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July 2009

Clipse: The Neptunes Have 8-9 Joints On Album

According to the Hihopofficial ~ Clipse interview, The Neptunes have  about 8-9 tracks  on “Till The Casket Drops

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)

Chester French – C’mon (On My Own) (Live @ Jimmy Kimmel)

Chester French performed their new single “C’mon (On My Own)” on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Sick! LMAO At The Geisha aka Max.

Chester French – C’mon (On My Own) (Live @ Jimmy Kimmel)

Shakira: Pharrell Forced Me To Work More Quickly, Two More Neptunes Beats

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According to the  Rolling Stone article, Shakira has Two more Neptunes Tracks on her album. “It’s very electronic and dance-oriented, club-oriented,” she says of the disc. “It’s designed for people to have fun and enjoy themselves and forget about their troubles and the crisis.” She says she always wanted to do a bass-heavy record without losing “the fusion, which is something I’m always very interested in — bringing in elements from different cultures. So you’re going to find Indian, Africa, Colombian, Middle Eastern influences, but always with the synthesizers as a dominant element.” Those Middle Eastern influences are evident on “Good Stuff” and “Why Wait For Later,” Two Pharrell tracks that are heavy on percussion and unusual synth tones. “Good Stuff” recalls the producer’s work with Britney Spears on “Slave 4 U,” with its unusual syncopation and revelatory, open chorus, while “Why Wait For Later” is a dancey banger with synths that range from string sounds to blazing bag pipes.

“The worst that can happen to me is repeat myself and repeat the same old formula,” Shakira tells RS, adding that she takes a long time between records “because I really want to be sure every detail makes me happy.” She was very pleased to work once again with Wyclef Jean, who she calls a really good friend. She attributes some of their creative synergy to the fact that “We both come from the developing world and we have been close to extreme poverty.” Pharrell forced her to step outside her box and learn to work more quickly, while Hill introduced her to electro acts like Crystal Castles: “They’re a good example of how electronica can take you to different places.”

*rollingstone.com

Shakira – She Wolf (2009) (September 21st)
Confirmed Tracklist:
– Did It Again feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
– Good Stuff (Neptunes)
– Why Wait For Later (Neptunes)
– Long Time
– She Wolf
– Loba (She Wolf) (Spanish)
– Devoción (Spanish)

New Usher, Bobby Valentino & Omarion Produced By The Neptunes

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Three new Neptunes Tracks just leaked onto the net off Usher, Bobby Valentino & Omarion. The Usher tune is called „Certified“ and is probably from his new album „Monster“ but there are no informations yet about wether the tune is old or new.

Usher – Certified feat. Pharrell

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Then there is the Bobby Valentino tune called „My Ex-Girlfriend“ which is Neptunes’ first collaboration with Bobby V. This tune is probably a leftover off his 3rd studio album The Rebirth which came out on February 10, 2009. And speaking of Bobby, it seems like there is a Version of Jadakiss’ „Rocking With The Best“ only with Bobby V. & Pharrell on the tune, check this Radio Rip out.

Bobby Valentino – My Ex-Girlfriend feat. Pharrell

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And there’s a new Omarion tune called „Devastation“ which could be off his new album „A New Me“ but rumors say, that „Devastation“ is a leftover of Omarion’s second studio album „21“ from 2006.

Omarion – Devastation (The Neptunes 01′ Version)
This Is The Edited Version I Did By Adding The Neptunes 01′ Kit & By Creating A Breakdown At 02:29 On The Tune.

Shakira’s Album “She Wolf” Preview, Due Sepetmber 21st

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Popjustice.com
went to listen to some tracks from the new Shakira album last Thursday and Shakira has revealed that she decided to concentrate on the dance genre when recording her new album. The 32-year-old singer realised that she wanted to transform her sound after teaming up with Pharrell Williams for her latest studio disc, which is due out on September 21. Speaking to the Daily Star, she explained: “It’s all about the bottom end. I really wanted to explore different dance beats and cultures on the new record. I did my research and looked into different kinds of rhythm. Plus Pharrell is a genius with beats so it came together really fast.” “I’m always trying new things. It’s important for me to keep interested. But the main thing was I wanted to be able to dance to this record.”

After five songs, the playback is finished and everybody gets a bit embarrassed and then some ‘drinks’ arrive and everybody ‘loosens up’. Except nobody really loosens up. What happens is that Shakira does a meet and greet with all the journalists and radio people. She probably does this in most of the ‘major territories’ she visits. It must be incredibly tedious. Suddenly all these media people become competition winners; they queue up and are introduced to Shakira, who says some very specific complimentary things to each person Almost as if she has Been briefed and has her picture taken with some of them. Watching the photo bit happen is totally fist-gnawingly embarrassing. And then it is all over. We made some notes about the songs, reproduced here in loving detail. As you can see they are a total mess and are bordering on illegible.

Did It Again (Neptunes)
This is a Pharrell co-write/co-production and is BRILLIANT. It doesn’t really sound very Pharrell-ish. It is probably more brilliant than ‘She Wolf’, actually. It should be the next single. The chorus goes “I did it again, I got it all wrong, but it feels so right”.

Long Time
A low-slung sort of affair. “I wish I had longer legs that I could fasten to your body so you’d take me with you everywhere.” *Glasses steam up*

Why Wait For Later (Neptunes)
“I am not a waiter, I like to make things happen.” Worth comparing with Jade Ewen’s ‘Punching Out’ – Jade is not a waitress, Shakira is not a waiter. It’s not looking good for restaurant employee/popstar relations, readers. It’s not looking good at all. Quite a hard and synthy song.

