Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams, commonly known simply as Pharrell, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, composer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music. He is also the lead vocalist and drummer of hip-hop band N.E.R. D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. He released his first single "Frontin'" in 2003 and followed up with his first album In My Mind in 2006.
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'Hidden Figures' And The Diversity Conversation We Aren't Having
Huffington Post - 2 days
Of the nine films competing for the Best Picture award at this Sunday’s Oscars, three have predominantly black leading casts ― “Fences,” “Moonlight,” and “Hidden Figures.” But only one, “Hidden Figures,” has a white director ― a fact that was deemed largely irrelevant up until last month, when it emerged that the film may have engaged in some “whitewashing” of history.  Before we get into this, here are a few things to know about “Hidden Figures,” if you haven’t seen it yet. It is a genuinely wonderful movie. It tells the important, nearly forgotten story of the history-making contributions black female mathematicians and engineers made to the NASA space program. It features stellar, award-worthy performances from three of our great black actresses (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae). It’s inspiring countless young girls and people of color to take an interest in STEM.  And yes, it has a white savior scene.  The scene comes after mathematician Katherine Jo ...
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Watch NASA Nerd Pharrell Williams Explain His Lifelong Love of Space
Yahoo News - 11 days
He also said he thinks women will save the world.
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Inside the Oscar nominees luncheon, where the clarion call was 'art has no borders'
LATimes - 19 days
There was a star at almost every table: Pharrell Williams, taking daytime formal to the extreme in a NASA sweatshirt, ripped jeans and a ballcap. Emma Stone, flanked by her mother, who was busy capturing the event with her iPhone. Casey Affleck, still basking in the glow of the New England Patriots’...
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Pharrell Williams, wife Helen Lasichanh welcome triplets
CNN - 25 days
Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh are celebrating some happy news.
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Oscar Snubs and Surprises
NYTimes - about 1 month
Martin Scorsese, Amy Adams and Pharrell Williams, among others, were shut out by the Oscar nominations, but Mel Gibson and Isabelle Huppert made it in.
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Sundance: Pharrell Williams and Chanté Adams Bring Rapper Roxanne Shanté’s Life to the Big Screen
Wall Street Journal - about 1 month
Producer Pharrell Williams and actress Chanté Adams discuss the new biopic, "Roxanne Roxanne."
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Kim Burrell Reminds Us How The Black Church Uses, Abuses Gay Christians
Huffington Post - about 2 months
One of black gospel’s darling and Pentecostal preacher Kim Burrell was ousted from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sending shock waves throughout the African American community. Burrell and with Pharrell Williams were invited to promote their duet “I See Victory” from the soundtrack of the film “Hidden Figures.” However, Burrell’s homophobic homily about the “perverted homosexual spirit” has created a tsunami of tweets and comments on social media publicly denouncing her vitriol by a younger generation of African Americans entertainers ―  both LGBTQ and straight ― not seen in previous years.   Gospel music undeniably has a queerness at its roots that has not only shaped the genre, but has continued to give it its enduring vibrancy. Rhythm & Soul Music awardee Janelle Monáe stars in the film and R&B and Hip-Hop songwriter Frank Ocean, who is openly queer, have had visceral reactions to Burrell’s rant. Ocean’s mother wants Burrell removed from her son’s 20 ...
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The 'Stranger Things' Kids Took Selfies With ALL The Stars At The Golden Globes
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The youngest cast members of “Stranger Things” are A-list stars in their own right. But even they couldn’t resist being star-struck during Sunday’s 2017 Golden Globe Awards. Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the beloved Eleven in the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix show, took full advantage of her own star power to get the most epic collection of celebrity selfies during the awards weekend. She snagged photos with more than 30 stars in the past few days, including Pharrell Williams, Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Jonah Hill, Priyanka Chopra, Ryan Gosling, two of the three Jonas brothers and Blake Lively, to name a few. We’re not sure who’s more lucky ― Brown or the celebs who had the opportunity to take a picture with the talented 12-year-old? this has been the most incredible and overwhelming few days of my life! I cannot believe I had the chance to meet these amazing actors. Congratulations to all the winners last night and a special shoutout to @thecrownnetflix bringing ...
