Sunday’s 84th Annual Academy Awards ticked along the way most Oscar-watchers predicted, albeit with a few more technical awards to “Hugo” chipping away at the total tally of “The Artist.” if you missed the show, you can watch it Here Online. Both films, though, came away with 5 Oscars each. “The Artist’s” Best Picture win was, by a certain point in the awards season, undeniable: a love letter to old Hollywood made by Europeans with a gimmick and a sense of history and a modicum of self-seriousness. Still, its win took away from the long-shot chances of two far better films that never stood a chance, “The Descendants” and “Moneyball.” Yet Michel Hazanavicius‘ black-and-white, silent critical hit was the pre-ordained favorite going into the show, and emerged with Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Costume and Best Actor, along with top film.
Pharrell Williams joined composer and Oscar alum Hans Zimmer in the official house band of the 2012 Academy Awards. Superstar drummer Sheila E., best known for her tenure with Prince, and Oscar-winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman contributed some keys and vocals, that explains the picture at the rehearsal. The ceremony had the same regal, cinematic sound it always has, but with a little spice thrown in. For an awards show whose voters are 94 percent white and 77 percent male — and whose median age is 62 — any element of diversity is welcome.
Relegated to two of the Kodak Theater’s balconies, the interesting combination of star musicians played during the commercial breaks along with the orchestra below the stage. Sheila E. and Pharrell’s drumming (sometimes two kits at the same time) broke up the usual soft melodies with funky beats, giving The Oscars a much-needed sound update. Twitter was abuzz about the attractive violinist in the balcony neighboring Sheila and Pharrell’s setup. Her name is Ann Marie Calhoun, a half-Chinese, half-“hillbilly” native of Virginia.
She’s also an Oscar alum: Her work with Zimmer for the “Sherlock Holmes” score received an Oscar nod in 2009. Calhoun also plays violin for The Super Heavy, whose official membership includes Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damien Marley, and Rahman. With the palpable lack of music performances at The Oscars this year, save Grammy-winner Esperanza Spaulding‘s lovely singing during the “In Memoriam” segment with The Southern California Children’s Chorus, beefing up the house band with some recognizable talent was a crucial move for the academy.
Fortunately the house band didn’t fade into the background like a long acceptance speech: In an endearing musician-to-musician gesture, the winner for best original score, Ludovic Bource, thanked the band, Sheila E. in particular, when he accepted the Oscar for his work on “The Artist.” With any luck, a fun musical lineup like this will join the awards ceremony again next year. Pharrell has been asked after the show if there is a chance if we could get the music from the show and he tweeted that there will be some music on iTunes later on, and indeed there is.
Pharrell is Kicking It On The Drums (16:45)
The compilation is called Celebrate The Music which features Various Artists including Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Esperanza Spalding, Giorgio Moroder, Junkie XL, Sheila E., A.R. Rahman and The Southern California Children’s Chorus and has a new Pharrell tune titled It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got Pharrell which is now available on iTunes but it looks like that we won’t get get any of the 120 to 140 pieces that Pharrell & Hans did for the ceremony yet, they probably gonna release them later this year, in the meantime, I have managed to edit some of the music they did from The Academy Awards, and of course there is a complete list of The Oscar Winners below, thanks to sandow & Borsboom for the info.
The 84th Academy Awards – Celebrate The Music (2012)
01 – Hans Zimmer – Celebrate The Oscars
02 – Pharrell Williams – It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got Pharrell
03 – Esperanza Spalding – Sunrise On Bleecker Street
04 – Giorgio Moroder – Giorgio’s New Dancing Shoes
05 – Junkie XL – D Generation
06 – Sheila E. – Bump The E.
07 – A.R. Rahman – Oscar Sangamam
08 – Esperanza Spalding & The Southern California Children’s Chorus – What A Wonderful World
Hans Zimmer – The Introduction
Pharrell Williams – It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got Pharrell
Hans Zimmer & Pharrell Williams – The Gypsy Celebration
Pharrell Williams – Kickin’ It On The Drums
Esperanza Spalding & The Southern California Children’s Chorus – What A Wonderful World
Adding To The Resume
Written by Danielle Young. Pharrell Williams is a modern day Renaissance man. He’s got his hands in everything from music to liquor to The Oscars. As one of the hardest working men in showbiz, Pharrell will always have my respect and here’s three reasons why he should have yours too. Pharrell managed to take this year’s Oscars from stuffy to funky. This year’s show used the producer/recording artist as well as legendary drummer, Sheila E. to play in and out of commercial breaks instead of the orchestra they typically use. Pharrell also got a chance to work with Oscar-winning composer, Hans Zimmer scoring on a few pieces for The Oscars. Pharrell told MTV, “There’s an homage to the tradition of how the music was done traditionally… [but] we’re different, and when given an opportunity and it’s our opportunity, Hans and I agreed we just would do it from the perspective of people who love music and love making music and respect it, giving back to what gave us so much, which is music and film.”
