Pharrell Williams

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

5th September, 1973

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.75

Pharrell Williams (born 05.04.73) is an American music proN*E*R*Ducer, singer-songwriter and rapper. He is one half of the production duo The Neptunes and is also the lead singer and drummer of the funk-rock band, N*E*R*D.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Pharrell Williams has a net worth of 80 million USD.

Childhood: Pharrell Williams was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to handyman Pharaoh and teacher Carolyn Williams. While in the seventh grade, Williams met Chad Hugo during a summer band camp. The two also were both part of a marching band. Williams studied at Princess Anne High School where he was part of the school band.

Williams and Hugo formed The Neptunes as a four-piece band with two of their friends. The group performed at Princess Anne High School for a talent contest and, as producer Teddy Riley had a studio next door, were offered a contract.

Career: Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo began making a name for themselves as a production duo using the name of their old band, The Neptunes. The Neptunes produced a series of successful songs, yet their breakthrough came in 2001, when they produced the Britney Spears song 'I'm a Slave 4 U', which became the production duo's first worldwide chart-topper. In that same year, Williams and Hugo's band N*E*R*D (which also contained one of the other two members from their band The Neptunes) released the album 'In Search of...' on 28th September 2001, to rave reviews.

This was followed by 'The Neptunes Present...Clones' the following year, which featured a series of remixes and shot to the top of the Billboard Album chart. On 23rd March 2004, N*E*R*D released 'Fly or Die', which received exceedingly positive reviews all round. At the 2004 Grammy Awards, Williams receieved the awards for both 'Producer of the Year, Non-Classical', and 'Best Pop Vocal Album', the latter of which was for an appearance on Justin Timberlake's album 'Justified'. In 2004, Williams made an appearance on Snoop Dog's 'Drop It Like It's Hot', which became his first US chart-topping single.

The Neptunes continued to produce music and remixes for a variety of artists. In July, 2010, Pharell Williams composed the musical score for the movie 'Despicable Me'. In October of the same year, N*E*R*D supported Gorillaz on their world tour before releasing 'Nothing' on 2nd November 2010. Unlike other N*E*R*D releases, 'Nothing' only received moderate critical praise and failed to rise above number 21 on Billboard's 200 list.

In 2012, Williams worked with Hans Zimmer once again (after 'Despicable Me') on the music for the 84th Academy Awards that year. The following year, Williams contributed his vocals to the Daft Punk hit single 'Get Lucky', before writing and producing Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' - both of which became chart-topping singles. In December 2013, Williams was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'Happy' from the 'Despicable Me 2' soundtrack.

The song lost, however, to 'Frozen''s 'Let It Go'.

Personal Life: Pharrell Williams and his long-term girlfriend, Helen Lasichanh, had a son, Rocket, in November 2008. On 12th October, 2013, Williams and Lasichanh were married. In the 'Despicable Me' soundtrack, the song 'Rocket's Theme' was dedicated to Williams' son.

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Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 08 August 2018

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From 'Happy' to 'Banana Pancakes', these are soaked in positivity.

It's hard enough getting through a working week without the struggle of choosing some appropriate tunes to help you stay motivated. Thus, we've taken the liberty of putting together our own ultimate happy playlist that is sure to keep you smiling for the rest of the week.

Image caption Pharrell at the Latin Grammy Awards

1. Pharrell Williams - Happy
This was released for the 'Despicable Me 2' soundtrack in 2013 and featured on his second album 'Girl'. This Diamond certified tune was Pharrell's only solo number one, winning two Grammys and becoming the eighth highest selling single of all time in the UK. And there's a good reason for that; it's the happiest song to be written since 'If You're Happy and You Know It'.

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Justin Timberlake Accepts Pop Label

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 19 January 2018

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Justin Timberlake has admitted he has accepted being known as a pop artist, but it motivated him to make music that just feels right to him

Justin Timberlake admitted he was inspired to be open with his music after realising he may not shake his 'pop star' label.

The 'SexyBack' singer was initially a little disappointed when reviews for his 2002 debut solo album 'Justified' kept him in the more mainstream genre despite his efforts in pushing for a more R&B-influenced sound after his time with boy band Nsync.

Speaking with Zane Lowe on 'Beats 1', he said: ''I was like, 'Wow I really made an R&B album.' I really wanted to make an R&B album.

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Rihanna Shows Off Rap Skills In NERD's New Song 'Lemon'

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 03 November 2017

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She teams up with Pharrell Williams' band for this awesome track.

Pharrell Williams' olN*E*R*D band NERD makes a comeback with Rihanna in tow for their first single in seven years entitled 'Lemon'. It's a pure rap number, with no melodic vocals from the Barbadian goddess, but she proves to be just as good at spoken word as she is at singing.

