Pharrell has been interviewed by Multichannel News programming editor R. Thomas Umstead where he revealed that they’re planning “an offbeat puppet show for which Pharrell is creating the characters that chronicle the music-superstar lifestyle” called Rat, Rang, Rilla.
Music producer, entrepreneur and fashion mogul Pharrell Williams recently joined the executive team of upstart youth-culture network Karmaloop TV as creative director for new programming. He has also taken an equity position in the channel.
Multichannel: Why did you decide to take both a financial and creative interest in upstart Karmaloop TV?
Pharrell: Because I believe in what they represent, and what they are trying to do, creating a multiplatform network catering to the tastes of “verge culture.” I really appreciate how they are trying to both serve and merge cultures — creating a new programming platform that reclaims the 18-to-34 demographic for cable operators, and gives techand trend-savvy young people a network catered to their interests. It’s also a great business proposition, creating a network for the most underserved audience in cable.
M: From a creative perspective what projects would you like to bring to Karmaloop TV?
P: [Laughs] We’re not telling you everything just yet, but expect it to be next-level. One thing I’m especially excited about is Rat, Rang, Rilla. It’s an offbeat puppet show for which I am creating the characters that chronicle the music-superstar lifestyle. Think The Muppets with an edge, merged with Entourage.
In the five years since Chris Salgardo, president of Kiehl’s U.S.A., has been at the helm, he’s literally taken the brand for a ride in the name of charity. Kiehl’s has created a new philanthropic initiative practically every year, including 2010’s LifeRide for amfAR (a six-day motorcycle ride through California) and its newest endeavor, Kiehl’s Gives, created in honor of the brand’s 160th anniversary. The initiative supports three of Kiehl’s key charitable pillars—children, the environment, and H.I.V./AIDS—with Julianne Moore, Pharrell Williams, and The Scissor Sisters lending their star power. Each celebrity is representing a pillar closest to his or her heart:
The Pharrell Williams Resource Center is an in progress design that represents the future for youth centers. The treehouse concepts aims to inspire future generations through architecture providing a place where kids can escape and imagine. A unique combination of architect Chad Oppenheim of Oppenheim Architecture + Design and musical impressario Pharrell Williams they are hoping that this youth center will set a new standard for the way the world builds for its future. “We’re creating an environment to house creativity,” said Chad about his design. “Pharrell is a visionary renaissance man, and this center is a reflection of his passion for education and natural design sensibility.” The PWRC is slated for completion by 2013.
After meeting at Art Basel in 2008, Pharrell Williams and Chad Oppenheim quickly realized they had a shared vision to make the world a better place. What resulted was an inspired youth center in Pharrell’s hometown of Virginia Beach. Oppenheim used a small forest on an open prairie, somehow saved from over development in the area, as the setting for the PWRC. Instead of observing the forest, he decided to engage and enhance it fully celebrating the wonders of the natural world with the design. The 30,000 square-foot facility is imagined to empower the youth of Virginia Beach to reach their maximum potential and give a safe and nurturing environment to uncover and tune their passions.
Rectilinear volume of different proportions and various reclaimed materials dance with and through the native trees, reconsidering a harmonious fusion between man and nature-a passion shared by both Pharrell and Chad. “I believe the architecture of a building says a lot about its soul and I wanted a building for the center that makes a statement to the world and the kids – something that will stand as a monument of optimism, and felt Chad was the only architect that could capture that.” said Pharrell. “We want the building to look like something out of the future, so it will inspire the kids in it to aspire to greater things.”
Kiehl’s signed on to support Pharrell’s charity From Hand to Another (FOHTA), the non-profit group raising funds for the Center’s construction, largely in part due to its environmentally consciousness (with sustainable materials, wind turbines and forest integration) and eco-celebrity Pharrell. The hope and goal is that the experiences kids receive at the PWRC will have a positive effect on the community, through individual lives and how they apply that to their businesses, families and neighborhoods.
Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Project Area: 30,000 sqf
Project Year: 2013
According to Noreaga himself, this is his next single ! Whooo, Good Times!
