N*E*R*D recently released the video for their new single, “Hot-N-Fun,” featuring Nelly Furtado. The colorful visual was directed by Swedish film/ music video director Jonas Akerland, whose résumé includes videos for Madonna, The Prodigy and, most recently, Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” and “Telephone” clips. Pharrell Williams told MTV News earlier this month that N*E*R*D’s brand-new video was a mixture of elements, but it could all be summed up with one phrase: “baba cool.” “There’s a French expression which is called ‘baba cool,’ which is from the late ’60s, early ’70s, and it’s like the mixture of posh, bohemian and art,” P said.
“That’s pretty much the theme of the album.” In the video, the trio is seen driving their Rolls-Royce through the desert, dressed in a mix of fur, leather, camouflage and apparently whatever else they could get their hands on that had feathers of some sort.The Rolls is painted in vivid, almost hallucinogenic-inspired colors and graphics, courtesy of artist collective FriendsWithYou. Pharrell explained how they first linked up with the talented collaborative in Miami. “We told them we wanted something that was psychedelic, something that paid homage to the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and the Magical Mystery Tour.” Nelly Furtado, who provides the song’s hooks, also turns up singing in a cloud formation created by FriendsWithYou.
But Furtado isn’t the only female keeping N*E*R*D company: A bevy of young ladies comes along for the ride, dressed in matching boho gear, though slightly more scantily clad. “As you can see, we had a plethora of women, all shapes and sizes, all shades and colors, and they definitely added a cool, sexy element to the video,” groupmate Shay Haley said. “This video is every man’s dream.” N*E*R*D expect to release their fourth studio LP on September 7, and was something like a psychedelic ride. Pharrell told us Nothing. “The music is very psychedelic for the most part — 80 percent of it is definitely flower-power, counterculture, release and let yourself be free and have a great time!”
Pharrell Williams talks about the lack of news sources for the youth demographic of 14-20 and how this inspired the creation of Kidult.com with his partner, Mimi Valdes, thanks to friendswelove.
Hitting the yellow carpet rolled out in front of the Nokia Theater on Sunday afternoon, June 27, the leading lady of “iCarly” opted to wear a little black dress and a loose hairdo when attending the special screening event. Miranda Cosgrove chose to stay classic when attending the Los Angeles premiere of “Despicable Me“. The brunette beauty wasn’t the only young star coming to the special screening event. Her fellow voice actresses, Elsie Fisher and Dana Gaier, as well as other cast members including Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Jack McBrayer and Mindy Kaling were also seen posing on the yellow carpet. The premiere also saw the attendance of several other young stars. Joey King, Joseph Castanon and Ryan Ochoa were among those spotted on the yellow carpet. Some of the adult stars present, such as director Chris Renaud, Maria Canals Barrera as well as Noah Wyle, brought along their children.
The State Press.com took some time to chat with OK Go’s bassist Tim Nordwind a few days after the premiere of their new video, “End Love.” Tim has been asked with what artists they would like collaborate with and Tim Nordwind said: “There’s a bunch. We’re probably going to be putting out a remix album in the fall. We’ve been able to work with some people we really like a lot. [As for] people I’d still like to work with, I really like Daft Punk a lot. I hope to work with them in some capacity. I think Pharrell Williams is really awesome. I like Pharrell a lot.”
Here is another track name by N*E*R*D from their album ‘Nothing’ that has been confirmed by actustar.com, so I might be wrong but I think this is the whole N*E*R*D tracklist right there because I remember Pharrell saying that the Nothing album will have 15 Tracks.
N*E*R*D. – Nothing (2010) (September 7th)
Producers & Guests: Ben & Ted (aka Mansions On The Moon), Yelawolf, Kenna, Nelly Furtado, Christian Rich…
– Hot-N-Fun feat. Nelly Furtado (Single)
– Party People
– Help Me
– Make You Feel Good
– Victory feat. Christian Rich
– You’re So Perfect
– I Seen The Light
– You’re The One
– For Sure
– The Man
– God Bless Our Soul
– Perfect Defect
– Nothin’ On You
– The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Added New)
Awesome Blend right there, check it out!
Kenna – Say Goodbye To Love feat. Marvin Gaye & Kanye West (Blend)
Questlove has been recently on hypnagogics where peeps have the opportunity to ask him about some funny celebrity stories he could tell us, so you can read a bunch of interesting celebrity stories by Questlove such as the Chad Hugo & Pharrell Williams stories at hypnagogics.com/questo.
Questlove’s Babyface Story
In response to a ‘Babyface’ story, Questlove revealed that Babyface’s There She Goes has already been made back in 1998 but its been released three years later in 2001 on Babyface’s Face2Face album. “he did play me a demo of “there she goes” that he did with the tunes.”
