When the New York Times examined the current state of the Paris Agreement over the weekend, China was mentioned as being ahead of its emissions “peak.” This is a good thing, as the country’s once presumed insatiable appetite for fossil fuels has plateaued, slightly. On the other hand, China still burns more coal than anyone else. Less still equals more: It made for food for thought in Shanghai, where one of Vogue’s December cover stars, Pharrell Williams, sat down on Monday to discuss his personal views on climate change attentiveness and what he does (and what we can do) “so that a little amounts to a lot.”
Williams was in Shanghai for a partnership with Louis XIII, the high-end Cognac label, to perform a one-off song called “100 Years” (this is how long it takes to make a bottle of Louis XIII, fittingly—the company needs to think in terms of centennials). The track was recorded on a clay disc—a clay disc that is destroyable only by water. It will be placed off-limits for one century in coastal France. The point being: If sea levels rise, the record dissolves, and no one will hear it again. Check out the whole Interview HERE.
This is what it was like to record Wanderland, Kelis‘ long lost masterpiece. Andrew Coleman, longtime engineer for The Neptunes, remembers making Kelis’ sophomore album, which was never released in the U.S. Kelis’ sophomore album Wanderland isn’t available to stream on Apple Music or Spotify. At the time of its release in 2001, the album never charted on the Billboard 200 and no singles from the album ever made the Hot 100.
Instead, Wanderland was only released in Europe, where it charted in multiple countries. The album, entirely produced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, has become an overlooked part of Kelis’ catalog, relegated to reverence by the most dedicated fans of The Neptunes and Kelis herself. To hear the album now, U.S. fans need to order a physical copy on Amazon or Discogs, or find a bootleg rip out there on the internet. Check out the whole article HERE.
Buddy is a breath of fresh air. The LA actor-turned-rapper’s peppy humor is highly entertaining, while his A-star collaborations have done little to inflate his ego. He may have teamed up with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Pharrell and Kendrick, but Buddy’s still just a regular guy. Check out this film of the rapper on a day trip in the capital.
Right after N*E*R*D’s ComplexCon album listening party, they went to have a special N*E*R*D OTHERtone episode with Pusha T., Fam-Lay, Rob Walkey and more where they talked about the early Neptunes days, their new N*E*R*D album ‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ and the features they’ve got this time around. Pharrell revealed that they wanted to be called D.R.U.G.S. in the early Neptunes Days “Doing Right Under God’s Supervision” and said that there are no hidden tracks on the new N*E*R*D album.
“We didn’t want it to be long, we wanted to be right”. Scott Vener played a question by Tyler’ The Creator where he asked why the NOTHING album sounded like two different projects which indeed was. N*E*R*D hated the album especially the uptempo tracks like ‘Party People’ and ‘Hot N’ Fun’ which were the Labels fault, they wanted uptempo tracks. They also talked about their new single ‘Lemon‘ which initially was made for Diddy back in 2014 but he was busy and declined the tune which then went to Rihanna but I didn’t make the final cut as well. Scott Vener also premiered the studio version of the André 3000 collaboration titled ‘Rollinem 7’s’, you can check out the whole show HERE and the new N*E*R*D track below.
N*E*R*D – Rollinem 7’s feat. André 3000 (17’)
Pharrell Williams & Co. get the retail bonanza off to a glittering start as shoppers scramble for online bargains. Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba says it took in nearly 20bn yuan (£2.1bn) in sales in a matter of minutes at the opening of its Singles‘ Day annual discount sale extravaganza. The event, originally a celebration of China’s lonely hearts, has become the world’s biggest online shopping spree, with takings beat those of its US equivalents, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, combined.
Pharrell Williams was among the stars who helped get the eighth Singles‘ Day off to a glittering start. The actress and the singer joined co-founder and chairman Jack Ma and Chinese musicians and film stars such as Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing in Shanghai to count down to the start at midnight on Friday. Kris Wu and Pharrell Williams performed ‘Double Eleven Day’ for the crowd, which will be soon out for sale produced by Pharrell Williams, you can check out their full performance below at 4:55:42
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