For The Ladies
Imagine a creamy (non-dairy) liqueur with low calories (lower than a glass of red wine) that’s pretty to look at and even more pleasant tasting and you’ve got Pharrell’s contribution to women spirit lovers. Qream is an absolutely surprisingly delicious vodka spirit that’s well on its way to Ciroc Status . Musicians that create a liquor brands don’t always make for the most lucrative choices, but Pharrell’s Qream seems to be soaring.
Pharrell doesn’t let his daunting to do list get in the way of his music. Lately, Skateboard P’s been in the studio with Usher, Diplo, Corinne Bailey Rae and Sheila E.–just to name a few and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. And why would he? His producing skills are always in high demand. You can’t do anything but respect this man.
“While The Oscars didn’t have any musical performances by any of the nominated songs, music still played an important roll as the night unfolded — from the walk on songs to the fades in and out from commercials to the touching moments of montages, music drove the anticipation and drama of the evening. And it was all thanks to Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer, who co-wrote all the music for the ceremony as musical consultants for The Oscars.
We were lucky enough to catch Pharrell on the red carpet where he joked that he’d been hired by The Oscars to, “Hand out water and pass out the peanuts and popcorn.” Decked out in dashing Lanvin, Pharrell excitedly described the huge process of creating the score for The Oscars; “To be able to do the music it’s 120 different pieces, we had a huge team and piles and piles of sheet music, it reminded me of high school,” and added, “I’m very appreciative of this opportunity, it’s an experience you cant pay for.” Thanks to BlueSky2308.
According to metro.co.uk Uk rapper Professor Green will be working with The Neptunes for an unknown project. “With gigs in Australia on the agenda followed by heading to States to work with Pharrell Williams, Green is not looking for anything serious. ‘I don’t want to be too tied down or get into anything serious too fast. But Millie is really fit,” he told the Sun.
Oscars musical consultant Pharrell Williams opens up to MTV News about producing the track on the red carpet. by Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz. Back in January, just days after Blue Ivy was born, Jay-Z dropped a moving hip-hop ode to his little girl, titled “Glory.” At the Academy Awards on Sunday (February 26), MTV News had the chance to catch up with the song’s producer, Pharrell Williams, who opened up a bit about the song. “It was something we had planned before it happened, so we were basically waiting,” he said on the red carpet of the Oscars, where he was the night’s musical consultant along with composer Hans Zimmer. “That was like our nod and homage to when Stevie [Wonder] did it for his baby, Asia [on ‘Isn’t She Lovely‘].
And we weren’t trying to make the same song at all, it was like we wanted to capture a moment in time to commemorate the birth of his baby,” he continued. “I did the same thing with [my baby] Rocket, I’m just more quiet and private about my life.” But, nothing Jay and Beyoncé do can truly be private. “But he and his beautiful wife, they live a different lifestyle and for him it was important for him to stop everything that he had going on and just sort of make statement to his baby and his wife,” he said. “I was honored to be a filmmaker for that beat.” The Carter family made their first big public debut this weekend in New York City. The family was photographed in Manhattan getting lunch at Sant Ambroeus. While they released photos of Blue Ivy earlier this month, it marks the first paparazzi shot of the baby, who was born back in January.
While Adam Lambert was on set shooting Fuse’s “Top 100 Sexy Beats,” he discussed the differences between Dark Adam and Light Adam in his video “Better Than I Know Myself.” He also described his new look — which he calls “organic glam” — and talked about working with Pharrell on his new album Trespassing. Jump to 01:24.
The 84th Academy Awards are finally tonight at Central European Time (CET) (Madrid/Paris/Berlin) Monday, 27th February 01:00 AM, so make sure to watch it, because as you know already The 2012 Academy Awards have tapped Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams as Music Consultants. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams have been set to supervise the music for the awards show. With many of the winners appearing pre-ordained, one of the biggest mysteries about this year’s Oscars is the actual run of the show, especially the music.Though there are only two nominees for best song, the show’s producers, Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, apparently decided against having them performed (this despite some intense Twitter lobbying by Judd Apatow, a fan of “Man or Muppet”).
