Gwen Stefani – Shine feat. Pharrell (Snippet) (14′)
No wonder he’s so darn “Happy.” Pharrell Williams, who was featured on the best-selling song of 2013, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” will have the best-selling song of 2014 all to himself. With just two weeks to go in Nielsen SoundScan’s tracking year,”Happy” has an insurmountable lead. The feel-good tune has sold 6.4 million copies so far this year, putting it far ahead of its two closest challengers, John Legend’s “All Of Me” (4.6 million) and “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J (4.4 million).
This is the third year in a row that the year’s top-seller has surpassed 6 million in sales during the year. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra, the top-selling song of 2012, sold 6.8 million copies during that year. “Blurred Lines” sold 6.5 million copies in 2013. This will be the fifth time in the past seven years that Perry has had a song in the year-end top 10. She’s the only artist who can make that claim. (Rihanna is in second place. She has finished in the year-end top 10 in three of the last seven years.)
“Happy,” which Williams wrote for the animated movie Despicable Me 2, isn’t the only song from an animated blockbuster to appear in the top 10 for the year-to-date. Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from Frozen is #8 (3.3 million). Two other songs are listed in the top 10 for the year-to-date. “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon is #7 (3.4 million). Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is #10 (3.2 million).
Pharrell Williams – Happy (Official Video) (2013)
Ella Henderson has had a great 2014. Despite taking her time to work on new music following her shock exit from The X Factor in 2012, the public hadn’t forgotten her undeniable talent and sent both her debut single and album straight to number one. ‘Ghost‘ – co-written by the star with Ryan Tedder – went on to crack charts across the world. Including a stint in the Top 10 on iTunes in the US. Digital Spy has also named it the Best Single Of The Year 2014.
DigitalSpy caught up with Henderson to talk about her successful post-X Factor launch and find out what plans she has for her music in 2015 including working with Pharrell. “I caught up with Pharrell after and he’s obsessed with the song ‘Glow’. He kept raving on about it. He loves ‘Ghost’ more, but he’s obsessed with ‘Glow’. So yeah it’s really exciting, hopefully we’ll be doing something in the New Year together.” Thanks to superjdoug.
By Mark Savage. Pharrell Williams has walked away the big winner from the first ever BBC Music Awards. The US producer-songwriter was named best international artist and won Song Of The Year for his exuberant, gospel-inspired single Happy. Ed Sheeran was named British act of the year, and played a rousing version of his Pharrell-produced single, Sing, using just a guitar and loop pedal.
Pharrell was unable to attend, as he was filming the US version of talent show The Voice. Joining the awards ceremony via satellite, he described Happy’s global success as “weird” and “not something I can determine“. Paying tribute to the people who watched, streamed or downloaded the song, he said: “Songwriters are beholden to what the audience thinks.
Ed Sheeran – Sing (Live At The BBC Music Awards) (2014)
“When you say ‘song of the year’ it’s not really my award, it’s your award.” Accepting his prize from singer Sir Tom Jones, Sheeran said: “A massive thank you to everyone who’s bought a record, bought a ticket, streamed on YouTube or listened to my music.” “I always thought my career would stop at one album,” he added, “[but] even if people stop listening to the music I’m still going to make it.”
The awards were hosted by BBC DJ’s Fearne Cotton and Chris Evans. The Welsh rock band have been championed by BBC’s Introducing strand, which champions emerging talent. The song of the year award was the only category decided by public vote, with the others decided by a panel of industry experts. Hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, the show was broadcast live on BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2. It was also screened in Denmark, Japan, Ireland and North America.
By Jenny. In new reports from both Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, Gwen and Pharrell Williams’ new collaborative track “Shine”, included in the upcoming family comedy Paddington, based on the popular children’s stories, is one of the 79 contenders for an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.
“Shine” is said to be premiering soon and only appears in the US domestic release of the film, excluding the British version. Paddington hits theaters next month in the US on January 16. The track is said to be included on the soundtrack and will be featured in the film’s closing credits.
When the song was first revealed, Gwen mentioned that “Shine” was a new track that No Doubt were recording with Pharrell Williams. Now, several sources are reporting that the song is a collaborative song with Gwen only and there has been no mention of the band. Both Gwen and Pharrell were in attendance at the recent Paddington press confernce held in Beverly Hills earlier this month.
