Kaleidoscopic indie pop duo Chester French—singer D.A. Wallach and multi-instrumentalist Maxwell Drummey. The pair hooked up as freshmen at Harvard University in 2003, performing as a five-piece band at local bars and recording their debut EP in the on-campus recording studio. Funding their own sessions by engineering for other musicians, the pair finished their debut album Love The Future (and, y’know… graduated) in 2007. The album caught the attention of none other than Pharrell Williams, whose Star Trak label released the She Loves Everybody EP the following year.
Their second full-length album (title TBA) drops this June via K-LP/Karmaloops Reocrds. Sounds Like: Classic, endearing pop melodies doused in adventurous, relentlessly inventive arrangements touching upon everything from twee bedroom pop to aggressive electro beats and buzzsaw electric guitars. Expect to hear a little bit of everything you love… on each and every single tune. For Fans Of: Of Montreal, Beck, The Beach Boys, Tub Ring, and other forward-thinking musical wunderkinds. Photo By Farhad Samari.
Chester French- Black Girls (Official Music Video)
‘This afternoon, Wiz Khalifa hit up Hot 97 to chat with Angie Martinez about his engagement to Amber Rose, the wedding plans, the new single ‘Work Hard Play Hard’, his album “O.N.I.F.C.”, his situation with Waka Flocka, if Amber smokes weed, the 2Pac hologram and more. He mentions that Pharrell, Cam’Ron and Curren$y are featured on the album. Listen the interview on xclusiveszone.net.’
’Chasin’ Papers’ is title of Curren$y’s The Neptunes collaboration that will be released on his eight studio album ‘The Stoned Immaculate’ which is due June 5th, check out the whole tracklist below. You can Pre-order the album on iTunes, thanks to nerd0016.
Curren$y Working With The Neptunes
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Yuna – Yuna (Sampler) (2012) (Front)
Forum Member Borsboom found out while surfing around eBay that there is a Yuna Sampler with eight tracks on it, including the tunes we thought it’s produced by Pharrell, luckily for us, there are also the credits to all eight tracks on the sampler and it is confirmed that Yuna’s ‘See You Go’ & ‘Bad Idea’ are indeed produced by Pharrell Williams, and the cover of the Sampler is slightly different as the final one, check out the sampler below, thanks to Borsboom.
Pharrell and JD were together at the Vibe studio where they promoted their new signee miss Leah LaBelle and talked abour how they discovered her via Youtube, they also previewed a new song from her debut album, which is probably produced by JD judging by the typical JD Hi-Hat, check it out above, thanks to BlueSky2308.
By Jason Rosenbaum. Most of Nelly’s monster hits have neat-and-tidy legacies. “Country Grammar,” for instance, introduced the world to Nelly’s distinctive style and persona. “Dilemma” showed that Nelly could put forth a commercially-successful slow jam. And “Air Force Ones” proved to be the landmark rap song about shoes, a feat that even Soulja Boy couldn’t top. ” “Hot In Herre’s” contribution to Nelly’s meteoric rise is a bit more intangible. It wasn’t the most commercially successful, controversial or unusual song Nelly put forward in his career. But Nellyville’s triumphant single – which is now ten years old – proved to be the St. Louis native’s dominant foray into broadening his already sizable appeal to mainstream audiences.
To be sure, Nelly knew he had something big on his hands with “Hot In Herre.” In an interview with MTV News, Nelly was effusive about how well the song had come together with The Neptunes: “They pretty much try to tap into whatever artist they’re working with and feel what they think is going to be hot,” he added. “Then they also take ideas from you. We came up with something that was pretty stupid.” Nelly remembered that the ultra-energized session made it easy for them to name the song. “They wild, and I’m wild,” he said. “I don’t know what’s coming out from them. They don’t know what’s gonna come out from me. It was just like, ‘Put the beat on, stand back and let’s go to work.’ It was hot in there. ‘Hot in Herre.’ Gotta keep the slang on there.”
Nelly’s intuitions about the song proved quite apt. “Hot In Herre” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It also allowed Nelly to collect a Grammy in 2003 for Best Male Solo Rap performance. And it propelled Nellyville to commercial success, allowing Nelly to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump in a big way. And even years later, the song remains popular enough in the public consciousness to make a brief appearance during a Pepsi Super Bowl Commercial – albeit in a slightly wimpy context. But it’s an example of the song’s immense saturation into mainstream culture. From doing a simple comparison, it’s easy to understand why this is the case. “Hot In Herre’s” aforementioned instrumental arrangement is much crisper and slick than “Country Grammar.” And “Hot In Herre’s” lyrical content is far less profane, which is not surprising considering the other song’s full title is “Country Grammar (Hot Shit).”
