Blog Archives

Pharrell Fronts New Issue of COMPLEX

complex

Super Producer Pharrell Williams covers COMPLEX magazine’s Best of 2013 issue.

Williams has had a great year; from collaborating with 80s group Daft Punk, to singing on Robin Thicke’s smash song, “Blurred Lines.”

Now, Williams is chatting with the magazine about his music, PETA and Miley Cyrus:

Here’s some of his Complex interview:

On Miley Cyrus:
“I’m not worried about Miley. I’ve seen her soul in action. She’s 20 years old and enjoying her life. She’s enjoying her freedom. [With her style] I’m talking about her everyday dressing—she shuts it the f*** down. Not too many people really understand the Chanel vocabulary like her. Like, she’s a problem.”

On the PETA movement:
“I sympathize with their movement and I recognize that people could be impressionable. But at the same time, I like fashion. And I don’t like being told what to do.”

On his new album:
“I love rapping. But something’s coming, and I’m not rapping on it.”

On family:
“My son. Our son. It’s like, that’s our world. Helen and I having Rocket, it’s been awesome. It’s the best song that I’ve ever co-written.”

Rihanna’s ‘Styled To Rock’ Heads to BRAVO

 

Styled to rockrihanna

Reality competition series, Styled To Rock, has found a new home.

The show, executive produced by  Rihanna, focuses on fashion design. Each week, contestants compete with one another to create the best outfit for a famous music act. Only half of the contestants will have the opportunity to show the musical act their design, the other half will be up for elimination.

The show will premiere on BRAVO on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Super producer Pharrell Williams will serve as a mentor for the reality show. Each contestant (the show starts out with 12) was hand picked by Rihanna herself.

Some of this season’s celebrity guests include, Naya Rivera, Carely Rae Jepsen, Ne-Yo, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Miley Cyrus, Khloé Kardashian, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Osbourne, The Band Perry, and Nervo.

The overall winner will receive $100,000 cash, a fashion feature in Glamour magazine and the chance to become the next member of Rihanna’s design team.

Miley Cyrus Covers FASHION Magazine [Nov.]

Miley-fashionmag

Miley Cyrus must be doing something right, because she’s on the cover of yet another magazine.

The “Wrecking Ball” singer covers the November issue of FASHION magazine.

Cyrus dishes on her VMAs performance, her critics, taking advice from Pharrell Williams and much more.

Check out some snippets from her interview below.

On her discerning taste in fashion:

“I can go through so many clothes say ‘no, that’s not me’ right away. I’m so adamant and controlling and OCD about my work that I can scare some people—especially when it comes to clothes. I have a very specific style of my own and I think it is better to be stylish than trendy. I find vintage Celine or Chanel and mix it with athletic or vintage pieces makes a look modern and fresh. Vintage makes everything look punk.”

On MTV censoring her VMA performance:

“I was trying to slap Robin’s ass but no one saw it! Believe me! MTV edited so much. They cut almost everything I did. I’m proud of that performance. I feel like music is really stale right now. I could have guessed what a lot of artists would have done that night. The reaction to what I did has been insane. I think it was a breath of fresh air! For the people that don’t get it, you weren’t meant to.”

On critics and her “competition:”

“I feel like I’m in a different lane now. When it comes to critics, I have my blinders on and I don’t really feel like I have to compete with other pop artists. I never think, ‘oh this performance is going to make her look bad or out-shadow her’ either but if there is no competition, there would be no reason for any of us to show up to work. At an office, everyone is trying to be boss. Pop music is the same. What I wear adds a factor that other girls can’t compete with.”

On “Drive”—a new song that alludes to her relationship with ex-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth:

“I wrote it while I was working on Valentine’s Day—emotionally it was such a hard time. It is about needing to leave someone but not really wanting to completely cut yourself off from the relationship. It’s a time when you want to leave but you can’t. It’s also about moving on.”

On the artists who fuel her vision:

Terry Richardson shot my video for “Wrecking Ball” and he’s about capturing strength versus beauty. His women look so strong in his images. I was so inspired by [photographer] Ryan McGinley’s work too [for the video to “We Can’t Stop“]-especially a series where he shot all these the girls coming out of trees. Having artist Todd James create all the teddy bears for the VMAs was a thrill too—it was one of the things I was hoping people would focus on. I was hoping some would think, ‘Miley may be out there shaking her ass and having fun but she’s got some intelligence.’ Some people just saw the teddy bears but they didn’t look into the details. We had [faux] Picasso paintings going by the stage too. People who want to open their eyes can see something bigger in my work.”

