Pharrell Shows Off His Smooth Moves Down Under. N*E*R*D well and truly welcomed Sydney into 2011 with their mind-blowing rock versus hip hop set over the weekend. The US superstars – supported by DJ duo The Faders, Tinie Tempah, Chromeo and Boys Noize - brought their steamy stage show and addictive old and new tracks to diehard fans at the Hordern Pavilion. And while temperatures outside were soaring, it was nothing compared to the heat inside the packed out venue. Frontman Pharrell Williams attracted plenty of attention from a huge hoard of female fans, who fought their way to the very front for a glimpse at his smooth moves – not to mention a peek at his famous washboard stomach!
And they certainly weren’t left disappointed as the uber producer, who’s worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, peeled off his shirt, cheekily poked out his tongue and teased his admirers by blowing kisses across the crowd. Grinding his hips as low as he could go, the super-talented hitmaker ran through audience faves including ‘Spaz,’ ‘She Wants To Move’ and ‘Hot-N-Fun,’ as well as debuting tracks from the group’s new studio album ‘Nothing.’
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“Admittedly I’m not a big N*E*R*D supporter. I like my Pharrell peddling beats and hooks to great MCs and stayin’ on the sidelines. But with a somewhat open, slate-cleaning mind I copped the oft-delayed Nothing the day it dropped. And guess what? I didn’t like it. From the annoying chorus-laden opener “Party People”; to the Al Green on acid space ride “Hypnotize U”; to a slithery shit sandwich called “Help Me”, the album clearly stumbles badly out the gate. To be fair, things pick up a bit on the Swizz Beatz and Rakim-jacked “God Bless Us All” and the McCartney-influenced “Life As A Fish”. But all in all, it’s not enough to save the overall disc as a notable downgrade from the band’s previous efforts. Even a non-fan can see that.“ Thanks to Thelonius 7.
I don’t know about you guys but i’ve never seen the official music video to Nivea’s Run Away, well here it is. Thanks to Rani.
Nivea – Run Away (I Wanna Be With U) feat. Pusha T.
In 2009, N*E*R*D canceled their first show in Indonesia after a wholly unpleasant experience in Malaysia. Even prior to the performance, Malaysian authorities seemed weary of the band’s allegedly “obscene” stage act. N*E*R*D did end up playing the concert — without a proper permit — but had to endure official questioning as well as having their passports confiscated. Apparently traumatized by the event, the group chose to avoid playing their next show, which happened to be in Jakarta. Thankfully, the trio of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley seem to have recovered from the experience and will finally be playing a show in Jakarta at Istora Senayan on Monday. N*E*R*D will be touring Indonesia as part of the “Nothing” promotional tour. Thanks to WhyPR.
Monday, Jan. 10
Istora Senayan, Jakarta
For ticket info, call 0857 1469 1478
Rp 475,000 (Tribune) Rp 575,000 (Festival)
Who would’ve thought of this. The votes are in: XXLMag.com fans vote Game’s The R.E.D. Album as the most anticipated album of 2011. With the new year now upon us, XXLMag.com thought it was the perfect time to ask the fans “Which album are you most anticipating in 2011?” With Dr. Dre’s Detox, Wayne’s Tha Carter IV and Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne all set to drop within the next twelve months, it was Game’s oft-delayed The R.E.D. Album which fans voted as the most anticipated album of the year. Receiving exact 50% of the vote (2,005 votes in total) Game’s album also beat out Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers, Young Jeezy’s TM 103 and Drake’s Take Care.
Game – The R.E.D. Album (Studio Session)
* Mother’s Womb feat. Nelly Furtado
* She’ll Look Good To Me
* When My Nigga Come Home feat. Snoop Dogg
* Roll My Shit feat. Snoop Dogg
* L.A. Girl feat. Pharrell & Chris Brown
* It Must Be Me feat. Pharrell
* Ain’t No Doubt About It feat. Pharrell & Justin Timberlake
* Bounce feat. Pharrell & Shyne
The younger Thornton takes to Shade 45 to discuss his hectic 2011 and the status of Malice and the Clipse Pusha T. is going full on into his solo career. The recent G.O.O.D. Music signee has plans to release a grip of new music in the coming year. He took time off from his busy recording schedule to talk with Ms. Civil on Shade 45 radop. Regarding his solo debut full length Pusha revealed that he had been working on songs with Swizz Beatz, Pharrell, and of course his label CEO, Kanye West. The album has no title or release date set as of right now.