But “Hot In Herre’s” instantly memorable hook helps. Many of Nelly’s initial hits – “Country Grammar” or “Ride Wit Me” – had memorable, but somewhat complicated, choruses. Not only were the words “it’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes” concise, but the verbiage was original enough to capture attention. For the most part, Nelly’s post-“Hot In Herre” songs tended to follow in the same general direction: Iron out a slick instrumental track, compose a memorable hook and tone down the profanity. That formula pivoted Nelly ever more into mainstream pop acceptance, which allowed him to become one of the most famous musicians – let alone rappers – of the 2000s. So for old time’s sake, here’s “Hot In Herre.” But instead of the widely-circulated video, this alternative version takes place in a fantastical version of the St. Louis Arch. I mean, just look at how wide the elevators are. Thanks to DarkMatter.
Nelly – Hot In Herre (Alternative Video Version)
Nelly – Hot In Herre (Official Video Version)
Rene Garcia, Pharell Williams, Carolina & Alex Pirez
By Regina Arriola. Since meeting with my dear friends and Body & Soul owners Alex and Carolina Pirez for Haute Living’s One on One feature appearing in our newest Haute 100 Miami issue, the couple celebrated the grand opening of their all-in-one fitness facility with a well-attended party that drew in some 500 guests. Co-sponsored by Haute Living, attendees including music mogul Pharrell Williams and Yankee Jorge Posada mingled to beats curated by DJ Ross One while sipping cocktails by Voli Light Vodka and Qream, a sweet vodka-based spirit designed by Pharrell for, as he puts it, “the modern day queen.”
Pharrell Williams & Alex Pirez
Bites crafted by both Dome Restaurant and Caviar Bar and SmartBites, a customized health-conscious meal service, provided guests with savory and guilt-free snacks; a detail that seemed perfectly fitting for the occasion. The celebration also included a fire performance followed by an all-out flash mob dance-a-thon orchestrated by gym instructor Jay Marcos. Marcos has become something of a local celebrity with his wildly popular Videosync dance classes; so much so, that his classes have been known to attract some one hundred participants at a time. For Body & Soul’s class schedule.
Internet sensation Conor Maynard almost missed out on the chance to work with US R&B star Ne-Yo because he thought he was the victim of a prank. The 19-year-old singer from Brighton has become one of the hottest new acts on the planet after he was discovered singing covers of other people’s songs on YouTube. More than 100 million people have seen and heard his versions of songs such as Usher’s OMG and Jessie J’s Price Tag.
“The album is in progress,” said Conor. “Every time we think we are finished, someone else big comes along. I’ve worked with them and Ne-Yo. Pharrell said, ‘Look, man. I feel your voice is different and I want to be the person to give you the songs that bring it out. I feel you’re going to change the future of pop music’. It was a real confidence boost to hear that from such a legend.”
Adam Lambert has been interviewed by popdust.com where he revealed the meaning behind the album title ‘Trespassing’. “Trespassing is one of the tracks that I co-wrote with Pharrell Williams, and after we finished it I realized it was basically a mission statement for what I’m about right now, as an artist, a musician and a person. It’s about breaking down barriers and rebelliously marching forward. ”
Progressive-Trance/-House DJ & producer from Toronto, Canada has been in the studio with Pharrell to work on some muzika. “Working on this record for Pharrell right now, sounding pretty huge !!!” Multi-talented, multi-tasking, focused and ambitious, Glenn Morrison is the archetype of the modern DJ/producer star. The 25-year-old Toronto native is as happy rocking an underground house party as he is performing at an exclusive oceanic rooftop venue; as adept at composing an international club anthem like ‘Contact’ as he is at concocting a creepy ambient soundtrack for a Nintendo game. His name alone gets 850,000 social networking and Internet hits a month. His productions have featured on 700 compilations in the last three years.
He has enjoyed the support of DJs as varied as Armin Van Buuren and Richie Hawtin, David Guetta and Luciano. For three years he was resident at the world’s best club, Ibiza’s Amnesia Club. His label Morrison Recordings has put out 95 releases, his podcast series gets 12,000 downloads a month, and he’s remixed Queen, The Pet Shop Boys and the B52s. And he is perfecting a sinuous, hooky sound that combines the eerie beauty of pure techno with light rains of melody and flashes of emotion. In short, Glenn Morrison is one of the most dynamic and accomplished talents in electronic music today. Period. Thanks to BlueSky2308. Check out ‘Triangle & Strings’ by Glenn Morrison below, its damn good.
