There was no shortage of celebrities at the sweetest spot on the Strip last night as multi-platinum producer and music superstar Pharrell, “Jersey Shore” stud Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and “Friday Night Lights” star Aimee Teegarden were all spotted at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas. Pharrell arrived with a group of close friends and noshed on a selection of filet mignon and seared Ahi tuna salads. For dessert, the table shared an over-the-top cookie jar ice cream sundae. After dinner, the N*E*R*D front man stocked up on a few of his favorite sweet — gummy sharks.
The restaurant erupted into screams from females near and far the moment “Jersey Shore” mainstay Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino arrived, fresh off his Couture Pop launch earlier that day. Surrounded by his mother, brother and sister, the Sorrentino family feasted on New York Strip Steak, pacific salmon and Ahi tuna sliders. For dessert, the table shared a red velvet ice cream sundae. Teegarden celebrated her 22nd birthday in true Sugar Factory style, indulging in four cheese and pineapple pizza for her entree, accompanied by a scrumptious Blow Pop martini. Teegarden was surprised with an assortment of cupcakes complete with sparklers as her friends sang “Happy Birthday.”
Pharrell Williams On The Red Carpet At Chateau Gardens Las Vegas Grand Opening
Pharrell has been working for the last 2 days with American Idol singer Leah LaBelle probably for her debut album. “In the studio with Leah @LaBelleMusik” “another great day. writing & recording with the boss man @Pharrell” Leah LaBelle, born Leah LaBelle Vladowski on 8 September 1986 in Toronto, Canada, is the only child of Troshan and Anastasia Vladowski. Troshan and Anastasia, musicians and immigrants to the United States, defected from communist Bulgaria during a tour of Western Europe in 1979 at the height of success with the Bulgarian Pop music groups Sreburnite Grivni and Tonika. LaBelle graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington in 2005 and is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2002, LaBelle won the Grand Prize at KUBE 93.3 Summer Jam Idol and was the opening act at Summer Jam 20. Headline acts included Usher, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Mario, Da Brat, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Nappy Roots, and others. In 2004, LaBelle was a finalist on the FOX Network Series American Idol, placing 12th overall out of over 70,000 contestants. Leah was also the first contestant with a Wild Card on the American Idol but she’s been eliminated in the first episode of the third season of American Idol in 2004. In 2005, Leah LaBelle pursued a management contract with Sixthboro Entertainment of NYC and recorded a demo with Vocal Arranger, Tavarius Polk and Grammy Award winning producer, Andreao “Fanatic” Heard.
Leah LaBelle – Sweet Dreams (Beyonce Cover)
Half of the 32 “X Factor” semifinalists performed on Thursday’s (October 13) episode, which was delayed by a day due to Fox’s coverage of Major League Baseball. The contestants ventured off to their mentors’ luxurious homes and strutted their stuff in front of them, each vying for one of 16 spots in the finals. In three out of four cases, the judges were joined by a super-special celebrity guest: In Santa Barbara, California, Paula Abdul was accompanied by Pharrell Williams; Enrique Iglesias was coupled with Nicole Scherzinger in Malibu, California; and Rihanna was by L.A. Reid’s side at his cozy estate in the Hamptons, New York. Meanwhile, over in France, Simon Cowell was stood up by Mariah Carey, whose plane was grounded by Hurricane Irene.
In the groups category, Salt Lake City, Utah, trio The Anser impressed Paula and Pharrell with their version of Pink’s “Perfect,” though Pharrell seemed perplexed by a group member’s decision to leave his striking red-framed glasses off during the performance. Virginia Beach quartet 4Shore were praised for their sound take on Brownstone’s “If You Love Me,” though Pharrell suggested the group needs to “dirty up their style a little bit.” And both the judges and the members of Lakoda Rayne seemed to agree something was “off” during their performance of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” not surprising, considering the group was Frankenstein’d together by the judges and had never previously performed together as a unit.
