Pharrell Williams has backed a campaign urging people not to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. The US singer said “the last thing you want to do” is cause an accident while sending a text message. Penalties and fines for drivers caught using a phone illegally were doubled to six points and £200 respectively last week. The tougher punishments were introduced following a series of high-profile cases and research suggesting the practice is widespread.
Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents on Britain’s roads in 2015 where a motorist using a mobile was a contributory factor, latest figures show. AA president Edmund King said: “It is brilliant that Pharrell Williams has joined such an important campaign.” The Happy singer is one of a number of stars to appear in the road safety initiative spearheaded by Formula One’s governing body the FIA.
Tennis player Rafael Nadal urged motorists to be “focused on the road and not have other distractions”, while Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann called for drivers to take a break when they are tired because “reflexes diminish” with fatigue. Around 3,500 people are killed every day on roads around the world, according to the World Health Organisation. The FIA’s #3500LIVES campaign will appear on billboards across the UK and be rolled out in more than 70 countries by the end of the year.
Pharrell and Chanel go way back. Actually, he rounds out the squad that is the brand’s faces du moment: Lily-Rose Depp, Kristen Stewart, and Cara Delevingne. Williams was the surprise celebrity guest model when he walked in its Métiers d’Art show in Paris last December, which saw him decked out in pearls, a Chanel brooch, tweed coat, and a yarmulke. And, he starred alongside Delevingne in Chanel‘s pre-fall “Paris-Salzburg” campaign, which included a video of the two singing and dancing. He’s been known to rock the French label on the red carpet and in the streets, too.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) March 15, 2017
Little Big Town went into the studio to record their seventh country album The Breaker with newfound freedom thanks to a 2016 collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake on a unique project titled Wanderlust. The eight-track release showed a sultry new side to the country quartet with beat-driven tracks and striking vocals. It was during this new adventure that Little Big Town ran into Timberlake, and the band recently told Taste of Country that the chance meeting wasn’t planned.
“We were in the studio working with Pharrell in Los Angeles,” Phillip Sweet recalls of their Timberlake studio encounter. “We went through the little kitchen and there sits Justin having his coffee.” While Little Big Town had previously met Timberlake, Karen Fairchild jokes that they reintroduced themselves as Chris Stapleton’s friends. The band and Timberlake began talking about their project and invited him to listen to the new music.
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