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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
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.
Pharrell Williams has scored the soundtrack for new movie Hidden Figures which tells the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who were the first African American women to work at NASA as mathematicians/physicists.
The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer in the three lead roles and even though Monae is a respected musician in her own right ahw only stars as an actor in this particular film; director Theodore Melfi turned to acclaimed songwriter Pharrell Williams to pen the lead track 'I See A Victory' as well as many more featured in the film.
I See A Victory also sees gospel singer Kim Burrell sing the lead vocal. Both Pharrell and Kim took to the stage at the Toronto Film Festival to perform the song live in front of a large crowd. The pair also recruited a superb gospel choir to sing backing vocals.
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
Continue reading: Jay Z, Beyonce And Other Pop Stars Sue Paris Clothing Retailer
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 $60 million from June 2014 to June 2015.
Diddy displaces Dr Dre in Forbes’ annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings rundown, with his income coming from various successful business ventures plus number of sponsorship and endorsement deals. His Ciroc brand of vodka has proven extremely popular in the States, and it has been this that has formed the bedrock of his financial health this year.
The rapper has also enjoyed income from his clothing line Sean John, his water brand Aquahydrate and TV network Revolt.
Continue reading: Sean 'Diddy' Combs Revealed As Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Star Of 2015
The British model and actress has previously admitted that she was reluctant at first to star in the video.
Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has spoken once more about her role in the controversial video for ‘Blurred Lines’, the Robin Thicke single that helped her to stardom, calling it “the bane of my existence”.
In a new interview with InStyle magazine, the 24 year old said: “Anyone comes up to me about ‘Blurred Lines’, I’m like, ‘Are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?’” Ratajkowski has since scored roles in Gone Girl and Zac Efron’s recent EDM flick We Are Your Friends, as well as a cameo in the Entourage movie in which she stars as herself.
Emily Ratajkowski at the 2015 MTV VMAs
The annual awards show takes place this Sunday (August 30th).
Demi Lovato and Pharrell are among the names just announced as performers at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The event, which takes place on Sunday (August 30th) will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California and hosted by Miley Cyrus.
Demi Lovato has been announced as performing at this year’s VMA’s.
Six performers were announced for the ceremony on Tuesday; Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots and Tori Kelly. They will join The Weeknd who was previously announced as performing hit single, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’.
Continue reading: Demi Lovato And Pharrell Among Performers For This Years MTV VMAs
The annual festival takes place at London's Roundhouse from September 19-September 28, with more headliners to be announced soon.
Apple has unveiled the first clutch of artists to appear at its annual festival, rebranded as the Apple Music Festival, in London next month. Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the acts to be confirmed on Tuesday (August 18th), with more artists to be announced over the coming days.
The Apple Music Festival will be taking place over 10 nights from September 19th to September 28th at London’s iconic Roundhouse venue in Camden. To tie in with the company’s recent launch of its all-in-one music content application Apple Music, all of the performances will be available for people to watch via the app, both live and on-demand.
Pharrell Williams is one of the first headliners to unveiled for the Apple Music Festival in London
Continue reading: Apple Music Festival Announces One Direction, Pharrell As Headliners
Date of birth
5th September, 1973
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