According to TMZ, while taping one of the show’s segments, the N*E*R*D frontman spoke about the experience, telling the X producers that the show is, “like a trifecta.” “It’s like you’re getting rock, you’re getting alternative mentality, you’re getting hip-hop influence, you’re getting the visuals,” he said. Skateboard P then went on to mention, “Just being one thing is boring, right? You know, a girl with three tits…that’s where it’s at!”
Pharrell Williams Hearts Linkin Park
Paula Introduces Pharrell Willams As Her Guest Judge
Lakoda Rayne – Born This Way
Lakoda Rayne performs “Born This Way” for Pharrell Williams and Paula Abdul at her house.
4Shore – If You Love Me
4Shore performs “If You Love Me” for Pharrell Williams and Paula Abdul at her house.
The Brewer Boys – Only Girl In The World
The Brewer Boys performs “Only Girl in the World” for Pharrell Williams and Paula Abdul at her house.
The Anser – Perfect
The Anser performs “Perfect” for Pharrell Williams and Paula Abdul at her house.
Chad Hugo tweeted that he has been in the studio lately with the producer DJ White Shadow (Paul Blair), DJ and sound engineer based out of Chicago, Illinois. He is a producer on Lady Gaga’s third album, Born This Way. “Studio time with the one and only dj white shadow”
N.O.R.E. teamed up muchmusic.com where he talked about Odd Future and how is it working with The Neptunes saying that he & Pharrell did Superthug together while Oh No & Grimey was Pharrell’s. “Working with pharrell is an honour, he’s my favourite producer to work with its pretty much a reunion everytime we get together”. His album S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G. is coming soon. Thanks to Bass.
ThatRaw.com is proud to present their Featured Artist of the Month Alyssa Bernal. This up and coming artist is one of the hottest rising stars coming out of Texas. She was recently signed by StarTrak/Interscope and her single Soak Up The Sun is already garnering acclaim. ThatRaw.com recently caught up with Alyssa for an in depth interview. Alyssa Bernal first made her debut on YouTube and she was noticed by Pharrell Williams, one of the top ten producers in music known for spotting emerging talent. The way that Alyssa came on to the scene has the music industry buzzing. Pharrell Williams tried to contact Alyssa after seeing her online music videos and sent her several emails with no response. Pharrell finally got Alyssa’s attention by calling her school and speaking to her Principal.
ThatRaw: How did it feel to have a music industry heavyweight go to such drastic measures to contact you?
Alyssa: It was surreal. I didn’t believe it at first. To be flown out to LA to meet Pharrell Williams and Jimmy Iovine was amazing. It was like an out of body experience.
ThatRaw: What advice do you have for young artists trying to get noticed?
Alyssa: A lot of people think that Justin Beiber blew up overnight but that isn’t the case. A lot of artists are signed for years until they get radio play. My album has been done for two years. It’s steps until you get to that crazy point. Stick with it. The online scene is blowing up, put out as many cover songs as you can to build a following. Viral videos and social networking will get your name out there.
By Aaron Parsley
They survived boot camp but can they make it on the home front? The X Factor’s 32 remaining contestants are heading to the homes of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid this week to work closely with the judges … and their surprise star guests. Pharrell Williams and Enrique Inglesias are two of music’s heavy hitters who will help the hopeful vocalists on Wednesday night’s show (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) before they face another round of elimination on the road to The X Factor’s live shows. Rihanna and Mariah Carey, who was Cowell’s choice for the gig, will also act as guest judges in the latest round of competition. “The acts were totally blown away meeting their mentors at these amazing homes – then it was even more nerve-racking performing for a guest judge,” a source tells PEOPLE.
“Some of the girls especially were delighted when they saw Enrique and Pharrell. The acts who met Rihanna were totally speechless – who knows how they managed to sing!” The 32 contestants who are divided into four groups – girls, boys, groups and singers over 30 – will be cut down to 16 after visits to the judges’ homes, with only four from each category moving on to the live shows. The judges and their star guests will make the decisions together. “Enrique has sold over 100 million records and there’s nothing Pharrell doesn’t know how to do in music. He’s a solo artist and he’s in a group, a writer, producer. That’s massive pressure on these acts,” the source says. “Pharrell was a tough guest. He knew exactly the uniqueness he was looking for.”
