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May 2011

Selina Sol & Maxine Ashley In The Studio With Pharrell

Selina Sol has been spotted together with Maxine Ashley in the Miami studio working with Pharrell.
”Btw: Studio magic!!!! With Pharrel and @MaxineAshley!!!!! Wish u were here @Puppet_Maztah, @MellowMichi :)”

*twitter.com/selinasol

The Plum TV x Pharrell Williams Cover Story

*plumtv.com

Chad Hugo’s Missile Command On Tour (Tour Dates)


Make sure you go out and support Chad Hugo & Missile Command this summer as he heads out on tour. Get all the dates and your tickets Here!

August
11th Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
12th Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
13th Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
14th Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
16th Charlotte, NC Verizon Amphitheatre
18th Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
19th Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
20th Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
21st Wantagh, NY Jones Beach
23rd Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
24th Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
25th Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater
27th The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods
28th Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavillon
30th Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion

September
2nd Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
3rd Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
4th Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
5th Las Vegas, NV TBA
10th George, WA The Gorge

*idfestival.com
*bbcicecream.com

Can Pharrell Create A MTV For A New Generation?

Pharrell Williams is one of the most powerful forces in music — a Grammy winning musician, who’s produced and scored dozens of hits from pop to rap. He even wrote the “Lovin’ It” jingle for McDonalds that’s inescapable if you turn on the TV. He also has a slew of lifestyle clothing brands and has designed limited edition jewelry, furniture and glassware for Louis Vuitton.

Now this Renaissance man is trying to create an MTV for a new era — what it calls the “Verge Generation.” That’s 18-34-year-olds who are multi-cultural and tech savvy. Williams has joined a company called Karmaloop.com — an online retailer of streetwear, which attracts about 5 million monthly unique viewers. It may be best known as a retailer, but it’s also an online TV channel — Karmaloop TV is the 18th most viewed YouTube channel and expects to draw 40 million views this year.

Now Williams and Karmaloop’s CEO Greg Selko are meeting with cable and satellite TV companies to bring Karmaloop to your TV set — to make it a proper TV channel. Does this generation, (which I’m a part of,) even own TVs in the numbers of previous generations? Selko says yes, telling me that rumors of cord cutting are greatly exaggerated. Williams says this demographic is sorely underserved– both online and on TV. and they have the spending power to be a real draw to advertisers as well as to cable and satellite TV operators. Check out the interview — Pharrell explains why he’s trying to build a new version of MTV for a very new generation.

Pharrell On CNBC’s Power Lunch

*cnbc.com
*fkyeahpharrell.tumblr.com

Pharrell At New York’s Roseland Ballroom

Ne-Yo, Pharrell Williams, Fabolous & Swizz Beatz

During last night’s performance Jigga not only played his hits and rapped over the Boodocks theme song, he was joined by a number of his celebrity friends and supporters including Kid Cudi, Fabolous, and Alicia Keys‘ husband Swizz Beatz. Other attendees included Pharrell and Neyo who posed for pictures backstage.

Pharrell Williams, Fabolous & Swizz Beatz

*hiphopwired.com

Ne-Yo, Pharrell Williams, Fabolous & Swizz Beatz

Pharrell At Kiehl’s 160th Birthday Anniversary


Pharrell Williams attends Kiehl’s 160th Anniversary celebration at Kiehl’s Flagship Store in New York City Continuing on his green journey, Pharrell Williams has partnered with Kiehl’s, and designed new lab coats to be worn in stores as well as a Limited Edition Eco-Tote made of Bionic Yarn, a fabric made by his company Returns Textiles of recycled plastic bottles.


To celebrate its 160th birthday, Kiehl’s has tapped three new famous faces to represent its new global philanthropic initiative, Kiehl’s Gives. Julianne Moore, Pharrell Williams and The Scissor Sisters will each represent an area of concern; children’s well-being, the environment and HIV/AIDS respectively. Each category will represent eight charitable organizations that will be introduced to the public through a short film on Kiehl’s‘. Then, from June 15 to August 31, the public will be allowed to vote on their favorite charity. In September, Kiehl’s will split $160,000 among the charities based on their share of the votes. Each cause will get at least $20,000.

Cheryl Vitali & Pharrell Williams

*stylebistro.com
*terra.com

The Vibe x The Neptunes Article From 2004


Interstate 264 leads you to Virginia Beach, population 430.000 incorporated only 41 years ago. The the highway abruptly ends, dropping you off, conveniently, at the Visitor Information Center. The nice lady behind the counter there can tell you all about the city and the surrounding Hampton Roads and Tidewater area (also called Seven Cities because it encompasses Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, and Hampton in addition to Virginia Beach). She can tell you about Cape Henry on the northern tip of Virginia Beach where the first English settlers touched ground in 1607. And about nearby Jamestown, where they created what would become the first permanent English settlement in NorthAmerica-the place where, in 1619, the first African “servants” were brought to this contry (it would be a couple of decades before they started calling it slavery).