Here is the newest leak off Noreaga’s S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G. album titled Finito featuring Pharrell & Lil’ Wayne produced by The Neptunes, dopeass tune right there, check out the Instrumental I did to the tune too!
Noreaga – Finito feat. Pharrell & Lil’ Wayne (11′)
Noreaga – Finito (Instrumental) (11′)
Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer
UJam’s software helps those without any musical training or skill compose professional-sounding songs. What if you could turn that tune in your head into a studio-quality piece of music, without any musical training, skills or even talent? Enter UJam, a startup that wants to give everyday people that opportunity. The site lets users hum, whistle, or sing into their computer’s built-in microphone. In a couple of clicks, the service transforms the recording into a well-produced song. Users can turn their whistling into a Hollywood theme tune — or an orchestra-backed power ballad.
UJam is the brainchild of film composer and music producer Hans Zimmerman, musician Pharrell Williams, and Peter Gorges, who has spent his career fusing the music and technology fields. “The three of us, we just had this idea — how could these guys give back something to their audience and their fans?” Gorges said. “Digital cameras changed photography forever. It made it easy for everyone to take photos. Our goal was to make music so easy it becomes an everyday thing for people to share songs.” While the interface of UJam seems very basic, it’s the technology behind the site that sets it apart from many traditional music synthesizers.
“I had done professional music technology for years, and I wanted to do something more broad, more for the consumer,” Gorges said. Users choose from more than 85 professionally produced music styles — everything from bluegrass to rock n’ roll — to pair with their recordings. UJam creates harmonies that accompany those recordings and offers up an array of other options: You can transform your whistling or humming into guitar strumming, or adjust its pitch, temp, and tuning.
“We wanted to make sure however simple your input is, our output sounds professional,” Gorges said. Since demoing at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference a year ago, the self-funded Bremen, Germany-based venture has been fine-tuning its app. Down the road, UJam plans to commercialize its technology by offering up a premium model with additional instruments and various features. UJAM is still officially in “alpha” testing. Around 50,000 people have already signed up and begun playing with the system.
The crew is currently working on making UJam mobile and social, letting users create and distribute their music through social networks. They’re also experimenting with ways to let people who don’t want to perform their own songs toy with music creation. “We’re looking at people [who] are very embarrassed to sing,” Gorges said. “What other forms of input can we give people, how can we give them access to our server without having to sing songs?”
Here is finally after 2 years the long awaited Big Sean’s Neptunes track ‘Get It (Donald Trump)’ from his debut album Finally Famous. I’ve gotta say I love the final version of this tune with the beatswitches and the new keys, lovely, thanks to aton88.
Pusha T. during a 2010 performance at Falls Church’s State Theatre. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) When Pusha T. finally took the stage at U Street Music Hall on what was by then early Monday morning, he found himself trying to embrace a new role — center of attention. Alongside his brother Malice, and with a major assist from production crew The Neptunes, the Virginia Beach rapper rose to prominence over the past decade as one half of the Clipse.
That duo’s equally glitzy and gritty tales of drug life served as a blueprint a couple of the ’00s most memorable albums, but constant record label battles and an overcompromising attempt for mainstream success with 2009′s “Til The Casket Drops” has left the group’s future uncertain. With Clipse on hiatus, Pusha T. has been taken under the wing of Kanye West, becoming a part of Kanye’s GOOD Music stable and earning some high-profile features on last year’s instant-classic, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”
Game has no shortage of star power on his R.E.D. Album (Aug. 23). His long list of collaborators includes Lil’ Wayne, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Dr. Dre (“Dead People”), and Tyler, the Creator (“Martians vs. Goblins”). For his second single, the Lex Luger-produced “Bottles and Rockin’ J’s,” he’s recruited hip-hop heavyweights Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Wayne, Fabolous, and Rick Ross.
In addition, The Neptunes produced a reflective record with Nelly Furtado called “Mother Knows.” “It’s just a walk through a time period in my life when I was young and my mom was trying to instill all these values in me and I was just a rebel and going against everything she said,” he tells Rap-Up TV. “Nelly Furtado comes singing on the hook sort of like Janet Jackson-ish.”
