Despite Teyana Taylor’s s announcement that she is leaving Star Trak Entertainment or already did two days ago, I’ve decided to check out once again the internet if there are any new music or even video footage by Teyana Taylor where she performs all Three Neptunes Tracks she did for her debut album ‘From A Planet Called Harlem‘ that was supposed to come out in 2008. The album has been pushed back several times and in the end it’s been shelved. The Neptunes tracks are Switch It Up, I Feel Alive (Spinnin’) and Kisser.
Teyana Taylor, Verbal & Pharrell
And indeed there are new (old) footage of Teyana Taylor performing Switch It Up At The Apollo from 2008 and I Feel Alive (Spinnin’) in Amsterdam from last year. We’ve never heard I Feel Alive (Spinnin’) before but had Switch It Up but never the full version and in good quality, all we need now is to hear Kisser which essentially was planned as the official first single according to MTV, who knows Teyana will maybe release all the stuff that didn’t make it on her new EP (due February 29), you can download the tunes below.
Teyana Taylor – From A Planet Called Harlem (Studio Session) (2009)
Producers & Guests: Hit Boy, The Neptunes, Jazze Pha, Bangladesh, Mad Scientist, Kelis, Frost, Shondre, Six Sense…
– Color Me Pink
– Young Girl feat. Eve
– Traffic Stop
– Google Me (Jazze Pha)
– Switch It Up (The Neptunes)
– Good Enough
– Naah Mean
– Rock Star (Jazze Pha)
– I Feel Alive (Spinnin’) feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes)
– Kisser (The Neptunes)
R&B singer Mike Posner, whose soulful sound is a bi-product of his love for Hip-Hop, released a video featuring an acoustic cover of the new single from Rick Ross’ mixtape, Rich Forever. The track, “Stay Schemin,” originally features rappers French Montana and Drake and has made a big splash on both the Internet and radio since its release. However, French and Drake do not appear on this version of the song as you will see below, but Posner friend and guitar player, Blackbear, does.
Regarding how the “Stay Schemin” interpretation came to fruition, Posner exclusively told AllHipHop.com: “I was in Miami the last two weeks working with Pharrell, and after I would finish recording, I would kick it with Rozay at his crib. Rick [Ross], French [Montana], and I went to the club one night in Miami, and I saw the reaction people had to “Stay Schemin”, even though it had only been out for a day. That made me fall in love with the song, and I knew Blackbear and I could put a fresh spin on it.” “Shout outs to Pharrell for letting me borrow his keyboard in the making of,” he continued, while laughing.
Pharrell Williams & Jason Binn
Pharrell has been invited to Jason Binn’s Birthday Party at the Delano hotel in Miami, FL. Binn created the South Beach ethos having helped to brand the Delano fifteen years ago as an international hot spot. Tonight, as he celebrated his birthday previewing the hotels new restaurant Bianca (designed by Sam Robins), South Beach’s orginators came to celebrate a man and a property who put Miami on the map as an international jet set destination. Jason Binn founded Niche Media Holdings, a leading publisher of luxury magazines nationwide. In August 2010, he was appointed Chief Advisor to the CEO and Founder of Gilt Groupe, Kevin Ryan. In August 2011, Binn became partners with Colin Cowie Enterprises where he serves as Senior Advisor to the CEO and the Company.
Ugo & Sara Colombo, Pharrell Williams, Haley & Jason Binn
In September 2011, Binn created a strategic partnership with Getty Images, a leading creator and distributor of digital media. Binn’s partnership with Getty Images promotes his personal photography, archives and BinnShot (which he edits). All proceeds benefit Anthony Shriver’s Best Buddies International (where Binn serves as a Board Member), a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Teyana Taylor is spreading her wings and forging ahead with her career. The Harlem-born singer has officially been released from her contract with Star Trak/Intercope Records and is already working on a free EP. “I officially got my release from Star Trak/Interscope. I’ve been signed with them for six years,” Teyana announced to DJ Skee. During her time on Pharrell’s label, the “Super Sweet 16” star was plagued by label politics, preventing her from releasing music or videos. “I was signed for six years and there’s a lot of stuff that comes with the industry,” she said. The 21-year-old, who appeared on Kanye West’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and toured with Game, addressed critics who questioned what she was famous for.
