As a coach on The Voice, Pharrell Williams is always on the lookout for the latest hot talent. But, at Monday’s taping of the singing competition, he couldn’t help but gush about music’s biggest headline: Beyonce’s new album, Lemonade. “She’s an artist and she’s expressed herself and I think it’s a beautiful piece of work,” Williams told ET’s Sophie Schillaci. “I think the theme, the overarching theme of forgiveness is just such a beautiful message and we need that in the world right now. We need it.”
The dramatic album, which debuted alongside an accompanying short film on HBO over the weekend, features intense themes of race, feminism, adultery and self-discovery. For Williams, Beyonce’s bravery in exploring such deeply personal topics is what makes the album as a whole so compelling. “I think what she’s done that is rare to mainstream media is [that] she took a singer-songwriter approach to her lyrics,” he explained. “There’s no fluff…
Pharrell Williams will take the stage at the Radio Disney Music Awards on April 30th to present his longtime friend and The Voice co-star with the “Hero” award, ET has exclusively learned. Pharrell will share personal stories and anecdotes about Gwen as she’s recognized for the positive impact she’s had on fans, serving as a role model and inspiring others to do good.
The Radio Disney Music Awards will take place on Saturday, April 30, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with Ariana Grande, Hailee Steinfeld, Flo Rida and DNCE among the acts slated to perform. The show will air on Disney Channel on Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Past recipients of the Hero Award have included Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
“He’s literally like an angel,” Gwen previously told ET, gushing about Pharrell during an interview last summer. “He’ll, like, sit here [pointing to her shoulder] and I’ll be like, ‘Really? You just said that right now?’ It’s so incredible to be around him. I love him.” The feeling is certainly mutual! Pharrell — who worked with Gwen on her 2005 hit “Hollaback Girl,” among many other collaborations over the years — couldn’t help gushing over Gwen while speaking with ET in November. “Gwen is in the most free place that I feel like she’s ever been since I’ve known her as a human being,” he dished. “Not just creatively, but as a human being. She’s floating right now.”
By Yohance Kyles. George Ramirez was born in Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital and raised in the mostly African-American section of College Park, Georgia. The young Mexican-American grew up playing basketball at the local Boys & Girls Club, and he often spent time at the homes of those same neighborhood kids.
It was that Hispanic heritage mixed with those longtime relationships with mostly black friends that would eventually inspire Ramirez’s music created under the moniker Kap G. After he first started rapping in high school, Kap would go on to release several projects including the Real Migo Sh*t series and his first official mixtape Like A Mexican.
The Hip Hop artist’s latest collection, El Southside, presents real-life inspired stories of living in the SWATS (Southwest Atlanta Too Strong) told from the perspective of a 21-year-old rhymer on the rise. The mixtape has several big names attached to it as well.
Skepta has been interviewed by list.co.uk where he talked about Pharrell being on his album ‘Konnichiwa’ on the tune ‘Numbers’.
“I knew I had an obligation to represent the country when I did this album. Not just different MCs, but sonically. I know what is on my back with this album and I’ve got every element from London needed. I don’t want to announce the MCs but it’s very well rounded. And Pharrell’s blessed me. People respect him. I don’t think grime has ever been respected, it’s not seen as a nice sound. But having Pharrell bless my album, maybe you can see that the freeness of his music; that’s what we’re doing as well.” The album is due May 6th, Pre-Order it now on iTunes.
“Take Advantage Of Yo Situation . The Object Of The Game Is TO NOT STAY THE SAME & #MoveOnUp. Big Bro @Pharrell Saw It In Me From Day 1 . He Put Me On Game , Gave Me The Knowledge , I’ll Be A FOOL Not To Listen 💯. Let Me Be An EXAMPLE To why You should NEVER QUIT . I NEVER FOLDED , I STAYED SOLID & I Ain’t Letting Up EITHER 😤😤😤💨💨✈️✈️ #LA #California 🌴🌴🌴🌴 #Elsouthside #goat #nerd #l4l #pharrell #kapg #losangeles #iamother”
Pharrell will be the main support for Stevie Wonder, 65, who is due to play his 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety. Pharrell said he “never dreamed” he would have the chance to share the same bill as Stevie Wonder, as he was added to the line-up for Hyde Park this summer. He also paid tribute to London’s musical heritage, ahead of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time on Sunday July 10. “The great news for me is that it’s Stevie Wonder — I’m going to frame my ticket, that’s for sure. I never dreamed in a million years this would happen. I remember as a little boy when my aunt purchased that album.
I would play it over and over again. Stevie Wonder was a fixture in my life as a child. His music is probably the closest thing to auditory transcendence.” “So much amazing music has come out of London. It’s always nice to perform in the same places that legendary artists have performed in, in their backyards.” Corinne Bailey Rae, also now on the line-up, said: “It’s a dream come true to be asked to join Stevie Wonder.”