She could talk for days about the coastline that once served as the stomping grounds of the pirate Blackbeard, a true old-school OG. But ask her about the area’s music culture, and you’ll get an apologetic, blank expression. “This area is not real rich in music history, as far as I know,” she’ll say. “But there are places where they have open mikes, or where bands come to town.” Clearly, the word has not yet spread to some segments of Virginia Beach that the two most successful, most cutting-edge production teams in urban-flavored pop call the place home: There are The Neptunes, whose tracks grace the records of everyone from Jay-Z to Mary J. Blige to Britney Spears. And then there are Timbaland and Missy Elliott, who’ve individually and collectively worked with music’s most influential, including Aaliyah, Madonna and Justin Timberlake.

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N*E*R*D Headline Coors Light Search For The Coldest National Competition & Tour


The Coors Light Search for the Coldest national tour will make its first stop in the Atlanta Market at an invitation-only, uniquely engaging performance experience. Since April this national competition provided the aspiring up-and-coming MCs a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their skills online, in the studio, and now, before large crowds. The Atlanta event will feature performances by N*E*R*D, Pac Div and The Coors Light Search for the Coldest South Regional winner – all simulcast-live on the Coors Light Facebook page.

Additionally, Coors Light will feature a Super Cold, iced-out VIP area and Ice bars throughout the venue. As part of its upcoming Super Cold Summer, Coors Light is debuting the latest in cold-activated technology: New Coors Light Two-Stage Activation bottles and cans, which make it easy to see when your Coors Light goes from cold … to Super Cold.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mansion Elan, 3595 Clairmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319
* N*E*R*D
* Pac Div
* Coors Light Search for the Coldest South Regional Winner
* MillerCoors Executives
* Atlanta VIP guests and celebrities

Coors Light® has launched a national competition for the Coldest MC in America.One finalist will be chosen in each of four geographic regions (North, South, Midwest and West). Regional winners will open for N*E*R*D and Pac Div during the Search for the Coldest tour in Atlanta, New York City and Baltimore. Tickets will not be sold for these events but consumers can win tickets through radio and on-premise promotions. Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox, and DJ Khaled, producer, radio personality and founder of We the Best Music Group, will join Pac Div to judge contestants leading up to the final round.

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Tinie Tempah Talks More About Pharrell


Tinie Tempah has told NME that he is working with Pharrell Williams on his new album. The rapper was talking before his performance for CBS’ Live On Letterman show in New York last night (May 17), explaining that he’s been in the studio with the N*E*R*D man “quite a lot“. “The second album is well under way, it’s sounding amazing,” the Londoner said. “I’ve been in the studio with Pharrell quite a lot recently and obviously [producer] Stargate. The first album has done so many amazing things, I want to make sure the second one is twice as good.”

Tinie said that fans will be able to hear new material from it “by about September“, and the rapper named the likes of Sleigh Bells and Kanye West as acts he’d like to collaborate with beyond Williams. PopDash are reporting that he’s also hoping to work with Usher, with the pair reportedly having talked about a collaboration already.

*nme.com

Chad Hugo Officially Joined Twitter


Yes you’ve heard right, Chad Hugo Joined Twitter, so make sure to follow him on twitter.com/chadhugo.

*twitter.com/chadhugo

Game Finally Sees ‘R.E.D.’ Release Date


It’s about to be Game time. After almost two years of delays, the West Coast rapper has finally set a firm date for his R.E.D. Album. The red Mohawked MC’s fourth album will arrive in stores on August 23, he confirmed via Twitter. “#alliwantis for my fans to know that the R.E.D. album will be in-stores AUGUST 23rd !!!” he announced. “Thanks for the continuous love & support.” Unlike in the past, Game promised that the new date will stick. “Just got off a conference call with Jimmy Iovine & @interscope . Aug 23rd is the release date & it’s like a FAT GIRL….. It won’t move !”

R.E.D. is led by the Lil’ Wayne-assisted single Red Nation,” for which the controversial video was subsequently banned from MTV and BET due to its gang affiliation. It has amassed around 2 million views on YouTube. Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Nelly Furtado, Cool & Dre, and more have contributed to the project.

*twitter.com/thegame
*rap-up.com

Game – The R.E.D. Album (Studio Session) (2009/2010)
* 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

Pharrell Will Launch New Brand ‘I Am Other’ This Fall

The musician and fashion mogul has paired up with branded entertainment producer United Entertainment Group to launch I Am Other as a content-driven property that spotlights new musicians, filmmakers, designers, artists and innovators through online, mobile and retail channels, TV shows and films.

Venture is being formally introduced to marketers Tuesday as they’re gathered in Gotham to choose which TV shows to advertise around this fall. I Am Other is courting those same sponsors. It’s designed around products and experiences that Williams will curate and recommend to his millions of fans and followers for them to purchase.

I Am Other will also bow this fall, fitting in with the media planning of buyers at the upfronts. Given the various platforms I Am Other will embrace, Williams and UEG have adopted a lofty tone in describing the concept that emphasizes “championing the creative spirit” by providing opportunities that let consumers “establish their voice.” “We’d like I Am Other to serve as a giant magnet attracting the most creative individuals who share our view of things,” said Jarrod Moses, prexy-CEO of United Entertainment Group, which is backed by United Talent Agency. “We will find those people and tell their stories in a way that inspires others to dream bigger and go further.”