Here is Finally the full Album Version of Glorian Estefan’s first single – Wepa! which will be soon out on iTunes, loving the tune, especially the breakdown, thanks to estefanillo.
Now that Cool Kids are ready to release their long-awaited LP, When Fish Ride Bicycles, Green Label Sound is releasing videos to promote the album. The first video features the Kids talking about working with Pharrell, who did some production on the album, and how his raps are “next level.” We don’t get to hear a whole lot of music, but at least this shows that Green Label is going to be pushing the Kids to get the album out. Finally. The album is due July 12.
Last night, The Standard hotel in New York was packed with industry tastemakers for Big Sean’s Finally Famous album listening. The album is executively produced by his mentors Kanye West and No I.D.—the latter of whom produces the bulk of the album—and features guest spots from ‘Ye, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, The-Dream, John Legend, and Pusha T.
Since we’re sure you’ve been anticipating the album, Complex decided to give you our thoughts after getting a chance to hear it. Finally Famous is due June 28th, thanks to sunpun.
Get It (Donald Trump Level) feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
“The soothing track provided by The Neptunes is a welcome addition as Sean comes through with some inspired bars that would make any 1-900-Hustler jealous, “Got a million on line one and another mil dialing in/Mama on line four telling me how much not to spend/’Ye on line three telling me how we bout to win/You on hold trying to get conferenced in.” Pharrell handles hook duties and sings about reaching Donald Trump’s level. Hey P, here’s some advice: Inherit $400 million from your father, go bankrupt four times, and get the world’s worst comb-over.”
Here is the HD Version of Gloria Estefan’s first single Wepa! the Miami Heat Version Produced by The Neptunes.
Here is finally the final tracklist to Big Sean’s debut album ‘Finally Famous. After a 3 year delay we’re finally get to hear the Neptunes track ‘Get It (DT)’ also known as Donald Trump on June 28, as well as guest appearances from Kanye West, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco and Pusha T.
Big Sean – Finally Famous (2011) (June 28)
01 – Intro (Kevin Randolph, Key Wane)
02 – I Do It (No I.D., The Legendary Traxster)
03 – My Last feat. Chris Brown (No I.D.)
04 – Don’t Tell Me You Love Me (No I.D.)
05 – Wait For Me feat. Lupe Fiasco (No I.D. & Exile)
06 – Marvin & Chardonnay feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash (Mike Dean)
07 – Dance (A$$) (Da Internz)
08 – Get It (DT) feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
09 – Memories (Part II) feat. John Legend (No I.D.)
10 – High feat. Wiz Khalifa & Chiddy Bang (Xaphoon Jones)
11 – Live This Life feat. The-Dream (No I.D.)
12 – So Much More (No I.D.)
13 – What Goes Around (No I.D.) (Bonus)
14 – Celebrity feat. Dwele (Filthy Rockwell, No I.D.) (Bonus)
15 – My House (Boi-1da) (Bonus)
16 – 100 Keys feat. Rick Ross & Pusha T. (Hilton & WrighTrax Productions) (Bonus)
Big Sean – Get It (DT) feat. Pharrell (Studio Sessions)
Spank Rock will follow up their breakthrough 2006 album YoYoYoYoYo with Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A F**king Liar. Stereogum reports the record, due sometime in spring, will have XXXchange, Boyz Noize, Pharrell Williams, N.A.S.A.’s Squeak E. Clean and Chris Rockswell sharing the production credits. The album is also said to feature a collaboration with Santigold for the tune ‘Car Song‘. The news comes a few months after Mark Ronson revealed to Tom & Alex on Breakfast that he was working with Baltimore’s MC Spank Rock on a mixtape in the lead up to the album release.
“It’s great he’s nearly done with his new album so we’re making a mixtape to build up hype towards it. You know, his stuff came out and it was so progressive and it blew everyone away. It sounded like nothing else so I think he wanted to make sure he got this record right and it doesn’t sound like anyone else again.” Spank Rock is an American hip-hop group consisting of rapper Naeem Juwan (MC Spank Rock) and producer Alex Epton (XXXChange). Their style is generally described as a mix of underground alternative rap and electro and rock.
