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Pharrell Williams wanted to quit solo work after debut album disappointment

February 27th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Pharrell Williams
Hip-hop hitmaker Pharrell Williams wanted to quit his solo career after the release of his debut album In My Mind, because he was not a fan of his own work.

The N.E.R.D. star, one half of superproducing duo The Neptunes, branched out on his own in 2006 and the rap project reached number three in America's Billboard 200 chart, even earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.

But Williams claims he was disappointed with his efforts when he reflected on the quality of his lyrics.

He tells GQ magazine, "Talking about the money I was making and the by-products of living that lifestyle...
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Pharrell Launching A Youth Center In Virginia

July 7th, 2011 3:44pm EDT
Pharrell
Hip-hop superstar Pharrell Williams is opening his own youth center in his native Virginia to provide youngsters with an outlet for their creativity.

The N.E.R.D. rapper/singer has recruited renowned architect Chad Oppenheim to create a modern tree house-style space in Virginia Beach that local youngsters can escape to and receive support in nurturing their artistic talents.

Williams tells design magazine Wallpaper, "I wanted to provide people with the same opportunities I got. My teachers didn't let me go until I had realized my potential. They taught me to fight my way out of a paper ...
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Vanessa Minnillo Will Get You Bikini-Ready In The New SELF (Hot Pics!)

June 24th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Vanessa Minnillo
ABC True Beauty host Vanessa Minnillo shows you the moves to slim down, firm up and show off your body!

About the workout, Minnillo says:

-"When I lift weights I feel more confident in a bikini and as a person."
-"This workout burns calories and tones. What girl doesn't love a two-for-one deal?"
-"I love songs that get me pumped and ready to go workout."
-HOW TO DO IT Choose any heart-pumping activity you enjoy (like jumping rope).
-Did you know Minnillo was actually a jump rope phenom back in the day? "When I was living in Turkey as a kid, I was on a traveling team and performed all over...
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DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...
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Samantha Ronson To Guest Star On '90210'

September 24th, 2009 8:38am EDT
Samantha Ronson
The producers of 90210 have confirmed that Samantha Ronson, the celebrity deejay and on-and-off again girlfriend of Lindsay Lohan, has filmed an episode of the CW show.

Ronson’s scenes take place in a club where hip-hop star Pharrell and his group N.E.R.D. also perform. Her role also has her advising the character, Navid, played by Michael Steger, on matters of the heart.

There is no word yet on whether or not Ronson will be return to the famous zip code for another stint. Her episode will air the CW on Nov. 3.

See more photos of Samantha Ronson here!

Image © CW
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N.E.R.D. Detained In Malaysia

March 23rd, 2009 12:46pm EDT
N.E.R.D.
Pharrell Williams' hip-hop trio N.E.R.D. were forced to cancel concerts in Indonesia this weekend after they were detained by Malaysian authorities for failing to gain the correct performance permits.

The Everybody Nose hit-makers - comprising of Williams, rapper Shay Haley and producer Chad Hugo - performed at the Sunburst KL International festival in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, before heading to the city's airport to fly to neighboring Indonesia. But they ran into trouble with immigration officials and were detained for several hours after Malaysian authoritie...
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Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson Nominated For Vodafone Awards

August 1st, 2008 10:01am EDT
Jay-Z
Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and the Foo Fighters are among the artists to be nominated for the 2008 Vodafone Live Music Awards.

Rapper Jay-Z and Dave Grohl's band Foo Fighters are battling it out for Best International Act, along with N.E.R.D. and Kings Of Leon.

Winehouse has been shortlisted for the Best Female Award and will be fighting against Welsh soul star Duffy, rapper Estelle and British singer Kate Nash for the honor.

Producer Ronson features on the Best Male list with Morrissey, Paul Weller and Dizzee Rascal.

Other awards at the event include Best Live Ac...
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Pharrell To Be A Father?

July 21st, 2008 10:32am EDT
Pharrell
Hip-hop star Pharrell Williams is to become a dad, according to reports. The N.E.R.D. singer/rapper is reported to have been dating an unnamed model, after meeting her several months ago in Miami, Florida. And the couple is now said to be expecting a baby.

A source tells New York gossip column PageSix, "(The model) is very pregnant and travels with him.

"She hangs out at the backstage area when he performs.

"Pharrell is extremely private and won't release any details."

- Pharrell Williams Pictures

- N.E.R.D. Gallery

(This news article provided by World Entertainm...
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Pharrell Plans Innovative Tattoo Removal

July 1st, 2008 11:11am EDT
Pharrell
N.E.R.D. star Pharrell is planning on spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new treatment to remove his many tattoos.

The rapper-turned-producer is sick of the body art he has on his arms and has signed up to undergo a new method of erasing them - which involves scientists growing skin grafts in a lab. Williams insists he doesn't care how expensive and painful the procedure will be - as long as it gets rid of the tattoos.

He says, "It's going to be pricey, but f**k it, it's worth it. I got fire on my arms! I'm a grown man! There's an institute called the Wake Forest Ins...
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N.E.R.D. Almost Late, But Still Wows At Isle of Wight Festival

June 15th, 2008 10:30am EDT
N.E.R.D.
Hip-hop trio N.E.R.D. almost missed their slot at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight Festival on Friday - because the group's management had no idea where the island was.

