pharrell and justin timberlake singing “we are the losers” after the golden globes lmaoooo pic.twitter.com/naLo9CxrTt
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Pharrell revealed on tonight’s episode that they already worked together right after the #OTHERtone episode, also listen to Anderson.Paak and Pharrell’s cover to Thundercat’s ‘Them Changes’.
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Photos by Mario Sorrenti. Pharrell Williams Is Ready to Question Everything. Pharrell is one of our most multidimensional artists—and the guy who gave us one of the peppiest pop songs of the past decade. But on the heels of a new album, a movie, and a sea change in politics, he wants the script to flip. He doesn’t really write the songs. You understand that, right? Of course. Pharrell has written so many songs that it may, at this stage, be impossible to track and tag them all. But he’d like to dispute the whole concept.
Pharrell listens. He listens for signals. He receives the songs. “I think everything is given to us,” he says. “Everything is. We didn’t create it. It’s being given to us in one shape or form. It is a deep delusion to think otherwise. I’m not the juice. I’m not the ice that makes it cool. And I’m certainly not the glass. I’m just the straw.” Which is not to say that being the straw is easy. To get the songs, you have to pay attention. “The greatest gift is self-awareness. That’s when you realize the beauty of life. If you’re not self-aware, then you’re lost.”
For “Hidden Figures,” the largely unknown story of African-American women working at NASA during the early 1960s, it was already a given that multi-Grammy-winning Pharrell Williams – a producer on the film – would contribute songs. Williams then called Hans Zimmer, with whom he had worked on several films dating back to “Despicable Me.” “I knew that he would have the right playbook,” Williams says. Zimmer in turn recruited English composer Benjamin Wallfisch, who had contributed additional music to Zimmer’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice.”
“An Englishman, a German and an American walk into a bar,” quips Zimmer. “What do they do? They start talking about music.” Williams’ songs came first, says Zimmer. “The score draws from the songs all the time.” Prior to the film, Williams happened to be working on songs that, for no particular reason, seemed to have a 1960s vibe. “When we got the call about this project, all of a sudden it was, now I understand why I’m doing all this early ’60s music.”
The music star is to front the new Gabrielle style alongside Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne and Caroline De Maigret. Carrying On: Pharrell Williams wears Chanel necklaces and tweed jackets with confidence and panache. He walked the runway at the Ritz Paris for the French brand last month and once composed a song for a Karl Lagerfeld-directed Chanel film, crooning that he wanted to “see, see (CC) the world.” Now the music star has landed his first handbag campaign, WWD has learned.
Williams is to appear in advertising for Chanel’s new Gabrielle bag, recently photographed by Lagerfeld, who conceived the style. The designer also conscripted three powerful women for the spots: Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne and Caroline De Maigret. It is understood the personalities were shot separately, not as a group, and that this is the first time a man has appeared in a Chanel handbag ad. The brand is keeping the visuals under wraps until their debut on April 3, but confirmed the four guests of honor on Monday.
Pharrell With Janelle Monáe & Jim Parsons
Photos by T. Ziemba & V. Killilea. The Parker Palm Springs, with its candied-colored hues of yellow and orange, was the place to be seen Tuesday morning at the Creative Impact Awards luncheon feting the 20th anniversary of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch. Among the celebrities at the Bellini-soaked brunch, thrown in tandem with the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, were “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight”;
Pharrell With Jim Parsons
“Captain Fantastic” star and Creative Impact in Acting Award recipient Viggo Mortensen; Pharrell Williams, honored with the Creative Impact in Producing Award for shepherding “Hidden” figures to the big screen; and “Loving” helmer Jeff Nichols, recipient of the Creative Impact in Directing Award. “Glee” star and comedian Jane Lynch introduced Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor Steven Gaydos, who created the 10 to Watch list as a means by which to earmark talented artists on the rise in Hollywood. Up next, Monae and “Hidden Figures” co-star Jim Parsons introduced Williams, with Monae hailing the producer-songwriter-composer-singer as “a visionary, a Renaissance man, a man who has done it all.
Pharrell With Janelle Monáe
He truly does believe women are the future. We are ‘femme-ing’ the future.” Williams, humbled and nervous, took the stage, brimming with gratitude for everyone who helped in the creation of “Hidden Figures,” including his producing partner Mimi Valdez, also in attendance. “Everybody’s been so poetic today,” said Williams. “You guys said the kindest things ever. Remember, all the motion in our film is powered by some brilliant human being. It’s really been incredible. My heartbeat is doing 9o billion heartbeats per hour.”
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