Let’s talk about “Alright” for a second. It has become our generation’s protest song.
When you wrote it, did you have that in mind? Did you think of it as a protest song?
No. You know what? I was sitting on that record for about six months. The beat’s Pharrell. And between my guy Sam Taylor and Pharrell, they would always be like, Did you do it? When you gonna do it? I knew it was a great record—I just was trying to find the space to approach it. I mean, the beat sounds fun, but there’s something else inside of them chords that Pharrell put down that feels like—it can be more of a statement rather than a tune. So with Pharrell and Sam asking me—Am I gonna rock on it? When I’m gonna rock on it?—it put the pressure on me to challenge myself. To actually think and focus on something that could be a staple in hip-hop. And eventually, I came across it. Eventually, I found the right words. You know, it was a lot going on, and still, to this day, it’s a lot going on. And I wanted to approach it as more uplifting—but aggressive. Not playing the victim, but still having that We strong, you know?
The headphone company have assembled an all-star cast to launch their new product line. The company, which was co-founded by and named after Dr. Dre, are releasing a new line of wireless headphones which have been designed to be compatible with the new iPhone 7 – which, for the first time, has no headphone jack.
In the new advert, titled ‘Got No Strings‘, animation from the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio is shown before the likes of Pharrell and other are shown individually lip-syncing to the song ‘I’ve Got No Strings‘ from the animated film while wearing the new headphones.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) October 17, 2016
With his ongoing love for Jesus Christ, Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin continues to bless the world with his music and helping others make their dreams come true. For over two decades, the 10x Grammy Award-winner popularized contemporary gospel music, and it has certainly paid off! Franklin’s lyrics and musical sound exemplifies his brutal honesty and mission to spread the love and mercy of God.
Franklin’s current single, “123 Victory (Remix),” is doing well on the charts. The offering was his fifth number one record on the Billboard Gospel Songs chart. He collaborated with Grammy award-winning producer, Pharrell Williams on the record, which represents his versatility as an artist. Singersroom.com spoke with the gospel veteran about working with Pharrell, their latest single, longevity as an artist, and more.
“Pharrell and I have been friends for over 15 years. And for a long time, we’ve talked about doing a song together. It worked out where he can be featured on the song. We were exploring different sounds because we didn’t know the rhythmic sound for the song at first. In the end, the creative process turned out good. “123 Victory (Remix)” was number one on the charts; he’s just a talented person.” Make sure to get ‘123 Victory (Remix)’ on iTunes.
Kirk Franklin – 123 Victory feat. Pharrell (Remix) (16′)
Kid Cudi couldn’t release his upcoming album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ yesterday as hoped, allegedly due to “some minor sample clearances” that forced his team to miss their release deadline. In his album’s place, please accept these two songs to tide you over. Cudi’s “Surfin‘” features Pharrell Williams, as if you wouldn’t immediately recognize Pharrell in that sunny, upbeat electronic brass.
Kid Cudi also took to Twitter to reveal a tentative tracklist for what appears to be his upcoming album called Passion, Pain & Demon with another Pharrell collaboration on the tune ‘Flight At First/Advanced‘ which will be out in the near future with other contributions by Andre 3000, Travis Scott, Willow Smith, make sure to cop ‘Surfin’ on iTunes and check it out below.
Kid Cudi – Surfin’ (P. Williams) (16′)
On September 10th Pharrell had an OutDoor Concert featuring Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway with a Local Gospel Group Echoes Of Praise performing songs from the upcomoning film Hidden Figures which is due January 13th 2017, check out the Live Performances of the Five songs below. Photos By I. Trickey, E. Charbonneau & G. Pimentel.
Pharrell Williams – Crave (Live) (16′)
Pharrell Williams – Runnin’ (Live) (16′)
Pharrell Williams – Able (Live) (16′)
Kim Burrell – I See A Victory feat. Pharrell (Live) (16′)
Lalah Hathaway – Surrender feat. Pharrell (Live) (16′)
Asher Roth’s Creative Partner talks how they’ve been in the studio with Pharrell for 2 weeks back in 2011 where they recorded 12 tracks. “Please don’t tell him, but in fifth grade I stole my big bro’s friend’s Ma$e cd. It was the first rap CD I ever listened to. My favorite track that blared through the Sony Discman on the bus was “Looking’ At Me”, produced by a young Pharrell Williams and company. You probably have a similar story. Until later in life, you didn’t realize one of your favorite songs was masterminded by Pharrell. Before our parents fell in love with the soft spoken “aw sweetheart” from The Voice, Pharrell was already riding his first tsunami as a musician. Two decades later, when I didn’t have to steal CD’s anymore, I found myself in the studio for two weeks straight with Pharrell.
I should say it wasn’t my studio session. I was Asher Roth’s creative partner and playing a role to help with the content he was making at the time. For that stretch of time in Miami, FL, I hit the creative jackpot. Whether Pharrell was leading by action or directly teaching, that experience transformed how I came to understand the creative process. There were moments when Pharrell was dropping priceless knowledge, and I was low-key typing his gems into my phone. “I hope he doesn’t think I’m texting!” I thought.
To the surprise of listeners, Calvin Harris sings lead vocals on his new single “My Way.” The mega-selling producer-DJ hasn’t done this since 2014’s “Summer,” as he pointed out during a recent Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe. Apparently, though, a former Voice coach convinced Calvin to give singing a second chance. “[There’s] only so far you can go with a voice like mine, and there’s a limit to the range,” he says. “Actually, Pharrell told me something about hitting the notes. Occasionally people try to persuade me to sing again and he was one of those people.”
“He said … it’s not about hitting the notes, it’s about getting the emotion and the feeling and the character across,” Calvin adds. “Once he said that to me, I started looking at myself [and] my voice differently ’cause I was like, ‘Hmm, someone like him picked up on that.’” Calvin released “My Way,” which isn’t about ex Taylor Swift, on September 16. Watch him talk how Pharrell told him to sing below.
Photos by T. Williamson & J. Countess.
Pharrell Williams is all about making people happy with his music. But when he signed on to create the soundtrack for the upcoming drama Hidden Figures, he did it to spread knowledge, not just joy. Hidden Figures tells the little-known true story of NASA’s so-called coloured computers, a group of black women who did data analysis and complex mathematical calculations for the space agency’s missions in the early 1960s, before this type of work was handled strictly by machines.
The movie comes out in January, but several scenes were screened during a sneak peek at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. Ten-time Grammy award-winner Williams joined Hidden Figures producer Jenno Topping and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae on stage for a Q&A session following a first look at a handful of scenes from the movie, directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent).
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