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Pharrell Williams (born 05.04.73) 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.
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.
This film recounts such a great true story that we don't mind the fact that it's all a bit too warm and polished, or that it kind of ignores its side characters. The central events, which took place more than 55 years ago, touch on big issues that have a strong present-day relevance. And the acting is excellent from a gifted ensemble cast. So even if the filmmaking isn't very complex, the themes resonate strongly.
It's set in 1961 Virginia, where Nasa is losing the space race to the Russians. To get things moving, programme director Al (Kevin Costner) turns to Katherine (Taraji P. Henson), a mathematician who works with the black women in the "colored computer" room downstairs. In Mission Control, she proves her value as an ace number cruncher. Meanwhile, engineer Mary (Janelle Monae) struggles in a system that ignores her contributions, while Dorothy (Octavia Spencer) has been passed over for promotion despite the fact that she's the only person who can make any sense of the new computer system. So as the entire facility works to get a man into space, it's doubtful that the leaders will see that these women are vital to the project.
The fact that this story is so little-known kind of answers that question. But the film never takes a political approach, instead finding the humanity in the situation. Gentle humour abounds in the interaction between characters, and even the racial insults (such as requiring Katherine to sprint through the rain to use a designated restroom) are played for chuckles. Meanwhile, the script offers slight glances at their personal lives: Katherine is a single mother with three smart daughters and a sweet romantic interest (Mahershala Ali), and Mary's preacher husband (Aldis Hodge) helps her fight for the right to study in an all-white college. Spencer's Dorothy doesn't really get a subplot, but then she's the movie's scene-stealer, so she doesn't really need one.
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Pharrell now has three new reasons to be ‘happy’.
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.
Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh have announced they welcomed triplets earlier this month
Pharrell Williams doesn't think he could save the world, but believes women have the power to save the world.
Pharrell Williams doesn't think he could save the world.
The 43-year-old musician - who has been an advocate for female equality - believes women have the power and ability to ''save'' the world if they wanted to, but he doubts his own ability to make as big a difference.
Speaking to Esquire magazine about his beliefs, the 'Happy' hitmaker said: ''I don't know what I could do, but I know if women wanted to, they could save this nation. If women wanted to, they could save the world.''
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The 35 year old journalist mixed up 'Hidden Figures' and 'Fences' while interviewing Pharrell Williams at the Golden Globes.
Jenna Bush Hager issued a tearful apology on the ‘Today’ show to her colleagues, the morning after she made a blunder on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards when she made a reference to “Hidden Fences”.
The 35 year old journalist – and the daughter of former president George W. Bush – recognised her mistake when speaking to her NBC colleagues Natalie Morales and Al Roker on Monday morning (January 9th).
“I thought last night was terrific. There were a lot of great moments,” she said during the 8am segment, reporting on the evening’s goings-on. “Viola Davis was one of my favourites when she said to Meryl Streep, 'You made me feel like enough.' I thought that was a beautiful speech.”
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Gospel singer Burrell gave a sermon in a church earlier this week in which she reportedly called homosexuals "perverted".
Janelle Monae has responded to the firestorm created by Kim Burrell’s recent homophobic rant, telling her fans that the gospel singer will not be performing with her and Pharrell Williams on the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’ later this week.
The three singers were scheduled to perform their song ‘I See a Victory’ from the movie Hidden Figures – of which Monae herself is a star – on DeGeneres’ show on Thursday this week (January 5th). However, Burrell has been castigated for a recent sermon she delivered at a church in Houston where she described homosexuals as “perverted”.
The gospel singer, 44, has compounded the anger directed at her for refusing to back down or apologise for her comments in a later Facebook Live broadcast.
The long-running American kids' show is returning to British screens for the first time since 2011.
Beloved children’s TV show ‘Sesame Street’ is set to make a return to British television screens next week, with some big name guests including Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams in its brand new series.
The legendary and long-running series, celebrating 47 years on air in America this month, is coming back to screens in Britain regularly for the first time in 15 years since it was first pulled from schedules back in 2001. After a brief revival a few years later, it was then removed again five years ago. It’s due to begin once again at 4pm on children’s channel Cartoonito next Monday (November 7th).
Gwen Stefani will be a guest on the new UK series of 'Sesame Street'
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'.
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.
Robin Thicke has said he was drunk and high during his 2013 interviews.
In one of the videos Thicke tells the attorney, ‘I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year.’ In another he is asked "Were you drunk and on Vicodin when you did the Oprah show?'" To which he quickly replies "yes".
A number of high-profile stars are suing ElevenParis for using their likenesses without their permission to sell clothes.
A range of pop stars including Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West and Rihanna are suing a Paris-based clothes retailer and manufacturer for “brazenly” selling merchandise such as hats, T-shirts and mobile phone cases bearing their likenesses without their permission.
A complaint was filed on Tuesday (October 6th) at a federal court in New York alleging that the company ElevenParis has ignored warnings previously issued by the artists to stop the items in question from being sold. According to Reuters, the retailer’s actions “have caused and are causing immediate irreparable harm” to the plaintiffs.
Beyonce and Jay Z are two of the stars behind the legal challenge
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Combs replaces Dr Dre as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world, making $60 million in the last 12 months.
Despite not having released an album in nearly half a decade, Sean “P Diddy” Combs has been revealed as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world this year with a gross income of $60 million from June 2014 to June 2015.
Diddy displaces Dr Dre in Forbes’ annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings rundown, with his income coming from various successful business ventures plus number of sponsorship and endorsement deals. His Ciroc brand of vodka has proven extremely popular in the States, and it has been this that has formed the bedrock of his financial health this year.
The rapper has also enjoyed income from his clothing line Sean John, his water brand Aquahydrate and TV network Revolt.
Continue reading: Sean 'Diddy' Combs Revealed As Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Star Of 2015
Date of birth
5th September, 1973
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