“They see the glory, but don’t know the story. When there’s not music being put out or you’re not moving, they automatically blame it on you, like, you’re not doing anything. What do you do, not knowing the politics of the music industry.” However, the relationship with her former label ended on good terms. “Everybody bowed out gracefully. There was no beef. I love Interscope, I love Star Trak. It’s always love for Pharrell; that’s my big brother. Now it’s time for me to go from a caterpillar to a butterfly. I had to fly away from the nest and venture out on my own.”
Teyana is currently a free agent and is speaking with other labels. But first, she’s giving her patient fans the music they’ve been waiting on for years. “Now that I’m independent right now, I get to make music and finally create an EP and give the supporters and the fans free music.” The EP will drop on February 29 led by the single “Make Your Move” with Wale. A second single, “DUI” featuring Jadakiss, will arrive on February 14. Teyana has also been in the studio with Meek Mill and directed a video for Bay Area rapper Erk Tha Jerk.
Teyana Taylor – Make Your Move feat. Wale (12′)
The University of Miami Frost School Of Music announces that multi-Grammy Award winning music producer, singer, rapper and composer Pharrell Williams was at UM Gusman Concert Hall this fall (September) to record a new work for orchestra entitled “I Am Other” with the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Williams hired the all-student orchestra for the session upon recommendation of producer Quincy Jones (honorary D.M.A. ’99). Williams composed the mixed-genre orchestral work—which features soft and ethereal atmospheres contrasted with fortissimo brass themes and driving rhythms—to explore a different side of his musical creativity, and to encourage his hip-hop fan base to expand their musical horizons.
Shelly Berg orchestrated and conducted the work, and Director of Recording Services Paul Griffith (B.M. ’83) was the recording engineer. Pharrell Williams is best known for his work with Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Shakira, Jay-Z, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg. The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Frost School Of Music is comprised primarily of graduate student “fellows” who are focused on developing cross-genre performance and entrepreneurial skills that will help prepare them for today’s professional world. I guess, that’s the classical piece that Pharrell has been talking about back in September, check out the snippet I’ve managed to edit for the mp3 player below.
Pharrell Williams & Henry Mancini – I Am Other Theme (12′)
Pharrell: “I Just Did A Classical Piece”
Who knew a MySpace message could change a person’s life? Well just ask Alyssa Bernal, who was contacted by N*E*R*D front man Pharrell Williams, who saw her singing talents on YouTube. One year later the Texas teenager was signed to Star Trak Entertainment and recording her first album. When Alyssa was younger she used to be shy to sing in front of others, now with over five million views on signing covers from Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Adele, it’s no question that Alyssa brings new light and energy to the pop scene. The songs on her album, Love Hangover, “are about long-distance love, missing home, and the tone is very easy-going”, says Alyssa. College Lifestyles had the opportunity to ask Alyssa a few questions, check them out here!
CL: What type of impact has social media (Youtube, Twitter, Facebook) had on your career and how you connect with your fans?
AB: Social media has made it possible for me to keep my fans updated with whatever is going on with my career. Thanks to social media I am able to figure out where most of my fan base is located so that I can go on a tour there and have a successful outcome.
CL: How would you describe your fashion style? Do you follow any trends?
AB: I lean towards boho looking clothes. Vanessa Hudgens has an amazing sense of fashion.
CL: You receive a lot of your views when you cover songs from hit artists. Who is your dream person to collaborate with?
AB: I would love to co-write a song with Taylor Swift. I’m a huge fan of her music and I love that we’re the same age and play guitar and are songwriters.
Good Charlotte’s founding brothers sat down with THR to talk about some future projects where they revelaed that Pharrell will executive produce their new album which is due this year! We’ve already seen pictures of Pharrell & Good Charlotte in the studio back in June 19, 2008 and once again in September 24, 2011, so we’ll finally hear the tunes they did together. ”soon. In the mean time… “Pharrell Williams – You have no idea!”
DJ Byron Cooke had the chance to hear six new tracks of Adam Lambert’s new album Trespassing which is due March 20, he also revealed another Pharrell track besides ‘Trespassing’ in which he describes it as “a club banger” and “a HIT!” “Funky shit”, while he says that ‘Trespassing is inspired by Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.
”The title track [written by Adam & Pharrell Williams] is BANGIN! Really feelin that “We Will Rock You” inspired opening rhythm, the bass lines got an “Another One Bites The Dust” feel to it and theres a really cool guitar hook. Best line has gotta be “Wait till ya get a load of me”. Theres a breakdown part near the end just straight Adam vox and drums..no bass. Sick.”