Babyface – There She Goes feat. Pharrell
Questlove’s Chad Hugo Story
“the roots come to va to get two joints from the tunes. we actually work on the beat that is Beyonce’s “Green Light”. chad is next door working on what will soon be “Ride Around Shinnin’‘” with the Clipse. i tell (Phar)rell “i want a jawn with some crazy jeru noise shit like THAT shit” (the song has an open piano swirl)— so chad hears the shit we working on and then he gets an idea… grabs his horn….and he does the same 4 horn squeals that tribe did on the “can i kick it remix”…. perfectly! he invited me to the room while riq wrote to the beat–played me new N*E*R*D and Clipse and Kenna shit. i wound up drumming on 3 joints. he was amazed i did them shits for free.”
As incredible as it may seem, a year has passed since the sudden death of King of Pop Michael Jackson, as the singer was preparing for the blockbuster This Is It world tour. Recently, N*E*R*D frontman and producer Pharrell shared his feelings on the loss of one of the most prolific, popular artists of modern music. “[Jackson was] one of the greatest entertainers of all time, there’s no way to measure that,” Pharrell said. “Unreal and unmatchable.” Pharrell argued that Jackson was far ahead of his time, and managed to make it big before many of the advantages today’s artists take for granted – digital music distribution and promotion via Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, etc. – were available.
“He was ahead of technology, he was doing things that sort of set the standard for the way we do things today,” explained Pharrell. “You know, we all measure our star next to his, which is more like a sun.” But Pharrell’s comments weren’t just those derived from worship from afar; the musician met Jackson several times and said the star’s personality was unforgettable as well. “The times that I got to meet him and we got to hang out and talk a little bit, I am thankful for every episode,” Pharrell said. “And he’s a funny guy too. He’s like super, super duper funny.” Pharrell also noted that Jackson was a tireless worker who shone on stage. “That guy went through so much and so his only time to really be free was to go let it out on stage,” he said. “You got to see vigor in it’s purest form, so of course I nod to that dude. He’s the best.”
Pharrell Williams concluded the launch of his Pharrell x Moncler collection with an intimate opening party at Paris’ colette. The event included Pharrell and fellow members of N*E*R*D, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley. The eco-friendly collection embodies both a progressive approach to sustainable fashion as well as a Moncler’s own signature aesthetic. Pharrell said he made the fabric with bio-thread (that’s recycled plastic, yo). “I wanted it to look futuristic, not military,” he said. I especially dug, in addition, were his personal accessories, like the glittery-gold climber’s hoop Cosmic Blossom, as well as the reversible medallion with a Murakami character, the back side bearing a peace sign.—
Pharrell At Colette Moncler Collection In Paris
“Pharrell [Williams] dragged me out. There are a lot of swanky people here,” said Lupe Fiasco, who took a front-row seat at Louis Vuitton’s men’s show on Thursday. Fiasco said he just wrapped up his tour in the U.S. and was “plotting” his rounds in Europe. Until then he’s keeping busy with a few fashion projects of his own. “I’m launching a jewelry line called Setlist & Rider in about two months,” Fiasco said, adding his men’s fashion label, Trilly & Truly, was still going strong. “Vuitton’s been so good to me, I like to support it whenever I’m in town,” said Williams. (Even if he’s in town for an event with Moncler.) A new N*E*R*D. album, out in September, will be “hippie, like this,” he said, pointing to the beaded belt he wore. Meanwhile, another multitasker, French actor, writer and theater director Pio Marmaï — who just wrapped up filming “Contre Toi” [or “Against You”] — said he was adding a new feather to his cap: “I’m building two motorcycles.”
Game was recently on with Jenny Boom Boom and in the interview he first talked about his new “R.E.D.” album and how Pharrell “brought the peace.” Being “removed from the drama” and “coming in peace,” Game talked about how he feels Dre removed himself from the drama, during his beef with 50 Cent. Game then talked about the G-Unit group (including him and Young Buck) breaking up was a loss for everyone adding that if they would have stayed together, they could have easily sold over a 100 million records and Game is still working on R.E.D. album, this time he’s with Drake and Cool & Dre in the studio according to his twitter. “In the studio wit the lil homie @drakkardnoir & @coolanddre n all I can say is R.E.D. album…….. Track #2”
Superstar DJ collective Swedish House Mafia will release their debut single “ONE (Your Name)” on June 29th on Astralwerks. Initially released exclusively online via Beatport, “ONE (Your Name)” has emerged to become the hottest underground house track of the summer. With major support coming from Zane Lowe, Pete Tong and Annie Mac, the single’s full release which now features the unmistakeable vocals of Pharrell Williams on “ONE (Your Name)” and is expected to catapult the song into the consciousness of the mainstream. The Swedish House Mafia have already developed an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live show & event concepts.