But don’t despair, you will be hearing new Pusha music very soon. The Clipse emcee’s delayed Fear Of God mixtape is expected, “sometime in February.” About the tape, the VA rapper had this to say, “[It’s] back to street, hardcore hip-hop, taking that whole dynamic of the ’95 mixtape, competitive spirit. And just going in on everything, any and everything. It’s old instrumentals, it’s new stuff, it’s original stuff. It’s just hard, it has to be hard to have a title like that, it has to be mean.” As for the status of Pusha’s older brother: “Malice is working on his book. That was always the plan, to do everything to expand the Re-Up Gang.” Pusha also took time to dispel any breakup rumors, “We not breaking up. We brothers, it can’t happen.”
Rick Ross has come a long way from his “Hustlin‘ ” days. The Florida MC premiered the first single, “Made Men” featuring Drake, from his forth-coming LP, God Forgives, I Don’t but it’s his Ashes To Ashes mixtape that’s ruling our iTunes. The Bawse spoke to MTV News about stretching himself creatively on this tape with a name you might not expect — or at least we didn’t. “On this mixtape, it’s all new music which I recorded at the Maybauch Music studios,” he said.
“We’ve got Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Aaliyah, Barry White, Ne-Yo and of course my team’s on the mixtape. We tried some different things, shout out to Chester French.” Interesting, right? We haven’t heard much from the Pharrell Williams-affiliated pop group since their 2009 LP Love The Future, but we’re definitely curious to see what they did with Rozay. “We did some different things and I think that everybody really appreciates the direction,” Rick said. “It’s another opportunity to show my supporters what I’m capable of doing on my off time and when I’m on tour.
The mixtape might’ve taken me three weeks to put together while I was on tour, it was a dope experience.” And while many felt that the MC may’ve been snubbed by the Grammy’s nominations as well as the Soul Train Awards, Ross is taking it all in stride. “It’s not about receiving critical acclaim, it’s about becoming comfortable,” Ross said. “I think that’s when you really find out who you are musically and can really challenge yourself and take it even further.”
The performer might be concentrating more on his acting career than singing right now, but he’s still plugged into music — N*E*R*D and Kings Of Leon are current favorites. Just because Justin Timberlake is on indefinite hiatus from recording and performing music (in order to focus on stardom in such movies as “The Social Network” and the upcoming romantic comedy “Friends With Benefits” and the sci-fi thriller “Now”), don’t assume he’s unplugged his stereo for the duration too. The former ‘N Sync heartthrob and erstwhile Mr. SexyBack stays keenly aware of modern pop, even if he isn’t making any.
And these days, Timberlake feels particularly moved by the 2010 album “Nothing” from N*E*R*D — the hip-hop/rock-funk side project of the hit-making duo Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who produced much of the singer’s 2002 album, “Justified.” Timberlake warmed to the subject when Pop & Hiss asked him what’s in heavy rotation on his iPod: “‘Come Around Sundown‘ is really good — the latest Kings Of Leon,” Timberlake said. “I really feel inspired by what Pharrell and Chad did with the new N*E*R*D album,” he continued. “Those producers care a lot about sonics. I hear The Doors and Queen a lot on that album. Pharrell has a way of being cryptic with his lyrics, though, so I’m still trying to decipher what he’s talking about.” Thanks to beatboyGT01.