On taking style advice from Pharrell Williams:

“I found what I wore on the red carpet to the VMAs with Pharrell. It was a Dolce and Gabbana piece from 1992—the year I was born. He saw it and said, ‘you have to buy it.’ I think that outfit added a factor that the other girls couldn’t compete with. Pharrell says it’s not about what you’re wearing; it’s the way you wear it. That was a lesson I took to heart. I think it is important that I execute a look better than other people. Fashion is what separates me from everyone else.”

To read more with Cyrus, pick up the November issue of cFASHION magazine, available on newsstands October 7, 2013.

2013 MTV European Music Awards Nominees

emamtv

 

The noms for the 2013 MTV European Music Awards are here!

Justin Timberlake and duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the way with five nominations each.  Daft Punk, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Kings of Leon all got nods as well.

The 2013 MTV EMAs will take place on November 1o live from Amsterdam.  Check out the nominees below.

BEST SONG

  • Bruno Mars – ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’
  • Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” (Ft. Pharrell Williams)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop” (Ft. Wanz)
  • Rihanna – “Diamonds”
  • Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (Ft. T.I. & Pharrell)

BEST POP

  • Justin Bieber
  • Katy Perry
  • Miley Cyrus
  • One Direction
  • Taylor Swift

BEST FEMALE

  • Katy Perry
  • Lady Gaga
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Selena Gomez
  • Taylor Swift

BEST MALE

  • Bruno Mars
  • Eminem
  • Jay Z
  • Justin Bieber
  • Justin Timberlake

BEST LIVE

  • Beyoncé
  • Green Day
  • Justin Timberlake
  • P!nk
  • Taylor Swift

BEST NEW

  • Bastille
  • Icona Pop
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Rudimental

BEST VIDEO

  • Justin Timberlake – ‘Mirrors’
  • Lady Gaga – ‘Applause’
  • Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’
  • Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’ (ft. T.I. & Pharrell)
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars – ‘Up In The Air’

BEST ROCK

  • Black Sabbath
  • Green Day
  • Kings Of Leon
  • Queens Of The Stone Age
  • The Killers

BEST ALTERNATIVE

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Paramore
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars

BEST HIP HOP

  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • Jay Z
  • Kanye West
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

BEST ELECTRONIC

  • Afrojack
  • Avicii
  • Calvin Harris
  • Daft Punk
  • Skrillex

BIGGEST FANS

  • Tokio Hotel
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • One Direction
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lady Gaga

BEST LOOK

BEST PUSH

  • Karmin (October 2012)
  • Rudimental (November 2012)
  • Imagine Dragons (January 2013)
  • A$AP Rocky (February 2013)
  • Bastille (March 2013)
  • Austin Mahone (April 2013)
  • Bridgit Mendler (May 2013)
  • Tom Odell (June 2013)
  • Iggy Azalea (July 2013)
  • Icona Pop (August 2013)
  • twenty one pilots (September 2013)

BEST WORLD STAGE (WS)

  • Alicia Keys – WS Manchester 2012 (aired Dec. 7th)
  • fun. – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped June 7th)
  • Garbage – WS Mexico 2012 (aired Dec. 21st)
  • Green Day – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped June 9th)
  • Jason Mraz – WS Live In Myanmar 2012 (taped Dec. 16th)
  • Jessie J – WS Malta 2013 (taped 26th June)
  • Linkin Park – WS Mexico 2012 (aired Oct. 26th)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – WS Wireless 2013 (taped 13th July)
  • No Doubt – WS Frankfurt 2012 (aired Dec. 28th)
  • Paramore – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped 7th June)
  • Rita Ora – WS Malta 2013 (taped June 26th)
  • Robin Thicke – WS Malaysia 2013 (taped 8th September)
  • Snoop Lion – WS Durban 2013 (taped May 18th)
  • The Black Keys – WS NY Webster City Hall 2012 (aired Oct. 12th)
  • The Killers – WS Big Day Out 2013 (taped Jan 18th)

BEST UK & IRELAND ACT

  • Calvin Harris
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Olly Murs
  • One Direction
  • Rudimental

Daft Punk “Lose Yourself to Dance” Ft. Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers [Official Music Video]

loseyourselftodance

Get lost in music with Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams.

The trio breaks tradition with the music video for “Lose Yourself to Dance.” Instead of  releasing a traditional three-minute video, the gang opted for a video running just  a little over a minute.  Even though the video is short, the imagery and shimmer are amazing!

