N*E*R*D – Brian 320708785
Travis Barker – If You Want It
Justin Timberlake – Feels Like 361099492
Foxy Brown – Follow the Leader feat. Big Daddy Kane 361234273
Mystikal – The Building
“You having a good time, or what?” Pharrell Williams asked the crowd who’d crammed into Shoreditch shop Present last night for a sneak preview of N*E*R*D’s new album, Nothing. Pharrell’s presence meant we all got rather distracted from the music, as he worked the crowd, shaking hands, chatting and flirting with nearby females, but he soon reminded us why we were there – “This is music to smile to, lay back to, smoke to.” We enjoyed a tête-à-tête with the singer, to run through his outfit – mirrored Aviators, khaki cap complete with double-C brooch, white tee and RRL navy neckerchief, so far, so Pharrell. Then, he pulled out a rosary from under his shirt. “No one else has seen this,” he whispered. “It’s Chanel.” Been shopping lately, we asked. “Nah,” he drawled with a knowing smile. (Up close, he practically glows.) Who wouldn’t gift this man?
He describes himself as “an expressionist“. He’s the frontman of N*E*R*D, one half of The Neptunes, designs clothes for Billionaire Boys Club with Japanese design god Nigo, produces the occasional piece of furniture and on new album Nothing proves that he can still make music which makes you dance first and think second. Sitting in Shoreditch’s Present store surrounded by his new autumn/winter collection, Pharrell Williams - with the odd interjection from bandmate Shay – reveals his thoughts on style exclusively to GQ.com.
My style hero was Batman. Now it’s Tony Stark.
Sometimes what is bad taste now, three years later could be the most incredible thing ever. You just never know.
I like it when Prince William goes dandy. He’s got all the proper wardrobe when they do the hunting thing. They kill that! I was inspired by a lot of Purdey – the Space Beach Cape in the new BBC A/W collection was Purdey mixed with a bit of Malcolm McClaren.
How did I dress well on a budget? I dressed completely ridiculously. We had this habit of wearing two pairs of socks. One we would wear normally, the other we would pull right over the ball of your foot. It would make your shoe puffy, which would make your foot appear smaller. We were just weirdos, man. I don’t know what dimension that rolled out of.
Travis Barker’s oft-delayed solo album is actually on its way. The Blink 182 drummer — who has survived and recovered from a plane crash that killed four others and been featured on other artist’s hit singles since we last reported on the progress of his as-yet-untitled effort back in 2008 — is set to finally release it this October. XXL reports that the album boasts some heavyweight assistance from artists like Eminem, Lil Wayne, Drake, T. I., Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, and Rick Ross.
Some may be surprised that the drummer of a pop-rock band is being backed by rappers. But Barker, who won’t be singing or rapping on the album, has been a fan of and contributed to many of his collaborator’s songs and albums in the past. Here, he plays drums on a track for Wale’s 2009 Attention Deficit album. He also handled the percussion in The Game’s “Dope Boys.” And celebrating Famous Star and Straps tenth anniversary last year, he played behind Snoop and Pharrell. He’s no poser.
Travis Barker With Snoop Dogg & Pharrell
It was about time godammit, like a year ago Rob Dyrdek released the Street Dreams trailer with The Neptunes produced tune ‘Hoppin’ Over Fences’ on it, since then we’ve only had the 30 seconds snippet on repeat til now, they finally suggested to give it a release date, so yeh we’ll finally get the full ‘Hoppin’ Over Fences’ tune. According to Jason Bergh, the executive producer of Street Dreams (2009), the DVD is due on October 26th. Thanks to skletch.
Pharrell – Hoppin’ Over Fences (Snippet) (09′)
N*E*R*D have been putting the finishing touches on their latest album, Nothing, and they promise some surprises on the new record. The Urbandaily.com got a chance to sit and chat with Pharrell and Shay before their show at Irving Plaza in NYC and asked them to tell them all about the new album! Though the album doesn’t have a solid release date yet, Pharrell & Shay assured to Urbandaily.com that Nothing will be in stores before the end of the year Star Trak For Life…………… Click Here to watch the interview.
