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The BET Awards pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 15th Anniversary Sunday night (June 28) at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. Between anticipated tributes to Janet Jackson and Smokey Robinson to a roof-raising tribute to 20 years of Diddy’s Bad Boy — with a let’s-squash-the-beef moment between two divas included for good measure — this year’s show proved to be one of the more memorable in BET history.
In fact, the awards themselves seemed to take a back seat to all the performances jam-packed into the three-hour and 48-minute telecast. Only seven winners out of the 21 categories were announced, including best male R&B/pop artist (Chris Brown), best male hip-hop artist (Kendrick Lamar) and best female hip-hop artist (Nicki Minaj, who brought her mother onstage). And the audience didn’t seem to mind one bit.
By Jodi Guglielmi. It’s been 4½ years since Adele’s released an album, and one of her collaborators knows why – and promises her new music’s worth the wait! “I’ve seen her recently. She’s kinda like, ‘Okay, guys, I’m gonna open my diary for 20 minutes‘. So it’s like, okay, you have 20 minutes, or 32 minutes really,” Pharrell Williams told Ryan Seacrest of working with the “Rolling in the Deep” singer during a talk at the Cannes Lions creativity festival.
“Then she gives it to you and closes it up and disappears, and she’s off with her beautiful boy – and that’s what it’s all about,” said Williams. Adele’s kept busy since releasing her sophomore record, 21, in 2011: In 2012, she welcomed her first child, 2½-year-old son Angelo, with longtime boyfriend Simon Konecki, and she’s been in mom mode ever since. Still, Adele, 27, has been busy in the studio prepping her next album, which – rumor has it – will be titled 25. “She is a masterful writer. You listen to her albums and the intention is living and breathes,” Williams, 42, added.
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By Jennifer Faull. Pharrell Williams has praised Taylor Swift and the “great thing” she has done for music in challenging the payment models of streaming services, adding that Apple’s new decision to pay artists will force other corporations, and record labels, to “face that standard”. Speaking to The Drum at Cannes Lions Festival he said: “Taylor Swift has done a great thing for music and for artistry. And so did Apple. It’s not about who’s right, it’s about what is right.”
Apple Music already pays artists higher royalties than fellow streaming sites like Spotify – which Swift has pulled her music from – because there is no free model. However, Apple also introduced a three-month free trial which would mean artists wouldn’t be compensated. In response, Swift said she would not release her album ‘1989’ on the platform. Less than 24 hours later Apple’s Eddy Cue reversed the decision and said artists would now collect royalties, although the percentage remains unknown.
“It’s a very good day for music,” said Williams, who was one of the first musicians to sign up to Apple’s revamped service. “Gone are the days of corporations simply accounting but you have to be accountable. Apple is leading the charge and other companies, including the labels, are going to have to face that standard. You’ve got be on the right side of right.” Williams also dismissed the suggestion that the rise of streaming services would see the demise of traditional radio. He said it remains “very important” to him.
“Radio is curated by what people like at the time; it’s moved by the masses. People are always going to want to know what is popular, what’s going on and what most people are listening to. And then when they want to listen to their own bespoke playlists they’re streaming. There will be an interesting line between the two that connects it and sometimes separates it.” Earlier in the day Williams took to the stage with TV presenter Ryan Seacrest, where he said “intention” is the most important thing to hold on to in the creative process.
The 42-year-old songwriter-and-performer is a frequent collaborator working with artists such as Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, Gwen Stefani and Ed Sheeran among others but he insists he never enters into a creative partnership for money and will turn down work offers if he doesn’t feel a good vibe from the other person. Discussing how he chooses his working partners with interviewer Ryan Seacrest at the Cannes Lions Festival, he said: “Energy.
They may not even realise they are giving it off – it’s what the room feels like when they’re in there. Everyone gives off an energy, and I think that’s one of the things that people are so dismissive about.” One singer Pharrell wants to get in the studio with is Adele – who has a two-year-old son Angelo with her partner Simon Konecki. The ‘Happy‘ hitmaker respects the British soul star’s integrity and the “intention” in her songwriting and thinks she is an artist everyone can admire.
