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February 2012

The 84th Academy Awards Tonight, No Musical Cutoff For Acceptance Speeches? It’s Possible

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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).

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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.

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Pharrell At The Vanity Fair & Richard Mille Celebration Of Martin Scorsese

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Pharrell attended the Vanity Fair and Richard Mille celebration of Martin Scorsese in support of The Film Foundation at Hotel Bel-Air on February 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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Missile Command’s Europe Tour Dates (2012)

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March
08th – Paris – La Favela Chic
09th – Lisbon – Lux
10th – London – Chinawhite
11th – Paris – Le Sens

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Teyana Taylor – D.U.I. feat. Fabolous & Jadakiss (Hit-Boy)

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This is Teyana’s latest single off her new mixtape.

Teyana Taylor – D.U.I. feat. Fabolous & Jadakiss (Hit-Boy)

Oscars 2012: Hans Zimmer & Pharrell Williams Pair Up As The Show’s Secret Weapon

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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.”

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A Week With Pharrell

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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.

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Pharrell: Oscars Music Will Be ‘Very Different,’

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.”

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Pharrell Talks Justin Bieber’s Voice, Watch The Throne 2, & Usher’s New Album

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.”

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Pre-Oscars Dinner With Wolfgang & Gelila Assefa Puck

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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.

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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;

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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.

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