N*E*R*D – Nothing (2010)
* Hot-N-Fun feat. Nelly Furtado (Single)
* Party People (Single)
* Help Me
* Make You Feel Good
* Victory feat. Christian Rich
* You’re So Perfect
* I’ve Seen The Light
* You’re The One
* For Sure
* The Man
* God Blessed Us All
* Perfect Defect
* Nothin’ On You
* The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
N*E*R*D – Nothing (Studio Session)
* Show Me Some Love
(+ 25 Tracks)
Bun revealed that he recorded three sessions with Florida’s Cool & Dre, and completed two songs with The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams that he described as “incredible.” Although the latter examples did not make the final cut, Bun B said there is good reason. “I think that the people we picked and the sound that we picked for this album was just what was needed for this album.
When we go from this level to the next level, we start bringin’ in the people like Pharrell and stuff like that, and it’ll make a little bit more sense. But you don’t want to shoot too big, too fast and bite off more than you can chew.” With all three of the Trill albums received by fans and critics warmly, Bun declared, “I can’t compromise something good in hopes of something great.” Thanks to darrenlaking.
Robin Thicke discusses what inspires him and his ultimate reward, sponsored by Chase.
Female rap is getting a revival thanks to Nicki Minaj. The femcee is dominating music with her guest features and solo single “Your Love,” which became the first song by a female artist unaccompanied to reach No. 1 on the Rap Songs chart since Missy Elliott’s “Work It” in November 2002. The Associated Press interviewed some of Minaj’s peers and collaborators, including Pharrell, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Eve, and Queen Latifah, to get their thoughts on her and female rap in general. Here’s what they had to say.
Pharrell: “I think since Nicki came out there’s going to be a lot of new girls coming out. There’s always one that paves the way and opens the door [and] I think she reopened the door to hip-hop for females.”
Chester French is returning to Milwaukee, WI for a FREE show on Thursday, August 26th. The show is partnering with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin for the community to raise awareness of Milwaukee’s teen pregnancy epidemic and the preventive services that Planned Parenthood provides for the community.
What: Free Chester French Concert With DJ Madhatter (of 88.9) and Prophetic.
When: Thursday, August 26, 2010 from 4pm – 7pm.
Where: Washington Park
Directions From The North.
Head South on I43, West on I94 toward Madison,
take North on 41 by the stadium and exit West Lloyd Street.
Turn right onto West Lloyd Street. Take first right into park.
Directions From The South.
Head North/West on I94 through downtown,
take North on 41 by the stadium and exit West Lloyd Street.
Turn right onto West Lloyd Street. Take first right into park.
Directions From The West.
Head East on I94, take North on 41 by the stadium
and exit West Lloyd Street. Take first right into park.
For more info, visit Planned Parenthood’s microsite for the event at
Currently the band’s only North American date in the run-up to the release of September’s Nothing, NYMag caught up with Pharrell Williams backstage. While Chad Hugo, his bandmate and partner in inactive production super-duo The Neptunes, sat next to him quietly, Williams sold us on the album: “We wanted to make it like a lifestyle. Lifestyle music. [And] girls can get freaky to it.” Also, somehow: “Most of the album is like the Doors meets America.” (He’s not joking, we don’t think.) And whatever happened to Rhea, we asked, a female vocalist the band briefly added — à la the pre-megafame Black Eyed Peas and Fergie — before returning to the original lineup?
“We experimented with it. That was our first batch of records, and it was good, but wasn’t good enough, and we were like, ‘Naw, let’s not do this.’” There’s no bad blood. “Rhea’s still featured in certain places on the record, but the members of N*E*R*D are Shay [Haley], Chad, and myself.” The Neptunes produced a ridiculous number of hits throughout the early part of this decade, often with Pharrell himself out front on the chorus. Which leads to two questions: Why the pause in producing? And why hasn’t N*E*R*D ever found the kind of chart success Pharrell and Hugo have repeatedly helped others achieve?
On the first, Pharrell says: “I didn’t want to keep producing the same stuff. With Nothing, I’m back to producing a whole bunch of new sounds, and it took a minute for something to dawn on me, to hit me.” And for the second question? “I always go too creative on myself,” Pharrell says, “and subject my band members to my wanting to forge the new path. For pop, there’s a process. It’s got to go through so a 6-year-old can get it like a 60-year-old. Our album now, if you fuck with N*E*R*D, you will love it, but it’s different juxtaposed to your average pop act, like your Jay Sean. It’s just too real.”