Robin Thicke – Love After War (11′)
Robin Thicke – Love After War (2011) (November 15)
* All Tied Up
* Love After War (Single)
* I’m An Animal
* Pretty Little Heart feat. Lil’ Wayne
* Untitled (The Neptunes)
* Untitled feat. Usher & Maxwell
* Untitled feat. Faith Evans
Check out this studio footage of the Clipse working with Wyld Money on a Danjahandz beat back in May 12, 2010.
Gloria Estefan’s new single “Wepa!” from her upcoming album “Miss Little Havana” is already #1 in Billboard’s Dance chart. Four years after her last studio album “90 millas” Cuban star Gloria Estefan returns with “Miss Little Havana.” “I gotta tell you this is one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done,” the 54-year-old told Billboard.“Pharrell and I really clicked. We captured a lot of raw emotion. We got a really good gamut of what we considered different kinds of dance music from Pharrell’s world and from mine.”
Wepa!, the album’s first single has made it to the top of the dance lists, and in Gloria’s own words ““It’s about how the working man and how anybody have a great time with music and dance… I wanted to give it a very carnival, festival feeling, the type you hear in street parties in Brazil and Cuba, that people would go down the streets dancing to, just a crazy Caribbean feel to it.”
Gloria Estefan – Wepa!
Pusha T – known as one-half of the duo Clipse – announced this week, a November release date for his next solo project, Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray, set to drop via G.O.O.D. Music and Decon. The 12-track LP comes with four videos, plus exclusive behind the scenes footage from the “Trouble On My Mind” shoot, all of which showcase the rapper at his best. Previous group efforts with Clipse – including Lord Willin’ and Hell Hath No Fury, solicited both critical acclaim and chart success. And, most recently, Pusha’s recent appearances on Kanye West’s “Runaway” and “So Appalled” were My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy highlights, raising his profile to unprecedented heights. Fear of God II sees Pusha T going even further, boasting an all-star cast of features and production from past and new collaborators alike — including production from Bangladesh, The Neptunes and more.
It’s first single, “My God” (available on iTunes now), is a perfect example of Pusha’s sharp-tongued and versatile lyricism, full of energetic punch lines and eloquently woven storytelling. It personifies what the entire record represents, Pusha’s long awaited step into the solo spotlight and, as he proclaims in “My God“, “the end of all my unrecognized greatness.” Other stand-out tracks include “Trouble On My Mind” featuring Tyler, The Creator, as well as “Amen” alongside Kanye West and Young Jeezy, and “Body Work” featuring Juicy J, Meek Mill and French Montana. Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray is set to drop November 8. Additionally, Pusha T is set to hit the road this Fall in support of the record, including a slew of dates across Europe. Thanks to Allen Starbury.
Pusha T. – Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray (2011) (November 8th)
01 – Changing Of The Guards feat. Diddy
02 – Amen feat. Kanye West & Young Jeezy
03 – Trouble On My Mind feat. Tyler, The Creator
04 – What Dreams Are Made Of
05 – Body Work feat. Juicy J, Meek Mill & French Montana
06 – Everything That Glitters feat. French Montana
07 – So Obvious
08 – Feeling Myself feat. Kevin Cossom
09 – Raid feat. Pharrell & 50 Cent
10 – My God
11 – I Still Wanna feat. Rick Ross & Ab Liva
12 – Alone In Vegas
Pixie Lott – What Do You Take Me For feat. Pusha T. (Official Video)
Here is the Official Video to Pixie Lott’s ‘What Do You Take Me For‘ featuring Pusha T. Her new album ‘Young Foolish Happy‘ comes out on 7th November and is available to pre-order now on zaphod.uk.
Updated: September 20th
Whats better than to get a new Neptunes Track on your birthday (29 Years Old)! Here is finally some music from the mysterious California based and recently newest Star Trak signee Buddy. While Pharrell and Pusha T. (will star alongside Bryan Greenberg and Kid Cudi for four episodes ‘playing a drug dealer’) have cameos on the new Season of How To Make It In America,
there is a new Mixtape by HBO titled How To Make It In America: The Mixtape Vol. 2 (2011) hosted by Broke Mogul & Mick Boogie with appearences by Kid Cudi, Little Dragon among others (Download it below) and Buddy with his debut single titled ‘Awesome Awesome’ ofcourse it is produced by The Neptunes.