G-Star RAW thinks it’s onto something. In the coming months, the brand will introduce an innovative new denim silhouette: jeans with an integrated clutch. No longer will ladies need to bring a bag to the bar, or depend on a man’s suit pockets to stow some lip gloss during a fancy event — so these are freeing and feminist! According to designer Paulina Seropian, a similar style was spotted on the street by some key, influential ladies who gave the look their seal of approval. The team loved the idea and got to work, and before the item has even hit the market, workers are clamoring for a pair. Some lucky employees — including the company’s CMO, Thecla Schaeffer — have already gotten their hands (or rather, legs) on them.
An integral part of the company’s ethos is creating hybrids that shouldn’t exist, taking forbidden combinations and mixing them together to — hopefully — create something cool. And perhaps that ideology is precisely why Pharrell Williams was attracted to the 25-year-old brand. G-Star RAW thinks it’s onto something. In the coming months, the brand will introduce an innovative new denim silhouette: jeans with an integrated clutch. No longer will ladies need to bring a bag to the bar, or depend on a man’s suit pockets to stow some lip gloss during a fancy event — so these are freeing and feminist!
According to designer Paulina Seropian, a similar style was spotted on the street by some key, influential ladies who gave the look their seal of approval. The team loved the idea and got to work, and before the item has even hit the market, workers are clamoring for a pair. Some lucky employees — including the company’s CMO, Thecla Schaeffer — have already gotten their hands (or rather, legs) on them. An integral part of the company’s ethos is creating hybrids that shouldn’t exist, taking forbidden combinations and mixing them together to — hopefully — create something cool. And perhaps that ideology is precisely why Pharrell Williams was attracted to the 25-year-old brand.
Posted: April 4th
Bono & The Edge of U2 With Pharrell
Photo by Frazer Harrison. Pharrell presented the Innovator Award to Bono and The Edge of U2 at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, California. In his introduction, Pharrell said of the band, “When they see a problem, they don’t just sing about it, they do their best to fix it.” “Pharrell Williams is the essence of Rock n’ Roll! Miracle Man, risk-taker, he defies gravity” said Bono. Pharrell was honored with the award at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
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By Brian Truitt. Pharrell Williams met math greatness — and a real American heroine — and didn’t even know it. The music star’s mom had to remind him that he was introduced five years ago to Katherine Johnson, a black NASA aerospace technologist who was instrumental to the calculations that sent men to the cosmos during the 1960s space race and racial segregation. Now Williams is taking an active role in the movie based on her life, Hidden Figures, by signing on as a producer and creating original music inspired by the period and Johnson herself.
“I don’t feel like we celebrate enough mathematicians as it is, let alone an African-American female at such a time having to use a bathroom all the way on the other side of the campus just because that’s the way it is,” Williams says. “You can’t believe what she went through and stayed amazingly focused on the greater goal.” Taraji P. Henson stars in the film (in theaters January 13th, 2017), which centers on the personal and professional lives of Johnson (Henson) and fellow NASA mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (singer Janelle Monáe).
The movie focuses on their efforts getting John Glenn (Glen Powell) home from his 1962 orbit of Earth. Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi and now filming in Atlanta, also stars Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst, Aldis Hodge and Mahersala Ali. Williams will “produce the entire musical palette of the film,” says producer Donna Gigliotti, adding that so far tunes have had the feel of Southern spirituals and girl-group harmonies. And with Monáe in the cast, Williams anticipates that the first musical collaboration between the two “will happen for sure.” The real-life Johnson, 97, a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, is “a really strong soul,” Williams says, and he promises “lifting” music to match her legacy.
For most of a decade, Mayer Hawthorne has been showcasing his gift for making celebratory soul music. The Ann Arbor native, based in L.A. since 2006, has a weighty résumé that includes Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger and DJ. His 2013 album, “Where Does This Door Go,” found him checking off some significant boxes on his bucket list: He got to work with Pharrell Williams and other top-tier producers, and the album was nominated for a Grammy and hit No. 30 in Billboard. Recently, Hawthorne switched labels to Los Angeles indie Vagrant Records. The move allowed him to take full control of production on “Man About Town“, a record he considers his quintessential collection of tunes. Mayer sat down with Freep.com to talk aobut working with Pharrell and his new album
“The last album, “Where Does This Door Go,” was a chance for me to work with all my favorite producers, like Pharrell Williams, John Hill and Greg Wells and all these talented people. That’s the benefit of being signed to a major label and having bigger budgets. But the flip side of it was that I didn’t have full creative control. That’s the give and take of being on a major label. … “Man About Town” is really the album I wanted to make. Basically, when I was working with all those producers, I was soaking up all their tricks and techniques and then went back in on (“Man”) and did it all myself. The best way to describe it, even if it sounds weird at this point, is that (“Man”) is the most Mayer Hawthorne album yet!
“I think something I picked up from working with Pharrell on the last record was just the importance of storytelling, telling stories in the most detailed and vivid manner possible. (Pharrell and I) bonded over Steely Dan’s songs. I never realized why I loved (Steely Dan) songs so much until Pharrell put it into perspective. Their lyrics tell a story that focuses in on certain details, and I think that’s what comes through on my new record, the richness of the stories coming through in the lyrics.”
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