By Joshua R. Weaver. R&B crooner Robin Thicke knows how to grab headlines. The artist’s candor about his very active sex life with his wife, actress Paula Patton, spiced up the Web in December 2011, when he opened up to Essence.com. And in February the 35-year-old soul singer jumped back into the spotlight after getting caught lighting up a joint in his parked Escalade near New York City’s Madison Square Park. But in between getting busted and talking about his talents in the bedroom, Thicke continues to do what he does best: infatuating his mostly female fans with his R&B falsetto.
The title track of Thicke’s latest album, Love After War, hit the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop top 20 chart last year. He’s also springing his way onto the small screen, as a guest mentor on NBC’s hit The Voice and as a co-judge on ABC’s upcoming singing competition Duets, premiering this summer. Thicke sat down with The Root after a performance in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night and opened up about his marriage to Patton, the new love of his life — their 2-year-old son — and his real thoughts on black women’s dating options.
The Root: You took a year off before jumping back into the studio for Love After War. What did you learn?
Robin Thicke: I learned what true compassion and patience is about. You think you’re a man, or you think you’re grown, until you have a child and you have to see what a woman goes through when she has a baby — and how it changes her body, [it] changes her mindset. I had to kick into gear because I love nobody more than my wife in this world. It was actually wonderful for me. Julian has changed everything — every move I make, I know that it will affect him, his growth and his happiness.
“How to promote YouTube videos? Perhaps, one of the best people to answer this question is Alyssa Bernal. Music lovers and YouTube fanatics would probably know who Alyssa is. She is one of the most talented singing stars that started her singing career on YouTube. She joined the site on May 14, 2006 and has gained several subscribers through the years. In fact, she gained the number 18 spot on the most viewed channels and she’s number 49 on the most subscribed channels of all time. Alyssa was born on December 22, 1989 in San Antonio, Texas. A lot of people mistake her for High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens because of their huge resemblance. But this talented singer-songwriter has her own brand of music as she could strum the guitar or play the keyboards while singing with her amazing voice.
She’s getting more YouTube plays everyday. She now has a total of more than one hundred million views on her channel and almost six hundred thousand subscribers. You could check out her YouTube channel and be wowed with her talent. You would find several of her covers on hit songs as well as her original tracks. There are also fun videos that would let you love her even more. One of the best ways on how to promote YouTube videos is to advertise your channel or videos on other sites. And Alyssa is a pro when it comes to this. In fact, she has official accounts on other social networking sites. She also now has her official site. There’s no denying that this pretty talented young artist already gone a long way since she started on YouTube several years back. She actually had her debut album released and it’s called “Love Hangover”. There are 10 original cuts in the album including “Cali, Cali, Cali” that had a music video featured on her channel.”
Many of today’s stars graced the catwalk where music and fashion meets at BET’s “Rip The Runway.” Originally taped last month at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the eighth annual event was co-hosted by supermodel Selita Ebanks and actor Pooch Hall. Artists that rocked the runway included Lil’ Kim, B.o.B., Wale, Meek Mill, Robin Thicke, Diggy Simmons with Jeremih, Estelle, and araabMUZIK.
Thomas Seebach – Disco Tango (1976)
Forum member MortenMars found the actual interplation track that inspired The Neptunes to do ‘Nothin’ Else’ by Thomas Seebach with the tune Disco Tango, from 1976, check it out above. ‘Nothin’ Else’ has been first recorded for Latrelle for her debut album in 1998 but then it was planed to go to Michael Jackson but MJ’s Manegement didn’t like it, so it went in the end as we all know on Justin Timberlakes’ multi-platinum album Justified in 2002.
Justin Timberlake – Nothin’ Else (2002)
Latrelle – Nothin’ Else (1998)
Here is the studio version of Pharrell’s produced tune ‘Trespassing‘ from Adam Lambert’s second studio album with the same name which just been pushed back from March 19th to April 16th, thanks to Reidkid.