What can we say about this southern style beat, this definitely is a banger and follows the mainstream Hip Hop/Rap music we’ve got nowadays with them Gucci Mayne’s and Wacka Flocka’s and I wouldn’t be suprised to see some collaborations with them in the near future. We know forsure that Buddy has probably worked with Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar probably for his debut album (yeah, I’m already talking about the album “Staaar Traaak \\// ”) judging to the studio pictures we’ve seen recently and there has also been a video shot with Buddy which i’m pretty sure it’s for ‘Awesome Awesome’. Can’t wait to see the video for it, check it out below and let me know what y’all think!
Buddy – Awesome Awesome (11′)
How To Make It In America: The Mixtape Vol. 2 (2011)
01 – Kid Cudi – The New York Intro
02 – Future Island – Balance
03 – Theophilus London – I Stand Alone
04 – Mugison – I Want You
05 – Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard
06 – M83 – Midnight City
07 – Soulsearcher – Can’t Get Enough (DJ Theory Remix)
08 – Agoria – Heart Beating feat. Kid A
09 – Avicii – Levels
10 – Oliver Koletzki & Fran – Hypnotized
11 – Joy Formidable – Austere
12 – Little Dragon – Crystalfilm
13 – Meek Mills – House Party
14 – Buddy – Awesome Awesome (The Neptunes)
15 – Summer Camp – I Want You
16 – Ducktails – Killin’ The Vibe
17 – Catcall – Swimming Pool
Download The Mixtape Here.
Pharrell Williams Has A Cameo In The New Trailer For ‘How To Make It In America’
Pusha T. Will Play A Drug Dealer On How To Make It In America
Newest Star Trak Signee ‘Buddy’ Shooting A Video
Make sure to vote for this dopeass Remix by Daryl88 aka sylk from the forum Remixing Kenna’s first single ‘Chains’ for the Kenna’s Remix Contest. It’ll just take half a minute of your precious time, so go and Vote for it right Here! The tune is in the 42nd place right now, let’s make it Number 1. Remix “Chains” to win cash and get placed on an official Kenna release. Take the new single “Chains” from Grammy-nominated Kenna and create a whole new sound. From his latest release Land 2 Air Chronicles !: Chaos and the Darkness produced by Chad Hugo, “Chains” is ready to be remixed. The winning remix will be awarded $500 and a spot on an upcoming Kenna release.
Kenna – Chains (Daryl88 Remix)
Gilbere Forte – Hot (In This Bitch) feat. Jim Jones & Pusha T. (11′)
I’m not sure how this popped out on the internet, but its pretty dope. Here is the full version of Rhea’s Motorcycle tune produced by The Neptunes which was supposed to be on the upcoming True Crime: Hong Kong OST. I’m loving those drum kits they used on this tune, check it out below.
Rhea – Motorcycle feat. Pharrell (Full)
I allways thought this tune is a neptunes ripoff, because it sounded so unfinished but it is indeed produced by The Neptunes. According to mtv.com
American pop girl group and Bad Boy Records signee ‘Dream’ worked with The Neptunes back in 2003 for their second studio album ‘Reality’ but it didn’t make the final cut.
It was completed by and set to be released in 2003, but never hit retail stores due to lack of promotion. One of the songs from the album. At one point, the album was only available for purchase on France’s Virgin Records music site, however, the album was finally released by way of iTunes on May 13, 2008. “Dream also worked with The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins and Wade Robson, although it is not yet clear whether those tracks will make the project. The as-yet-untitled album is due August 12”. Thanks to Bass and Darrenlaking from the forum for the info!
Dream – I Go (03′)
Hanging Out (Sorta) With Pharrell
At deafening decibels, the DJ plays a kinetic mix of Baltimore club music and ’90s hip-hop. But here in Mansion, the opulent new nightspot in Olde Towne Portsmouth, you come to be seen – to “profile” – not get wild. The VIP section is too dark. Strobe lights flash red and purple ovals on the walls. Men in baggy jeans and Polo shirts talk among themselves. Women stroll around in dangerously high stilettos, mini-dresses and makeup worthy of Vogue magazine.
