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Daft Punk & Pharrell Cover VIBE’s Summer Issue

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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

2013 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

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It’s Moon Man time again!

The nominees for the 2013 MTV VMAs have officially announced.  Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations with six nods each.  P!nk, Miley Cyrus, and Robin Thicke follow behind with three nods.

Voting for all VMA categories, except the Artist To Watch category, will end on August 24 at 6 p.m. ET. Voting for Artist to Watch continues through the show.

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards airs live on Aug. 25 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Check out the list below.

Video Of The Year
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Wanz) – Thrift Shop
Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. and Pharrell) – Blurred Lines
Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble.

Artist To Watch
Austin Mahone – What About Love
Iggy Azalea – Work
The Weeknd – Wicked Games
twenty one pilots – Holding On To You
Zedd (feat. Foxes) – Clarity

Best Male Video
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Ed Sheeran – Lego House
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. and Pharrell) – Blurred Lines

Best Female Video
Demi Lovato – Heart Attack
Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
P!nk (feat. Nate Ruess) – Just Give Me A Reason
Rihanna (feat. Mikky Ekko) – Stay
Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble.

Best Collaboration
Calvin Harris (feat. Ellie Goulding) – I Need Your Love
Justin Timberlake (feat. Jay-Z) – Suit & Tie
P!nk (feat. Nate Ruess) – Just Give Me A Reason
Pitbull (feat. Christina Aguilera) – Feel This Moment
Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. and Pharrell) – Blurred Lines

Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
fun. – Carry On
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
Selena Gomez – Coem & Get It

Best Hip-Hop Video
A$AP Rocky f/ 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar – ****in’ Problems
Drake – Started From The Bottom
J.Cole (feat. Miguel) – Power Trip
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton) – Can’t Hold Us

Best Rock Video
Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Up In The Air
Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

Best Video With A Social Message
Beyoncé – I Was Here
Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Mary Lambert) – Same Love
Miguel – Candles In The Sun
Snoop Lion f/ Drake and Cori B. – No Guns Allowed

Best Art Direction
alt-J – Tessellate
Capital Cities – Safe & Sound
Janelle Monae (feat. Erykah Badu) – Q.U.E.E.N.
Lana Del Rey – National Anthem
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Up In The Air

Best Choreography
Bruno Mars – Treasure
Chris Brown – Fine China
Ciara – Body Party
Jennifer Lopez (feat. Pitbull) – Live It Up
will.i.am (feat. Justin Bieber) – #thatPOWER

Best Cinematography
A-Track and Tommy Trash – Tuna Melt
Lana Del Rey – Ride
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton) – Can’t Hold Us
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Up In The Air
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege

Best Direction
Drake – Started From The Bottom
fun. – Carry On
Justin Timberlake (feat. Jay-Z) – Suit & Tie
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton) – Can’t Hold Us
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege

Best Editing
Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch) – Sweet Nothing
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton) – Can’t Hold Us
Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
P!nk (feat. Nate Ruess) – Just Give Me A Reason

Best Visual Effects
Capital Cities – Safe & Sound
Duck Sauce – It’s You
Flying Lotus – Tiny Tortures
Skrillex (feat. The Doors) – Breakin’ A Sweat
The Weeknd – Wicked Games

SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti Benefit Concert

SOS: Help For Haiti aired tonight on BET in Miami, Florida. The telethon was hosted by Queen Latifah, Pharrell and P. Diddy. Several celebrities manned the phones, while others lent their voice for the cause.  SOS featured performances from Justin Bieber and Ludacris, Mary J. Blige and Jasmine Sullivan, Robin Thicke, Busta Rhymes, Kirk Frankiln, Keri Hilson and Chris Brown.

It was a great night filled with many stellar performances. It’s nice to see everyone coming together in the name of music for a good cause.

Johnny Depp covers ‘GQ’ Magazine

The February issue of GQ magazine features hunky actor Johnny Depp shirtless! Yes ladies, it’s what you’ve been waiting for.  Depp looks completely different from what we’ve seen him look like in recent years.  This special issue features GQ’s picks of the 25  most stylish men in the world.

Jay- Z, Anderson Cooper, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling ,David Beckham, Jude Law, and Pharrell, are just some of the other men featured in this special issue.

For the complete list and voting details, check out GQ’s official website.

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