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June 2009

Santigold Working With The Neptunes On New Album

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has started work on the follow-up to her 2008 self-titled debut album with producer Pharrell Williams. The singer told NYLON that she had enlisted Williams as well as Diplo and Switch, who worked on her debut, and rap/dance outfit Spank Rock on production duties on the album. She explained that she plans to begin the proper recording process of the album in August, although she had already laid down a few “bucket”-related ideas with Williams. “We went in the studio and he [Williams] was like, ‘I’ll just play the buckets’,” she said. “It was like, ‘Boom, ah, buh-doom, ah!’.” Santigold listed Otis Redding and ’80s rapper Egyptian Lover as influences for the forthcoming album.

*nme.com

Chester French – C’mon (On My Own) (Reggae Version)

Madonna – Beat Goes On feat. Pharrell (UK Version) (Demo)

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This is actually the first version they recorded back in 2007 produced by The Neptunes.

Madonna – Beat Goes On feat. Pharrell (UK Version) (Demo) (07′) (MP3)

Clipse Working With Timbaland, Scott Storch

Hip-hop duo Clipse are finishing up their new disc, and they’re working with some heavy hitters this time around. Malice and Pusha T. stopped by Much on Friday to drop some of the big names set to feature on Till The Casket Drops. “I mean production by The Neptunes, um, features from Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Cam’Ron, Pharrell, of course,” said Pusha T. Other names attached to the album include Timbaland, Scott Storch, P Diddy, Rick Rubin and Danjahandz. Pusha T. added that both he and his brother were just looking to make the most out of their situation. “We just put together an amazing album and I’m really happy about that,” he added. Till The Casket Drops is due out this fall.

*muchmusic.com

Clipse – Till The Casket Drops (2009) (September 29th)
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, Kenna, Cam’Ron, Timbaland, Scott Storch…
Confirmed Tracks:
- 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)
- I’m Good feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
- Eyes On Me feat. Pharrell & Keri Hilson (Neptunes)

Chris Brown & Teyana Taylor Joke On Rihanna

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A week before Rihanna is set to take the stand against him in his preliminary hearing for the alleged assault on her, Chris Brown thought it was a good idea to play some jokes on Rihanna. Last night Chris showed up at the NBA Finals game (between the L.A. Lakers and the Orlando Magic) with two friends, one was dressed up like Rihanna. Teyana Taylor, a singer and friend of Chris Brown, dressed up like Rihanna, who she apparently used to be friends with. Taylor, a protege singer with Pharrell, wrote on her Twitter “”omgggggg if one more reporter say that im rihanna im gonna go crazzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy … I wish the AP would do a little research. since wen am i RIhanna … yahoo and everybody else just did a biggg f***in s**t””

*rapbasement.com

Juvenile – They Know (Produced By The Neptunes)

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Here is a new so called “Mixtape Tune” produced by The Neptunes for Juvenile off the DJ Smallz & DJ Neptune Southern Smoke TV Vol. 2 Mixtape. Has that Southern style feel to it.

Juvenile – They Know (Neptunes) (MP3)

Usher’s Album Titled “Monster”, Due October

usherIt looks like there may be some inspiration from Usher’s current situation with his wife, more like art imitating life with his new album Monster, (the title alone screams drama). The album which is due for release in October of this year, is currently in production with hit music producer Pharrell Williams lending an ear to the project, looks like it may be a part two to the singers Platinum selling album Confessions. Usher’s fan appeal reached an all time high when he released Confessions in 2004 making him a sex symbol and top artist, he was well on his way to becoming iconic; but it seems as soon as he decided to put a ring on Tameka’s finger, his appeal died and was buried six feet under. With the new marriage came career changes including the firing of his longtime manager and mother Jonnetta Patton. With the decision to let her go, his 2008 release Here I Stand fell short of his past success leaving Usher’s career hanging by a thread.

*examiner.com

Clipse x Keri Hilson Collabo Called “Eyes On Me”, “I’m Good” Video Shot This Week

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Keri Hilson is not just turnin’ on Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West. The Clipse are the latest rappers to fall victim to the R&B songbird’s charm. The Virginia rap duo’s collaboration with Miss Keri, titled “Eyes On Me,” was produced by The Neptunes and will appear on the Clipse’s new album Till The Casket Drops. “It’s an amazing record,” Pusha T. tells Rap-Up.com. “Uptempo. Party. Girls. Shake every ounce of your ass.” The “Knock You Down” singer’s busy schedule prevented her from being in the studio when they recorded the track, so she phoned it in. “She wasn’t in-studio with us when she did that, but I was listening over the phone,” Pusha discloses. “The way of the music industry these days.” The brothers’ third studio album will feature more upbeat records in the vein of “Eyes On Me.” “The chains are off. We’re back in that Lord Willin’, happy mood,” he adds. “You get a whole lot of different colors. Dark moments, bright moments.” Till The Casket Drops will be released in September on Sony Music. The Clipse will shoot a video for their first single, “I’m Good,” this weekend in Los Angeles.

*rap-up.com

Clipse – Till The Casket Drops (2009) (September 29th)
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, Kenna, Cam’Ron…
Confirmed Tracks:
- 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)
- I’m Good feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
- Eyes On Me feat. Pharrell & Keri Hilson (Neptunes)

Pharrell On Cover Of Billboard Magazine

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Clipse – I’m Good feat. Pharrell

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Here is the official Clipse single from their new album “Till The Casket Drops” produced by The Neptunes, a Summer Anthem.

Clipse – I’m Good feat. Pharrell (MP3)

Dateless Pharrell

pharrell1Williams 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.”

*contactmusic.com

Interview With Pharrell Williams Art 40 Basel 2009

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BBC Season Nine Look Book

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BBC Season Nine Look Book

Pharrell ~ Billboard.com Interview (Video)

Here are the videos of the Pharrell ~ Billboard.com interview that’s been floating around the net.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Pharrell Williams & Takashi Murakami’s “Simple Things”

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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.
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*bbcicecream.com

Pitbull Confirms The Neptunes On New Album

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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.

*mtv.com

Mos Def – The Ecstatic (2009)

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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)

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“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.”
*allmusic.com

“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.”
*hiphopdx.com

Mos Def – Twilite Speedball (Chad Hugo)

Pharrell Unfolds Secret Behind Susan Boyle

Pharrell Williams speaks on the state of the record label, Susan Boyle, and where he feels music is going.

Clipse ~ Pyramidewest.tv Interview

The Neptunes Working With Keri Hilson For A Clipse Tune

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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!”

*twitter.com

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…
Confirmed Tracks:
- 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)

The Neptunes In Studio With Rihanna, Incubus, Sara Bareilles

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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’sJustified.”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.

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Cornerstone + Pharrell = Strategic Synergy

pharrellPharrell 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.”

*billboard.biz

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