The musical consultants for the show, the composer Hans Zimmer and the hip-hop producer and performer Pharrell Williams, have also remained mostly mum about what they’re planning, though Mr. Williams allowed that the experience had been “awesome.” “It’s too exciting to be stressful,” he added on Friday night, at Vanity Fair’s party for Martin Scorsese at the luxe Hotel Bel-Air. Without song performances, the music at The Oscars is mostly notable when the orchestra plays winners off mid-acceptance speech. People hate that. “Yeah, well, we’re going to try our hardest not to do that this time,” Mr. Williams replied. Really, they’re going to try not to play people off? “Yeah,” he said. You heard it here first, nominees: feel free to go on and on. Thank your agents, managers, high school drama coaches and God (or Harvey Weinstein). The orchestra will wait (for a while, anyway).
Mr. Williams, who was trained in classical percussion as a student – he played the drum in his high school orchestra – and Mr. Zimmer, who worked together on the 2010 animated film “Despicable Me,” have said that their score for the telecast will borrow from hip-hop and classical music, and a lot of other genres. “It’s diverse and international in the way that only musicians can be,” Mr. Zimmer told The Los Angeles Times, adding: “You might see some odd faces in the orchestra.” Will one of those faces be Mr. Williams? Will he pop up in the pit? “I’m not supposed to tell you,” he said, grinning slyly, but he added: “I will be playing.” For the whole 84th Oscar Academy Awards Nominations List, click Here. The 84th Academy Awards ceremony is set to take place on February 26/27, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, Central European Time (CET) (Madrid/Paris/Berlin) Monday, 27th February 01:00 AM.
The unique music of this year’s Academy Awards is due to the unlikely duo providing the soundtrack. As presenter Tom Cruise saunters onstage at the Feb. 26 Academy Awards, viewers will notice a trippy drum-and-bass breakdown of the Mission: Impossible theme accompanying his entrance. The unique soundscape of this year’s Oscars is due to the unlikely pairing of composer Hans Zimmer (Inception, Sherlock Holmes) and hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams (Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg) as music consultants for the telecast.
The two — with help from music producer Peter Asher, formerly of 1960s folk duo Peter and Gordon and later a manager for James Taylor — are promising to shake up the reputation of Oscar music as glorified Muzak. “I had an agent on the phone berating me, saying: ‘You with your big ideas. You’ve got to acknowledge the tradition,’ “ says Zimmer, who won an Oscar for his score to 1994’s The Lion King. “But the tradition of filmmaking, like the tradition of music, is innovation.”
To that end, the duo has composed some 120 pieces for the show, supervising an orchestra of 60 with another dozen engineers, techs and assistants working late nights at Capitol Records‘ studios in Hollywood during the run-up to the big night. “When this began, we didn’t even know what a bumper was,” says Asher of the play-out to a commercial. Adds Zimmer: “Usually the music just repeats, but we’re not off-the-rack, we’re into custom tailoring — couture. Of course, now we’re paying the price.”
Indeed, focusing on making the music more relevant to audiences — a task made more important by telecast producers’ decision to jettison performances of the nominated original songs — meant heading full-sail into uncharted waters. But Zimmer, 54, had confidence in his pop protege, Williams, 38, with whom he’d first worked on 2010’s Despicable Me. “It needed to be something that was helping curate the emotion for the viewer,” says Williams.
With handpicked players from around the globe and a few more recognizable faces from the music world (with a sur-prise being left for Oscar night), the pairing has yielded a thoroughly cool collaboration that melds the ritual (sweeping orchestral suites) with the now (heavy bass, syncopated synthetic drums), while still tipping its hat to filmmaking. “[Producer] Brian [Grazer] had come to us saying three things: ‘Movies are bigger than life, they make you laugh, and they make you cry,'” says Zimmer. “We haven’t cried yet, but we’ve had a few moments of having a bit of a giggle.”
