Music’s elite and celebrities remembered Chris Cornell at a somber memorial service Friday that focused on the Soundgarden frontman’s love of family and friends as much as it did on his musical achievements as one of rock’s leading voices. “Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as rocking as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe,” said Tom Morello, Cornell’s bandmate in the supergroup Audioslave, during his eulogy.
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” for the crowd of mourners, including Brad Pitt, Pharrell Williams, Christian Bale and numerous members of rock royalty, some of whom were driven to tears. Four large portraits of Cornell were on display on a dais where Morello, actor Josh Brolin and the rocker’s Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron delivered eulogies under overcast skies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Change the status quo and don’t keep quiet about your accomplishments, but know this: not every accomplishment is created equal. That was the message that musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams had for NYU’s graduating class on Wednesday. At a ceremony at Yankee Stadium, Williams received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree before delivering a commencement speech to the class of 2017.
Williams went out of his way to highlight the achievements of his fellow honorary recipients, instead of talking about his own success. He shared the stage with Thomas Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who led the American response to the Ebola crisis; French Nobel Prize-winning chemist Jean-Marie Lehn; former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has become a gun control advocate after being shot in 2011; and her husband, astronaut-turned-activist Mark Kelly. They all have one thing in common, Williams noted–service.
Camila Cabello knows that when you go it solo, it helps to have a great team of collaborators supporting you. In a special sneak peek at Cabello’s new interview with Radio Disney, set to air Wednesday, May 31, the former Fifth Harmony star dishes on working with one of the biggest names in the business: Pharrell. “He’s the nicest person. He’s so nice, he’s so humble,” the singer, who was first spotted working with the artist-producer back in March, gushes.
“He’s so incredible and for every artist, producer, and anybody—he is the cream of the crop. He’s just amazing and he probably knows that he has that effect on people, so he makes an effort to make you feel welcome and at home, which I think is really nice,” Also Zane Lowe revealed via Beats 1 that Pharrell made the cut on the album on 2 tracks with ‘Havana’ and ‘Sangria Wine’. Cabello’s debut solo album, The Hurting The Healing The Loving, is expected to be released this summer.
Nile Rodgers said a new Chic album will be out during the year. Speaking on Sunday before his performance at the Mawazine Festival in the Moroccan capital of Rabat, the 64-year-old group leader and seminal pop producer said the album, It’s About Time, was born out of writing sessions with current big pop names. With the album being Chic’s first in 25 years, the aim of such collaborations was to make a timely record as opposed to one that retreats back into Chic’s former funk glories.
“I don’t want the album to be just a tribute to Chic. I still continued to grow and kept writing new music. Thank God I met people like Avicii, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk and Pharrell and we all keep writing music,” he said. “I also wrote the lyrics. You know, I don’t want to live in the past but it is a nice place to visit.” On that note, Rodgers is looking forward to Chic’s North American tour with Earth, Wind and Fire which kicks off in California on July 13.
Reston, Virginia-musicians RDGLDGRN have a distinctive sound that fuses different genres including hip-hop, rock and go-go. The trio joined Sway In The Morning as they discussed everything from the group’s initiation, their musical inspirations, and their upcoming album Life Is Worth Living as well as working with Pharrell, check out the video from 7:05.
Photos by Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment. As the co-chair of the 2017 Met Gala, Pharrell Williams is sure to turn out his best red carpet style as per usual, especially since the theme this year is in honor of Comme Des Garçons‘ legendary founder and designer Rei Kawakubo. And by his side and equally fabulously outfitted will likely be his wife, Helen Lasichanh. Though the model is quite private and usually stays out of the public eye, she always turns heads with her style.
Williams, who is known as one of the biggest producers and musicians in the business, and for being an ageless vampire, used to also be a super eligible bachelor. So, how did Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh meet, settle down, and grow their family with four kids? Their romance has been a long road. The couple got engaged in 2012, after dating for more than five years, according to Rolling Stone, and being friends for more than two years before that.
On a Wednesday afternoon in March, Pharrell Williams goes to a half-dozen places without ever leaving his chair. He begins at a music studio in East Hollywood, where the eleven-time Grammy-winner breaks up the day’s recording session for lunch (a Sweetgreen salad). But in no time, Williams is ruminating on Tokyo, a city he refers to wistfully as home: “Every sensory experience they offer you is revolutionary. Man, their bubble gum is everything.”
The next moment, he’s talking about the recently discovered planetary system Trappist-1, noting cryptically, “We’ve probably already been. . . . How many times has the Big Bang banged?” The discussion then time-travels to the future, where CRISPR genome- editing technology has cured humanity of its terminal maladies. “Get ready, because ten years from now life as we know it will be unrecognizable,” he says. “You realize that the BlackBerry was basically Atari, right?”
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