Here is the anticipated Project by Little Big Town and Pharrell titled ‘Wanderlust’. The 8-Track EP features contemporary dance-pop with their first single, ‘One Of These Days’, even manages to make the glorious, layered LBT harmonies sound generic and grating. But hook-filled, if lightweight, summer tunes like ‘One Dance’ and ‘Miracle’ are undeniable fun on what is essentially a glorified EP, Justin Timberlake is also featured on the tune ‘C’mon’.
Before you complain “this isn’t country,” the country group’s members have been quite clear about the intentions behind Wanderlust from the start. It’s a lark, a venture into something full-on pop and different that began as an experiment in songwriting with Williams. Little Big Town are currently in the studio working on the official follow-up to Pain Killer with producer Jay Joyce and that album is due later this year. Make sure to cop the EP on iTunes.
Little Big Town – Wanderlust (2016)
01 – One Dance
02 – C’mon feat. Justin Timberlake
03 – One Of Those Days
04 – Work
05 – Skinny Dippin’
06 – Willpower
07 – Miracle
08 – The Boat
Little Big Town – One Dance (P. Williams) (16’)
Little Big Town have been on OTHERtone’s Episode 23 with Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener where they talked about Music, The Neptunes and many more, check it out now on Beats 1 Radio.
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Little Big Town performed at the Grand Ole Opry this week, and they invited a tie-dye T-shirt-wearing Pharrell out onstage with them to play the new song “C’mon.” The famous singer/rapper/producer/multi-instrumentalist stepped behind the drums and joined in with the country quartet on harmonies. “Wanderlust is the result of an incredible friendship and chemistry we have with Pharrell Williams,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild explained earlier this year in a press statement.
“What started out as one writing session a few months ago turned into multiple writing sessions, as well as back and forth trips from Nashville to Los Angeles… Pharrell loves country music and is a huge fan of harmony. That shared passion and appreciation took us on a creative journey we had no idea would happen. The music feels like our worlds have collided in the best possible way — his infectious grooves paired with our layered vocals and harmonies.” You can check another video of the performance HERE.
“We were in the same studio at the same time,” Pharrell told ET’s Sophie Schillaci on the CMT Music Awards red carpet on Wednesday. “So we had Justin in one room. Little Big Town in another room. Quite naturally, people are going to visit each other and Justin ended up singing on one of the songs.” “He sang background [vocals] on ‘C’mon,’” the 43-year-old music producer disclosed. “It was like the old days when artists used to hang out in the studio and you might hop in and listen to somebody’s song,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild said of the impromptu session.
“He came down and listened to what we were doing. He was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what if I sang this?’” Fairchild continued. “It was very fun and he’s a Tennessee boy. Obviously they [Timberlake and Pharrell] have a deep friendship for many years, so it was really cool.” “It was a Southern party!” guitarist Phillip Sweet added, with Pharrell chiming in: “It was the South getting together.” In March, Timberlake and Pharrell reunited in the studio to potentially create some new music. “Currently…,” Timberlake captioned a black-and-white snap of the longtime collaborators in the middle of a session.
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Remember Dana Hilliard, well she’s back with her producer Tenny. They joined forces and became a band Called ‘PEACECAMP’ and created their new Project called ‘Everything Will Be OK’. They deserve way more attention, If you dig The Neptunes, trust me, you will love this. The 16 tune Project is full of N*E*R*D/Alternative Rock vibes and break downs and bridges on every record which is freaking awesome, so go ahead and press play below!
If you tried to guess which judges for The Voice you were likeliest to find in Nashville this year, Pharrell Williams probably would have placed, oh, third. But it turns out the producer did a pretty good job of keeping undercover during a stealth visit he made to collaborate with country quartet Little Big Town, resulting in a just-announced eight-song album, Wanderlust, due out June 10.
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“We’ve kept a pretty good secret,” bragged Kimberly Schlapman, backstage Monday night in Studio City as the group prepared to tape an episode of ABC’s summer series Greatest Hits. As for how to describe the fairly spontaneous project, Schlapman admitted, “We don’t know what it is! We don’t know what’s gonna happen with it, really. We’re going to put it out there Tuesday night and see what happens,” she said, referring to their planned performance on the Voice season finale of the newly available leadoff track, “One Of Those Days.”