For Pharrell Williams, Music and Fashion Go Hand-in-Glove. The singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams, 38, is a music consultant, along with Hans Zimmer, for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Mr. Williams was a founder of the fashion lines Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream. A native of Virginia Beach, he now lives in Miami.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 In Miami, it’s usually warm, but I’m mostly indoors. I started off my day wearing a Billionaire Boys Club white crew neck T-shirt, blue denim jeans and SpongeBob SquarePants toe socks. I love SpongeBob; I just think he’s funny. Squidward is my favorite, though. If he was a human, I would hang out with him. I had a photo shoot scheduled with my good friend Nigo for his brand Human Made and we decided to have the shoot at my apartment. I modeled a lot of the clothes, which pay homage to the very early Levi’s cuts, and ended up really loving these striped shorts. They were simple but the fit was awesome. I tried to take it from Nigo, but he said he needed it.
After the shoot, I headed to the studio to meet up with Diplo. Kept on the jeans and changed into a blue flannel shirt, black N*E*R*D logo skullcap and my custom Timberland six-inch black leather boots. I drew on the boots with white and red Sharpie paint pens. It’s a bit American mall rat- and punk-influenced: some cartoon graphics and a small Chanel CC logo. After, I stopped by one of my favorite stores in Miami, the Webster. The owners have great taste and they carry Chanel. I’m a really big fan.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16 A very rare day off. Aside from a few conference calls, I spent it at home with my family, so just put on a Gap white V-neck T-shirt, gray sweat pants and my oversized Mickey Mouse yellow slippers.
FRIDAY, FEB. 17 Off to New York for a photo shoot. I wore my black leather jacket: a biker style and a collaboration between Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons and Vanson. Nigo introduced me to Junya Watanabe’s designs a few years ago and I’ve liked Junya’s sensibility ever since: out of the box, but not trying too hard. I added a blue and red flannel shirt and a black skullcap. Our next destination was L.A. To prevent myself from getting sick on the plane, I wrapped a Junya plaid and camouflage print scarf around my neck.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18 First session of rehearsals for the Oscars today. The weather was beautiful and sunny so I wore a Human Made logo T-shirt, RRL blue selvedge denim jeans and my black Lanvin sunglasses. On my feet were the six-inch Timbs. I’m a creature of habit. You can always expect the temperature to drop at night here in L.A., so I brought my blue Mark McNairy workman’s jacket with me.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19 Day 2 of rehearsals at Capitol Records. Still can’t believe that I have the opportunity to be involved. Hans and I collaborated, but it’s mainly his world, which is like a university. I’m just lucky that I got a full scholarship. Wore my default outfit: a Billionaire Boys Club white V-neck shirt, blue jeans, black N*E*R*D logo skullcap, Junya Watanabe black leather jacket and the Timbs with red laces. Tied a gray and red flannel shirt around my waist. Grunge, baby!
MONDAY, FEB. 20 Presidents’ Day. Worked with Corinne Bailey Rae in one room and my new hip-hop artist Buddy in another room. I decided to wear a gray V-neck shirt, navy hoodie, black RRL jeans and black low-cut Chuck Taylor sneakers. I also brought along an Hermès Haut à Courroies bag in camel. I use it for my computer.
TUESDAY, FEB. 21 Another session today with Corinne. We spoke yesterday on doing another track together. I went to the studio wearing an olive Billionaire Boys Club V-neck T-shirt in this super soft pima cotton, jeans and tan Timberland chukka boots. (I also drew a small Chanel CC logo on this pair.) After, I had to attend a dinner party at the Chateau Marmont. I wore a white V-neck shirt and dark blue Ralph Lauren denim jeans. Over that was a gray Junya blazer in this wool sweater material. It also had brown suede front pockets and elbow patches. On my feet, I had on black wingtip boots, a classic style but bright yellow soles. Lastly, I put on this white gold and diamond ring, superoversized — you know, for the sake of fashion.
Producer talks to MTV News about collaborating with award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. By Jocelyn Vena. This Sunday, super producer Pharrell Williams and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer will show the world what they’ve been cooking up since the December announcement they would join forces as the musical consultants for the 84th Academy Awards. “You know, Hans called me and he said that [Oscars Producer] Brian Grazer had asked him to come on as a consultant and effectively score the music or whatever,” he explained to MTV News. “And Hans was like, ‘I can’t do that. … I’d do that if like I had, like, Pharrell.’ [Grazer’s] like, ‘OK, get Pharrell on the phone.’ That’s the story he told me. I got the call from Hans and he told them he wanted to do it with me, and so I pleasantly accepted and we’ve just been working ever since.”
