Roman Grandinetti DJ and founder of Downtown creative agency CNNCTD+ is launching on May 1st a group show at The New Museum showcasing a cross-section of New York City culture. The agency reached out to 100 of the city’s biggest influencers and provided blank MP3 Playbuttons to creatives like Pharrell Williams, Cindy Sherman, Spike Lee, Scott Campbell, Azealia Banks, Yoko Ono, Ricky Powell, Atrak, Narciso Rodriguez, and more. The participants each designed original artwork and contributed recordings that can be plugged into at the show. CNNCTD+ selected 100 heroes and creative leaders from various disciplines to participate in the project. Each participant in CNNCTD+100 is using a Playbutton — a wearable pin that doubles as an MP3 player — as the canvas for their audio and visual designs.
Participants include world-renowned artists such as Cindy Sherman, fashion designers like Narciso Rodriguez, musicians such as Pharrell Williams, and iconic NYC personalities and companies including Katz’s Deli, The Meatball Shop, and Ricky Powell. In creating the project, CNNCTD+ enlisted the help of top creative and cultural engineers: from HBO’s Broke Mogul, to Half Gallery’s Bill Powers, to advertising guru George Lois. The complete list of participants won’t be revealed until the night of the event but includes dozens of big names and surprises. ”CNNCTD’s goal was to showcase individuals who inspire NYC. We have Cindy Sherman, Dave White, Scott Campbell, Pharrell, Yoko Ono, Mitch Alfis, George Lois, Azealia Banks, Young Guru, Spike Lee. We have 100 so I think there’s going to be a couple more (Laughs).” said Roman Grandinetti to Complex.com.
“We really just wanted to provide the participants an opportunity to collaborate and spark up a conversation they may not have had before. CNNCTD has a great vision for our generation, and it starts with unexpected connections. It’s about how far you can push it, and how creative we can be together.” Roman explained how the Playbuttons work and how is the MP3 device incorporated into the exhibition. “We gave contributors an open canvas with the Playbutton. There’s a huge listening attribute to the show which is cool. The guys from Meatball Shop are teaching you how to craft the perfect meatball, others produced inspiring mixes, and some shard great experiences about themselves and their businesses. Pharrell has something cool going on with his button. He has a new agency called I Am Other and gives a cool introduction to the company. We thought he was going to do some music or something, but it ended up being a really personal story.”
“We’re expecting around 500 people to come out opening night, but since space at the New Museum is limited, we’ll have to see what’s up at the door. The event is private, but the New Museum is selling 100 tickets to the public. The tickets are actually a blank Playbutton and we hook you up with stickers from each of the 100 participants and entrance to the show.” The launch of CNNCTD+100 will take place on May 1st, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at The New Museum Store, New York City. All 100 Playbuttons will be on display with AiAiAi Headphones to allow guests to experience the 100 participants performing music, reciting dialogue, talking to friends, teaching listeners how to get creative in the kitchen, and more. To purchase tickets for the event, click Here.
“Courtesy of one of the most addictive social networks to date, we get a sneak peak of whats to come in the pages of Obscura Magazine Summer 2012. Thanks to the instagram handles of editor in chief of THINK SILLY Web Magazine and Obscura Magazine, Bebop (bebop_obscura) and the infamous MILK/SILLY THING founder, Mr. TK (mr_tk), we get a glimpse of shots taken of the one and only Pharrell Williams whom is said to be featured in this years Summer 2012 print. Of course from now till then anything could change, but we must admit for iphone photos, these are great images of Mr. Williams. Stay tuned for more info.”
Brad Wete from Complex had the chance to go to a Listening Session by Usher where Usher played his seventh studio album titled ‘Looking For Myself’ and Brad revealed that there will be a new Neptunes Track on it called ‘Hot Thing’, yeh I know, the newest Maxine Ashley tune is called exact the same and since she revealed that her’s ‘Hot Thing’ was never meant to release, could possibly mean that Maxine’s version was only a Demo for Usher, but what do I know though… I just hope we’ll get a new tune of it, ‘Looking For Myself’ is due June 12th, thanks to EclecticE.
“When the party was over, Usher disappeared and the ceiling was lit, revealing a big body of water filled with people drowning as a ballad played. Next came a joyous mid-tempo cut about taking advantage of every moment in life (possibly called “Jump In”), followed by a Pharrell Williams–sounding groove called “Hot Thing” and another cut with a squishy bass line called “I Care for You.”
All Usher x Neptunes Collaboration
Check out those Christian Rich ‘Till Dawn’ Promo Posters that are also availabe on their official site thechristianrich.com, and Christian Rich revealed this morning via twitter that they got a tune on Rye Rye’s debut album ‘Go! Pop! Bang!‘ Titled ‘Dance’ which is due May 15, thanks to nerd0016.
“Also Rye Rye’s album comes out May 15th and we have a song on there called “Dance” and Pharrell got a joint on there too!”
I think most of y’all already heard the new Maxine Ashley Neptunes track titled ‘Hot Thing‘, just to clarify something, this is not her first single and it wasn’t meant to leak anytime soon according to Maxine herself. ‘Cookieman is the name of first single that will be released soon’ ‘COOKIEMAN IS BETTER!!!’ ‘Hot Thing was Leaked. Never was supposed to be released.’ She said via her tumblr and twitter that her first single is still ‘Cookie Man’ that we should “Be prepared to hear this song with a Video!!”. Anyways, that tune is pretty dope if you asking me, check it out below, and make sure to check out her latest cover on Youtube, this time, she’s covering Amy Winehouse’s ‘You Know That I’m No Good’.
Maxine Ashley – Hot Thing feat. Pharrell & Lil’ Wayne (12′)
Maxine Ashley – You Know That I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse Cover)
Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has confessed he was “pretty intimidated” when the band collaborated with hip-hop whizz Pharrell Williams. The Comfortably Numb group worked with Pharrell on their fourth album Magic Hour, and Jake admitted he was impressed by the N*E*R*D star. “I was pretty intimidated by Pharrell. He’s the most stunning man I’ve ever seen,” he told The Star. “Your jaw drops to the floor and his voice is unbelievable.” Jake – who has penned tracks for pal Kylie Minogue – also had words of praise for another collaborator, US rap star Azealia Banks. “She’s a firecracker. She’s extremely talented and really funny.” New single Only The Horses is due out on May 13. Magic Hour is released on May 28.
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