A tracklist of Beyonce’s new album titled 4 (2011) due June 24 is floating around the net including credits where Chad Hugo is listed as one of the Composer/Writer, now that’s some great news there, but it has to be confirmed yet, nonetheless can’t wait for more information if its true.
Beyonce – 4 (2011) (June 24)
01 – 1+1
02 – I Care
03 – I Miss You
04 – Best Thing I Never Had
05 – Party feat. Andre 3000
06 – Rather Die Young
07 – Start Over
08 – Love On Top
09 – Countdown
10 – End Of Time
11 – I Was Here
12 – Run The World (Girls)
13 – Dreaming (Japan Bonus)
14 – Lay Up Under Me (Deluxe Bonus)
15 – Schoolin’ Life (Deluxe Bonus)
16 – Dance For You (Deluxe Bonus)
17 – Run The World (Girls) (Kaskade Club Remix) (Deluxe Bonus)
18 – Run The World (Girls) (RedtopClub Remix) (Deluxe Bonus)
19 – Run The World (Girls) (Jochen Simms Club Remix) (Deluxe Bonus)
Bhasker, Jeff; Brathwaite, Val; Dixon, Antonio; Edmonds, Kenneth “Babyface”; Gray, Mark; Griffin, Jr., Larry; Harrell, Kuk; Knowles, Beyoncé; Kutzle, Brent; McCampbell, Caleb; Seaford, Phil; Sherwood, Jason; Steele, Luke; Steven Dennis; Stewart, Christopher; Switch; Taylor, Shea; Tedder, Ryan; Terius “The-Dream” Nash; Terius Nash; Thomas, Brian; Thrall, Pat; Tom Coyne; West, Kanye; Wolford, Pete; Young, Jordan
Beyoncé; Beyoncé featuring André 3000; Blaske, Lee; Gallespi, Nikki; West, Kanye; Wolford, Pete
Bhasker, Jeff; Bivins, Michael; Davis, Douglas; Dean, Esther; Dixon, Antonio; Edmonds, Kenneth “Babyface”; Frost, Julie; Griffin, Jr., Larry; Hugo, Chad; Knowles, Beyoncé; Lamb, Cainon; McCampbell, Caleb; Mills, Dexter; Morris, Nathan; Morris, Wanya; Ocean, Frank; Palmer, Adidja; Patrick “j.Que” Smith; Pentz, Wesley; Steele, Luke; Stewart, Christopher; Taylor, David; Taylor, Shea; Terius Nash; Walters, Ricky; Warren, Diane; West, Kanye; van de Wall, Nick
Ghenea, Serban; Hanes, John; Maserati, Tony
Trent Reznor & Pharrell Williams
Rocker Trent Reznor has been added to the slate of honourees for the upcoming American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) Film and Television Music Awards. The Nine Inch Nails star, who won his first Oscar and Golden Globe earlier this year for his The Social Network Score, is to be presented with the Ascap Film Music Award for his work on the acclaimed David Fincher film.
Randy Newman, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Rabin and traditional film composers James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer and Angelo Badalamenti will also be honoured at the gala, which salutes Ascap composers whose music was featured in the top box office films and top television series of 2010, in Los Angeles on 23 June.
Updated: May 30th
According to N*E*R*D’s Twitter, they’ve been in the studio working with the wonderful Yuna probably for her second studio album. “making some amazing music w/ @yunamusic“. In a time when music seems to be dominated by digital effects, over-the-top productions and even bigger personalities, it’s nice to come across an artist who shines with the quiet glow of raw, unabridged talent. Yuna Zarai, a 24-year-old singer/songwriter from Malaysia is one such musician. Yuna’s clear, earnest harmonies are bound to end up on your daily playlist (her single “Decorate,” is the song to put on repeat when you’re nursing a broken heart), and they’re so good that she was recently snapped up by The Fader for their music label.
