Gospel singer Kirk Franklin released this Friday his Pharrell Williams Remix to his ‘123 Victory’ with a gospel message taken from his latest album ’Losing My Religion’ that released last year, ‘When will we see we are one/We’re all descendants from the son/Waiting for the master to come.” Sings Pharrell, make sure to cop the single on iTunes and check out the Original and the Pharrell Williams Remix below.
Kirk Franklin – 123 Victory (15’)
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will premiere Hidden Figures, Theodore Melfi’s new film about a group of African-American women NASA scientists, to the festival, as well as a free public performance from the film’s producer Pharrell. The concert, will take place on September 10 at the downtown intersection of King and John Street, coincides with a sneak preview of the film for TIFF members, BlogTO reports. Members will get special dibs on front row seats, but the concert will be viewable by the general public as well.
Following strong social media reaction to the first trailer shown during the Olympics, and huge scores in a first test screening, the Ted Melfi-directed Hidden Figures is looking like it might figure heavily in the upcoming awards-season race for Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment. Fox is finalizing plans to bring scenes of the movie to the Toronto Film Festival on September 10, where tastemakers will get a preview, and an outdoor performance by Pharrell Williams, who composed the music with Hans Zimmer and who is also a producer of the film.
Sources tell Deadline that Williams (whose last Hollywood foray was the Oscar-nominated Despicable Me 2 theme “Happy”) will likely pack the stage with pals for a star-studded event in Canada. The footage presentation will be followed by a Q&A with cast and filmmakers. In addition, I’ve heard that Fox is working on plans to qualify Hidden Figures for the Academy Awards, likely with a two-city showing in late December. The film opens wide January 13, Martin Luther King weekend. Hidden Figures won’t be ready to be shown in its entirety in Toronto, but word is it might premiere at AFI. The studio said none of what I heard has been set.
By Lauren Craddock. The artist celebrated the launch of a limited-edition collection created in collaboration with his i am OTHER creative collective & school-supply company Yoobi. On Thursday night, Pharrell celebrated the launch of a limited-edition back-to-school collection created in collaboration with his i am OTHER creative collective and school-supply company Yoobi. In the spirit of the artist’s i am OTHER message, 50 of the collection’s school supplies were designed by kids.
“When you are other, that sort of denotes that you’re one of many, and that’s the beginning of people coming together, galvanizing,” Pharrell told Billboard at the event. “There’s a lot going on in the world right now. There is a wind going around the world not just in America, but in the U.K., when you look at Brexit, or when you look at Poland, or when you look at what’s going on in Germany, what’s going on in France, what’s going on in Austria. There is a divisive wind in the air, and there are certain people who know how to fly their kites brilliantly in that wind.”
Here is the Official Video to J Balvin’s new single titled ‘Safari’ from his new album ‘Energia‘ featuring Pharrell, i am OTHER signee BIA and Sky produced by Pharrell Williams and directed by Grant Singer, make sure to cop it now on iTunes.
GAWVI used to rap back in the day, but laughs at the idea of getting back in the booth anytime soon. He has mastered his craft behind the boards from an internship with Pharrell. Even though he mostly served as an errand boy, he soaked in everything he could while he was on the job. “Pharrell is just an iconic legendary guy,” he says. “While I was interning there, he’s working on Shakira’s album, Fat Joe’s album, and then N*E*R*D’s album all at the same time.
I’m just blown away how a man can move from one studio to the next studio, and just being able to concentrate all that. It was a crazy experience.” Later on in his journey, GAWVI became in-house producer with Reach Records and crafted Trip Lee‘s RISE album as well as beats for Lecrae’s Anomaly. Gabriel Alberto Azucena, who goes by the stage name Gawvi, formerly G-Styles, is an American Hip Hop artist and music producer for Reach Records.
How great is this! Forum member and Admin of N-E-R-D.SkyRock.Com and Co-Admin of TheNeptunes.Org Eve had the chance to see Pharrell in Liege, Belgium last month (July 9th) and had the chance to climb on stage (again) to dance and sing along Pharrell all their N*E*R*D hits. Tyler The Creator also joined them on the stage during the end of the show. If someone should’ve been on stage that evening that night, than it’s definitely you Eve you truly deserved every moment of the show up there with Pharrell, cuz you’re a real fan! Check out some pictures from the show below.