While Pharrell wanted to keep the collaboration as top-secret as possible, he did give some insight into what the two have in store for the big night, which will be hosted by Billy Crystal. “Well, you’re gonna have to watch the show and see, we can’t give it away. That’s what’s so funny about interviews. They always want to know what you’re about to do,” he explained. “It’s like some of us love you know music and art that blindsides, comes out of nowhere with a crazy impact. And then sometimes you talk about things because you want to warm up the feeling before the huge impact.
“But this is another one of those things where we keep things under wraps,” he continued. “But it’s cool; it’s interesting; it’s very different. Definitely there’s an homage to the tradition of how the music was done traditionally. … [but] we’re different, and when given an opportunity and it’s our opportunity, Hans and I agreed we just would do it from the perspective of people who love music and love making music and respect it, giving back to what gave us so much, which is music and film.”
By Kelly Ballhorn. There has been a lot of buzz online that Pharrell Williams has been working with Jay-Z on Watch The Throne 2. Well, the rapper/producer confirmed that this was not true when he called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Friday.
On Justin Bieber:
“I think he is super talented. His vocal range and what he’s able to do with his voice is amazing. He’s really a professional that kid,” he says. “It’s all about the music, because that is what’s gotten him here. It’s what gets him through the day, his voice. He is really focused on just having a great voice that people look at and go, ‘Wow, that kid can really sing.’ His chops are amazing.”
On Usher’s New Album:
“Usher and I were working in the studio, Usher’s new album is incredible,” he says. Although, not sure of the release date Pharrell says, “I’m sure he is going to do it a little bit later this year, but his album is incredible.”
On Doing The Music For The Academy Awards:
“It’s been awesome. As a child growing up you look at the Academy Awards as the most prestigious event on television. ! can’t believe that I am actually contributing to people’s experience,” he says. “There is about 120 to 140 different pieces of music and some of that is original as well. It’s a whole big comprehensive process that, again I am honored, because Brian Grazer and Hans Zimmer brought me into the fold.”
Gelila Puck, Pharrell & Casey Gorman
Honors For Dream For Future Africa Foundation Vertu, the market leader in luxury mobile phones, joined Gelila and Wolfgang Puck last night to host an exclusive pre-Oscar dinner in support of Dream for Future Africa Foundation. The opulent affair brought together stars and executives from the film, art, sports and music industries at the renowned restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Pharrell & Quincy Jones
Vertu, the market leader in luxury mobile phones, joined Gelila and Wolfgang Puck last night to host an exclusive pre-Oscar dinner in support of Dream for Future Africa Foundation. The opulent affair brought together stars and executives from the film, art, sports and music industries at the renowned restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Many personal friends of the Pucks attended including: hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams; fashion designers Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier; record and film producer Quincy Jones; actresses Holly Robinson Peete, Shiva Rose and Azie Tesfai; actor Ken Davitian; singer Macy Gray; Motown record label founder, Berry Gordy;
TV personality J. Alexander; acclaimed photographer Bruce Weber; crystal heiress Nadja Swarovski; The Bold and The Beautiful executive producer Brad Bell and wife, Colleen Bell; Italian Tenor Vittorio Grigolo; and actor Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Other notable guests included Essence’s Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor; producer Lawrence Bender; handbag designer Kendall Conrad; Target executive Greg Cunningham; author Julia Moore; The Daily’s Richard Johnson and wife Sessa von Richthofen; and executive and fashion enthusiast Angelique Soave, among many others.
Pharrell & Miss Info (Part 1)
Pharrell sat down with Miss Info to talk about The 84th Academy Awards where Pharrell will conduct the music for the ceremony with Hans Zimmer. “Hans Zimmer and I are the music consultants this year for the Oscars , which also entails like providing the music and making sure everything is sound, Pun intended. As a child watching the Academy Awards, it was the most prestigious thing you could see, so the actual ceremony the sound needed to be that much better. It’s the assistance to the visual, so it has to be right.”
Pharrell & Miss Info (Part 2)
Pharrell believes that the best scoring to a film is when one chooses the kind of music that doesn’t overshadow the picture and that’s the similar aim that P wants to deliver with the Academy Awards. “That’s what let’s you know music is perfect because it didn’t get in the way of the film,” Pharrell said of the kind of scoring that complements the visuals. “When you say you don’t remember the sound, that’s sort of an indication that the music was perfect. It went along with the show. It was all like one cohesive cord. Our job is again to accompany the visual,” he continued. “It’s not meant to get in the way. It’s meant to do it’s job and assist the overall pleasure. It’s supposed to assist it and not get in the way.” The 84th Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2012.