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The Black Church, The Black Community And The Politics Of Homophobia
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Anyone who is an avid follower of the news and social media is well aware of the storm that has erupted around Kim Burrell and the controversial statements she has made in regard to gays and lesbians. On December 30, Burrell, who is a pastor at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, delivered a scorching denunciation of the LGBTQ community for what she saw as the “perverted and immoral” lifestyle and values that members of gay men and women engaged in. Burrell also threw some drive by shade on pastor Eddie Long, who is currently battling illness, referring to him as a hypocrite who had disgraced the larger religious community. Not surprisingly, reaction was and has been intense and swift. People from across the entertainment community have weighed in on the controversy. Many have taken Burrell to task for what they see as her hateful and callous comments. Octavia Spencer, Questlove, Janelle Monáe, Pharrell Williams, Yolanda Adams, and Chaka Khan are among those who arg ...
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‘Hidden Figures’ Crafts Roundtable: Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and More on Bringing African-American Women NASA Stars to Life
Yahoo News - about 2 months
The crafts team provides a glimpse into the historical drama about African-American math genius Katherine Johnson and her NASA experience.
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Hidden Figures Movie Exposes A New Real Figure
Huffington Post - about 2 months
When I saw Hidden Figures, two thoughts entered my mind. I experienced gratitude, and I felt shock. To further explain, Hidden Figures is receiving many stellar as well as controversial reviews. From its Oscar talk to its soundtrack discussions, Hidden Figures is a movie that is stirring up major conversations in the entertainment and science worlds. And it is a film that I personally felt compelled to review. For I am a real life "hidden figure." I am a real female rocket scientist of color. While watching the film, I was simultaneously inspired and surprised by what I relived through its scenes. Hidden Figures Movie starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer Directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Theodore Melf and Allison Schroeder, the Hidden Figures film depicts the real life struggles of three genius women Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe), who ...
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Frank Ocean's Mom Wants Anti-Gay Singer Cut From Her Son's Album
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Frank Ocean’s mom, Katonya Breaux, has no time for blatant homophobia.  Breaux didn’t mince words when it came to Kim Burrell, the gospel singer who made headlines in recent days when a video in which she made blatantly anti-gay comments in a church sermon surfaced Dec. 30. Burrell, who has performed with artists like Stevie Wonder, Missy Elliott and Harry Connick Jr., is featured on “Godspeed,” a song on Ocean’s 2016 album, “Blonde.” But if Breaux were to have her way, that wouldn’t be the case for long. On New Year’s Day, the LGBTQ icon’s mom offered a cheeky, but pointed, suggestion on Twitter:  Me: Son, can we crop Kim Burrells voice out of your song?? — katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017 She continued:  I mean damn. Hypocrisy and the inciting of hate pisses me off. Opportunistic &?%#€!! — katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017 Burrell, who is also a pastor at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, has ...
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Pharrell Williams, Making Noise for ‘Hidden Figures’ Everywhere
NYTimes - about 2 months
This in-demand star has been deeply involved with the film, a story of representation that he cares about profoundly.
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Kim Burrell: Hiding Behind The Bible Is Cowardice Unworthy Of 'Hidden Figures'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I recently saw Hidden Figures, about the three African-American women who were crucial in the development of NASA. The movie was smart, entertaining, and touching, without ever veering into manipulative sentimentality. Taraji P. Henson should get a special Oscar for running in high heels, and the soundtrack from (mostly) Pharrell Williams is off-the-hook. One of the strongest themes of the film is that social change often occurs at the personal level. The characters played by Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons in particular represent the brand of racism that disguises itself as forbearance — and only through repeated day-to-day exposure working with real black women do they realize they have perhaps been more part of the problem than the solution. I found it an ironic touch that Parsons, an openly gay actor, would be a stand-in for the other hidden figures at NASA — the homosexual men and women who had to actively conceal who they were in order to work there. The three main characters w ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pharrell Williams
  • 2016
    His Adidas NMD "Human Race" collection was released on July 23, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2014, Williams announced a collaboration between G-Star Raw and his textile company Bionic Yarn called "RAW for the Oceans," a collection of denim made from recycled plastic that is found in the ocean. The project was presented at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Williams later appeared on a cover designed by French artist Grégoire Guillemin of New York-based men fashion magazine Adon, covering the collaboration. Williams released a collection for retail giant Uniqlo in April 2014 entitled "i am OTHER". It was created with Nigo, creative director of UT, the company's T-shirt division. In June 2014, artist collective Rizzoli published a book by FriendsWithYou called "We Are Friends With You" that featured contributions from Williams, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Peter Doroshenko.