Another song whose name we didn’t get. Can’t remember how this one went. This is probably quite a sloppy comparison but the ‘She Wolf‘ album does have shades of Nelly Furtado’s reinvention a few years ago – it’s not quite as extreme and it doesn’t jettison the artist’s core values quite as fiercely as ‘Loose‘ did, but there’s a similar sort of vibe. What’s important about the tracks from ‘She Wolf‘ that we heard last week is that they’re clearly – unmistakeably – Shakira tunes, but they also find Shakira pulling herself in slightly different directions which, this far into her career, is an important factor. The fact that they’re directions both creative and commercial is even more exciting. Thanks To Borsboom

*digitalspy.co.uk
*popjustice.com

Rihanna Confirmed Working With The Neptunes On New Album

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Remember the Rihanna ~ Pharrell pics from like 3 weeks ago, well they’ve worked together for Rihanna’s 4th Studio Album (Untitled Yet). Rihanna’s new album will come from the heart and draw a lineup of the music’s biggest heavyweights, says new reports. A spy with the London Mirror this week dishes that producers for the new album will include Jay-Z, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams & Soulja Boy.

*lalate.com

Kelis Working With The Neptunes On Double Album, R&B/Dance

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Kelis is on the cover of the latest Issue of Oyster Magazine, where she spoke about new projects including a Double album and working with The Neptunes again. She has two new projects in the Works “One is a electronic dance record, and the other one is a sit-down-dinner-party record” and according to soundsblog.it Kelis is working with The Neptunes on her Dance album including Will.I.Am & David Guetta, Diplo, Boys Noize, The Crookers & Raphael Saadiq. Thanks To Ultimatekelis.

*soundsblog.it
*bossip.com

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Pharrell: I Am What I Am

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Pharrell Williams, 36, is a producer and hip-hop artist. His fashion line, Billionaire Boys Club, is available at A Bathing Ape store in London, which opens on Saturday. He lives in Miami with his girlfriend

– My upbringing was humble and modest. Not to say that I ended up humble. But over time, I have calmed down and become more appreciative. Coming from nothing can inspire one to do many great things.

– I was raised in skate culture — it’s just what the kids did. Skating is about self-expression. The graphics of skaters’ boards represent what they are going through at that moment. I have my own half-pipe at home, but I suck.

– When I was young, it was us against the mall cops. Creatively, I am still pushing some sort of rebellion. Rebellion is important, because there is always a need for improvement.

– I’m proud to be a workaholic. I don’t know how to relax, with the exception of sleeping.

– I don’t think about hedonism — it’s more fun to be working creatively than to do something that is nothing. My parents were Christian, so this comes from that framework.

– I try now to be considerate of my carbon footprint. It is supertough — it’s not like my music comes from hand-wound machines — but my cars have no miles on them because I am too busy working. If anything, they have been a waste of money.

– Sex, drugs and violence in hip-hop? Those are the hottest topics of any film, opera or play — they’ve all been about somebody being on drugs. Look at Alice in Wonderland. It’s all over the place.

– I don’t understand bling — I never wore any. To me, it’s cheap jewellery for the cheap-minded. I don’t associate myself with the hip-hop fraternity. Pieces that I design are only of the best quality.

– If I’m photographed wearing sunglasses indoors, it’s probably because I really like their fashion sensibility, or the brand. Or when a camera is going off.

*timesonline.co.uk

MJ’s Death Has Robin Thicke Rethinking His New Album

Robin Thicke Says he’s had some epiphanies regarding his music, what’s important to him, hit records versus long lasting pure music. Check him out at 1:52 – 2:28. Thanks to jonesforyou.

Robin Thicke Re-Thicking His New Album

Robin Thicke – 4th Studio Album (2009)
Producers & Guests: Jeffrey Bahsker, The Surf Club, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz…

Kid Cudi Battles “Angels & Demons” With The Clipse

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Virgina rap duo The Clipse will be appearing on Kid Cudi‘s forthcoming debut album titled Man On The Moon: The End Of Day. Pusha T. of The Clipse recently revealed to Rap-Up that he has recorded a song for Cudi‘s album called “Angels & Demons” which will also feature his brother Malice.

*sixshot.com

Pharrell At #8 With $16 Million On Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

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When it comes to hip-hop moneymakers there can only be one king, and his name is Jay-Z. The mogul tops Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings list knocking last year’s king 50 Cent out of the top spot. Hova raked in a reported $35 million starting in June 2008, from touring and other business ventures. Although his earnings were down substantially from last year’s $85 million, he still managed to edge out fellow mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, who came in at No. 2, with $30 million. Third place went to Kanye West with a respectable $25 million, earned through profits from his ‘808’s and Heartbreaks’ album and ‘Glow In The Dark‘ tour.

50 Cent landed at No. 4 with approximately $20 million, a steep drop from $100 million in 2007. Singer/producer Akon tied with 50 at $20 million, mostly from his lucrative Konvict Music label, which is home to artists like T-Pain and Lady Gaga. Rounding out the top five is Lil’ Wayne at $18 million due in part to the success of ‘The Carter III’ but mainly from touring profits. Other notables were super-producers Timbaland, who came close to Wayne with $17 million, and Pharrell at $16 million. Rapper Eminem re-emerged in the Top 10 with $14 million following the release of his top-selling ‘Relapse‘ album.

*theboombox.com

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