The Rockstar hitmakers, fronted by producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams, were due to play a set at the festival on Friday night - but panic set in when their U.S. management team realized that morning that they were miles away from where they were supposed to be.

A festival source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper: "The Isle of Wight promoter got a call in the morning asking where the hell 'this island' was. They thou...
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Kanye West Pulls North Dakota Gig

May 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West has been forced to scrap a forthcoming concert in North Dakota, citing a hectic travel schedule for the cancelation. The "Stronger" hitmaker is currently on the road with N.E.R.D., Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco as part of his highly-acclaimed Glow In The Dark Tour.

But the hip-hop star has now pulled Sunday's gig at The Fargo Dome.

West is due to play in his native Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, and Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada on Monday.

Reports also suggest the live date suffered from low ticket sales, which was part of the reason for scrapping the date.

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Diddy: 'Kanye Changed My Life'

May 19th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Diddy
Sean 'Diddy' Combs has credited hip-hop star Kanye West with changing his life - insisting the rapper's recent tour left him feeling inspired.

The Bad Boy Records boss has posted a film on video-sharing website YouTube, attributing his new-found hunger for hip-hop to West's impassioned performance on his on going Glow in the Dark tour.

Combs says, "The other night, I go to the Kanye West concert … (I had) nothing by high expectations. (West's) concert changed my life. I ain't gonna lie. I was so impressed and inspired. It was beautiful man - and I fell in love with hip-hop again...
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Pharrell Apologizes For Profanity At Gig

April 18th, 2008 6:15am EDT
Pharrell Williams
Hip-hop star Pharrell Williams was forced to apologize for his profanity-laden performance on the first night of Kanye West's Glow In The Dark tour on Wednesday - after spotting a young child in the front row.

Williams' band N.E.R.D. was the second act on the bill at Seattle, Washington's Key Arena.

The group took to the stage with a high-energy show that featured Williams hurling out expletives during songs like "Rock Star" and "She Wants To Move."

Williams returned to the stage while fans waited to see pop princess Rihanna to apologize for his use of profanity in front of a...
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N.E.R.D. To Tour With Kanye West

March 24th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
N.E.R.D.
N.E.R.D. are currently on tour in the US, and will be teaming up with Kanye West's Glow in The Dark Tour in April to storm the rest of the country.

Listen:

-Everyone Nose (from N.E.R.D.'s upcoming album "Seeing Sounds" - Summer '08 release)

Video:

- Live at the Levis/Fader Fort in Austin Texas 3/13

Tour Dates:

N.E.R.D.

3/26/08 Knoxville, TN The Valarium

3/28/08 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live

With Kanye West's Glow in The Dark Tour

4/16/08 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center

4/18/08 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena

4/19/08 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At S...
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Kanye Takes Vodka On Tour

February 15th, 2008 9:17am EST
Kanye West
Kanye West's upcoming U.S. tour will be sponsored by vodka firm Absolut. The rapper has dubbed the trek, which begins in Seattle, Washington, on April 16, "The Glow In The Dark Tour Ignited By Absolut 100."

And West admits he's thrilled to stand alongside art and fashion icons like Andy Warhol and Tom Ford.

He explains, "This is a brand that has worked with the preeminent artists of the 20th century - Tom Ford, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Helmut Newton. These are individuals who have inspired me in my work, and I feel honored to be a part of this legacy."

Absolut will spons...
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Feist Wins Shortlist Music Prize

February 5th, 2008 4:12pm EST
Feist
Canadian singer Leslie Feist is the winner of the Seventh Annual Shortlist Music Prize for her album The Reminder. Feist is the second female artist to win the prize, following Cat Power who won the award last year. Feist was chosen by a panel of five Listmakers: recording artists Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) and Ronnie Vannucci (the Killers), journalist Rev. Moose (CMJ), radio DJ Chris Douridas (KCRW) and the hosts of Hunnypot Internet Radio.

In a statement, Listmaker Gary Lightbody called The Reminder “the album of the year for 2007 or any year I can think of: it’s modern and classic...
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Kanye West Ropes In Rihanna As Support

January 30th, 2008 6:55pm EST
Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West will launch a star-studded tour later this year when he hits the road with support acts Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco.

The Gold Digger star is determined his upcoming Glow In The Dark tour will be unlike anything seen before - and he wants the event's A-list line-up to reflect that.

West is also collaborating with Madonna choreographer Jamie King on the tour, for which dates have yet to be announced.

-Kanye West Pictures

-Rihanna Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Check Out Two New Singles From Lenny Kravitz' Upcoming Feb. 2008 Release

October 29th, 2007 4:03pm EDT
Lenny Kravitz
Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class into an 18-year musical career, one which revels in the rich influences of '60s and '70s soul, rock and funk.