It’s not just her music we’re craving, we’re equally enchanted by her unique style. Being Muslim, Yuna wears the hijab, and we admire the way she’s stylishly incorporated her headscarf into her modest yet experimental getups. Whether as a singer, guitarist, lyricist, blogger, or stylista (she owns her own boutique!), Yuna sure knows how to wear many hats (or shall we say scarves?) in her own inimitable way. Yunalis Zarai (24) or commercially known as Yuna, a Malaysian singer-songwriter.
She began writing her own songs when she was 14 years old, and her first performance of her own songs was at the age of 19, after she learned how to play guitar. She has performed in numerous acoustic shows and events in many parts of Malaysia since 2006. She signed with Fader Label in February 2011, a record label based in New York, where she released her debut album ‘Decorate’ this March. Check out some of her songs after the jump.
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest (Trailer)
Next Generation Star
Alyssa Bernal wasn’t looking for a major record contract when she started posting videos of herself singing and playing guitar on YouTube her junior year in high school, but the powerhouse voice on her homemade videos drew notice from powerful people. Pharrell Williams, the rapper from N*E*R*D who won two Grammys for his production work on Justin Timberlake‘s album “Justified,” saw promise in the San Antonio teen with long, dark hair and big dimples and contacted her through MySpace. Williams flew Bernal and her mother out to Los Angeles two days later.
She played “Hey Love,” one of the few originals she had written at the time, for both Williams and Interscope Records founder Jimmy Iovine. Williams promptly signed her onto his record label Star Trak. In a quote on Bernal’s website, Williams says, “Finding a new talent like Alyssa is so exciting to me. There are a lot of young singers out there who can carry a tune, but Alyssa is the real deal. She is a true musician with an incredible voice.” Bernal told Williams that she wanted to work with the producer who recorded the last Jason Mraz album, and he agreed to give her the chance. She spent two months in London writing and recording with Martin Terefe, who also has produced Train, James Morrison and Cat Stevens.
“It was not until London that I knew how I wanted to sound and where I wanted to go,” says Bernal. The recording session led to an EP with three songs including the duet “Hold Me Tight” with singer Jason Wade and a nationwide tour with his band Lifehouse. Bernal covered over 30 cities on the tour from Boston to Portland in just a month and a half at the end of 2010.
As a San Antonian growing up on the North Side, Bernal was always around music. She is the granddaughter of Manuel Bernal, one of the local Univisión station’s first talents and a gifted jingle writer, and her father Andy Bernal was in the Tejano band Culturas.
“We have music for every occasion,” says Bernal. “At Christmas, Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, my family just sets up instruments and plays all night.” Her dad and brother play drums and her uncles play other instruments such as the piano and saxophone. From a young age, Bernal was pushed to sing with the family in spite of her natural shyness. For now, Bernal also sings live locally, but is considering a move to Los Angeles. “I want to live here,” says Bernal, but admits that the move “would definitely help with the budget.” Many of her YouTube peers have already made their way there.
The Compton rapper also taps Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, Drake, Chris Brown and more for the August release. Game has revealed the guest features for his oft-delayed R.E.D. Album, dropping August 23rd. Speaking with VIBE.com, the Compton, California native revealed that guests on the album will be Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Tyler, The Creator, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Drake and Chris Brown. “I think the people will appreciate the collaborations. Dr. Dre is actually rapping on this album,” he said. “This is the first album that I’ve ever dropped where I have Dr. Dre’s voice actually on the album.
Features range from Snoop Dogg to Pharrell to Wiz to Trey Songz to Chris Brown, and Drake’s on the album. I got a good cast of all-stars.” He also has a duet with Odd Future front man Tyler, The Creator on a track called “Martians VS. Goblins.” “Oh yeah, Tyler [The Creator] is on the album. I forgot about him. He ain’t really doing features for nobody. He feels like fuck everything and I don’t blame him either,” he explained. “It’s a California thing, and I got respect for him and his hustle and what they’re doing and just being kids and being rebels for the cause.