They hit the mainstage of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival in March to an audience of 60,000 people and recently they returned to London’s Brixton Academy for two sold out dates underlining their escalating status as one of 2010’s most vital and exciting artists. And their live plans don’t end there. They will play the Kinetic Field at the Electric Daisy Carnival this Friday, June 25th in Los Angeles plus Wet Republic in Las Vegas on June 26th as well as host their own tent at Creamfields for the second year running this August. They’re also confirmed to soundtrack the summer when they play a sixteen-week residency at Pacha.
Last year their awarding winning show, the Dark Forest, opened to record crowds and this year’s Masquerade Motel theme is set to immerse the audience with a 360-degree performance where the audience become a part of the show. “ONE (Your Name)” will feature on a highly anticipated album which compiles highlights of each Mafia member’s solo work to date. To be released later this summer, the album will also be packaged with a DVD that documents the highlights of their worldwide touring. The documentary was directed by Christian Larson whose work with Jonas Åkerlund on high profile acts includes Lady Gaga & Jennifer Lopez.
Pharrell recording at the famous SARM recording Studio 2 in London. Studio 2 is their vintage room: ideal for recording/mixing bands or as a large writing room. It houses a classic SSL 4048 E console with G-series computer and Total Recall, Sean Davies main monitors, NS10s and either Auratones or Quested midfields along with a comprehensive selection of outboard equipment. The sizeable live room comes equipped with a newly restored walnut Steinway baby grand piano. The live room also has three isolation cupboards, ideal for bass and guitar cabinets when recording multiple sources simultaneously.
Asher Roth adds a couple bars to N*E*R*D’s Nothing single, check it out.
Game and Robin Thicke ride together on yet another collaboration for the Compton rapper’s R.E.D. Album. Rick Ross has a song for your Maybach (and soon your Aston Martin), Lloyd Banks has one for all the Beamers, Benzes, and Bentleys, and now Game provides the soundtrack for those who prefer a different exotic whip. Blast this the next time you’re in your Phantom. Click Here to listen.
Singer, rapper, producer, musician, clothes and jewellery designer… there seems to be no end to the talents of Pharrell Williams who as part of N*E*R*D and The Neptunes redefined US dance music in the last few years. Pharrell is almost as well known for his dress sense and was voted Esquire’s Best Dressed Man In The World in 2005. Chris Sullivan caught up with him in London’s fashionable Soho and quizzed him on his unique style prior to his visiting the Red Bull Energy Station in Monaco.
Chris Sullivan: Tell me about your clothes labels: Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream
Pharrell Williams: Well I’m doing them with Nigo of Bathing Ape. He is a big music fan and we met and got on. I love his attention to detail and quality, his style his outlook. He’s the perfect man for me to collaborate with.
CS: How would you describe the clothes?
PW: It’s what I like to wear basically. If I see something old that has a good cut we adapt that or if there’s something I’d like that doesn’t exist, we make it and all in the best fabrics and to the highest quality. It’s all about quality.
Pharrell Williams was so inspired by President Barack Obama’s election that the multiplatinum producer/artist decided to become a part of the change that Obama spoke about so often. The musician launched a public affairs and cultural website, K!dult.com, that he hopes will continue the conversations many tweens were introduced to during Obama’s rallies. Although he cited CNN, MSNBC, Fox and the BBC as outlets for politically minded older adults and the Huffington Post for young adults, Williams said he asked himself where students went to find out about government. “If you’re somewhere between the age of 12 to 18 or 14 to 20, where are you getting your information from?” he asked MTV News.
“What about the kid that’s deciding where he wants to go in his life? Where is he getting that from? We didn’t have anything that matched that demo and we didn’t have anything that matched that voice.” The N*E*R*D star recruited Mimi Valdes, a former editor at both Vibe and Latina magazines, to help with the effort. “She understands the voice,” Williams explained. “It’s a colorless voice. That’s what this generation is, these kids are glass: They’re not black, white or purple. They’re human beings. They’re gonna be the deciders of the future, so we need to educate them and do it now.”
The site focuses on politics, green issues, technology, business, games, science, technology, fashion, health and sports. Entertainment is also a channel on the site, however, Williams cautioned that his site would not include what he felt was trivial gossip. Rather, he said K!dult.com will be informative even as it touches on Hollywood-tinged content. “If you see Rihanna on there, we’ll be asking her ‘What book are you reading?’ “ Williams said. The K!dult Youth & Leadership Conference, featuring a performance by Williams and guest speakers, is set for Saturday in New York.
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