Launch comes as both Hollywood and Madison Avenue are increasingly frustrated over how to effectively reach younger consumers — especially those 16-25 – and identify new ways to make their wares appeal to that audience. While I Am Other will produce and distribute content, it will also tap into new commerce models like Gilt and Groupon that have proved successful while drawing on the social networking of Facebook and Twitter. Venture’s name taps into a new type of consumer that is turning to experiences and stories that help define them as individuals, said Williams said in an interview with Variety from a yacht off the shores of Cannes, where he performed with Kanye West over the weekend at a soiree for film financier Red Granite Pictures.

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Chad Hugo & Fonzworth Bentley

Pusha T. – Blow (Official Video)

Directed by Mike Carson & Mike Waxx.

Pharrell Williams Performs At Cannes Party


Pharrell Williams opened the event with a 20-minute set introduced by a massive fireworks display. The shindig, organized by new-to-the-scene movie financing group Red Granite, was an audacious hello to the movie industry and attracted a huge Saturday night crowd of gawkers outside of the event, straining to get a glimpse of the Carlton beach party situated opposite Cannes’s landmark hotel.

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Fam-Lay – Beach Cruiser (Chad Hugo) (Snippet)

Here is the newest Fam-Lay tune called Beach Cruiser produced by Chad Hugo from the ‘Turn Your Brain Off’ instalment.

Khaled – Good Girls (Cris Cab Cover)

Check out the newest video of Khaled from Dubai, where he covered Good Girls by Cris Cab.

Previously:
Khaled – Let’s Get Blown/Beat Goes On/Provider (Cover)

Pharrell’s Floating Studio

Jamie Foxx & Pharrell Williams

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Daniel Merriweather Worked With Chad Hugo For Debut Album In 2007


According to the Herald Sun, Chad Hugo has been involved in Daniel Merriweather’s first studio album ‘Love & War’ released on 1st June 2009 but he didn’t make the final cut. Clive Davis, one of the music industry’s most powerful men, had a few tips for Daniel Merriweather. Firstly, Davis, who oversees the careers of Justin, Christina and Whitney, suggested Merriweather, a singer from the Dandenong Ranges, sign to his label, J Records. Then Davis prescribed lyric changes to a song Merriweather performed for him in a boardroom audition. Slight hitch: the song was Stevie Wonder’s hit, Lately. “He gave me criticism on the second verse,” Merriweather says, chuckling.

“I had to say: ‘With all due respect, that’s actually a Steve Wonder song and one of the more famous ones’.” Merriweather took Davis’ first recommendation. Now, the boy who got average music grades at Blackburn High School is working on his debut album with Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse), Mark Ronson (Robbie Williams), Jack Splash and Chad Hugo Chad is out there and evolving,” Merriweather says. “Every time you hear another beat, it’s a rebirth of what he was doing.”

*heraldsun.com.au

Taco Bell Commercial Features Chiddy Bang’s ‘Good Life’


Here is a new Taco 12 Pack commercial which features music by Chiddy Bang with ‘Good Life’ produced by Pharrell. You can be the life of the party because you brought what everyone wants, a 12-pack of Crunchy Tacos boxed up for just $10, thanks to BGPrep.

*tacobell.com

Pharrell In Cannes

Pharrell Williams attends the Red Granite Party during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Carlton Beach on May 14, 2011 in Cannes, France.

Pharrell With Pedro Winter

*bbcicecream.com

Alyssa Bernal x Beatweek.com Article


Rising Star 2011

The twenty year old Texas girl knows how to cover all her bases. She sings about wanting to move to California, but says she still loves San Antonio. She built her early fanbase by posting cover versions of popular songs on YouTube, and now she’s in the studio collaborating with the same kind of famous artists she once covered. And while she’s got music industry heavyweight Pharrell Williams in her corner, she’s kept her own mother and brother involved in her career as well.

Welcome to the world of Alyssa Bernal, whose current single “Cali Cali Cali” merely scratches the surface of her upcoming debut album. So just why is she singing about the west coast? “Because it’s three digit degree weather here in the summer in San Antonio,” she jokes. “The song’s about reminiscing and relaxing and there’s beautiful weather. Laying back, being someone you’re not.”

The slick, breezy, radio friendly song comes a long way from her YouTube roots, which saw her posting covers of songs from artists like Rihanna and Sara Bareilles which were sufficiently low-fi recordings that they made it clear that her flawless singing voice was in fact hers and not some studio creation. It was those recordings that got the attention of Pharrell Williams – who was intent on reaching her via whatever method necessary.

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Alyssa Bernal’s ‘Rad Pack’


*RADisRAD* Free shirts!
RADisRAD turned Alyssa Bernal into an owl!
Official release: Wednesday May 11, 2011

THE RAD PACK:
Alyssa Bernal
Chester See
David Sides
Erika David
Joseph Vincent
JR Aquino
Leejay Abucayan

*radisrad.com
*twitter/com/alyssabernal
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Maxine Ashley – Price Tag (Jessie J Cover)

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