Gwen Stefani – Shine feat. Pharrell (Snippet) (14′)
No wonder he’s so darn “Happy.” Pharrell Williams, who was featured on the best-selling song of 2013, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” will have the best-selling song of 2014 all to himself. With just two weeks to go in Nielsen SoundScan’s tracking year,”Happy” has an insurmountable lead. The feel-good tune has sold 6.4 million copies so far this year, putting it far ahead of its two closest challengers, John Legend’s “All Of Me” (4.6 million) and “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J (4.4 million).
This is the third year in a row that the year’s top-seller has surpassed 6 million in sales during the year. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra, the top-selling song of 2012, sold 6.8 million copies during that year. “Blurred Lines” sold 6.5 million copies in 2013. This will be the fifth time in the past seven years that Perry has had a song in the year-end top 10. She’s the only artist who can make that claim. (Rihanna is in second place. She has finished in the year-end top 10 in three of the last seven years.)
“Happy,” which Williams wrote for the animated movie Despicable Me 2, isn’t the only song from an animated blockbuster to appear in the top 10 for the year-to-date. Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from Frozen is #8 (3.3 million). Two other songs are listed in the top 10 for the year-to-date. “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon is #7 (3.4 million). Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is #10 (3.2 million).
Pharrell Williams – Happy (Official Video) (2013)
At the start of each issue, we all sit down to brainstorm potential profiles and features; Mike Tyson has been on this list since issue one. With the article now realized, the ideas that everything happens at the right time for good reason and nothing great comes easily ring all too true. When the opportunity to do a feature on him became a real possibility for this issue, the question internally became how to share a side of Mike Tyson that is different from the countless interviews, articles, biographies both authorized and unauthorized, documentaries and films to date.
We all agreed that our best shot at having a unique angle would be to find the right person to interview him, and thanks to Leila Steinberg, Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future agreed to the task. On November 4th, we took a flight to Las Vegas, where Earl sat down with Mike. There were many times when this interview could have fallen apart, both in the days and weeks leading up to it and even after we arrived, but it happened, and the results were worth every moment.
I didn’t know much about Mike Tyson prior to this experience, but what I learned from him is invaluable. That is not to say he is without faults like all of us, but he’s the first to admit them, and his honesty, openness, insight, strength and perseverance make him someone I greatly admire. I hope you find the following conversation as rewarding as Earl and all of us at HUMANITY do.
Mike: How old are you, man?
Earl: I’m 20.
Thirty-minutes of pure rap bliss from three of sessions held in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York. The Rap Monument features white-hot beats coproduced by Hudson Mohawke, Nick Hook and S-Type. This epic beat was then rapped over by the likes of Pusha T., Action Bronson, Young Thug, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Prodigy and many more. Sit back and enjoy.
Read the full list of rappers involved (in order of appearance) below:
– Pusha T.
– Bryant Dope
– Go Dreamer
– Nipsey Hussle
– Danny Brown
– Mayhem Lauren
– Raekwon Da Chef
– Kilo Kish
– Flatbush Zombies
– Renegade El Rey
– Rockie Fresh
– Bodega Bamz
– Remy Banks
– Killer Mike
– Del Harris
– CyHi Da Prince
– Young Thug
– Aston Matthews
– SL Jones
– Nasty Nigel
– Bobby Creekwater
– Action Bronson
– Mike G
– Yak Ballz
– Zebra Katz
– Alexander Spit
Coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine get in the seasonal spirit with “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
Ella Henderson has had a great 2014. Despite taking her time to work on new music following her shock exit from The X Factor in 2012, the public hadn’t forgotten her undeniable talent and sent both her debut single and album straight to number one. ‘Ghost‘ – co-written by the star with Ryan Tedder – went on to crack charts across the world. Including a stint in the Top 10 on iTunes in the US. Digital Spy has also named it the Best Single Of The Year 2014.
DigitalSpy caught up with Henderson to talk about her successful post-X Factor launch and find out what plans she has for her music in 2015 including working with Pharrell. “I caught up with Pharrell after and he’s obsessed with the song ‘Glow’. He kept raving on about it. He loves ‘Ghost’ more, but he’s obsessed with ‘Glow’. So yeah it’s really exciting, hopefully we’ll be doing something in the New Year together.” Thanks to superjdoug.
As if you needed another reason to tune in to the first-ever PEOPLE Magazine Awards this Thursday: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are set to hit the stage. The Voice coaches will perform Stefani’s new single, “Spark The Fire.” They’re in good company, of course: Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds Of Summer are also performing at the star-studded two-hour special event, which will air on NBC in collaboration with Dick Clark Productions.
Stefani and Williams are among the familiar faces helping PEOPLE celebrate the year in pop culture. Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges, Kate Hudson, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Upton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Josh Groban, Mindy Kaling, Michael Keaton, Chris Messina, Billy Eichner, Josh Gad, Ryan Guzman and Diane Guerrero are also attending. The host with the most: Nick Cannon. Tune in to the PEOPLE Magazine Awards Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, and don’t forget to vote for the Best PEOPLE Magazine Cover of the Year by Tweeting us with the hashtag #PEOPLEMagazineAwards.
From music and art to fashion and food, the entertainment star managed to fit numerous projects under his big, big hat this year. Pharrell Williams might want to get some rest in 2015. The rapper/producer/singer/songwriter/designer/artist/most stylish man on the planet just hasn’t stopped this year and is fast approaching global domination. Here’s a look at some of the fun things he got up to during 2014.
This Is Not A Toy
Williams kicked off the year with his first curated museum exhibition This Is Not A Toy at Canada’s Design Exchange Museum in Toronto in February. The show explored the conceptual toy as a fine art and design object through a vibrant mixture of music, video, vinyl, art and sculpture.
Directed by Emil Nava.
Chris Jamison and his coach Adam Levine team up on Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without U.”
By Alley Olivier. You might recognize the face of Boston’s own Bia from Oxygen’s Sisterhood Of Hip Hop. The finale of the show did not close the chapter on all the rapstress has to offer. Keeping her style as unique as her debut mixtape, Chola Season, Bia manages to mesh her inner tomboy with high fashion staples.
“It’s so hard for me to describe my style,” she explains. “I definitely think it’s a mixture of very high street fashion with a touch of old school feeling.” One of Pharrell’s artists from his i am Other imprint, Bia is grateful to have his team backing her. “I definitely don’t miss being independent and I’m thankful that I have them everyday.” Stock your holiday picks with Bia’s newfound obsession in septum rings via her Instagram as well as some new music looming right around the corner. Get familiar with everything Chola Season on the following pages.
How do you describe your closet?
Bia: I’m super big into streetwear especially since I get a lot love from streetwear brands. I just love the girlyness of high fashion. I love thigh-high boots and designer heels so I try to find a way to bridge the gap between both of those things.
In collaboration with adidas Originals, Pusha T. introduces the King Push EQT Guidance ’93 with an exclusive NYC event. The rapper himself explains how the project isn’t just about a new shoe design, but a true extension of hip-hop, culture, and the identity of Pusha T. King Push EQT Guidance ’93 launches December 23rd.
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