And he respects me for doing what I did for California and the West Coast, I guess. I met him at a Diddy concert and we chopped it up and we got a song called ‘Martians VS. Goblins.’ It’s dope.” The former G-Unit affiliate spoke on a tune where he puts his father on blast over a Dr. Dre beat. “There’s a song where I kill my dad on a Dre beat. You won’t be able to understand it until you hear it. It’s sort of like a dream, but I wish it would’ve came true when I was a kid, so I kind of lived it out. It’s over this eerie Dr. Dre and it’s hard as shit. When you hear it you’ll be like ‘Damn this is crazy.’” Thanks to darrenlaking.
Jumping into the event-planning space normally afforded to Heineken and other higher-end brands, Coors Light tried to put on a show last night. Vinyl banners, hanging from the VIP section, gave the Highline Ballroom—a usually cool space—the charm of a college bar, and a Coors Light-branded whiteboard hung by the bathroom and asked the question, “Who’s the coldest group ever?” Written-in responses included the addresses to a bunch of Blogspot pages and “wolf gang SwAG.” Search no further for the coldest group ever, Coors Light: N*E*R*D is right in front of you! Chad Hugo, hiding behind green-rimmed Ray-Bans and what seemed to be the effects of barbiturates, was a pillar onstage, an obstacle for Pharrell and Shay to move around.
Lyss: “Here’s a video we made during tour. Absolutely loooove this song. And miss this guy! Enjoy”
Mansions On The Moon spent seven days working on their new album at the Red Bull Studio in Los Angeles, California. Check out their video for Darkness, which gives a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes.
At the Coors Light showcase at the Highline Ballroom, Pharrell Williams along with Shae reflect on the passing of the legendary Gil-Scott Heron and speak on his impact through his music and lifestyle, thanks to flipbundlez.
Directed by Mike Carson & Mike Waxx.
Her name is Alyssa Brianne Bernal, 19 years old Mexican-American/Hispanic native was born and raised at San Antonio, Texas on December 22, 1989. Three years ago she put herelf on YouTube and ever since then she’ve got loads of continuous support and love which brought the attention of Pharrell & American Music Group. Known as hchsknights08 on Youtube, Alyssa has become a famous teen female singer with over 180,000 subscribers on Youtube. On October 2008, after making videos that catapulted her to a much-deserved fame, American Music Group gave her a deal. She began recording her first single, “Never Woulda,” with Martin Terefe early January 2009 for her self-titled debut album for a 2009 release on American Music Group, She released her debut album ‘Love Hangover’ on 2011 and has been signed now to i am OTHER Entertainment.
Buddy (born Simmie Sims) is a rapper from Compton, California with personality for days. Battling it out in the LA entertainment scene at industry showcases since he was a child, he eventually caught the attention of Pharrell Williams after an introduction by his co-manager Scott Vener (former music director of Entourage). Buddy’s debut track “Awesome Awesome,” produced by the Neptunes, is full of stomping beats and slick word play and reflects his fresh approach to hip hop. He’s already recorded collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar (“Staircases”) and is completing his mixtape, Idle Time.
Born in Canada, but raised in Seattle, Leah LaBelle is the child of immigrants who escaped then communist Bulgaria. Although Leah’s parents were pop stars in their country, they gave it all up to pursue a better life in America. Now Leah is LA Reid’s newest signing at Epic Records and both Pharrell Williams and Jermaine Dupri are Executive Producers on her forthcoming album later this year. Her music is a return to classic R&B with a modern, pop twist—fun grooves and incredible melodies. Her debut single, “Sexify,” produced by Pharrell, is like girl talk between friends on how to keep your man happy and satisfied.
Bronx-born Maxine Ashley is a sassy misfit with one helluva voice. She eschews convention, sometimes wears her hair half fluorescent pink, half brunette, loves the Smiths as much as Beyoncé, and has trouble keeping her big mouth shut. Discovered by Pharrell Williams on YouTube, Maxine is busy honing her international sound—an eclectic mix of pop, dance, and R&B that would be equally at home on the streets of the Bronx, London or Tokyo. Maxine likes to call it “grimy melodic pop.” Her song “Cookieman,” produced by Pharrell, is the soundtrack for Lanvin’s Spring/Summer 2012 advertising campaign shot by Steven Meisel.
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