When asked by MailOnline which current artist is getting it right, he answered: “Without a doubt, Adele … She will open her diary for 20 minutes, do her thing, then head off with her beautiful boy. That’s how it’s done … Make sure the ingredients of your intention are pure. The audience is very savvy … Adele has pure intention (behind her songs).” The Cannes Lions event in the South of France is the biggest creative festival in the world and following Pharrell’s Q&A Kim Kardashian West, Mark Ronson, Will.I.Am and Monica Lewinsky among others are all set to take the stage before it ends on Friday.
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Atlantic Records newcomer Kap G may not be a household name just yet, but he’s working on it. On Tuesday, Kap released new single “I Be Up” featuring Nechie on iTunes and all digital providers. Come Friday, the Mexican-American rapper makes his formal theatrical debut — as the character Fidel — when the buzzy coming-of-age flick Dope premieres nationwide. The film’s accompanying soundtrack also features the Kap G track “Cocaina Shawty.”
Landing The Dope Cameo: KP is good friends with Pharrell, who was looking for someone to play the Fidel character. Pharrell told the film’s writer/director Rick Famuyiwa about me. I auditioned and they liked it. It was crazy — my first acting gig. I was a bit nervous on set because there was a bunch of people in the room when I was shooting, including [Dope stars] Chanel Iman and Quincy Brown. I scratched everyone out of my mind and went hard. Everybody says I did great.
Working With Pharrell: When Pharrell brought me in the studio with him, I played him a lot of my songs and we just connected. He likes that I’m bringing something new to the rap game as a Mexican-American. But he also believes I can be a top rapper — not just a top Mexican-American rapper. Make sure to cop ‘DOPE OST’ now on iTunes.
Kap G – Cocaina Shawty (15′)
Kap G – Cocaina Shawty feat. Fabolous (Mixtape Version) (14′)
The first ever documentary on the French electronic duo is set to air in June and will feature interviews with Nile Rodgers, Michel Gondry and Giorgio Moroder Daft Punk. A new Daft Punk documentary is set to feature guest appearances from a host of star names including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Giorgio Moroder.
Daft Punk Unchained, which was first announced in 2014 and is being made by the BBC, will also feature interviews with Nile Rodgers, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Pete Tong, former manager Pedro Winter and artist Leiji Matsumoto. It will air on June 24, via French station Canal+.
Lewis Hamilton has become known for his striking sartorial displays of late. But his latest look seemed to take inspiration from a certain crooner as he was spotted in a Pharrell Williams style ensemble at the world premiere of the Minions movie on Thursday evening.
The Formula One racer was seen sporting a vibrant tropical print bomber jacket which he teamed with reflective shades and a brown Homburg hat. The star could be seen with a plain white top, a gold chain and a distressed denim jeans under his jacket to complete his look.
Dylan Barraclough With Dad Jamie.
A little boy with moves like Michael Jackson stole the show at R&B superstar Pharrell Williams’ Leeds gig. Seven-year-old Dylan Barraclough was invited on stage with a group of children for the climax of the concert last week – Williams’ huge hit Happy – but his impressive dance skills saw him take centre stage. Dad Jamie, of Pudsey, told the YEP: “It was Dylan’s first ever gig, and he ended up on stage – it’s going to be hard for him to top it.”
The proud dad filmed the moment and in the video, which has been posted on YouTube, can be heard whooping and cheering as Dylan dances away around a minute into the clip. As Pharrell notices his MJ-inspired moves, he is brought forward, and Mr. Barraclough can be heard shouting: “That’s my boy”. Dylan, who goes to Southroyd Primary in Pudsey, goes to street dance classes and doesn’t waste an opportunity to practice his moves.
By James Gerken. Pharrell Williams has a message for the world’s business and political leaders: We’re counting on you to tackle climate change and create more green jobs for millions of young people. “I’m passionate about two big issues: climate change and education and skills for young people,” Williams says in a video released Thursday for the International Labour Organization, a U.N. agency focused on labor and work issues.