The GQ Best-Dressed List 2011 features Little Britain star David Walliams at 11, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, a new entry at 12, David Beckham at 16 and Prime Minister David Cameron, who has dropped from eighth place last year to 20. Actor Aaron Johnson, 20, who last year fathered a baby girl with director fiancee Sam Taylor-Wood, 43, scooped first place from last year’s winner, Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson. Prince Harry, a new entry in the style rankings, beats his older brother by coming fifth, with experts crediting the fact he “looks good because he really doesn’t care”. Prince William is also a new entry at 27, with US rapper Pharrell Williams endorsing the future king’s style, saying: “I like it when Prince William goes dandy. He’s got all the proper wardrobe when they do the hunting thing. They kill that!” said Pharrell. GQ said: “Prince William is following in his father’s footsteps as a great ambassador for British style.”
Romeo is 26th, with experts describing the Beckhams’ middle son, who last year signed a deal for his own fashion label, as “the celebrity of the future”. David Walker-Smith, menswear director at Selfridges, told the magazine: “He’s experimental, quirky and fun, and his style has nothing mini-me about it. It’s me-me!” Elsewhere in the coveted annual list, X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, a new entry at 40, beats his boss Simon Cowell, who ranks at 43. The top 50 also includes Twilight actor Pattinson (4), racing driver Jenson Button (9), British rapper Tinie Tempah (15), Sir Elton John (21), Ray Winstone (28), Jude Law (29), music producer Mark Ronson (34), Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch at 41 and artist David Hockney at 47.
Happy new year y’all !!! And another Neptunes year has finishied with highlights such as the unreleased Natasha Ramos album Show & Prove (2007) and N*E*R*D’s fourth album Nothing (2010) and of course Pharrell’s first project as a composer, the Despicable Me Project. The Neptunes haven’t been so successful this year as the previous years but they had a smash number one hit with Swedish House Mafia with the tune One (Your Name), you can check below all Neptunes Singles among the whole production list from 2010.
Let’s talk about the Upcoming projects of 2011 which look really promising. As we already know, the biggest news is The Neptunes’ second compilation album right after Clones from 2003, now that’s what we all look forward to ain’t we, and It will be interesting to see if the newest Star Trak signee Maxine Ashley will have any Beyoncésque Neptunes Tracks this year cuz I look really forward to hear her on a Neptunes production, that girl has a voice. Other highlights for this year are the next Madonna album, Asher Roth’s The Spaghetti Tree with 11 studio tracks, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears’s seventh studio album (due March), Cassie’s Hide feat. Pharrell, Mystikal’s The Big Shake Back and other composer projects by Pharrell such as Super Freak: The Rick James Story and Voltron – Defender Of The Universe. Check out below the complete upcoming projects.
Neptunes 2011 Upcoming Projects
Alyssa Bernal – In Love Again For The First Time
* One Of Us feat. Pharrell
Asher Roth - The Spaghetti Tree
* Cheat So Bad feat. Pharrell
(+ 11 Tracks)
Avery Storm - Shotgun Love
Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby
Beyoncé - Fourth Studio Album
Big Sean - Finally Famous
* Donald Trump feat. Pharrell
Bishop Lamont - The Reformation
* Untitled (Chad Hugo)
Bomshel - Second Studio Album
* Untitled (Chad Hugo)
Bran’ Nu - 6th Studio Album
Britney Spears - Seventh Studio Album (March)
Busta Rhymes - E.L.E. 2 (Extinction Level Event)
* Untitled feat. Robin Thicke
Camp Lo - Sixth Studio Album
* Untitled (Chad Hugo)
Cassie - Electro Love
* Hide feat. Pharrell
Ciara - Fifth Studio Album
Chase & Status - No More Idols (January 31)
CRS - The God Unwilling
The Cool Kids - When Fish Ride Bicycles
DMX - You’ll Fly With Me
Doug E. Fresh - 6th Studio Album
Estelle - All Of Me
Fabolous - Seveth Studio Album
Gloria Estefan - 11th Studio Album
The Gorillaz - Untitled
Hot Rod - 1st Studio Album
Incubus - 7th Studio Album
J. Cole - First Studio Album
J-Menace – Co-Exist
* Untitled (Chad Hugo)
Jamelia - Rebel
Jared Evan - Fourth Chapter
* Show Me Some Love (Former N*E*R*D Track)
* Black Clouds
* + 1 Track
Jay-Z - Twelfth Studio Album
Jealous LoveR - True Crime 3: Hong Kong
* My Motorcycle
Jealous LoveR - First Studio Album
* Deeper feat. Robin Thicke
JoJo - All I Want Is Everything
* Kiss & Tell
(+3 Tracks With Chad Hugo & Kenna)
Kaz James - 2nd Studio Album
* Untitled (Chad Hugo)
Kings Of Leon - The Remix Album
* My Party (Chad Hugo & Kenna Remix)
* Untitled (The Neptunes)
Lil’ Kim - Hard Core 2: All Hail The Queen
Lloyd - King Of Hearts (February 1)
* Untitled feat. Pharrell
Ludacris - Ludaversal
Madonna - 12th Studio Album
Matthew ‘Mdot’ Finley - 1st Studio Album
Memphis Bleek - The Process
* Untitled feat. Pharrell
Mystikal - The Big Shake Back
N*E*R*D - Fifth Studio Album
The Neptunes Second Compilation Album
Noreaga - S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G.