Glenn Morrison – Triangle & Strings
According to transworld.net, Chester French is releasing their second studio album this June via Karmaloop Records, so it’s safe to say Chester French ain’t no more on Star Trak Entertainment. By Kelli Hargrove. Karmaloop.com has launched the second generation of its multi-platform video content website, KarmaloopTV (KTV). The updated site focuses on the “Verge” culture- the tech savvy generation that has grown up on the internet- and is celebrating the site’s debut by releasing its new music video, “Black Girls,” by Chester French. “KTV is a dynamic, living and breathing showcase for the best, brightest, most talented and creative Verge culture influencers and personalities,” Karmaloop founder and CEO Greg Selkoe noted.
“It makes perfect sense for us to continually inspire and apply the most challenging and constantly evolving content and design elements to ensure that the website remains not at the forefront, but actually three to four steps ahead of would-be imitators.” Greg added, “There is no doubt Karmaloop TV is the epicenter of Verge Culture.” NEW YORK – (April 18, 2012) – Karmaloop TV is dedicated to covering the all-encompassing “Verge” lifestyle from music and fashion to art and technology. The completely redesigned KTV site debuts an edgy new look and feel ‘sbacked by powerful user functionality. More importantly along with technical and design changes comes an exciting new slate of programing, channels and formats! To mark the occasion of the launch of the new Karmaloop TV the site is debuting the stunning and controversial new music video, “Black Girls,” by indie sensation and Karmaloop Records band Chester French. This launch is capitalizing on Karmaloop TV increasing prominence in the domain of music video creation and direction.
The world premiere “Black Girls” music video drop is coming on the heels of two other Karmaloop TV directed and world premiered videos over the last several weeks: Diplo’s “Express Yourself” (Watch Below) shot on location in New Orleans and the Pharrell Williams produced “Skrung Owt” (Watch Below) by Fam-Lay. KTV recently announced the addition of critically praised director Shomi Patwary to the Karmaloop staff of acclaimed music video directors and television producers, including Matt Alonzo director of the Tyler, The Creator video Martians VS. Goblins, Julian Wadsworth aka ‘Lil Internet’ the creator of the New York Times’ chronicled “Sea Punk” trend, and Fabolous and Jadakiss video director Aristotle. The new Karmaloop TV site gives viewers a high-definition street-level look at emerging “Verge” culture phenomena, delving into politics, fashion, music and lifestyle issues with exclusive interviews that showcase iconic artists, musicians, designers and brands and delivering behind-the-scenes access to events and parties.
JD, Leah Labelle & Pharrell
By Kelly-Mae Mahoney. Celebrations were underway last night as Jermaine Dupri and Pharrell Williams toasted it up with Mariah Carey and L.A. Reid to welcome their new signing Leah Labelle. The group hit up a classy New York City restaurant named Catch last night, hosting a luxurious welcoming party for their newest joint musical protegee Leah Labelle. The Seattle singer, who was a former contestant on season three of American Idol in 2004, recently released her first music video for the Pharrell Williams-produced track penned, ‘Sexify.’
Pharrell, Leah Labelle, L.A. Reid, Mariah Carey & JD
Leah dined with her new bosses toasting over champagne and dining on rice cakes and herb roasted branzino. The group then partied it up with R&B veteran Mariah Carey and Terrence J while music mogul L.A. Reid also arrived to show some support. The 26-year-old singer later tweeted to her 21,000 fans: “An EPIC moment at my dinner tonight, I can’t even express my joy.” Thanks to BlueSky2308.
Here is it finally, Chester French’s new single titled ‘Black Girls’ from their upcoming second studio album due later this year and make sure to cop the single on iTunes. “Black Girls,” Chester French’s honest and bold new single, meets a stunning video by acclaimed fashion photographer Francesco Carrozzini. The video stars the multi-talented Rie Rasmussen and Jodie Smith, who bring life to the band’s unabashed, hard-hitting celebration of feminine beauty and interracial love.”
Here is finally the long anticipated preview of Yuna’s debut album with her official album cover. Judging by the Amazon preview, there are 2 more Pharrell produced tracks on her debut album besides ‘Live Your Life‘ which are ‘Bad Idea’ and ‘See You Go‘ that have to be confirmed yet though, nonetheless they sound pretty lovely. According to Yuna, they recorded 5 tracks for the album which is due April 24th, preview the whole album on Amazon.com.
Here is the Instrumental to Leah LaBelle’s first single ‘Sexify´produced by Pharrell that charted this week on the airplay chart at No 97. Leah, who signed to Epic Records last year, recently shot a video for Sexify with producers Pharrell and Jermaine where they Introduced Leah Labelle on BET, thanks to BlueSky2308 and EclecticE.
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