Adam Lambert – Trespassing (April 16th) (2012)
#15 – Pharrell
“Though lots of women have brains, beauty and talent, few men do. Yet, as one of the most prolific and successful producers of the past decade, Pharrell Williams is also a clothing and furniture designer, has studied the work of a neuroscience professor, and looks cute in camo shorts. Then there’s his incredible charisma, which means that at almost 40 he can hop onto a skateboard without looking like he’s trying too hard, and steal the video spotlight from guys half his age. He can even, somehow, make a huge tattoo of an angel on his neck look tough.”
– Rebecca Haithcoat
According to Shae Haley’s group Christian Rich, The Neptunes produced ‘Starcase’ will be on Buddy’s debut mixtape ‘Idle Time’ that will be out soon. Christian Rich also confirmed via twitter that they will work with Buddy, thanks to SonicNERD.
Updated: March 20th
‘Staircase’ Is Buddy’s Tune And Not Kendrick Lamar’s
Kendrick Lamar tweeted this morning that we should give credits to Buddy for his new record ‘Staircase’ produced by The Neptunes and he is just featured on it, I just hope that tune will be on Buddy’s debut album and not on the mixtape cuz that tune rocks!
Updated: March 18th
Here is one of the six tracks that Kendrick Lamar did with The Neptunes last year for his debut album ‘Good Kid In A Mad City’. That explains also the picture with Buddy and Pharrell in the studio back in August 2011, so that means that Buddy will feature on the tune ‘Staircases‘, but its unclear right now if its a single, nonetheless that sounds dope and we finally got to hear some live drums on a neptunes beat again, check out the tune below from the SXSW performance, thanks to BlueSky2308.
Buddy - Untitled (2012)
* Staircases feat. Kendrick Lamar
By Danielle Harling, Justin Bieber says he only raps for fun, plans on working with Drake, Pharrell Williams, and 40. With news of pop star Justin Bieber tapping into his inner rapper for his next single “Girlfriend” on top of the singer freestyling on various radio shows there’s been lots of talk about Bieber as a rapper. But in a feature in Complex Magazine the singer cleared up the rap rumors explaining that he does it merely “for fun.” “I just rap for fun. It’s nothing to take seriously,” Bieber explained to Complex. “On my new album, I’m going to do a little bit of rapping.” While Bieber may only rap for fun he still has plans on working with several Hip Hop artists in the studio including producer Pharrell Williams and rapper Drake.
“We’re talking to Benny Blanco, Bei Maejor, Mike Posner. We’re going to work with Pharrell…and Bruno Mars. He’s going in with Drake and 40 next week,” said Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun. Braun also explained that Bieber pits himself against the late singer Michael Jackson when it comes to setting the bar. “He’s competitive with Michael Jackson. When he looks at who he should chase and who’s setting the bar, we only talk about Michael Jackson. We talk about Michael probably every other day,” Braun revealed. The interview with Bieber will be featured in the April/May 2012 issue of Complex.
Terius Nash tells FUSE the album is not complete because he wants to leave the possibility open for a new single, working with Pusha T. on ten records (part 1:40 on the video), his video for “ROC” and his Kill The Lights tour, which he says a video is coming next week.
Apparatjik has released a new track featuring Pharrell under the moniker ‘Auto Goon’ produced by Apparatjik titled ‘Time Police’ that will be available on their new album ‘Square Peg In A Round Hole’, plus they also released the album version of Do It Myself featuring ‘Auto Goon’ too, you can check all tunes below, thanks to DarkMatter.
Apparatjik – Time Police feat. Auto Goon (12′)
Apparatjik – Time Police feat. Auto Goon (Alternate Version) (12′)
Apparatjik – Do It Myself feat. Auto Goon (Album Version) (12′)
Apparatjik – Do It Myself feat. Pharrell
Alyssa Bernal tweeted this morning that she will be releasing a music video for the tune ‘Stay’ from her debut album Love Hangover (2011), a pretty good tune right there.