Oh Land - Second Studio Album
Pac Div - Grown Kid Syndrome
* Broccoli feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes Version)
(+ 3 Tracks)
* Super Freak: The Rick James Story Score
* Voltron – Defender Of The Universe Score
(Score & Composer)
Pitbull - Untitled
Pusha T. - Solo Album
Raquelle Gracie – 1st Studio Album
* 2 Tracks
Rick Ross - Fifth Studio Album
Rye Rye - Go! Pop! Bang!
* Untitled feat. Tyga
(+ 1 Track)
Santigold - 2nd Studio Album
Shakira - Eight Studio Album
The Smeezingtons - 1st Studio Album
* Untitled (Chad Hugo)
Swizz Beatz - Haute Living
T. I. – Eight Studio Album
Timbaland - Shock Value III
Travis Barker - Give The Drummer Some (February)
* If You Want feat. Pharrell & Lupe Fiasco (Also Known As Horn Synth)
* Untitled feat. Clipse
Tyga - Careless World
* Really Raw feat. Pharrell, Game & Snoop Dogg
* First Time feat. Pharrell
(+ 2 Tracks)
Vishal & Shekhar - The Bollywood Project
Wiz Khalifa - Third Studio Album
Neptunes 2010 Singles
Clipse – Life Change feat. Pharrell & Kenna
Chiddy Bang – The Good Life
Lupe Fiasco – I’m Beaming
Manami – Back Of My Mind feat. Pharrell
Swedish House Mafia – One (Your Name) feat. Pharrell
T. I. – Get Back Up feat. Chris Brown
Uffie – A.D.D. S.U.V. feat. Pharrell
N*E*R*D – Hypnotize U
N*E*R*D – Hot-N-Fun feat. Nelly Furtado
RT @asherroth: First best video ever we’ll be shooting is “Gotta Get Up” #RAWTH – Can’t wait for this, man!
Asher Roth – Gotta Get Up feat. D.A. (Nottz) (10′)
As we slopped through the slush and dirty snow in New York this morning, we longed for the days we spent just weeks ago at the art fairs and parties in Miami and Miami Beach. Looking back at our Miami Basel snapshots of art world players and celebs schmoozing on rooftops, at pool’s edge, and under palm trees, we shuffled through the selection to pull together a colorful mix. From Pharrell Williams and Craig Robins previewing Design Miami, Tilda Swinton sporting a Ryan McGinley-designed sweater at the Pringle of Scotland party and Isabella Rossellini receiving the “Key To The City” of Miami Beach to Nate Lowman and Jeffrey Deitch hanging out at the LCD Soundsystem concert and Paper’s Kim Hastreiter and David Hershkovits hosting Shepard Fairey at their Friends With You/Pharrell Williams party, the two cities pulsated with fun and culture.
On The Preview, you worked with Pharrell on “The Good Life.” What was it like, going into the studio and collaborating with someone like him on a beat?