Kravitz's multiple talents as a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist have resonated through seven studio albums into a timeless catalog, all of which have been certified either platinum or multi-platinum. From 1999 to 2002, he won four consecutive Grammy Awards, setting a record for the most wins in the "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" category for h...
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Pharrell Promotes Peace At Diana Concert

July 2nd, 2007 12:34pm EDT
Pharrell Williams
Rapper/producer Pharrell Williams called for the British to "stand up for peace" during his Concert For Diana performance on Sunday after witnessing the chaos following the weekend's bomb threats and blasts.

Williams, the first foreign act to take to the stage at the Wembley Stadium memorial concert, took a moment at the beginning of his set with N.E.R.D to comment on the terrorist activity, that made headlines around the world.

He told the 63,000 fans in the stadium, "Despite of all the crazy things that's been happening over the past couple of days, I'd like to see Great Brita...
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Stars To Pick Shortlist Music Prize Finalists

March 8th, 2007 8:47am EST
KT Tunstall
Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, KT Tunstall and the Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne have been invited to select the 10 albums that will compete for the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize. The celebrity panel must select from 61 nominated albums that have yet to sell more than 500,000 copies in the United States.

Shortlist organizers already have a handful of favorites, singling out Hot Chip's The Warning, the Strokes' First Impressions Of Earth and The Crane Wife by The Decemberists for special mention ahead of the list of finalists.

The Shortlist Prize, which is the US equivalent of Br...
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Pharrell Explains Album Delay

July 24th, 2006 9:47am EDT
Pharrell
Hip-hop star Pharrell Williams has defended the postponement of his debut solo effort, insisting the months of fine tuning will pay off. Williams, who has previously collaborated with a plethora of stars including Kelis, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg, has been busy in the studio re-working the record and has replaced a few tracks, including a duet with jazz sensation Jamie Cullum.

Last year's planned release of “In My Mind” came too soon for the N*E*R*D frontman, but he admits he is finally ready to let his music do the talking.

The 33-year-old says, "I just decid...
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Pharrell To Release "In My Mind" July 25

July 14th, 2006 12:44pm EDT
Pharrell Williams
Multi-platinum Star Trak/Interscope recording artist Pharrell Williams will release his debut solo album, In My Mind, on July 25, 2006. "Number One," a collaboration with fellow producer-extraordinaire Kanye West, is Mr. William’s new single. It follows "Can I Have It Like That," the album’s hugely successful first offering which features Gwen Stefani.

Mr. Williams is perhaps best known as one half of The Neptunes, the virtuosos whose limitless talents and diverse interests have carried them into virtually every corner of music. As producers and songwriters, they are responsible for a...
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"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" Soundtrack Features Juelz Santana and Don Omar

June 16th, 2006 3:31pm EDT
Don Omar
Dropping next week, June 20th, is the dynamic soundtrack to The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift. The soundtrack features the Teriyaki Boyz, DJ Shadow, N.E.R.D., Juelz Santana, Don Omar and others.

Win a copy of the Tokyo Drift soundtrack from Starpulse.com! (ends 7/26)

Listen Here:

Teriyaki Boyz/ Tokyo Drift (Fast & Furious)

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Teriyaki Boyz/ Cho Large

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Don Omar / Bandaleros

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Don Omar/Conteo

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Ringtones from Don Omar, Juelz Santana & more
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Pharrell Feels Pressure of Paparazzi

March 22nd, 2006 7:00pm EST
Pharrell
Pharrell Williams found shooting Mariah Carey's upcoming paparazzi chase music video enlightening because he had no idea of the lengths some photographers will go to. The ex-N.E.R.D. frontman plays Carey's boyfriend in the promo to "Say Somethin,'" which was filmed in Paris, France, last week.

In the video the couple is pursued by photographers on scooters, and real paparazzi chased Williams and Carey during filming too. Williams tells MTV, "That's just a regular day in the life for Mariah, probably. I'm a low-key guy, so there's no paparazzi under the studio console, or in my apart...
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Lenny Kravitz Helps Sell Absolut Vodka

January 17th, 2006 12:33pm EST
Lenny Kravitz
Absolut Vodka is proud to announce the launch of Absolut Kravitz -- a new music project which sees Lenny Kravitz creating an exclusive new track based on his interpretation of the Absolut brand.

"We are thrilled to have Lenny Kravitz with us on our creative journey and in this, our first high-profile music project," says Michael Persson, Global Brand Director for Absolut Vodka. "Not only is he supremely talented; his output, inspired by so many genres and eras of music, defies categorisation, making him truly individual -- a quality which means he is perfectly at home with the creativi...
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Music Snippets: Pharrell Williams, Shakira, Lenny Kravitz

December 13th, 2005 10:43am EST
N.E.R.D.
Pharrell Williams pretended to break up his rap group N*E*R*D to scare bosses at his record label Virgin.

Earlier this year, the rapper/producer claimed he and Chad Hugo had dismantled the group.

But he now confesses N*E*R*D are very much alive and will resume activity next year. Williams says, "(I was) pissed with Virgin and wanted to teach them a lesson."

Shakira has set up home in the Caribbean, after buying property in the Bahamas.

The sexy singer, 28, and her fiance Anonio De La Rua bought homes in the Bahamas two years ago, and they're now spending much of their t...
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