Jay-Z earned a cool $63 million, while Sean “Diddy” Combs took in $30 million to take the second slot. What’s surprising is Akon’s No. 3 position ($21 million) on the chart, topping the likes of Lil’ Wayne, Dr. Dre and Ludacris. Lil Wayne ($20 million) grabs the fourth spot on the list, even though the musician has been in jail for the past five months. Dr. Dre is fifth with $17 million earned, Ludacris takes the sixth spot with $16 million, Snoop Dogg takes seventh with $15 million and Timbaland nabbed No. 8 with $14 million. Pharrell Williams (No. 9, $13 million) and Kanye West (No. 10, $12 million) round out the top 10.
1. Jay-Z – $63 Million
2. Diddy – $30 Million
3. Akon – $21 Million
4. Lil’ Wayne – $20 Million
5. Dr. Dre – $17 Million
6. Ludacris” – $16 Million
7. Snoop Dogg – $15 Million
8. Timbaland – $14 Million
9. Pharrell Williams – $13 Million
10. Kanye West – $12 Million
11. Drake” – $10 Million
12. T.I. – $9 Million (tie)
12. Swizz Beatz – $9 Million (tie)
14. Eminem – $8 Million (tie)
14. 50 Cent – $8 Million (tie)
14. Young Jeezy – $8 Million (tie)
17. Common” – $7 Million
18. Soulja Boy – $6 Million (tie)
18. T-Pain – $6 Million (tie)
20. Lil’ Jon – $5 Million (tie)
20. Gucci Mane – $5 Million (tie)
20. Rick Ross – $5 Million (tie)
Alyssa Bernal just revealed on Youtube the release date of her first single from her upcoming album. The single will be released on iTunes on August 24th and its called Kelly Kelly Kelly, she also revealed that her official website allysabernal.com will go online on August 24th as well, can’t wai t to hear her single.
In a summer that’s been littered with underperforming would-be blockbusters and outright flops, Despicable Me is a remarkable story for many reasons. Namely, it’s a hit, grossing $56.3 for its opening last weekend, which is massive coming from an up-and-coming animation studio (Illumination, based at Universal) and a completely original film, with no books or previous movies to spring off from (sorry, Toy Story 3). Perhaps most importantly it’s a saving grace for Universal, a studio that’s suffered a long series of flops (last summer seemed like just one disaster after another) and has been struggling for years to break into the family-friendly animation business.
And while Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are the film’s directors, it’s probably Illumination head Chris Meladandri who deserves most of the credit, for putting the studio together by recruiting all the good animators he knew, and encouraging original ideas amid the expected adaptations and remakes (those are coming down the line). In a ridiculously glowing piece in Deadline Meledandri is showered with all kinds of praise for building what they seem to think is the next Pixar, but they also manage to reveal some actual news about where Illumination may be headed next.
Primarily– and this should come as no surprise– the gears are already in motion for Despicable Me 2, which Meledandri is developing with the film’s writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. They’re also planning two short films featuring The Minions, Gru’s little yellow assistants who were apparently a major part of the film’s appeal to kids. It’s not clear where we might see The Minions next– either before another Illumination film or on the DVD or somewhere else– but you can definitely count on an enhanced role for them in the sequels. Lets hope Pharrell will score that one too, thanks to Aaron.
One of our forum member Zay had the opportunity to Interview Pharrell for his website Earstyle.net where he asked Pharrell 7 questions, check it out. In honor of N*E*R*D’s upcoming September 7th Release “Nothing”, I had an opportunity to ask Pharrell 7 quick questions. If you know me, you know I am a huge supporter of the entire Star Trak movement. This was definitely an amazing opportunity and I have to show some love to MiMi Valdes over at Kidult and the entire Kidult army! Also, I want to send a big thanks to Pharrell for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak with me!
Earstyle: You have had your hands in everything from music to furniture to fashion. You continue to expand your brand, but what is next? Do you ever think about what you want to accomplish next or does it just come to you at any given moment?
Pharrell: I am often lead by the void of what doesn’t exist just as well as the inspiration of a moment.
Earstyle: Movies are something that are evolving right before our eyes. It seems as though today, directors have to figure out how they will tie in 3D into the movie production and marketing. What do you think is the next revolutionary step for music?
Pharrell: We are steady trying to harness all of the existing modes of recording in search of 3D sound.
Right after we’ve found out that Ludacris has been in the studio with The Neptunes, it looks like the tune they’ve been working on will be featuring Ciara and maybe DJ Drama,because they all have been in the studio with The Neptunes, check out the pics.
