Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams was born on April 5th, 1973 and is an American music producer, singer-songwriter and rapper. He is one half of the production duo The Neptunes, with Chad Hugo, and he has produced music for a range of well known Pop, Hip-Hop and R&B artists.

As well as his production talents, Pharrell is also the lead singer and drummer of the funk-rock band, N*E*R*D.

Career

Although Pharrell had produced for different artists, it wasn't until 2001 when he attained world wide recognition. Britney Spears' single, "I'm a Slave 4 U" became a world-wide #1 hit and catapulted the group and their production skills into the lime light.

In 2002, N*E*R*D released their first album- In Search Of... to critical acclaim.

In 2003, as The Neptunes, Pharrell went onto release The Neptunes Present...Clones, featuring songs and remixes from various artists. This album topped the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

In 2004, he would release a second album as N*E*R*D called Fly or Die.

In 2007, he wrote and produced "Why Should I Be Sad" on Britney Spears' latest album Blackout. He also produced two songs for The Hives latest record, The Black and White Album.

In April of 2008, Madonna released her album, Hard Candy, which features production by The Neptunes on seven of the twelve tracks.

In June 2008, Seeing Sounds would be released as the third studio album from N*E*R*D.

Triva

Pharrell drives a Ferrari Enzo and a Mercedes SLR McLaren

Was voted the "Best Dressed Man in the World" in 2005 by Esquire.

He enjoys the works of the late astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan.

He is the co-founder of the clothing brand Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear.

He has a half-pipe inside his home.

According to an article in NME, Pharrell is interested in producing the Strokes' fourth album.

His brother Cato Williams is a professional skateboarder.

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24th July 2014 -

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Cyrus also features on the track's vocals, and -perhaps most shockingly of all- resists the urge to twerk in the new vid. Instead she's seen enthusiastically dancing around with Pharrell, wearing a cute crop top...

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21st July 2014 -

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17th July 2014 -

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17th July 2014 -

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16th July 2014 -

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Get On Up

16th July 2014 -

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The stars of the upcoming James Brown biopic 'Get On Up', Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis and Octavia Spencer, talk about the legendary musician alongside artists Ice Cube, Pharrell, Mick Jagger, Cee-Lo Green and Aloe Blacc...

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15th July 2014 -

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9th July 2014 -

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Stevie Nicks is all set to join The Voice, taking on an advisory role to Adam Levine's team. The 66 year-old Fleetwood Mac singer is the first advisor to be announced for the new series...

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3rd July 2014 -

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Ed Sheeran is not a singer who has to worry about what critics say. You wouldn't either, if your latest album had stormed the charts worldwide, selling zillions of copies and breaking umpteen records. Having...

Pharrell Williams Surprises Glamorous Guests At Serpentine Galleries' Summer Party

3rd July 2014 -

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Lionel Richie Inspires From The BET Stage, Despite Unfortunate Typo

1st July 2014 -

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Lionel Richie’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony during the BET Awards on Sunday was moving, inspiring and… wrong. Well, part of it was, anyway. Richie received musical tributes by Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Yolanda Adams,...

Fail! Lionel Richie's Name Spelled Wrong At The BET Awards

30th June 2014 -

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Whoever was in charge of the captioning at last night's BET Awards should hang their head in shame after they misspelled the name of the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, Lionel Richie. During the...

Lionel Richie Crowns The BET Awards 2014 Performers List

29th June 2014 -

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It’s almost time for the BET awards and tonight’s show promises some memorable moments. Lionel Richie has been tapped to perform during the annual award show, as well as being this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree....

The Academy Opens Its Arms Once More: 271 Stars Invited, Inc. Nyongo'o, Pharrell, Fassbender

27th June 2014 -

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Like a basking shark, hoovering up the most talented plankton the world of cinema has to offer, The Academy has extended a warm invitation to a slew of new potential members.Lupita Nyong'o with her Oscars...

Pharrell Issues Feminist Speech At London Gig: "This Is The Year Everything Changes"

25th June 2014 -

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Despite featuring prominently in the one of the most controversial, sexist videos in the history of pop music, Pharrell Williams has called for gender equality in front of a packed London crowd.Pharrell Williams performs live...

Ed Sheeran Received Sage Advice From Fairy Godfather-like Pharrell

11th June 2014 -

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With his sophomore album, X, Ed Sheeran is taking a whole new musical direction and he couldn’t have found a better advisor than Pharrell Williams. In his new MTV documentary, Sheeran talks about the process...

