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.
After five years of legal wrangling, Thicke and Pharrell Williams must pay out nearly $5 million to the family of Marvin Gaye.
A final ruling has been handed down in the long-running copyright dispute case concerning ‘Blurred Lines’, with its creators Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams being ordered to pay out $5 million to the family of Marvin Gaye.
The verdict brings to an end a legal battle that began over five years ago, when the estate of the late soul singer Marvin Gaye launched a lawsuit claiming that Thicke and Williams’ 2013 smash hit ‘Blurred Lines’ copied substantial parts of Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’.
Gaye’s family won the initial case over three years ago now, but Thicke and Williams appealed the verdict.
Continue reading: Final Ruling In Robin Thicke 'Blurred Lines' Copyright Case Delivered
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.
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'.
Continue reading: Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work
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.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Accepts Pop Label
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.
Rihanna at Fenty Beauty launch
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.
Continue reading: Rihanna Shows Off Rap Skills In NERD's New Song 'Lemon'
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.”
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Invests In Music Tech Start-Up ROLI
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.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Kneels At Concert For Charlottesville
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.
Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh at the 'Despicable Me 2' premiere
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.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Is Staying Far Away From Triplets' Dirty Diapers
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 out shopping in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Wednesday 21st December 2016
Pharrell Williams at the 'Hidden Figures' Washington, D.C. Premiere held at the Museum of African American History and Culture - Wednesday 14th December 2016
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'.
Pharrell Williams performing on stage on the tenth day of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th July 2016
Pharrell Williams performing at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. Pharrell played as a warm-up act for Stevie Wonder who was playing his 1976 album 'Songs in the Key of Life' in full. London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th July 2016
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".
American singer songwriter Pharrell Williams performing live in concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Date of birth
5th September, 1973
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