They do know what it’s not. “It’s not a country record,” Karen Fairchild told Billboard. “And it’s not like anything we’ve ever done. It’s fun to be spontaneous and put it out there to the fans, because we want to, and not to overthink it, but just because it has brought us a lot of joy, and we think it will for them as well. So why not? We’re going with our gut and putting it out there. It’s just music, you know?”
Watch Hannah Huston’s official music video for “I Call The Shots” the original song she co-wrote with her The Voice coach, Pharrell Williams. “The video has a 60’s, 70’s kind of vibe,” Hannah says on the “making of” BTS video. “To sit down and have Pharrell write a song together, is surreal!” she adds. Hannah explains that the lyrics “kind of came from everything I had been learning on The Voice…Just being more assertive on The Voice and vocal about my music career.”
“This is an incredible moment for me, to get to do an original song, to work with a producer of our generation,” she said, in footage shot while she and Williams worked on the song called “I Call The Shots.” Williams said the song is a “beautiful story of confidence,” of Huston learning how to call the shots in her music career. “Everybody pay attention, this time I call the shots,” she sang, walking into the audience during her performance. “This time I know what I want. Last time I forgot. Everyone pay attention, this time I call the shots.”
Coach Adam Levine said it was fun to watch Huston and Williams work together throughout the season. “I’m just so happy for you,” he said. “It’s such an amazing process to see this guy work, it’s so amazing to see you take this song and turn it into one of the coolest things we’ve seen on the show,” he said. Friends, coworkers, students and strangers-turned-fans gathered in the Railyard Monday night to cheer on the Arnold Elementary preschool teacher-turned-reality-show star during her final performances.
In an interview aired between performances, Huston teared up as she talked about her students in Lincoln and their support. “They have been super important to me throughout this whole journey,” she said, mentioning a book they wrote her. Williams read it, then sent them videos. “They were just so happy.” She said the experience has made her change roles. “I was the teacher, but I feel like I’ve had to become the student again,” she said. “It really helps me see what music holds in my life.” Williams, who has commented repeatedly about Huston’s humility, did so again Monday. “You are out here with grace and humility and you lit up the stage in that beautiful red dress and with that beautiful voice,” he said. “Everybody vote this girl from Nebraska all the way through.”
It’s something Pharrell said to her in rehearsal, “You call the shots…” Now she has the sentiment set to song. The music video itself looks like something out of a 70’s late night music show. The only thing missing are the beaded curtains! She also performed a duet with Pharrell Williams track ‘Brand New’ from his latest album G I R L. All four finalists sang original songs as part of The Voice final performance show and Hanna finished 3rd. Make sure to cop the single on iTunes and check out the videos below.
Hannah Huston & Pharrell Williams – Brand New (Live On The Voice) (2016)
Hannah Huston – I Call The Shots (Live On The Voice) (2016)
Hannah Huston – I Call The Shots (Official Video) (2016)
Hannah Huston – I Call The Shots (Making Of…) (2016)
As we already know, Pharrell has spend a lot of studio time with the Reaggeton artist J Balvin and we finally get to hear a preview of one of the collaborations titled ‘Safari’ which will also be his first singe as he already shot the video for it, I also managed to edit the tune until we get the real deal, check out the video and my edit below.
J Balvin – Safari feat. Pharrell (DJ Freakiii Edit) (Snippet) (16′)
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J Balvin, BIA & Pharrell
In this weeks episode Pharrell and Scott Vener have The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer) as their guests talking about Andy Samberg’s upcoming movie POPSTAR: Never Stop Never Stopping and many more topics, check out some of the clips below and listen HERE.
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Here’s a fun little challenge: Try creating an online portfolio for an artist whose career stretches wide across hundreds of music credits, fashion labels and collaborations, social good endeavors, film and TV stints, and art and design projects. Oh, and this artist hates talking about himself. Over the past year, the team at boutique workshop Five Hundred stared down such a task for Pharrell Williams.
“If you think about a traditional portfolio site like any of us would create, that’s what he wanted to accomplish—to archive the work he’s done in the past, but also set up an environment that will allow him to update and keep up with the things he’ll be doing in the future,” says Will Perkins, co-creative director at Five Hundred. “The conflict was, how do you celebrate someone who doesn’t exactly like to celebrate himself? If you think about most artists’ websites, they’re either purchase centers or they’re places where you go to just consume things about them.”
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