Ed Sheeran Is Talented, Hardworking, Friendly And All Things Good And Lovely, According To New MTV Docu-Series

11th June 2014 -

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While Taylor Swift relaxes from her busy schedule by making Drake-themed crafts for Ed Sheeran, her BFF just launched a new MTV docuseries. Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran premiered last night on the...

Pharrell Williams Expresses Contrition After Native American Garb Scandal

7th June 2014 -

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A pattern is emerging: celebrity offends race, culture or religion in some way > celebrity makes public apology > people forgive said celebrity over time. And these scandals are simply replaced; Mackelmore and Jonah Hill’s...

Pharrell Williams Promises To Change The World With Women At Intimate Show [Video]

5th June 2014 -

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Recently (3 June 2014) the 'Happy' singer Pharrell Williams played an intimate show at New York's legendary Apollo Theatre. If you weren't lucky enough to be there, don't worry because director Spike Lee has filmed...

Pharrell Williams Apologizes For Sporting Native American Headdress On Elle UK Cover

4th June 2014 -

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Pharrell Williams accidently angered a lot of his fans.The 41 year-old music mogul caused outrage when appearing on the front cover of Elle UK's July Issue for wearing a native Indian headdress.Members of the...

The Internet Is NOT #Happy About Pharrell's ELLE Cover

4th June 2014 -

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Pharrell Williams is wearing Native American headgear and talking about creativity in the new issue of Elle magazine. We almost didn’t recognize him without the green Vivienne Westwood hat, but it is indeed Pharrell -...

Pharrell To Team Up With Spike Lee For Apollo Theater Debut

27th May 2014 -

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Pharrell Williams is to team up with director Spike Lee for the streaming version of his upcoming concert at the Apollo Theater on the 3rd June. The concert will be part of American Express Unstaged,...

A Week In News: Havoc As 'Godzilla' And Kardashians Unleashed On Unsuspecting Cities

23rd May 2014 -

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Cannes Continues: We're nearly at the end of the second week of the Cannes Film Festival and have been mentally noting which new movies have soared or been scorched at the hands of critics. Map...

Pharrell Reacts: Iran Youths Arrested For ‘Happy’ Dancing Video

21st May 2014 -

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A group of six young Iranians have been arrested in the city of Tehran for having uploaded a video to YouTube showing themselves dancing and miming to Pharrell Williams'Despicable Me 2 soundtrack hit, 'Happy.' The...

Andy Samberg Reassembles Lonely Island, Pharrell For ‘HUGS’ SNL Digital Short [Video]

19th May 2014 -

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SNL's legendary digital shorts made a grand return when Andy Samberg hosted the weekend entertainment show for the first time. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star made his name as a cast member on Saturday Night Live...

Pharrell Williams - Dear G I R L

15th May 2014 -

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Pharrell: 'Happy' Was Originally For Which 'Crazy' Singer?

1st May 2014 -

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Pharrell Williams has revealed that his hit single 'Happy' was, at least at one point, not destined for his own vocal talents. The 41 year-old singer revealed to Howard Stern that the song he co-wrote...

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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?

4 months 2 weeks ago
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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.

4 months 4 weeks ago
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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.

5 months 1 week ago
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babydoll12

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.

8 years 1 month ago
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Franka

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

7 years 8 months ago
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blackboy-t

thanks pharrell for just inventin ur clorhing line bbc and ice cream love them thats just the line i have been waiting for thabnks so much and wish u a happy family with 35

6 years 2 weeks ago
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skatepgirl

Yo, to jskate, man that was a real tight freestyle dude. I was feelin it. I dont skate very much at all but I was gettin into what you was sayin. When I see shows like the X Games, they make it look realy easy but I know it takes hard work and strive to do what you guys do. Oh yea I dont know why people rag on yall for wearin thoes tight jeans. I used to get all over yall about that too untill I realized that was your style and your own thing. Im not sayin thats your style in particular, but if it was, oh well you know. Thats your business. Yall dont get all over us because we like to wear baggy jeans and air force ones, we shouldnt do it to yall, and thats not fair.

8 years 1 day ago
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S.A GIRL

GREAT PERSON FASCINATES ME EVERYDAY CAN'T WAIT TO GET HOLD OF THAT CHAIR AND ALSO HE'S JEWELLERY LINE.......GONNA COST ME A SMALL FORTUNE BUT I REALLY DON'T CARE WHEN IT COMES TO HIM I WILL GO TO ALL LENTHS GETTIN WHAT I WANT.

6 years 1 week ago
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babydoll12

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

8 years 1 month ago
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