Nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, “Happy” hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and has topped the charts in more than seventy-five countries worldwide. Now Pharrell Williams brings his beloved song to the youngest of readers in photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy.
All the exuberance of the song pulses from these vibrant photographs of excited, happy kids. This is a picture book full of memorable, precious childhood moments that will move readers in the same way they were moved by the song. Take a peek inside the book at ReadHappyBook.com.
The 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards nominations are out and Drake leads the nominations with 12, whereas Pharrell has 5 nominations this year. Snoop Dogg returns as host of the show which will be taped at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 9th, check out the nominations below.
Best Hip Hop Video
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright
Producer Of The Year
Track Of The Year
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright
Album Of The Year
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright
By Mekeisha Madden Toby. It’s been a banner year for Missy Elliott. The Grammy winning performer and producer impressed fans and made new ones in February during the Super Bowl halftime show with Katy Perry, she danced, sang and thrilled music lovers in July at ESSENCE Fest and now she’s headed to NBC’s The Voice. Elliott, 44, will advise contestants on judge Pharrell Williams’.
“She is unbelievable,” Williams, 42, told reporters at a recent press event for The Voice. Both Elliott and Williams hail from Virginia and he’s currently working on her album. “Because of her, I feel like my artists will challenge themselves to be more open and less categorical,” he said. “They will be less classifiable, live in the moment and exercise creative license whenever they want. That’s what she is. That’s what Missy does. She liberates people.”
R&B diva Rihanna will also advise members of Williams’ team as well as judges Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine’s teams. “Rihanna is all vibe,” Williams said of the Grammy winning singer and native Bajan. “If she doesn’t feel it, she tells you in two seconds. She just knows.”
Last week New Zealand’s band Six60 have been in the studio to work with Pharrell. Bassist Chris Mac confirmed the band was working with Williams in an interview with ZM’s Fletch, Megan and Vaughan this morning. He said Williams, and award-winning American producer and singer, was a “big fan” of the band. “He’s the coolest cat. He seems more excited than we are, like he keeps on saying;
‘Thank you, thank you for this opportunity,’ and we’re like no no no, it’s the other way round,” he said. Mac confirmed they had been working on new material, and that William’s could feature on the band’s upcoming album. “At this very second we are working with completely fresh stuff with him. There are talks to get him involved on a couple of tracks from the album,” he said.
Pharrell is teaming up with publishing company, Young Penguin Readers, to donate 50,000 books to young readers, Billboard reports. Through a partnership with FirstBook, a non-profit literacy organization, as well the books will go to children in under-served low-income communities. “Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy of reading,” Skateboard P said in a statement. The hashtag, #readHappy, will be used on Twitter for readers to share posts and pictures about why reading makes them “Happy.”
For every post on social media a donation will be made. Not only is the Virginia rep donating books, he is also creating them. He is producing a series of picture books based on his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy.” The first book, entitled Happy, will be released next week.
What’s it like making a song in the studio with Pharrell? DJBooth.net sat down with the men of Overdoz to break down the story behind getting in the studio with their hero to make “Last Kiss.”
The 23-year-old New York native Max Schneider stopped by Got Ur # to discuss his upcoming projects and his experience working with Pharrell Williams. Max describes his new EP, Ms. Anonymous, as “the next phase in going into that deeper and vulnerable place in music.”
In addition to the Hoodie Allen-assisted single “Gibberish,” the EP includes a ballad and some “darker” sounds. The indie soul singer is also planning to drop a full-length album in 2016, which features work with producer and performer Pharrell. “He’s always been my idol. Just getting to work with him was incredible,” Max tells Fuse.
Recalling a time when his mentor invited Stevie Wonder into the studio, Max remembers how inspiring the experience was. “[Stevie] walked in and gave everything he had. He wasn’t gonna leave that booth until it was perfect, and watching him work like that was the most inspiring thing—to know that the work never stops.”
Pharrell thinks Kanye West’s surprising presidential bid declaration at last week’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) was a smart move. “I think Kanye (right) knows exactly what he’s doing,” the US singer-songwriter-producer told The New Paper over the phone recently from Los Angeles, ahead of his upcoming concert here during the F1 weekend (Sept 18 to 20). “I just love that he took the time to express himself.
“His speech was one of the highlights of this year’s VMAs for me.” West’s announcement had capped off his rambling 10-minute acceptance speech after receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Williams was also at the VMAs, where he performed his new single Freedom outside the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. But does he think West will really run for US President, or was he just joking?
“You’ll have to ask him,” Williams replied. “That’s the genius of Kanye – he knows how to get people talking.”
T.I. sat down with Ebro in the morning to talk about his new EP and executive producing Watch The Duck album with Pharrell at 1:30.
After topping the FORBES’ Wealthiest Hip-Hop Earners list earlier this year, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs continues his motto of “don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks.” The Harlem-Mt. Vernon native topped all artist in the earners for the year in the genre to become the undisputed Cash King.
At $60 million, Puffy can credit his Ciroc vodka brand, Sean John clothing and his Revolt network – even though we still don’t have the long-awaited No Way Out 2 album. Right behind him, however, was Jay-Z at $56 million, as the rap mogul didn’t release solo music this year either but used his Roc Nation label, Armand de Brignac champagne and of course live shows to generate money.
1. Diddy – $60 Million
2. JAY Z – $56 Million
3. Drake – $39.5 Million
4. Dr. Dre – $33 Million
5. Pharrell – $32 Million
By Rob LeDonne. It’s been four years since Toronto’s Francesco Yates was signed to Atlantic Records, and in the interim he’s been searching for exactly what kind of artist he wants to be. Luckily, Yates is close to figuring that quandary out with the release of his self-titled EP. Featuring a blend of styles.
The highlight of the effort is the catchy track “Change The Channel,” produced by Pharrell Williams, and features a mix of rock with subtle retro hints of old-school R&B. Here, Francesco premieres the video for “Change The Channel” and talks about the catchy track, working with Williams, and the recent wave of Toronto-raised talent.
Tell me a little about writing “Change the Channel.” It’s a great song.
It’s a close one to me and one of my favorites. It’s the first one I ever wrote with Pharrell on the first day of working with Pharrell, so it was a very joyous moment. Since that was when we met, we talked about a lot of different things — some totally unrelated to music. We talked about what I did for fun and he kind of read me up and down. The next day we sat there and he gave me an electric guitar and we ended up doing “Change The Channel.” The beauty of it is that it wasn’t overthought…we went with what we were feeling on that one. I’m happy because I think it sounds the most natural.
The first ever documentary film on the most secretive duo in the world. The epic story of two uncompromising artists. With the participation of their closest collaborators and friends from Pharrell Williams to Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Peter Lindbergh, Leiji Matsumoto and Pete Tong, directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre.
* Brian Rasic/ Wire Image & Christie Goodwin/ GettyImages
Watch the official music video for “Change the Channel” produced by Pharrell and buy Francesco Yates’ self-titled debut EP on iTunes !
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