“Climate change is one of the most defining issues of our time — one that threatens our very existence on Earth,” the N*E*R*D frontman and “Happy” singer added. Williams‘ video coincides with the 2015 World Of Work summit on Thursday, part of the ILO’s International Labour Conference. The summit focuses on climate change and its implications for businesses, employees and communities. In January, Williams announced he was teaming up with Al Gore for a new series of Live Earth concerts throughout 2015.
Williams will serve as creative director for the shows, which aim to promote awareness and action ahead of the U.N. climate change conference in Paris at the end of this year. The singer also addressed the United Nations for the International Day Of Happiness in March, urging action on climate change and reminding leaders that “we only have one planet.” “Make sure that green jobs — and we mean that, green jobs — are right at the top of the agenda when the world meets in Paris this December,” Williams said in the video released Thursday. “Remember, we’re counting on you.”
Other than embodying the word down to a T, Grammy-winning crooner and super producer Pharrell Williams was pegged to curate the soundtrack for the upcoming film, “DOPE.” For the 15-track project, P came up with a variety classics, from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Nas, Naughty By Nature, Gil Scott-Heron, Digital Underground, and more.
Speaking to REVOLT recently, P filled us in on the theme and inspiration behind the soundtrack’s classic feel. “The blueprint for the soundtrack was basically dictated by everything that’s going on in the film,” he shared. “Specifically the ’90s hip-hop heads, it needed to be something that allowed their characters to breathe and represent what they did without trying to be too ’90s or trying to be too whatever. It just took the essence of the different music that we liked in the ’90s.”
Other than reaching back to the classic records for the soundtrack, Pharrell also contributes four new songs under the “Awreeoh” moniker, which happens to be the name of the band that the three main characters in the film play under. “DOPE” hits theaters on June 19.
The DOPE Soundtrack Features Six Pharrell Tracks
Is there a new Pharrell album in the works? Last night was the Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference where Apple Music previewed Pharrell’s new single titled ‘Freedom’. Pharrell Williams will also be a part of Apple’s new revamped music service. Sources close to negotiations have confirmed to Billboard that Pharrell will be a part of the music service.
Last week, the New York Post reported that Drake, Pharrell and David Guetta would lead a group of celebrity “guest DJs” for the revamped iTunes Radio. Check out the trailer with Pharrell’s ‘Freedom’ to Apple’s Music Service which will be launched on June 30th.
The Official Tracklist to the Soundtrack of the i am OTHER movie DOPE has been revealed and Pharrell has 2 tracks on the OST with Kap G’s ‘Cocaina Shawty’ and Buddy’s ‘New Money’ and he also has 4 brand new tracks for the Group ‘Awreeoh’ in the Movie with Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons and Shameik Moore.
You can check out the Official Video to their first single of Awreeoh titled ‘Don’t Get Deleted’ with cameos by Buddy and Kap G, and a snippet of Awreeoh’s ‘Can’t Bring Me Down’ which sounds very ‘N*E*R*D’y. The Soundtrack will be out on June 16th, make sure to cop it on iTunes.
DOPE OST (2015) (June 16th)
01 – Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat
02 – Awreeoh – Can’t Bring Me Down (Pharrell Williams)
03 – Nas – The World Is Yours
04 – Awreeoh – Go Head (Pharrell Williams)
05 – Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause
06 – Awreeoh – Don’t Get Deleted (Pharrell Williams)
07 – A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario (LP Mix)
08 – Kap G – Cocaina Shawty (Pharrell Williams)
09 – WatchTheDuck – Poppin’ Off
10 – Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
11 – Buddy – New Money (Pharrell Williams)
12 – Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray (LP Version)
13 – LOLAWOLF – Dirty Feeling
14 – Gil Scott-Heron – Home Is Where The Hatred Is
15 – Awreeoh – It’s My Turn Now (Pharrell Williams)
Awreeoh – Don’t Get Deleted (Official Video) (2015)
Awreeoh – Can’t Bring Me Down (Preview) (2015)
Dope (Red Band Trailer) (2015)
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