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 number of the last half-decade’s most successful and most creative hit songs, having worked with an impressive spectrum of artists from alternative rock group No Doubt, to hip-hop superstar Busta Rhymes, to pop icon Justin Timberlake.

Pharrell’s unique ability as singer and emcee is an essential component in a number of those songs—think "Frontin'," his smash hit with Jay-Z, "Cot Damn," with the Virginia born duo, The Clipse, and "Beautiful," the smooth collaboration with Snoop Dogg-—as well as on the Neptunes’ critically acclaimed full-length efforts The Neptunes Present... Clones and, in the guise of N.E.R.D., In Search Of... and Fly or Die.

In My Mind will be produced entirely by Pharrell Williams for The Neptunes. Fans of his production work can purchase the Digital album with bonus instrumentals of all tracks exclusively at iTunes. The Album will feature guest appearances from Robin Thicke, Slim Thug and the aforementioned Kanye West and Gwen Stefani, among others.

Music hasn’t been the only thing on Mr. William’s mind. He will bolster his fashion credentials, adding to his clothing line, Billionaire Boys Club, and his sneaker brand, Ice Cream, with a line of jewelry done in conjunction with Louis Vuitton and appearances in the high-end brand’s fall/winter ad campaign.

As a solo artist and as part of The Neptunes, Pharrell has expanded the boundaries of popular music, claiming, along with partner Chad, many of it’s brightest moments and most compelling songs in recent years. His output, both consistently excellent and remarkably prolific, has carried him into virtually uncharted territory, as producer, singer, emcee, and fashion designer. In My Mind may just be the acme of his meteoric rise, an eclectic solo album that bottles up multifarious talents and thrusts them forth in one intriguing album.

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