Why am I here on a Thursday night?
Oh, yeah. Pharrell Williams is making an appearance. The Virginia Beach producer-musician, a fixture in urban pop for nearly 20 years, won’t do much of anything but show up, I’m told. His latest projects include two clothing lines and a liqueur called Qream. He’s working on new music, his management said, divulging no details. Williams was supposed to arrive more than 30 minutes ago, but at events like this, it’s all about the buildup. The DJ isn’t playing much of Williams‘ music. As half of the production duo The Neptunes, Williams mined platinum for Madonna, Kelis and Snoop Dogg. He also fronts the experimental urban-rock band N*E*R*D and launched a solo career in 2003.
Mansion’s marketing director finds me in the VIP room. She shouts into my ear, “Pharrell’s here!” We make our way through the crowd to the boxy stage, which is ringed by bodyguards and photographers. We slide past hangers-on, and I spot the star. At 38, the heavily tattooed Williams could pass for 19. For a guy with two fashion lines, he hasn’t put much thought into his attire: a white T-shirt, jeans hanging just below his waist and a black baseball cap. Williams poses for pictures with fans onstage, throwing up “deuces,” sideward peace signs. Waitresses behind him pour samples of Qream, which Williams passes to the crowd rushing the stage. The marketing director pushes her way to the performer and says something. Williams looks up.
NBA player Kevin Durant celebrated his birthday at Dream Nightclub in Miami Beach this past weekend. The birthday celebration was presented by Pharrell’s Qream Liqueur and the producer/rapper spent the night bartending his own liquor brand. Some photos from the event courtesy of Urban Party Life.
Miss Piggy and Pharrell Williams are among the guest judges announced for the upcoming Project Runway: All Stars, which premieres November 3 on Lifetime. They will join previously rumoured guest judge Miranda Kerr in appearing on the new Lifetime design competition, which welcomes back 13 of the most memorable Project Runway designers for a second run. Designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman will judge the designs, while Marie Claire’s editor-in-chef Joanna Coles will serve as mentor and model Angela Lindvall will host.
Project Runway’s returning designers were announced back in August and include last season’s Mondo Guerra, Michael Costello and April Johnston. Austin Scarlett (season 1), Kara Janx (season 2), Elisa Jimenez (season 4), Rami Kashou (season 4), Kathleen Vaughn (season 4), Jerell Scott (season 5), Kenley Collins (season 5), Gordana Gehlhausen (season 6), Anthony Williams (season 7) and Mila Hermanovski (season 7) will also appear. Prizes on offer for the winner include an exclusive designer’s boutique in Neiman Marcus, a one-year guest editor role with Marie Claire and a feature spread in the magazine, and $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris.
Companion series Project Accessory, hosted by Molly Sims, will premiere immediately after Project Runway: All Stars. The spinoff show features 12 designers competing to create the best accessories, including jewellery, bags, belts, shoes and headpieces, in order to impress judges Kenneth Cole and InStyle’s editor Ariel Foxman. Guest judges for Project Accessory will include actress Debra Messing and Fashion Police regular Kelly Osbourne, with the prizes featuring $100,000 from eBay Fashion to start their own line and a feature spread in InStyle. Project Runway: All Stars premieres Thursday, November 3 at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
Pharrell Williams teamed up with Domeau & Pérès (who produced his first design work, the “Perspective Chairs”) and Brooklyn Machine Works for an exclusive bicycle. Made out of 4130 chromemoly seamless airplane grade steel tubing, the bike was upholstered in hand-stitched water buffalo leather (which takes over 100 man hours to complete.) The bike will be produced in a limited edition of 12, with each bike coming in a unique color – the purchaser of each bike will be the only one who owns that color. The Gagosian Store is offering them for €20,000.00. Get yours today. The Domeau & Peres x Pharrell leather “Velo” is now on display at the flagship store in NYC.
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