The VH1 Hip-Hop Honors returned last month to pay homage to the leading ladies of Hip Hop in an two hour special called “All Hail The Queens.” Along with Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, and others, the Honors celebrated Missy Elliott with tribute performances from Trina, Eve, Remy Ma, and more. Pharrell, Timbaland, and Busta Rhymes also shared their favorite memories of working with Missy. During her acceptance speech, Missy dedicated her award to Aaliyah. Watch clips from show above.
Pharrell and Missy managed to get a MTV VMA nomination with their ‘WTF (Where They From)’ tune for the ‘Best Choreography’ nomination, check out the whole Nomination list HERE.
Beyoncé – Formation
Missy Elliott & Pharrell – WTF (Where They From)
Beyoncé – Sorry
FKA Twigs – M3LL155X
Florence + The Machine – Delilah
Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) feat. Pharrell (Official Video) (2016)
Following the gut-wrenching events that took place last week in which Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were each shot and killed by police officers for selling CDs and reaching for identification, respectively, action is being taken across the country to ensure that more Black Americans don’t lose their lives because of unjustified brutality. In a video released by Alicia Keys, Mic and the We Are Here Movement titled “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America” celebrities and musicians alike list the many reasons Blacks have been gunned down, speaking in grave tones about the lives lost.
In the near three-minute clip, Talib Kweli, Common, Queen Latifah, Swiss Beatz, A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Pharrell and more give a sobering account of the reasons 23 Americans lost their lives including failing to signal a lane change, riding a commuter train, walking home with a friend, making eye contact, wearing a hoodie, laughing and holding a wallet. At the end, Keys offers a call to action, saying, “Go to Weareheremovement.com to tell President Obama and Congress that the time for change is now. We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans gave the equal right to live and to pursue happiness.”
Some in the hip-hop community have taken serious action in light of recent events, with The Game and Snoop Dogg leading a peaceful march in Los Angeles to help foster relations between police and the community. Killer Mike meanwhile went on an Atlanta radio station to encourage residents to only invest their money in businesses that have vocally supported them and their causes. Hashtags and online rallying have proven to be insufficient measure in remedying this issue and so many with the power to influence are doing just that, with the above PSA adding to that notion.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) July 13, 2016
By Joanna Clay. The musician encourages South Los Angeles kids to pursue their passions as participants in a nationwide literacy program. More than 100 South Los Angeles youngsters — from third graders to high school graduates — crammed into a USC lecture hall, their eyes transfixed on the speaker. Clad in a tie-dye Metallica tee and flower-embroidered jeans, he wasn’t a typical lecturer. Pharrell Williams, the musician behind the hit song “Happy,” took to the lectern on Monday to inspire his audience to reach for the stars.
“Use your strength and your weaknesses for success,” Williams said. “We become a slave to our weaknesses. Take that insecurity to fuel you.” Students take part in Freedom Schools, a nationwide literacy program. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) He also talked about pursuing passions. “If you can take whatever that hobby is … if you can find a vocation connected to it, you’ll never work a day in your life,” he said. The message was poignant for the youth, part of Freedom Schools, a nationwide literacy program for African-American and Latino kids from low-income families. Many come from neighborhoods where the median income is under $35,000, according to USC research.
By Chris Riotta. Few artists in recent memory have done more to prove that the political can be pop than Pharrell Williams. He’s a master of the auditory double-take, veiling revolutionary messages of self-love in irresistible melodies, as he did on his 2013 animated theme song turned global protest anthem “Happy,” and on 2015’s “Freedom.” In 2016, when many seemingly view celebrating acceptance and tolerance as radical acts, his message could not be more salient.
While Williams hasn’t had a solo single this year, he’s still finding ways to get these messages across. “I’m a perpetual optimist, and I believe the only way to beat negative propaganda is through positive action, and continuing to stay focused,” Williams said in a recent phone interview, discussing the launch of his creative company, i am OTHER’s, newest philanthropic partnership. “We need to promote individuality.”
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