced songs for performers from Kelis to Mystikal, before landing his first No. 1 with his production work on Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U.” In 2004, Williams won two Grammy Awards for his production on Justin Timberlake’s “Justified.”Along the way he released five albums—three with NERD, one with The Neptunes and one on his own—and found time to launch two fashion lines. Now he’s preparing for the release of the Usher album, finishing the next NERD project and working with Shakira.
Pharrell Williams says he was always aware of the power of branding, even if he didn’t know it at first. “As I grew as an artist, I began to realize how central marketing and branding was to success,” he says. So perhaps it’s only a natural progression for him to launch his own branding agency in partnership with longtime collaborator Cornerstone. Both parties tell Billboard the deal is still taking shape, and Williams will act as the “chief of creative” in the new venture. It will operate separately from Cornerstone and have its own staff.”When I was a kid I’d see a video and the way an artist sang or the way that they moved or their presence, and that was what would get me really into them,” Williams says. “When I got older, I realized that the video was a means of marketing. When you do things that feel organic and natural, it’s not like you’re selling something to people. The problem with a lot of advertisement is that it feels forced. And for kids, they can see it. They can smell it a mile away.”
It’s that type of savvy that makes Cornerstone co-founder Rob Stone feel confident about the new venture. “We both have unique skill sets, and we can combine them to create a powerful agency,” he says. “We’re starting small, on the ground level,” Stone says. “We have one or two clients and some things in the works.” Williams isn’t the first musician to launch a branding agency—last year, Jay-Z founded Translation with Steve Stoute. While Translation also brings artists and brands together, the firm focuses on “multicultural” projects. Stone says Williams is talented at identifying the strengths of brands and artists and improving campaigns. “Pharrell is a natural at bringing people together in new ways,” Stone says. “If you look at the kids backstage at his show, you’ll see a lot of designers and artists and creative types. He’s very talented at getting people thinking in new ways.”
According to the Internet rumours, Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 album is going through Atlantic and will release on September 11th, Anniversary of the 1st Blueprint Album which will cost him $5 million. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label would partner with Epic in a distribution scheme not unlike the one The Neptunes have struck between their label, Star Trak, and Interscope. NYDN: Roc Nation would be distributed by Warner, and Jay would get another label called the Carter Music Group.
Jay-Z – Blueprint 3 (2009) (September 11th)
- Brooklyn Girl feat. Pharrell
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Katy Perry and Fergie made it ladies night at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan on Saturday night by scooping the biggest honours. Perry scooped Best Pop Video for I Kissed A Girl and delighted the crowd at the Saitama Super Arena by donning a sushi-themed one-piece bathing suit and kimono for a sizzling performance of Hot N’ Cold. Nelly and Fergie walked away with the Best Collaboration Video honour for Party People. Best Hip Hop Video went to Teriyaki Boyz for Zock On!, which features Pharrell Williams & Busta Rhymes, while Japanese act Exile’s Ti Amo (Chapter 2) landed the group a double win for Video of the Year and Best Group Video. Black Eyed Peas, Ciara and rockers Green Day also performed at the annual music awards ceremony.
Teriyaki Boyz – Zock On! feat. Pharrell, Busta Rhymes & Lisa
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