  • 2015
    Williams was the executive producer of the 2015 crime comedy-drama film Dope.
    More Details Hide Details Williams co-composed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Hans Zimmer, Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger and David A. Stewart. Williams owns a non-profit organization called "From One Hand To AnOTHER" (FOHTA). FOHTA is an educational foundation. According to its website, its mission is to "change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential". FOHTA's vision is to modernize the community center concept by empowering kids to learn through new technologies, arts, media and motivation.
    Also in October 2015, Williams announced that he will perform with a gospel choir on Sunday, November 1, at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine black parishioners were shot and killed on June 17, allegedly by a young white man who is awaiting trial.
    More Details Hide Details This is part of a program on race relations being produced by A+E Networks and iHeartMedia. Williams plans to speak with community leaders and others affected by the shooting, which dominated the U.S. news media for several days. The two-hour Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America program is scheduled to air November 20, and will also feature a concert to be filmed November 18 in Los Angeles. A goal of the program is to raise money for the victims of racial violence and for organizations around the country working to promote racial equity. In the past, Williams has stated that he does not have any direct musical influences, but he has expressed his admiration for several musicians, including Michael Jackson, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Rakim, Q-Tip and David Bowie. Williams explained that A Tribe Called Quest's 1990 album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, caused a "turning point" in his life, which "made him see that music was art".
    In October 2015, the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University named Williams as their artist-in-residence.
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    In 2015, a unanimous jury determined that Williams's 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines" was an infringement of the 1977 Marvin Gaye song "Got to Give It Up".
    More Details Hide Details The jury awarded the Gaye family $7.4 million in damages for the copyright infringement based on profits generated.
    At the 2015 Grammy Awards Williams performed an orchestral rendition of "Happy" with composer Hans Zimmer and pianist Lang Lang that included a tribute to the Black Lives Matter "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" movement inspired by Eric Garner's death and the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
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    On February 8, 2015, Williams made a cameo in an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Walking Big & Tall" where he comes to Springfield to write a new anthem for the town.
    More Details Hide Details Williams recently made three songs for the soundtrack to the animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. He also recorded a song "Shine" with Gwen Stefani for the Paddington movie.
    In January 2015, Williams and Al Gore announced that they are teaming up to create a 7-continent "Live Earth" concert on June 18 to raise awareness about and pressure governments to act on climate change.
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  • 2014
    Comme des Garçons developed a unisex fragrance with Williams scheduled for release in late 2014.
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    In May 2014, Williams curated an art show named after his album, "Girl," at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris, France.
    More Details Hide Details The show included 37 artists including Takashi Murakami, JR, Daniel Arsham, and Marina Abramovic among others."
    Williams was the executive producer of Atlanta rapper T.I.'s ninth studio album, Paperwork, which was released on October 21, 2014 by Grand Hustle and Columbia Records.
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    In June 2014, it was announced that Williams would make a guest appearance on the docu-series Sisterhood of Hip Hop.
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    On March 31, 2014, Williams was announced as a new coach for the seventh season of The Voice, replacing CeeLo Green.
    More Details Hide Details On May 18, 2015, Team Pharrell had 16-year-old Sawyer Fredericks win the eighth season of The Voice.
    At the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, Williams's song "Happy" lost to "Let It Go" from Frozen.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, when GQ magazine asked Williams "how badly" did he want the Oscar, he responded: "When they read the results, my face was frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to let it go." The Dear Girl Tour was a European concert tour, in support of his second studio album, Girl. It was Williams's first solo tour since 2006.
    On February 18, Williams announced via Twitter that his second album, Girl would be released on March 3, 2014.
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    Williams contributed a verse to Future's February 2014 single "Move That Dope", which also featured Pusha T and Casino over production from Mike Will Made It.
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    In the same month, a press release from Columbia Records announced that Williams had signed a contract with the label and would be releasing an album in 2014, entitled Girl, featuring the single "Happy" from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details For "Happy", Williams was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In February 2014 Major Lazer announced they would be releasing a five-track EP titled Apocalypse Soon on the 25th of that month. The EP, released via Mad Decent and Secretly Canadian, will feature Williams and Sean Paul, among others. The first single off the EP, which features Williams, is titled "Aerosol Can".
  • 2013
    It was announced in December 2013 that Williams had been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year.
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    Williams married his longtime girlfriend, model/designer Helen Lasichanh, on October 12, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son, Rocket Williams, born in November 2008. The Despicable Me song "Rocket's Theme" was written in honor of his son. In 2005, Williams was voted "Best Dressed Man in the World" by Esquire. He is a fan of the science fiction series Star Trek, as indicated by his consistent use of the Vulcan salute to signify his label name, Star Trak. Williams is a skateboarder and has a half-pipe inside his home. Williams is building a $35 million afterschool center in his hometown Virginia Beach. His charity "From One Hand To AnOTHER'" is a foundation developed for youth between the ages of 7 and 20 in at-risk communities throughout the country. In an interview for the magazine GQ Style (Autumn/Winter 2013), Williams described his religious views: "On paper I'm a Christian, but really I'm a Universalist." With regard to "those who have concluded that God simply doesn’t exist", Pharrell Williams has stated: "It’s so incredibly arrogant and pompous. It’s amazing that there are people who really believe that".
    In November 2013, Williams released the first 24-hour music video to his Despicable Me 2 collaboration song, "Happy".
    More Details Hide Details Guest appearances included Magic Johnson, Steve Carell, Jimmy Kimmel, Jamie Foxx, Odd Future, Miranda Cosgrove, Janelle Monáe, and many others. It has received approximately 5.5 million views as of Christmas Day, 2013. The music video for the song is nominated for Best Male Video and Video of the Year at The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
    In August 2013, Busta Rhymes talked about an unreleased "documentary album" by Williams where he talks about "inner-city strife and hardship".
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    As of July 2013 there had been only 137 singles in UK chart history to have sold more than 1 million copies; that month, Williams scored two million-sellers with "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines".
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    On June 29, 2013, Williams became the 12th artist in the chart's history to simultaneously hold the number one and two positions with "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky", respectively.
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    In March 2013, Robin Thicke's hit single "Blurred Lines" - written and produced by Williams - was released.
    More Details Hide Details The song was a worldwide hit, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching number one in 13 more countries including the United Kingdom and Germany. It was Williams's third Billboard Hot 100 number one single.
  • 2012
    He later contributed four tracks to The Game's California Republic mixtape called "When My Niggas Come Home" and "It Must be Tough"; produced two tracks on Usher's 2012 seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, titled "Twisted" and "Hot Thing"; collaborated with Mika on his new track "Celebrate"; co-produced the tracks "Sweet Life" and "Golden Girl" from Frank Ocean's debut album Channel Orange; and is working with Solange Knowles on her third studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Williams was featured on Daft Punk's fourth studio album Random Access Memories on the songs "Get Lucky", "Fragments of Time" and "Lose Yourself to Dance". In addition, Williams contributed to Azealia Banks's debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste, featuring on the song "ATM Jam". Williams penned three new original songs, included alongside composer Heitor Pereira's score, for the sequel Despicable Me 2. These were "Just a Cloud Away", "Happy", and "Scream" (featuring CeeLo Green). His two original songs from the first film were also reprised on the soundtrack – "Despicable Me" and "Fun, Fun, Fun". He also participated in the drummer sessions of the soundtrack of Man of Steel by Hans Zimmer.
    He also collaborated with Miley Cyrus on her album Bangerz and composed the new intro music for Chelsea Lately in 2012.
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    In 2012, it was announced on Lupe Fiasco's website that he and Lupe will work on a collaborative album and work on Waka Flocka Flame's album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family.
    More Details Hide Details He has also collaborated with Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller on the Pink Slime EP. The first track, "Onaroll" was followed by "Glow". It was produced by Williams, with vocals from Mac Miller. Williams composed and produced the music for the 84th Academy Awards alongside composer Hans Zimmer.
  • 2011
    In May 2011, it was announced that Williams would serve as Creative Director of KarmaloopTV alongside founder and CEO Greg Selkoe and former AMC president Katie McEnroe.
