The music producer’s latest venture is designing tennis kit for the US Open – but, he tells Sophie Heawood, this is just the start. So there I am, gorging on yellowtail sashimi at Nobu in Malibu, waiting for Pharrell Williams to turn up for this interview, when his assistant arrives to tell me the good news — he’s outside! The bad news, though, is that he can’t come in, so she is going to drive me to her house (which turns out to be his house, a rented weekend retreat) where we will talk instead. Paparazzi? Sulking? Nerves? No. Apparently, Williams can’t leave his black SUV to enter the restaurant because he hasn’t eaten all day and the man is ravenous.
Leaving a restaurant because you’re hungry — it all makes perfect sense in Celebrityville. Not that I’m complaining. The house turns out to be a minimalist haven, with a wall of glass 80ft wide overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nothing else. On arrival I am asked to remove my shoes, so I plop my sandals into an outdoor basket beside a pair of multicoloured Adidas sneakers that say Pharrell Williams on the back. He is here! Barefoot, wearing a printed lilac T-shirt, baggy jeans and casual gold jewellery, the superstar musician and producer comes to greet me, noticeably polite. In fact, apart from the solid minute he spends deep in prayer to bless the big plate of Southern soul food brought by the chef (his head is down and his lips are moving), Williams doesn’t break eye contact for our entire conversation.
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) August 11, 2017
Pharrell & Calvin Harris To Knock Justin Bieber’s Despacito Off #1
Calvin Harris is well on the way to knocking Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber off their number one throne this week as his track, Feels, soars up the singles charts. The superstar collaboration, featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, is currently at number two and only 500 sales behind summer smash-hit, Despacito, with four days still to go before the official list is released. Success for Harris’ tune would deprive the Latin-inspired remix of a 12th week in the top spot, while marking an eighth number one for the artist himself, a fourth for Williams, a fifth for Perry and a first ever for Sean, make sure to cop it on iTunes now !
The new collection finds Pharrell stepping into the realm of tennis by creating a range of apparel, footwear, and accessories inspired by the sport’s golden era and drawing inspiration from the iconic players from the ‘70s. Check out the unique new collection in the images below. The Adidas Tennis Collection by Pharrell Williams will release on August 31, 2017.
The Pharrell Williams’ executive-produced “True & The Rainbow Kingdom” debuted exclusively on Netflix on Friday, August 11. “True & The Rainbow Kingdom: is a fun-filled CGI preschool series inspired by Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III’s FriendsWithYou, a fine art collective that fuses minimalism with the aesthetic of pop art, promoting “magic, luck and friendship.”
Showcased around the world, the artists work in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, large-scale experiential installations, live performances, animation, and more recently, virtual reality. Williams signed on as executive producer once he watched the first episodes of the series as it embodies two passion areas for him. Williams has a long-standing relationship with fine art and the toy world.
Pharrell With Kelly Rowland
Whenever there’s a problem in the wondrous world of the Rainbow Kingdom, there’s one person everyone can count on to save the day… True! True & The Rainbow Kingdom follows an intelligent and fearless heroine, 8-year-old True, and her hilarious best friend Bartleby The Cat, as they solve problems in Rainbow City and come to the rescue of its whimsical citizens.
True is the only one that can unleash the power of the Magical Wishes from the Wishing Tree in order to restore peace and love in the Kingdom. True and Bartleby’s 22 minute adventures are packed with comedy that will delight and empower girls and boys around the world! This fun-filled CGI preschool series is produced by Guru Studio, in collaboration with Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER, world-renowned artist collective, FriendsWithYou, and Home Plate Entertainment.
True & The Rainbow Kingdom (Trailer) (2017)
Photos by Kevin Mazur & Patrick McMullan. Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Jon Bon Jovi, Mavis Staples, Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx performed before a very well heeled crowd to raise money for the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Among them, probably only Mavis had ever performed at the Apollo in its heyday. Tickets were $10,000 apiece.
Pharrell With Alicia Keys
Bon Jovi and Mavis did duets on Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and “Let’s Do it Again.” Downey and Foxx performed together, along with Alicia Keys. Timberlake and Pharrell went on together. The Roots were the backup band. Gary Clark Jr. also chimed in on guitar of course. Other guests included Chris Rock, Howard and Beth Stern, Matt Lauer, Priyanka Chopra, Harvey Weinstein, Kyle MacLachlan, and Patriots owner/Trump supporter Robert Kraft.
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) August 10, 2017
Join Pharrell, Ryan, Paul McCartney, U2 and let’s work together to make a difference #BeInconvenient More info at https://inconvenientsequel.tumblr.com/.
How dope is this. Kelis will be performing this year at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw 2017 Festival and she also posted a picture with Omari Hardwick in the studio, could this mean that she’s working on new muzika, stay tuned for more information, check out the whole line up below.
No Malice is ready to release his second studio album Let The Dead Bury The Dead. It was only a few years a go where the hip hop community dealt with the harsh reality that the Clipse wouldn’t be making another album together. While Pusha-T’s solo career led him to universal critical acclaim and a position as G.O.O.D Music’s new president, No Malice went another route. Vouching to stray from talking about drug dealing and the topics that were based on him and his brother’s past, No Malice decided to be on a much more conscious path especially after being making the decision to be a born-again Christian.
While he doesn’t do the same type of music that Clipse fans grew up loving, the new path of music he’s following shows another side of the coin. Back in June, he released the song “So Woke” and now he delivers the chilling visuals to the song directed by Jay McCord and himself. The song discusses many social issues and ties it together with religion, society, government and more. He still delivers in the same confidence as he did when he was in the Clipse but you could tell that No Malice is reaching past making good hip hop music to really using it as a platform to deliver a message. No Malice’s long awaited Let The Dead Bury The Dead album is finally dropping on August 18th, Pre-Order it now on iTunes, check out the Official Tracklist and the video below.
No Malice – So Woke (Official Video) (2017)
No Malice – Fake News (Official Video) (2017)
01 – #Ltdbtd (Intro)
02 – Fake News
03 – Lu.4:5
04 – Jesus Christ
05 – So Woke
06 – Why Cry
07 – Sky Crack
08 – Done & Said
09 – Shame On Me
10 – Let’s Die
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