Image caption Rihanna at Fenty Beauty launch

N*E*R*Directed by Todd Tourso and Scott Cudmore, the new video for the track, which dropped on Wednesday (November 1st 2017), has already received more than three million views and kicks off with Rihanna shaving the head of a female dancer named Mette Towley who has been part of Pharrell's dance troupe The Baes since 2014.

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Pharrell Williams leaves BBC Radio 1 - London, United Kingdom - Friday 27th October 2017

Pharrell Williams Invests In Music Tech Start-Up ROLI

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 26 October 2017

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Pharrell has also been named Chief Creative Officer of the British music tech start-up.

Pop megastar Pharrell Williams has been named as the Chief Creative Officer of British music tech start-up company ROLI.

The 44 year old Grammy winning musician and producer has teamed up with ROLI, a platform for next-generation instrumentation set up by Roland Lamb, as a major investor in the company, becoming one of its co-owners in the process as per a long-term agreement between the parties. The value of Pharrell’s investment has not been disclosed in reports.

Williams said in a statement on Wednesday (October 25th): “Music touches all of us, and for a long time I’ve been passionate about finding ways to share the power of music with more people. When I met Roland and ROLI, I immediately felt we were working towards exactly the same goals, and so I’m super excited that we’re kicking off this partnership.”

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Pharrell Williams Kneels At Concert For Charlottesville

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 25 September 2017

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Pharrell Williams knelt down in protest at the 'Concert for Charlottesville' event on Sunday (24.09.17) which featured the likes of Justin Timberlake and the Dave Matthews Band

Pharrell Williams knelt down in protest as he joined a star-studded line up for the 'Concert for Charlottesville' on Sunday night (24.09.17).

The 'Happy' singer performed with The Roots as he joined the likes of Justin Timberlake and Ariana Grande at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium, where hometown heroes The Dave Matthews Band headlined an emotional show.

During his hit-filled set - which included the songs 'Freedom', 'Happy' and his Daft Punk collaboration 'Get Lucky' - the star made reference to Donald Trump's condemnation of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

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Pharrell Williams Is Staying Far Away From Triplets' Dirty Diapers

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 29 June 2017

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The singer confesses he doesn't change his children.

Pharrell Williams might make a really cute father, but you may be less enamoured to discover that he never does any of the dirty work when it comes to raising his triplets with his wife Helen Lasichanh. However, he does have a lot of respect for her.

Image caption Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh at the 'Despicable Me 2' premiere

N*E*R*During an interview on the 'Today' show, Pharrell talked about his 'tribe'; he and Helen now have four children including 5-month-old triplets and 8-year-old son Rocket Williams. We are yet to discover the names of the three new bundles of joy, but Pharrell sure isn't getting to know the messy side of parenthood.

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Pharrell Williams seen on stage at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert - The concert was set up to benefit the victims of the terror attack after Ariana's Manchester show the other week. Stars from the US and UK both graced the stage and played a concert full of emotion and love. The even was held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 4th June 2017

Pharrell Williams wears a surgical face mask as he arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th March 2017

Pharrell Williams at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

Pharrell Williams at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017

Three Times The Joy! Pharrell Williams And Wife Helen Lasichanh Welcome Triplets

By Stephanie Chase in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 31 January 2017

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Pharrell now has three new reasons to be ‘happy’.

Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh have announced they’ve welcomed triplets.

The intensely private couple have been keeping their exciting news quiet, but speaking to Vanity Fair a rep confirmed that the bundles of joy arrived earlier this month.

Image caption Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh have announced they welcomed triplets earlier this month

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Willow Smith Says She And Brother Jaden Use Social Media To "Elevate The Consciousness Of Others"

By Stephanie Chase in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 31 August 2016

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The celeb offspring have hit out at teens who are only ‘Instagram’ famous.

Willow Smith and Jaden Smith, the teenaged children of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have declared they want to ‘utilise social media to elevate the consciousness' of others. The siblings sat down with Pharrell Williams for the latest issue of Interview magazine and explained how they make the best use social media, as opposed to their friends who are just 'Instagram famous'.

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Robin Thicke Admits To Being 'Drunk And High' In 2013 Interviews During 'Blurred Lines' Deposition

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 25 October 2015

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In the recently published tapes Thicke says he was drunk and high on Vicodin when being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 2013.

‘Blurred Lines’ singer Robin Thicke has said he was 'high and drunk every time’ he did an interview in 2013. The singer made the revelation during videotaped depositions ahead of the 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism trail, which were obtained and published by The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday.

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