The lead single from The Carters’ joint album Everything Is Love, has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with over one million units sold. The Pharrell produced record went gold on the same date. At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in February, The Carters won a Best Urban Contemporary Album for Everything Is Love, which was released by surprise last year June. The album went gold less than a month before the annual award ceremony.
N*E*R*D will be performing this Saturday 22 June at Dream Festival – Triple J, Double J and Unearthed – into three stages, where you’ll cop some of the most epic live sets we’ve ever recorded. Tune in from Midday Saturday 22 June to catch legendary sets from your favourite Australian artists and some of the biggest international acts in the world like Pharrell Williams and others.
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo have recorded an original song for the new Netflix documentary The Black Godfather. The song, entitled Letter To My Godfather released as a digital single by Epic Records. The Black Godfather is produced and directed by Reginald Hudlin and follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics. The documentary will be released in select theaters and on Netflix. Check out the tune below and make sure to get it on iTunes.
As you already know, a lot of Neptunes Snippets Records leaked lately from the website leakth.is from P. Diddy’s Alternate Version of ‘Partners For Life’, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Chalice’, Akon’s ‘Pants Too Tight’, a Studio Version of Cassie’s ‘Hide’ and two Untitled tracks by Tyga, I won’t post any of the snippet because you already know where to find them.
Pharrell Williams is again looking to put a musical spotlight on Hampton Roads. The Grammy-winning composer-producer-singer from Virginia Beach, fresh off the success of his hometown Something In The Water Festival, is holding digital auditions for a “revolutionary choir” that will be part of “a television documentary event that is sure to uplift spirits around the world.”
Those phrases come from the press release announcing the auditions, and Williams’ camp is not tipping his hand much more than that about the nature of the project. A spokeswoman said a deal is in place for production and dissemination of the project, but specific details were not being made public. The press release states that he is looking for “vocal powerhouses and musicians” from Hampton Roads, from around Virginia, and from neighboring states, and with backgrounds in any genre of popular music.
Rob Dyrdek, Pharrell Williams & Travis Barker
SPIN sat down with Travis Barker to talk about his upcoming projects as well as what he’s learned from watching Pharrell, and why 2019 is a great year for artists who dare to dream.
You’ve worked with so many artists across such a breadth of sounds and styles. Are there people you’ve collaborated with whose creative approach resonated with you or taught you something?
Being in the studio with Pharrell is really inspiring. He could have the most generic sounds pulled up, just putting ideas down, and it automatically sounds good because it’s Pharrell. I don’t even know how to explain it.I’ve learned over the years that ideas are key. If you’re building a track, you can put a million ideas down–put whatever, put 10 ideas down, and then maybe you need three or four sounds in the entire track or beat. Just start taking away, start muting things, figure out what works. Just be creative, be spontaneous, and have enough musical knowledge to get your ideas recorded, and you’re straight.
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