“Lose Yourself to Dance” is the second single from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album. It was released on August 13, 2013.

Check out the video below.

Daft Punk & Pharrell Cover VIBE’s Summer Issue

vibe-daft-pharrell

Daft Punk and Pharrell have one of the hottest songs of the summer. So what better way to praise the dynamic trio than by putting them on the cover of VIBE’s Summer Issue.

This issue, which also serves as the magazine’s 20th Anniversary issue, has the “Get Lucky” singers dishing on the success of the hit 80s band’s new album, Random Access Memories.

VIBE: What drew you guys to work with Pharrell on Random Access Memories?
THOMAS BANGALTER: We’ve always been big fans of his work and output as a producer, rapper and musician. But what we really appreciate more than anything is a multitalented artist that has a strong aura and is super talented, charismatic and very glamorous. His natural glamour—he is as elegant in jeans [as he is] in a tuxedo.
PHARRELL WILLIAMS: Thank you.

Do you remember your first time hearing Daft Punk?

WILLIAMS: I’ll never forget. I was talking to this girl, and all of a sudden I heard a song and was like, “What the fuck is that?” Because it just seemed like something regal, something very royal and different, from a higher caliber. When that guy sang “One More Time,” I was like, “What the?!” And then it was everywhere. Like, I heard it in cars in the hood. From that point I was in love with the sound and the groove. Isn’t that the most amazing feeling when we hear something and ask, “What is it?”
GUY-MANUEL DE HOMEM-CHRISTO: That never happens to us.
BANGALTER: It’s cool as a musician to be challenged by new music. It’s always something you look for, because all of us are music lovers. We have this repertoire where each time there is a song that makes a difference, people know it.

Did you expect Random Access Memories to be received so well after being off the scene for so long?

BANGALTER: We were very surprised about how much our project got noticed in a world where we went undercover for a long time. But there is no fear in what we are doing. There is no insecurity of being in the spotlight or losing the spotlight—that’s not what drives us. We’re amazed at how many ways we can connect with people through music and art because we don’t take anything for granted.

You connected with Kanye West to help produce his Yeezus LP. It sounds very different from when he sampled you guys for “Stronger.”

BANGALTER: It’s good that it is different, beccause the impact that “Stronger” had is very important. Somehow, it turned out to be this combination between hip-hop and electronic music, and almost started the mix of those genres. We’re all trying to push the envelope and to see where the music can go.

“Lose Yourself to Dance” is the second single, also featuring Pharrell. What is the statement of that song?

WILLIAMS: “Lose Yourself to Dance” makes me feel like walking down the street in the middle of the night in London and it’s 1984, 1985. I don’t hear ’70s in that at all. For me, it doesn’t sound at all like a Bowie record, but I feel like David Bowie would have loved that record. He could actually sing it.
BANGALTER: We’re trying to define—or redefine—what dance floor music can be. Whether it’s something lighter or something more primer. “Lose Yourself to Dance” is almost this idea of a timeless place or dance floor where you can lose yourself. The idea of unity of the dance floor, people being connected.

Check out more photos of the trio over at VIBE.com.

Photos: Karl Ferguson for VIBE

Robin Thicke ‘Blurred Lines’ [Artwork + Track Listing]

robinthicke-bl

 

Robin Thicke‘s colorful album cover for Blurred Lines shows his funky side. The album has already received rave reviews  from critics.  A perfect blend of R&B, Pop, and a little Hip-Hop. Thicke has come a long way since appearing on the music scene in 2003.

 

“The album is called Blurred Lines. I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that we all think we’re living either in a black or white world, or on a straight path, but most of us are living right in between those straight lines. And everything you thought you knew, the older you get, you realize, ‘Damn, I don’t know nothing about this. I better pay attention, I better listen and keep learning.’ So I think that, that’s what I’ve been realizing these past few years.” -Robin Thicke

 

Blurred Lines drops July 30. Pre-order the album on Amazon.com.

Check out the track listing below.

1. ‘Blurred Lines’ (feat. T.I. and Pharrell)
2. ‘Take It Easy On Me’
3. ‘Ooo La La ‘
4. ‘Ain’t No Hat 4 That’
5. ‘Get In My Way’
6. ‘Give It 2 U’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
7. ‘Feel Good’
8. ‘Go Stupid 4 U’
9. ’4 The Rest Of My Life’
10. ‘Top Of The World’
11. ‘The Good Life’

%d bloggers like this: