Pharrell

May
9
Pharrell Performs ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and ‘Hunter’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Pharrell Williams

There’s no escaping Pharrell. After his appearance on Wednesday’s show, the “Happy” hitmaker returned to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for an encore performance.

Donning a hat and yellow “Girls!” sweater, he hit the outdoor stage to perform a mini-set including “Get Lucky,” “Marilyn Monroe,” and “Hunter” with some help from his dancers, the Baes.

The “multi-hyphenate phenom” is also featured on the cover of W magazine in a series of portraits by five leading artists including Urs Fischer, Mr., JR, Alex Katz, and Rob Pruitt.

Watch Pharrell shut it down in the heart of Hollywood.

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May
8
Pharrell Performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Pharrell and Jimmy Kimmel

Pharrell Williams has been on a whirlwind promo tour. His latest stop was “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday, where he served as a guest and musical performer. The Neptunes hitmaker discussed Kimmel’s cameo in the “Happy” video and getting a call from the King of Pop.

“He was eating popcorn in my ear,” said Pharrell of the late legend. “And that’s when I knew it was him.”

Pharrell didn’t get a chance to record with Michael, but they did take meetings. MJ’s manager said he wanted a song like Noreaga’s “Superthug” when Pharrell was thinking along the lines of “Rock With You.”

Pharrell and Jimmy also hit the streets of Hollywood to see which one of them could get the most twofies (selfies with two people) as possible with random pedestrians in 30 seconds.

Plus, he hit the outdoor stage to perform his latest G I R L single “Come Get It Bae.”

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May
7
Rap-Up TV: JoJo Talks New Label, Album, & Working with Pharrell

It’s a new day for JoJo. After exiting her deal with Blackground Records late last year, the singer has signed with Atlantic and is back in the studio working on her long-awaited third album.

“It’s so refreshing to be at a new home and have a different experience. It’s so exciting!” she told Rap-Up TV after headlining L.A.’s Broccoli Festival on Saturday. “I wake up every day having energy in places that I thought I didn’t anymore. I just feel so encouraged and optimistic, and I haven’t felt that way in so long.”

Earlier this year, she began recording the follow-up to 2006′s The High Road. “The goal is just to come up with the strongest body of work and really represent everything that has been culminating within me for the last however many years.”

She is bringing her vision to life with help from Da Internz, Gino Barletta (“Disaster”), and Noisecastle III, as well as some up-and-coming producers.

“It’s just been so long since I’ve released an album that really what I wanna bring is just quality,” said JoJo. “I wanna bring big songs. I want them to touch a wide range of people and I really want it to represent my very best work. I’m really not thinking about what other people are doing. I’m thinking about representing my personal best, delivering powerful vocals, and being honest and as raw as possible.”

She also plans to get in the studio with Pharrell Williams, who enlisted her for “Freq” off his album G I R L. “I’m such a fan of that album and the fact that my little vocals are on it, I’m super happy,” she said.

But for now, she’s enjoying her freedom. “I just wanna work harder than ever and not sleep at all. This is what I’ve been waiting for and I just wanna seize the friggin’ moment.”

May
5
Pharrell and Gwen Stefani Perform on ‘The Voice’

Gwen Stefani and Pharrell

Before they join NBC’s “The Voice” as coaches next season, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani got acquainted with their new family on Monday’s top 8 performance show.

Clad in a Mickey Mouse sweater and hat, Pharrell served up his latest G I R L single “Come Get It Bae” before Gwen and her girls marched to the stage to deliver her 2004 Pharrell-produced hit “Hollaback Girl,” on which she was joined by the man himself.

“Make some noise for the queen,” said Pharrell, who received a standing ovation from current coaches Usher, Shakira, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.

Pharrell and Gwen will fill in for CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera on season 7 of the singing competition. “It’s such an amazing platform to be able to speak to the rest of the world,” he told Carson Daly.

Go B-A-N-A-N-A-S for their performance.

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May
1
Pharrell Receives Innovator Award and Performs at iHeartRadio Music Awards

Pharrell and Gwen Stefani

Pharrell Williams was the man of the night at Thursday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. Not only did he close out the show with a performance, The Neptunes hitmaker was also presented with the first-ever iHeartRadio Innovator Award.

Gwen Stefani introduced her fellow “Voice” coach as “pretty much the coolest guy ever” before his famous friends including Beyoncé, Oprah, Usher, Shakira, and John Legend honored him in a video montage.

The man himself eventually took the stage to perform a medley of hits starting with his new G I R L single “Come Get It Bae” and continuing with “Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky,” and “Happy.”

He thanked his wife, son, and fans. “Thank you guys so much for lifting me so high,” said an emotional Pharrell.

Watch the star-studded salute to Skateboard P below.

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Apr
30
New Music: Pharrell Williams – ‘Smile’

Pharrell

Pharrell spreads more sunshine with “Smile,” a bonus track that appears on the Japanese edition of his second album G I R L.

Just like his hit “Happy” (which spends its 10th week at No. 1), the feel-good track features a catchy hook and optimistic lyrics. A joyous Pharrell sings about being a father and “F.E.A.R.,” which he defines as “false evidence of appearing real.”

During his visit to Howard Stern this week, he also revealed that “Happy” was originally recorded by CeeLo Green (“He wanted to do it, but I think some folks on his team just felt that the priority should’ve been on his album at the time”) and that he first offered Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” to Janet Jackson.

Stream “Smile” and listen to his full interview with Howard below.

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Apr
30
Frank Ocean, Pharrell Attend TIME 100 Gala

Katonya and Frank Ocean

Musicians, politicians, athletes, and activists gathered under one roof to celebrate TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. While cover star Beyoncé was a no show, Pharrell Williams and Frank Ocean did attend the black-tie gala held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on Tuesday.

With his wife Helen Lasichanh by his side, Pharrell rocked jeans, a short blazer, adidas Stan Smiths, and a Mickey Mouse Band-Aid on his chain. He mingled with fellow honoree Carrie Underwood and had the crowd on its feet with his hits including “Happy” and “Get Lucky.”

Frank Ocean, who was honored by the magazine last year, took a break from recording his sophomore album and hit the red carpet in a suit and Vans sneakers, with his mother Katonya as his date.

“Night out with my handsome son! What an incredible group of people tonight!” tweeted Katonya.

The 2014 list of honorees also includes Miley Cyrus, President Obama, Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, and more.

See more photos from the star-studded evening below.

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