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.
R&B crooner Robin Thicke has discussed the joys of becoming a father in a recent interview. He said that fatherhood makes him feel special and because he’s married to the right woman it’s even better. He told VIBE Magazine: “I was really excited when I found out I was going to be a father because I got the right lady. I’ve been wanting to be a dad for a while. Fatherhood feels wonderful. It feels like a family. “Once you leave the house as a teenager you don’t really feel what it’s like to have a family because you’re always with friends so it feels good to feel that sense of family again.
“I’m really loving, like my dad. He likes to hold babies and talk to them and hold them different ways and he showed me a couple of new ways of playing with and holding my son. I’ve been inseparable from Julian so far. “Luckily, I took all this time off so I have yet to find out what being away from him for a long time feels like. He’s my little prince so I gotta take over the world in 18 years so I can leave it to him.”
What better way to kick off the 2010 BET Awards than with a pre-show that will get everyone hyped up for the main event. “BET AWARDS PRE-SHOW: LIVE! RED! READY!” will be hosted by “106 & Park’s” own Terrence, Rocsi and DJ Prostyle, and feature a star-studded lineup of talent. Opening things up, N*E*R*D is going to hit the main stage and mark their return to the game with a performance like never before. Later in the show, Soulja Boy will make his presence felt with his usual energetic performance.
Other confirmed performances for this exciting pre-show before the show include So So Def’s Dondria performing with CEO Jermaine Dupri, Roscoe Dash, Cali Swag District, and Grand Hustle’s newest sensation B.o.B. BET host Alesha Renee will be handling the correspondent duties at the 360 Cover Cam, while the always entertaining Nick Cannon will be at the top of the Red Carpet interviewing the night’s stars. The performances will be live, the carpet will be red, and the audience will be ready when “BET AWARDS PRE-SHOW: LIVE! RED! READY!” gets the party started right. Don’t miss it on Sunday, June 27 at 6PM/5C. Thanks to WhyPR.
“Rappers, man, too many rappers. I should know.” Pharrell Williams can see the irony. Here he is, the hip-hopper who is so hip it hurts, discussing how his favorite cars, the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, have become too popular — with rappers. “In the early days, the cars were rarities,” he says. Williams bought one of the first Phantoms and stuck it center stage in his “Drop It Like It’s Hot” video. But turn on MTV now and every rapper and his Snoop Dogg, he says, has one. “They’re kind of ubiquitous.” But he’s not giving up. “The saving grace is: It’s still a Rolls. It’s still got those details that no one else does.”
Detail matters to Williams. The Virginia-born mogul has spent the past decade composing “just so” avant-garde beats, bespoke bass lines, and 24-carat melodies for Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, and Nelly. He has released a solo album of his trademark staccato beats and crisp raps, and he records and performs with his own band, N*E*R*D. He designs his own fashion labels — Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream – and fashions bespoke jewelry for Louis Vuitton in a joint venture with LV’s chief designer Marc Jacobs. When he is not “wearing himself,” he dresses in Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren Purple Label Couture.
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