    More Details Hide Details On August 1, 2011, Williams launched his new YouTube channel, "i am OTHER" as part of YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative. In August 2013, Williams created a line of sunglasses for Moncler called "Moncler Lunettes". In 2014, Williams entered a long-term partnership with Adidas.
    In 2011, Williams collaborated with singer Adam Lambert, co-writing two tracks for Lambert's album Trespassing, which was released in May 2012, including the title track and "Kickin' In".
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    In late 2011, Williams worked on three tracks for Mike Posner's second album Sky High.
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  • 2010
    In October 2010, Williams and his group N*E*R*D supported Gorillaz on their Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour.
    More Details Hide Details On the tour, Damon Albarn recorded a song with Williams but this was not featured on Gorillaz's album, The Fall. The following month, N*E*R*D released their fourth studio album Nothing through Williams's label Star Trak.
    In July 2010, Williams composed the soundtrack to the movie Despicable Me, produced by Hans Zimmer and recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony.
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  • 2009
    In late 2009, Williams worked with the rapper Game on his fourth studio album, The R.E.D. Album.
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    In September 2009, Williams was credited as a co-writer and producer of the song "Fresh Out the Oven" for Jennifer Lopez.
    More Details Hide Details It was released as a buzz single from Lopez's seventh studio album Love? The following month, Williams made a guest appearance on French rapper Uffie's first album, which arrived in early 2010.
  • 2008
    In April 2008, Madonna released her eleventh album, Hard Candy, which featured vocals from Williams and production from the Neptunes on several tracks.
    More Details Hide Details In June, an article in NME revealed that Williams was very interested in producing the Strokes' fourth album. Later that year, Williams worked on a remix album for Maroon 5's Call & Response. Williams continued working with a variety of artists, including Shakira on the songs 'Did It Again', 'Why Wait', 'Good Stuff' and 'Long Time' for her sixth studio album, She Wolf.
  • 2007
    Later that year, Williams performed songs at the Concert for Diana on July 1, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details On July 7, he performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth in Rio de Janeiro. A remix album of Williams's solo debut, In My Mind, titled Out of My Mind, was recorded with his newly formed band "The Yessirs" featuring Questlove of the Roots and was produced by Questlove and keyboardist James Poyser. However, Williams's record label Interscope Records did not think that the album would sell well and subsequently was shelved. The album has built up a strong fanbase asking for its release. The tracks started appearing on Questlove's MySpace, and with every 10,000 plays, a new song was made available. As of July 4, 2007, the full CD has leaked onto the internet along with two songs not featured on In My Mind: a remix of "Mamacita" and "Creamsickle". Williams produced Beyoncé's version of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend". He then wrote the Neptunes-produced "Why Should I Be Sad" on Britney Spears' fifth studio album, Blackout. He also produced two songs from the Hives' album, The Black and White Album, titled "Well All Right! " and "T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.".
  • 2006
    Between then and the July 25, 2006 release of In My Mind, he released "Angel" (in Europe only), and later "Number One" with Kanye West.
    More Details Hide Details Several songs leaked to the internet before the album release, most notably "Mamacita" featuring Daddy Yankee, which was subsequently cut from the final version. "That Girl" featuring Snoop Dogg was the final single. In 2006, the Neptunes produced Clipse's second album Hell Hath No Fury. Most critics labeled the album the Neptunes best production in years, and put the duo back in the charts. A year later, Williams collaborated with Madonna, on the song "Hey You", which was available for download on the MSN website. 25 cents for each of the first one million downloads was donated to the Alliance for Climate Protection, in support of Live Earth.
  • 2005
    On September 9, 2005, Williams performed the opening single from his first solo album In My Mind, "Can I Have It Like That", featuring Gwen Stefani.
    More Details Hide Details The single did poorly in the US, reaching only number 48. It fared better in the UK, reaching number three.
  • 2004
    In September 2004, Williams was featured on the Snoop Dogg single "Drop It Like It's Hot."
    More Details Hide Details The song would eventually peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 two months later, marking Williams's first number one single in the United States. The song was named "Rap Song of the Decade" by Billboard in 2009.
    Williams's rock credentials were further bolstered by his appearance at the 2004 Grammy Awards, performing the Beatles's "I Saw Her Standing There" on drums with Sting, Dave Matthews, and Vince Gill.
