Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell Williams (born 05.04.73)

Pharrell Williams is an American music producer, 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.

Pharrell Williams: Net Worth

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

Pharrell Williams: 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.

Pharrell Williams: 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'.

Pharrell Williams: 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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Video | 22nd October 2014

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Taylor Swift Joins 'The Voice' As Guest Advisor

by Elinor Cosgrave | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 5th October 2014

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Video | 24th July 2014

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Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

by Hannah Woodhead | News | Music / Festivals | 24th July 2014

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by Lauren James | News | Music / Festivals | 3rd July 2014

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theresa

I submitted my niece for the voice and all we got was someone who wanted money to get her an audition how do we sign up for a free audition???

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Kandy Attinger ...

I am watching the voice, and can't tell what ribbons you are wearing, can you tell me which ribbons/medals you have on your chest

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I love the show the voice, as a Marine veteran I noticed you wearing ribbons on your denim jacket why are you wearing ribbons that you did not earn, or did you serve

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Thurman Ward

There is a rumor floating that Pherrell Williams is the son of THE legendary Smokey Robinson.can anyone confirm whether this is true or not?

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Denise Figueiredo

Hey pharrell you are very good. U have talent and u do everything simple and beautiful. I am not easy to like the music the first time but when I heard your music I am in love for that. Congratulation and I hope u will do more songs like that. It is a happy song.

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Christian Contreras

Hey Pharrel whats up with hiding the fact that 2 of your band are actually White. We live in a multicultural world. http://youtu.be/h5EofwRzit The two white guys are disguised why? I enjoy your music cant say I appreciate the perceived reverse racism I see here.

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What can i say about Pharrell Williams other than hes one of the greatest artists and writers of his generation his albums tend to have a song for whatever mood im in. When i play my n.e.r.d albums in my car even my mom joins in. Pharrell is a real entertainer when i seen him live at t in the park i as so happy to have seen pharrell at his best. I love Pharrell's style, personality and music hes truly a talented artist i hope his new album is a big hit i'm sure it will be.

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I have a question : Kochane dziewczyny z Polski : co myslicie o Pharrellu ? Pozdrawiam :* szkoda ze nie ma jakiegos nowego posta :/ ale gadam bez sensu

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Pharrell i ove you don't everstop being you you're the coolest person going not to mention the cutest love ya keep on rockin xxx LJ

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hey i dont know who reads this but i gotta get somethin out there some howits time to put my skate and rymin skills togeather and between the two theres no tellin whats betteri start out my run with a tripple kickflipwith spins so quick they make your moma sick after that i hit up the rollin witha backside switch 360 spin and even though ive already blown you away i hop on my bike and pull a tail whip the same day cuase skatin and rymin is what i do best and every day i continue to put my skillz to the test the next day i hit up the ten set down the street and you know while im there im rockin vans on my feet i pull a big ass shuv-it and do it again and you know i aint stopin that aint the end i hit up the hand rail with a five 0 and pull a kickflip out before my feet let go skatein ant easy its not for no hos not every ones a tony hawk pullen fakie five 0s it takes practice and determination like rymin and the more i do the both the harder im tryin improvings what i am no way to deny it and when i get my pro shoe every kids gonna buy it ill be out there pullin big demos one dayand ill jump the great wall of china like my boy danny way cause skatin and rymin is what i like to do o yea did i mention i right punk rock to.

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