Pharrell & Miss Info (Part 3)
Pharrell & Miss Info (Part 4)
Pharrell & Miss Info (Part 5)
As Teyana Taylor records her debut album “The Misunderstanding Of Teyana Taylor” she takes us behind the scenes in a new video. Featuring artists like Meek Mill, Sean Kingston, Big Sean, Common, and Cyhi Da Prynce, the unsigned singer seems to be surrounded by big names. The guaranteed tracks on the album so far are “Make Your Move” featuring Wale, and “DUI” featuring Jadakiss and Fabolous. Just days after her phone was “stolen” and nude photos “leaked” onto her twitter account, the video and soon album release come as suspicious to some.
Perhaps a hoax to attempt to gain attention just a month before her first album, or maybe she actually does just keep photos on her phone attached to her twitter because she “admires her body” and “takes photos just like everyone else” as she says. Either way, check out the video below, “The Misunderstanding Of Teyana Taylor” and let us know what you think in the comments section.
The two had only one rule when writing the music for the awards show: Try anything. And they did, drawing from Zimmer’s evocative film scores and Williams’ beat-driven sound art. The first time Hans Zimmer made Pharrell Williams‘ head spin was in 2005, when the former was composing the score for the Ron Howard blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code.” Williams, half of the lauded hip-hop production duo The Neptunes and a third of the experimental rock group N*E*R*D, had heard through a mutual friend, music-supervisor Kathy Nelson, that he and Zimmer (one of Hollywood’s most in-demand composers, with Oscar- and Grammy-winning credits including “The Lion King” and “The Dark Knight“) were fans of concept-based composing styles.
“The Fibonacci sequence figured heavily in the movie, and Hans was inspired by it to compose a piece that played exactly the same way backwards as it did forwards,” Williams said. “When I heard that, I thought, ‘This is a guy I can be friends with.'” That friendship has turned into an unexpected collaboration on one of the globe’s biggest stages — this weekend’s Academy Awards. In a basement recording studio at Capitol Records the weekend before the Oscars, the composers were rehearsing dozens of pieces of new music they’d written for Sunday’s telecast, drawing from Zimmer’s rangy, evocative film scores and Williams’ minimalist, beat-driven sound art.
This year’s Oscars ceremony pays relatively little attention to music (this year’s original song category has only two entries, from “The Muppets” and “Rio,” and bucking tradition, neither will be performed live). The high-profile duo of Williams and Zimmer, however, may give music fans more reason to pay attention to the show. Zimmer and Williams first collaborated on 2010‘s Steve Carell-voiced animated comedy “Despicable Me,” where Williams produced four original solo songs and several other character-sung pieces, with Zimmer as co-producer.
A Beautiful Cover by Maxine.
“Pharrell kind of put me onto the record label world. The advice I got from Pharrell really taught me a lot. He made me realize that you have to make records that feel right for you. No matter what musical bed you are laying in, meaning whoever is producing your record, you will still sound like yourself if it’s natural. If I do a record with Marilyn Manson and then I do one with DJ Premier, what Pharrell instilled in my mind is that you can still be the same person if you just dig deep.
The overall energy he gives is similar to mine. I worked with him for a week straight for probably seven hours a day. When you are with someone like that every day for a week, you really see who they are. He was like the yin to my yang. We did three records in total. One got leaked (“Anywhere”) and we plan to do even more. We have yet to do all the shit we want to do together.”
Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Jared Leto and Terry Richardson gathered for dinner inside Chateau Marmont’s iconic Bungalow one in Los Angeles on February 21st to help Target and host Bevy Smith honor Pharrell Williams. The retail giant put the intimate ‘do together to celebrate Williams‘ many accomplishments, especially scoring this year’s Oscar music alongside composer Hans Zimmer. Toasts were given by Usher, Target’s Greg Cunningham and Smith. Also at the dinner: Chelsea Handler and on-again boyfriend Andre Balaz (who owns Chateau), Ellen Pompeo, MOCA director Jeffery Deitch, Lupe Fiasco, Jesse Williams, Johnny Knoxville, and stylist Mariel Haenn.
Danny! – Speed feat. Pharrell (Snippet) (12′)
The Neptunes Working With Danny!
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