    More Details Hide Details Williams received two Grammy Awards that night, one for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and another for Best Pop Vocal Album for his work on Justin Timberlake's hit album Justified. They also gained their first UK number one, again with Nelly, and "Flap Your Wings".
  • 2003
    He released his first single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details His second album, Girl, was released on March 3, 2014. This album was preceded by the commercially successful single, "Happy". As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various recording artists. Williams owns a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art called i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams' endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream apparel, Billionaire Girls Club, textile company Bionic Yarn and a dedicated YouTube channel. The channel was launched on May 12, 2012 as part of YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative. Williams has earned ten Grammy Awards including two with the Neptunes.
  • 2002
    Clipse released their commercial debut album Lord Willin' in August 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The album started at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number four on the Billboard 200, fueled by its first two singles, "Grindin'" and "When the Last Time", which peaked at number 34 and number 19 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. The Neptunes released a self-credited album called The Neptunes Present... Clones in 2003, with songs and remixes from various artists. This topped the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums Chart. The Neptunes and Williams specifically were also kept in public eye largely due to ties with Jay Z, producing several hit singles for him and two tracks on his The Black Album. The track "Frontin'" was a big hit (the 34th biggest of 2003 according to Billboard). A survey in August 2003 found the Neptunes produced almost 20 percent of songs played on British radio at the time, a survey in the US had them at 43 percent. The same year, the Neptunes remixed the Daft Punk song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" for the duo's poorly received remix album Daft Club. The track also had a brief rap section performed by Williams.
  • 1999
    In 1999, a mutual friend introduced Williams to Kelis, and their resulting collaboration produced her first album Kaleidoscope.
    More Details Hide Details At this point the Neptunes were gaining a wide fanbase and audience. In 2001, the Neptunes produced Britney Spears' single, "I'm a Slave 4 U" gaining their first worldwide number one. The same year, N*E*R*D, consisting of Williams, Hugo and Haley, released their first album, In Search of, in Europe, where the first Kelis album was better received. The album sounded very much like their previous production work; the group decided that they should make their work as N*E*R*D sound different, and re-recorded the album with the rock band Spymob. Then in 2002 their re-produced album was released worldwide, and the Neptunes reached number one in the U.S. with Nelly's single, "Hot in Herre". In August of the same year, the Neptunes were named "Producers of the Year" at both the Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards.
  • 1997
    However, some like Mase's 1997 song "Lookin' at Me" from his album Harlem World, and the most definite beginning of the distinctive "Neptunes sound", came with N.O.R.E's "Superthug" in 1998, reaching number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, and gaining them widespread attention for the first time.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Hugo and Williams had established themselves as a production duo under their old name "The Neptunes", and assistant-produced "Tonight's The Night" from Blackstreet's self-titled album.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next three years they continued to produce occasionally, and some of the results had little resemblance to the Neptunes' sound later.
  • 1993
    Williams and Hugo met rap duo Clipse in Virginia Beach in 1993, where they were signed to Arista Records through Williams' Star Trak Entertainment imprint.
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  • 1992
    Through working with Riley, Williams went on to write a verse and help produce for Wreckx-N-Effect's 1992 hit "Rump Shaker".
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  • 1973
    Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the oldest of three sons of Williams, a handyman, and his wife Carolyn, a teacher.
    More Details Hide Details His roots extend for generations in Virginia and North Carolina, and one of his ancestors journeyed to West Africa in 1831, prompting other relatives to emigrate from America to Liberia in 1832. He met Chad Hugo in a seventh-grade summer band camp where Williams played the keyboards and drums and Hugo played tenor saxophone. They were also both members of a marching band; Williams played the snare drum while Hugo was drum major. Williams and Hugo attended Princess Anne High School where he played in the school band; there Pharrell got the name Skateboard P. Hugo attended Kempsville High School. In the MTV show When I Was 17, Pharrell stated that he was a nerd and often did things that stood out from most of his peers. In the early 1990s, Hugo and Williams formed a four-piece "R&B-type" group, the Neptunes, with friends Shay Haley and Mike Etheridge. They later entered a high school talent show where they were discovered by Teddy Riley, whose studio was next to Princess Anne High School. After graduating from high school, the group signed with Riley.
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