The podium at the United Nations in New York has been the scene of countless speeches both passionate and dull, but on Friday the audience was not world leaders but children, and they mobbed the speaker. Pop star Pharrell Williams – best known for his viral hit Happy – addressed the UN General Assembly on the International Day Of Happiness as he raised his voice on the dangers of climate change.
After he spoke, Happy came on the speakers of the normally solemn hall as dozens of teenagers and children raced toward him with their camera phones in the hope he would dance. UN security guards rushed into the crowd in fear of a stampede as an official took the microphone to urge everyone to step back.
Williams has been working with former US vice president Al Gore to organise global concerts in June to build public pressure for a UN-backed agreement on climate change. “You should know that happiness is your birthright,” Williams told the hundreds of assembled children, whose placards all read “#happyplanet” instead of the usual names of UN member states.
“If you don’t take care of your home, you don’t have a life, so we have to now transition from climate change to climate action,” he said. Environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Jr. joined Williams to warn that the effects of climate change were looking even worse than initially feared, pointing to Cyclone Pam, which ravaged the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu last week, as well as the rapidly melting Arctic ice. “One of the scary things about climate change is that all of our predictions have been too conservative,” Mr Cousteau, the grandson of legendary French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, said.
Pharrell has teamed up with French street artist JR for a film version of a ballet inspired by riots that rocked housing projects a decade ago in France. The 17-minute film “Les Bosquets,” named for a housing project in the Paris suburb Montfermeil hit by the 2005 unrest, is to premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April 25, JR announced on his website.
JR directed and wrote the film, while composers include Williams, whose song “Happy” became a global sensation and who has been the producer behind a list of pop hits. Williams, recently in the news after a US jury found that he and Robin Thicke stole from Marvin Gaye to create their mega-hit “Blurred Lines,” is also listed as an executive producer for the film on the festival’s website.
The other composers for the film are French musician and director Woodkid and German composer Hans Zimmer, whose recent accolades include an Oscar nomination for his score for the film “Interstellar.” “The film ‘Les Bosquets‘ brings the audience in a place where art, social uproar and the power of image interweave,” JR’s website said, adding that it was based on a performance of “Les Bosquets” by the New York City Ballet last year.
Lion Babe just premiered their first single ‘Wonder Woman‘ on BBC Radio, which is produced by Pharrell Williams. The single will be on their upcoming debut album coming this year. Lion Babe, an experimental soul duo from New York’s Lower East Side, is gearing up for an R&B takeover in 2015.
The group is made up of producer and multi-instrumentalist Lucas Goodman, 26, and singer-songwriter Jillian Hervey, 25, who also happens to be Vanessa Williams’ daughter and whose gorgeous, wild hair is fiercer than a jungle queen. The duo first sprung onto the scene in 2012 with the catchy single “Treat Me Like Fire,” but quickly nabbed a label deal and vanished into the studio for the last 18 months. Check out the Pharrell Williams Single below, I’m lovin it!
Remember that tune that Snoop Dogg Previewed almost a year ago while rollin’ up Kurupts MoonRock, well it’s finally out. It’s called Awake and features Pharrell and Charlie Wilson and is funky as hell. Thanks to blakmusicfirst.fr, we get to hear the full tune of the snippet, can’t wait to hear the full album, make sure to cop ‘Peaches N Cream’ on iTunes, Bush is due May 12.
Soulection Label Founder Joe Kay just released his weekly Radio Show #208 with rapper Elhae as his guest, where they talked about Elhae’s Upcoming Projects as well as his studio session with Pharrell back in October 2013, check out the Interview below.
Rapper Elhae Talks Working With Pharrell
The first thing I do when I get up is, checking for new Neptunes Tracks since 2001, that’s how much I love Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. Dedicating my love and passion for the music by The Neptunes.
Y’all don’t even know but you guys changed my life. I don’t know where I would have been without their music. From the biggest Neptunes Fan in the world, from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for this wonderful gift, I love you guys.
The Band Perry is collaborating with the big dogs on their forthcoming third studio album. The country trio exclusively reveals they have been making music magic with R&B superstar Pharrell Williams. “We’re being really crazy about the different collaborations that we’re diving into,” sister Kimberly tells Cody.
“We got to hang out with Pharrell a couple weeks ago. He’s like a huge country music fan, and he also really loves what we do with harmony. One thing that we worked on with him was this song where all three of us sing different interwoven vocals on the verse and on the chorus.” Cody also got the 411 from TBP on The Voice coach’s signature hat. “He does not wear the hat all the time. He does wear Adidas all the time,” Kimberly spills with a laugh. Look for new tunes from The Band Perry later this year.
The Band Perry is an American Country Music Group composed of siblings Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals), and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums, accordion, background vocals). They signed to Republic Nashville in August 2009 and released their self-titled debut album on October 12, 2010.
The producer, musician and sometime-rapper took home his first Brit award, after a massively successful year in sales and downloads for his solo work. Pharrell Williams has won the award for international male solo artist at this year’s Brit awards, held at the O2 Arena London on 25 February. The American producer, musician and sometime-rapper pipped fellow nominees Hozier, Beck, Jack White and John Legend, nabbing his first Brit award in the process.
Williams, known for his work with rock/hip-hop band N*E*R*D and production duo The Neptunes, went from appearances on hit singles Blurred Lines and Get Lucky in 2013 to his own chart-topper with Happy in 2014. He released the solo album G I R L in February 2014, filling it with snappily produced funk and pop tracks centred on women. In September 2014, Happy was named the most downloaded song in the UK.
Williams teamed up with tongue-wagging pop star Miley Cyrus on single Come Get It Bae, and earlier this year took to the stage at Davos with Al Gore to announce plans for a Live Earth 2015 concert. Williams closed last year’s Brits ceremony with a performance of Get Lucky, Good Times and Happy alongside Chic’s Nile Rodgers. This is his first Brit award win.
The ‘Happy‘ star spoke to GQ Style magazine about his recent success. With pretty much the whole world at his feet having had the biggest selling single of the last few years, you could perhaps excuse Pharrell Williams for being immodest. But in a new interview he was very humble when comparing himself to one of his musical idols Jay-Z.
Speaking with Germany’s GQ Style magazine, the 41 year old said he would “sound braggy” if he were to rap like Jay-Z and use the same lyrics that he does. He believes that all artists should find their own style and that imitating someone else is unlikely to pay off. “I think you have to create something new. You can’t just copy the style of others. If I would sing Jay Z’s lyrics, I would sound braggy, while he inspires people with his songs. Everybody has to find their own style.”
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