Alyssa Bernal – Stay (11’)
A. Bernal, M.Terefe, A. Olsson
Alyssa Bernal (iloveyoubut/ASCAP), Martin Terefe (Sony ATV/BMI), Andreas Olsson (BMG/BMI). Produced by Martin Terefe and Andreas Olsson. Recorded by Dyre Gormsen at Kensaltown Recording Studios, London UK. Assisted by Iain Hill. Bass, keyboards, backing vocals and guitars by Martin Terefe. Programming and keyboards by Andreas Olsson. Piano by Nikolaj Torp. Mixed by: Tony Maserati for Two Chord Music, Inc. Assistant Engineer: Mach Burnhart. Mixed at: Canaan Road Studios, NY. Mastered by: Brian Gardner. Mastered at: Bernie Grundman Mastering
Florida, Tyler Medeiros & Pharrell
We posted this week a picture of Florida, Tyler Medeiros & Pharrell in the studio together but it was unclear if they have collaborated together, but Flo Rida confirmed this morning via his twitter that they indeed worked on a tune that will be on his Fourth studio album titled ‘Only One Rida (Part 2)’ which is sceduled for a July release. ”PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND @official_flo JUST DONE A BANGER IN THE STUDIO!! COMING SOON!! ((STRONGARM)) ANOTHER SMASH!!!!!!!!! #img”. Thanks to BlueSky2308.
Check out this Inspirational Video by LifeinBmajor based on Pharrell’s ‘You Can Do it Too’ (The Yessirs Version), its pretty dope!
Updated: March 14th
Conor Maynard headed to America last weekend to spend a week recording with Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams. In a message on Twitter, Conor said he had been preparing for recording by going shopping – but he also managed to slot in time for exercise as well. “Shopping in Miami WHILST working out at the same time. That’s how I roll,” Conor wrote, before posting a picture of himself lifting a dumbbell in a clothes shop. In a later tweet, Conor wrote: “In the studio with @Pharrell… listening to beats… #crazy.”
Updated: March 12th
The ‘Can’t Say No‘ star has jetted to Miami to work with The Neptunes producer. The Conor Maynard has said he can’t wait to begin working with Pharrell Williams. The rising ‘Can’t Say No‘ star, who found fame on YouTube and has been compared to Justin Bieber, flew out to Miami at the weekend to hook up with The Neptunes producer. Speaking before his departure, Conor said he was excited about the collaboration after Pharrell approached his record label, EMI. “Before last year I had never been abroad. I didn’t go abroad when I was younger – my family had caravan holidays,” he told Metro.
“It’s crazy for me going to America. Obviously, Pharrell’s a bit of a dream for someone like me to work with. He saw my videos on YouTube and reached out to my label and said ‘Do you look after this kid, who is he?’ “It was all sorted out through him pushing it. It’s just cool. Saying ‘I worked with Pharrell’ is just insane. He’s an amazing person to have believe in you.” Hailing from Brighton, Conor, 19, has already earned 182,000 Facebook fans, 65,000 Twitter followers and 52 million YouTube views. He made his debut performance in London last month, with fans queuing from 8.30am to watch him. Pre-order his first single ‘Can’t Say No’ on iTunes.
Conor Maynard – Can’t Say No (First Single)
Conor Maynard – Senorita (Justin Timberlake Cover)
Here is a new picture from the studio session, thanks to nerd0016.
Pharrell has been in the studio with the X Factor Contestant Brian Bradley (16) known by his stage name Astro probably working on his debut album, that kid can pretty much rap though, check out the clip below from the X Factor.
Astro – Jump (Kriss Kross Cover)
And here is another version of Trespassing, thanks to nerd0016.
Updated: March 10th
Here is another performance of The Neptunes produced tune Trespassing of Adam Lambert’s upcoming release with the same name ‘Trespassing’ due March 19, thanks to BlueSky2308.
Adam Lambert – Trespassing (March 19) (2012)
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