We hope more clarification is on the way for us and we would think soundtrack details should be released soon, as well as the track itself. Great news on the song being a contender for an Oscar and we hope it advances with a nomination!
Pharrell has been nominated for A BBC Music Award For ‘International Artist Of The Year’. The show will take place in front of a live audience of 13,500 people at London’s Earls Court. It will be broadcast across the UK on BBC One, Radio 1, Radio 2 and online. There will be lots of big names performing on the night at Earls Court in London including One Direction, Coldplay, Paloma Faith, Calvin Harris and Take That. Bob Shennan, director of BBC Music, said: “The BBC Music Awards exist to celebrate the past 12 months in music.
“The shortlists feature an amazing range of hugely talented artists. Each and every one has made a unique mark on the music industry. “They have experienced phenomenal success and it’s wonderful to see new acts featuring alongside some of the biggest names in the business.” The whole show will then be broadcast live on Radio 1 and Radio 2 with Jo Whiley and Nick Grimshaw from 18:00-20:00 GMT. Other nominees for the ‘International Artist Of The Year‘ award are Dolly Parton, Gregory Porter, Lorde, Prince and Taylor Swift.
Well, since I’ve updated the site last night, the Album Of The Year Category has been revealed and Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’ is also nominated! So he’s got now Four Nominations, congratulations to Pharrell once again.
Posted: December 6th.
In late November 2013, Pharrell Williams launched “Happy” with the world’s first 24-hour music video, which featured a who’s who of celebrities and Minions from Despicable Me. A few days later, he put out a four-minute edit of the video event, which earned a nomination for Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs.
Pharrell Williams & Ed Sheeran Reveal First Grammy Nominations
A year later, he’s been nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album with ‘G I R L’, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video with ‘Happy’. The organization behind the Grammys, NARAS, announced the nominees for next year’s awards throughout the day Friday via its Twitter account with the exception of Album Of The Year, which will have been announced on Friday night at 9 p.m. EST during CBS’ TV special A Very Grammy Christmas. The ceremony will air on Sunday, February 8th on CBS.
Album Of The Year
– Morning Phase, Beck
– Beyoncé, Beyoncé
– X, Ed Sheeran
– Pharrell Williams – G I R L
– In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Best Urban Contemporary Album
– Jhené Aiko – Sail Out
– Beyoncé – Beyoncé
– Chris Brown – X
– Mali Music – Mali Is
– Pharrell Williams – G I R L
Best Pop Solo Performance
– John Legend – “All of Me (Live Version)”
– Sia – “Chandelier”
– Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
– Taylor Swift – “Shake it Off”
– Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Best Music Video
– DJ Snake ft. Lil John – “Turn Down For What”
– Arcade Fire – “We Exist”
– Sia – “Chandelier”
– Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
– Woodkid feat. Max Richter – “The Golden Age”
Pharrell Williams said that ‘everyone is heartbroken‘ there was no grand jury indictment of a white cop over the fatal shooting of a black, unarmed teenager Michael Brown, a week after the musician sparked a heated debate by calling the victim’s behavior ‘bully-ish‘. The singer said in an interview late on Monday that his perspective on the case hasn’t changed since the shooting in August.
‘My feelings have been the same since that boy was murdered,’ Williams said backstage at The Voice in Los Angeles, where he’s a coach. ‘Everyone is heartbroken. It’s another teen, unarmed teen gunned down.’ The ‘Happy‘ hitmaker has been among the most high-profile recording artists to weigh in on the death of 18-year-old Brown in Ferguson and the racially charged aftermath, in a recently published Ebony Magazine interview and elsewhere.
According to DrownedMadonna.com, Pharrell already recorded Three Tracks for Madonna’s new album, the tunes are titled ‘Back That Up’, ‘Take It Back’ and ‘Take A Day’. “we at DrownedMadonna.com can tell you some exclusive news about the collaboration between Madonna and Pharrell for the Queen of pop upcoming album. There are 3 songs made with Pharrell and these are the titles: BACK THAT UP, TAKE IT BACK and TAKE A DAY. We don’t know if these songs will be part of the album. Stay tuned for other updates.”
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