– Kickin’ In feat. Pharrell
”Damn it got this white boy movin! [dont worry I wont show you my moves] Written by Pharrell, its a club banger and for mine…a HIT! “She puts the shot glass down, she asks for another round, girl dont u hit the ground, is it kickin in”. Funky shit.”
Kenna Zemedkun, the Grammy Nominated artist known professionally as simply Kenna, is an Ethiopian-born American musician. His mother and father had left the country soon after his birth to escape persecution from the new government, moving first to England and then to the U.S. He spent his formative years in the place that really affected his music: Virginia Beach. It was there that a friend lent him a copy of U2′s Joshua Tree, an album that profoundly changed Kenna’s perspective on how an album could sound. Soon, he started teaching himself how to play the piano and studied singers like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, as well as listened to his fair share of bands like The Cure and Duran Duran. Outside of his music career, Kenna is passionate about global water issues and social change. He helped organize the Summit on the Summit Kilimanjaro climb (summitonthesummit.com), which reached the top of Africa’s highest mountain on January 12, 2010.
Other celebrities, including Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsche and Lupe Fiasco joined him on the treacherous climb, which started on January 7, 2010 and was completed on January 12. The documentary on the climb aired on MTV on March 14, 2010. The climb raised money and awareness for the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (csdw.org/), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (unhcr.org) and PlayPumps International (waterforpeople.org). At Camp Mighty he briefly described his charity efforts and their beginnings, before sitting down with Camp Mighty creator Maggie Mason for an interview. This is that interview, edited for content by Kenna’s staff. His introductory presentation is a separate movie on the Camp Mighty Vimeo Channel.
Robin Thicke appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in order to promote his fifth album, Love After War. The R&B crooner sat at a piano sporting a red leather jacket and an impeccably groomed coiffure as he performed his hit “Pretty Lil’ Heart.” The track is the second single, following the title track, to be issued from Love After War.
While Pharrell has a lot on his plate, such as KarmaloopTV (where he serves as Creative Director) and music with Lupe Fiasco, his Billionaire Boys Club clothing brand is also a priority. BBC’s latest focus is their 2012 Spring/Summer collections, and they’ve given everyone a preview via a new lookbook. Created by Pharrell and NIGO, the upcoming season boasts lots of varied styles, ranging from native prints to military camouflage with a few casual pieces thrown in the mix. The lookbook shows off jackets, denim shorts, sneakers, denim jackets, crew necks, and a variety of cut-n-sew. At press time, it was unclear when the new collection would arrive. Stay tuned…
Who didn’t see this coming? Not even a week into her existence on Earth and the daughter of Jay-Z and Beyonce is already hitting the charts. With her feature on Glory (which landed at #74 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs), Blue becomes the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart.
Jay-Z – Glory feat. Pharrell & Blue Ivy Carter (12′)
Alyssa Bernal will perform with Ready Revolution on January 27th at Jack’s Bar in San Antonio, so make sure you check that if you’re in San Antonio, for more information, check out the Facebook Page, and The Script has chosen Alyssa Bernal’s Cover Of ‘Breakeven’ as their cover of the week, check it out below
Directed by Samuel Rogers.
By Steven J. Horowitz. Luda links with some old friends for his eighth studio release. Ludacris has confirmed that his eight album Ludaversal is slated for release in May. Speaking with Billboard.com’s The Juice, Luda said that he’s already collaborated with Usher for the project, but that he’s hoping to surprise listeners with a handful of guests. “Usher is one person that I’ve already worked with,” he says, “and in terms of other artists, you can say that there’s going to be a lot of surprises on here.” Ludacris, who recently released his 1.21 Gigawatts: Back For The First Time mixtape, previously collaborated with Usher on “Yeah!” and Lil’ Jon’s “Lovers & Friends.”
He further says that the album is “about 40 percent done” and that The Neptunes have produced for the project. “I’ve pretty much collected about 80 percent of the beats that I need and I’ve started writing ideas on them. First I have to love the beat, absolutely love it,” he said, noting that the first single will drop in March. “It’s been a minute since I’ve been away from music, and there is just so much to talk about… So [the album] is mostly about my personal life, my travels, my experiences, rumors, gossip — you know, everything coming together in one.”
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