We met Pharrell in Los Angeles, which is the perfect place for crazy things to occur. We were in a nice little low key studio, Pharrell was there and he introduced himself, “Hey, my name’s Pharrell.” We were like, “I mean, yeah, we know!” It was surreal in the sense that we never imagined any of this could really happen since we started making music on our computers in a dorm room and sneaking into studios on our college campus. He offered a level of musical maturity, as far as just knowing what to do in the studio. The studio is tough because you’ve got to know when to channel this spontaneous energy into creating, but also know when to chill and then get back to creating again. Pharrell doesn’t waste any time. He knows how to use his time in the studio effectively. We cooked that beat up, Xaphoon added his element to it, and it just came out great.
It was a long year, full of a bunch of new films, and according to Forbes’ new list, “Top-Earning Movies of 2011“, it was the year of the cartoon. Topping the list with $1.06 billion earned was Toy Story 3. With the total, it was not only the highest-grossing film of the year, but the highest-grossing animated film of all time (on an unadjusted basis). On top of that, it was one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. The magazine compiled the list using data from BoxOfficeMojo.com, using not just domestic, but also global earnings as well. In at #2 was Alice In Wonderland, pulling in $1.02 billion, making Disney the first studio ever to have two films in a year cross the $1 billion mark. Keep in mind that both were available in 3D though Below is a rundown of the top 10 films of the year, as reported by Forbes.com:
1. Toy Story 3 – $1.06 billion
Not only was Toy Story 3 the highest-grossing movie of 2010, it was also one of the best-reviewed films of the year, receiving a score of 99 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates reviews from around the country. Disney Studio head Rich Ross would also like to see the film win a Best Picture Oscar.
2. Alice In Wonderland – $1.02 billion
Disney is the first studio ever to have two films cross the $1 billion mark in a single year. It helps that Toy Story 3 and Alice were both in ticket-hiking 3-D, but it doesn’t take away from the studio’s achievement. Alice earned 67% of its box office outside of the U.S.
3. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – $831 million
The seventh Harry Potter movie looks like it’s on track to be one of the series’ highest earning. In just six weeks, it’s already brought in $831 million.
4. Inception – $825 million
The twisty dream within a dream within a dream movie from director Christopher Nolan was so complicated audiences might have stayed away. But instead it became the kind of puzzle film that everyone needs to see to be able to talk about it at the water cooler. It’s the only film on this list that isn’t animated, a sequel or a remake.
5. Shrek Forever After – $737
Despite earning $737 million Shrek Forever After didn’t exactly end the franchise on a high note. Because the film was the first Shrek movie in 3-D, it was expected to earn more, but on a global basis it is only the third highest-grossing Shrek film. A Puss in Boots spin-off is in the works.
6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $693
There’s no getting around the fact that the Twilight movies are huge money makers. The latest film earned its $693 million on a budget of just $70 million. The last book, Breaking Dawn, is being broken into two films. The first will hit theaters next November.
7. Iron Man 2 – $622 million
The new movie wasn’t as well-reviewed as the first Iron Man, but it brought in more money. The first movie earned $585 million to Iron Man 2′s $622 million. Iron Man will next be seen in The Avengers, which will feature multiple Marvel heroes like The Incredible Hulk and Captain America.
8. Despicable Me – $539 million
Despicable Me was the most unlikely hit of the year. Made for just $70 million, the animated movie came not from Disney or DreamWorks but from Illumination Entertainment. The story of a bad guy who is turned good by the love of three orphaned girls clearly struck a chord with audiences.
Featuring stars like Hugh Laurie, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Usher, thanks to pappoo.
Attempting to put together a list of the greatest songs in 2010 is a little like trying to rip a phone book in half (hint: close to impossible). Consequently, when The Spotlight wanted to put together a roundup of the greatest songs in 2010 the question was where do we begin with so many different genres, talented artists and amazing songs? Well, we know that we forgot something but here are a few of our favorites and now it’s your turn to fill out the rest…
* Alyssa Bernal “Cali, Cali, Cali”
* Juke Kartel “If Only”
* Mindless Behavior “#1 Girl”
* Tamar Kaprelian “New Day”
Nice N*E*R*D cover right there, check it out.
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