“Pollyn with @djdrama ..sumtin in the works.. Stay tuned”
“Studio in the A. shout out @ludacris @ciara @djdrama”
N*E*R*D had recently a Live Session with MTV where they performed their singles from 2008’s Seeing Sounds and their recent singles Hot-N-Fun, Party People and their new tune Help Me from the new album ‘Nothing‘ due September 7th. You can get the whole performances in MP3 for your iPod below, thanks to Haybusa.
N*E*R*D – MTV Live Sessions (2010)
01 – Hot-N-Fun feat. Nelly Furtado
02 – Help Me
03 – Party People
04 – Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)
05 – Sooner Or Later
Shoutout to Misla !
The news just hit the net that Britney worked with The Neptunes on the tune ‘My Big Secret’ which actually first was a N*E*R*D tune back in 2001 then its been given to Janet Jackson and afterwards it went to Britney for her 2003 album ‘In The Zone’ but it didn’t make the final cut with other 4 neptunes tracks because of her management issues, so it looks like the tune will finally get release on her 7th studio album with other producer & guests contributions such as Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, JR Rotem and Kara DioGuardi.
In early March 2010, it was confirmed by Spears’s label that she was working on her 7th studio album and that no official release date had been confirmed or announced. Further confirmation came when a representative for Britney told People’s web site that after completing her tour, Spears had been in the studio working on her next album and according to x17online.com, her new album is called ‘It’s A Secret’.
Britney Spears x The Neptunes Discography
Britney Spears – Britney (2001)
* I’m A Slave 4 U
Britney Spears – Austin Powers In Goldmember OST (2002)
* Boys feat. Pharrell (Co-Ed Remix)
Britney Spears – In The Zone (Studio Session) (2003)
* Baby Can’t You See
* Cuz U’re Lookin’ So Good
* I Don’t Want You feat. Pharrell
* My Big Secret
* Take Ya Home feat. Pharrell
* I M.I.S.S. You (Later Recorded For Nicole Scherzinger)
Britney Spears – Blackout (2007)
* Why Should I Be Sad (aka Stupid Things) feat. Pharrell
Britney Spears – Blackout (Studio Session) (2007)
* Stupid Things feat. Pharrell
* Sugarfall (aka Hooked On) feat. Pharrell
Britney Spears – It’s A Secret (2010)
* My Big Secret
Christina may leave record label RCA. Is Christina Aguilera geared to leave her record label, RCA? There were rumors that RCA would drop Christina because her latest album, Bionic, tanked by selling just over 200,000 copies, but they quickly denied any chance of dropping the pop diva. However, word is that Christina will leave RCA because the label did not allow her the artistic freedom to create the album she wanted to release. Years before the release, while she was working on Bionic, she proudly discussed collaborators such as Goldfrapp, Diplo, Ladytron, DJ Premier, Santigold, and The Neptunes.
She also added that she was inspired by motherhood and pregnancy after having her son Max in 2008. That did not come through in Bionic, which sounds more like a poor sequel to 2002’s Stripped. The first single, “Not Myself Tonight,” left fans scratching their heads while Christina was writhing around in dominatrix gear. Christina may leave RCA for a multi-million dollar deal with LiveNation, a less totalitarian option for artists that does not take the copyrights from the artists. A few acts that are signed to LiveNation are Jay-Z, Madonna, U2, and Shakira. Christina has reportedly quit doing anything with Bionic and is now putting her energy in her film co-starring Cher, Burlesque, which is in theatres November 24.
Chiddy Bang sat down with Gowhere Hip Hop’s gorgeous Jen DeLeon, where they talked about The Opposite Of Adults EP, the upcoming album, The Swelly Life, that will be released later this month and they also confirmed that Pharrell, Q-Tip, and Killer Mike will be on the The Swelly Life album at 03:10. The Swelly Life is due August 24th.
Chiddy Bang x Gowhere Hip Hop Interview
As y’all already noticed, Slim Thug is leaking some of his unreleased tracks right now on his twitter account where he also leaked The Neptunes tune Chicken Strip. This is the final and finished version of Slim Thug’s Chicken Strip tune from the ‘Allready Platinum Session’ from 2004 featuring Snoop Dogg & Laura London I think at the end, anyways I hope we’ll get more unreleased neptunes stuff from Slim Thugga this week.
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