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It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.
The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.
The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood.
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'Daft Punk Unchained' will air June 24th on Canal + in France.
The mysterious, hit making duo known as Daft Punk might soon be lifting their helmets ever so slightly in a new documentary titled, ‘Daft Punk Unchained’. Made by BBC Worldwide France, the doc is the first to made about the group, who have been shrouded in secrecy since their formation in 1993.
‘Daft Punk Unchained’ will air June 24th.
Directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre and co-written with Marina Rozenma, ‘Unchained’ will tell the story of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, aka Daft Punk, using archival interview footage from 1996 to 2013 and "rare documents”.
What happens when you take Pharrell, Snoop Dog, Snoop's favourite medication, and Stevie Wonder? A crazy story - that's what!
With Snoop Dog's 'Bush' set to hit shelves on 12th May 2015, Snoop and the record's producer, Pharrell Williams, took some time to give an interview about the creation of some of the tracks from the album. One of the main topics of conversation, however, turned out to be how they got Stevie Wonder to appear on the song 'California Role', and how the two musicians reacted to his arrival.
'California Role' was released on 5th May 2015
Pharrell originally played the song 'California Role' while the two were recording the album in Miami, apparently because it was a song he had made that had never made it onto an album. Snoop knew he couldn't rap over the song, so he reached out to a friend of his to write some lyrics for him, before he realised that the song was calling out for Stevie Wonder.
Is this the first signs of the post-'Blurred Lines' legal ruling coming into effect?
The biggest selling single of the year so far has seen a significant change to its writing credits. Mark Ronson’s record-breaking ‘Uptown Funk!’ now includes the writers of The Gap Band’s 1979 hit ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’.
It’s not clear as to how this alteration came about – there have been no court cases or lawsuits in the offing – but five extra names are now included on Ronson’s hit, according to Music Week. They are The Gap Band’s three members Ronnie Wilson, Charles Wilson and Robert Wilson as well as producers Lonnie Simmons and Rudolph Taylor.
Mark Ronson has altered the writing credits for 'Uptown Funk!'
Continue reading: 'Uptown Funk!'s Writing Credits Changed To Include The Gap Band
Motorhead, FFS and George Clinton make for exciting surprise additions.
The Billboard Music Awards are being held on May 17th in Las Vegas.
Swift and Smith, whose respective albums 1989 and In The Lonely Hour are still in the Top 5 of the Billboard Albums Chart well over four months after their release, are both gunning for the Top Artist, Top 100 Songs, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artists categories, while each is up for the Top Artist in their gender-specific prizes.
Taylor Swift scored the most BMA nominations with 14
The British supermodel fronts the new Marie Antoinette inspired campaign for the French fashion house.
She may be looking towards a future in Hollywood, but supermodel Cara Delevingne isn't quite done with striking a pose yet. The 22 year old is the new face of Chanel’s most recent campaign, which sees her giving Marie Antoinette a punk makeover in the period style images.
Muse: Cara Delevingne is the face of Chanel
Cara shared some of the striking images with her 10.7 million Instagram followers on Thursday captioning one picture “My new @chanelofficial campaign @karllagerfeld @carineroitfeld @sammcknight1 @tompecheux.”
Continue reading: Cara Delevingne's New Chanel Campaign Is A Vintage Dream
The song was produced by Grammy winning Pharrell Williams.
Alternative funk two-piece from New York Lion Babe have opened up about their 'empowering' new single 'Wonder Woman', produced by Pharrell Williams. The duo admit it's all about becoming a role model for young women in the world.
Lion Babe to release new single 'Wonder Woman' in May 2015
Rising stars Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman are set to unveil their highly anticipated debut album soon, and have already presented us with a little taster in the form of 'Wonder Woman', with whom they worked alongside multi-award winning 'Happy' hitmaker Pharrell Williams. The video is equally as exciting, featuring Jillian acting out her band's namesake, voluminous curls at their max.
Continue reading: Lion Babe Open Up About 'Empowering' New Single 'Wonder Woman'
The ‘Happy’ hat wearer is being recognised for his unique style.
He’s known for his unique fashion sense just as much as he is for his catchy hits, so it's no surprise to see Pharrell Williams being named as this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon Award winner. The ‘Happy’ singer has become a fashion trailblazer in recent years, always making waves on the red carpet thanks to his fearless, ever changing style.
Pharrell will recieve this year's CDFA icon award
“If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style, but for his kindness and openness. I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenburg in a statement.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Named 2015 CFDA Fashion Icon Award Recipient
The Gaye family isn't quite done with Pharrell Williams.
So Pharrell has had enough trouble with the Gaye family to last him a lifetime. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be done with him quite yet. The Gaye estate originally lauched and settled out of court on a lawsuit that could net them $7.3 million, according to BBC News. The suit referred to the 1977 hit Got to Give It Up.
Now, they're looking into Marvin Gaye's entire back catalogue to see if there have been any other copyright breaches. According to the BBC, Gaye's daughter Nona has already found similarities between Pharrell's Happy and her father's 1966 hit Ain't It Peculiar.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost their case against Marvin Gaye's family.
A jury has ruled that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke breached copyright when writing their 2013 monster hit Blurred Lines. Jurors found that that one of the best-selling singles of all time copied segments of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit Got To Give It Up.
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have lost their Blurred Lines case
The family of the late soul singer has been awarded $7.3 million in damages though Thicke and Williams are believed to be appealing the decision, calling it a "horrible precedent".
Continue reading: Jury Awards Marvin Gaye's Family $7.3 Million In 'Blurred Lines' Case
The 'Happy' star spoke to GQ Style magazine about his recent success.
With pretty much the whole world at his feet having had the biggest selling single of the last few years, you could perhaps excuse Pharrell Williams for being immodest. But in a new interview he was very humble when comparing himself to one of his musical idols Jay-Z.
Speaking with Germany’s GQ Style magazine, the 41 year old said he would “sound braggy” if he were to rap like Jay-Z and use the same lyrics that he does. He believes that all artists should find their own style and that imitating someone else is unlikely to pay off.
Pharrell Williams performing live in 2014
Continue reading: Pharrell Says He Could Never Rap Like Jay Z
Pharrell Williams said that he recognised the similarities between songs but did not copy Marvin Gaye's work.
Pharrell Williams says he did not have Marvin Gaye's song Got To Give It Up in mind when writing his pop mega-hit Blurred Lines though was "channelling...that late 70s feeling." Williams, Robin Thicke and rapper T.I are being sued by Gaye's family over similarities between the 1977 song and the 2013 pop hit.
Pharrell Williams testified in court, saying that although he recognised the likeness between songs, he did not copy Marvin Gaye
In court, Pharrell conceded that he recognised a likeness between his and Gaye's songs though that ultimately it was an entirely original composition.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Denies Copying Marvin Gaye On 'Blurred Lines'
Pharrell Williams will be penning four picture books for children based on his song 'Happy'. Here are four other celebrities who have also turned their talents to writing.
Pharrell Williams has recently signed with publishers Putnam Books to pen four picture books based on his single 'Happy'. The announcement was made by the publishing house on Tuesday (17th February) and the first book in the series will be published in September 2015. Yet Williams is not the only celebrity to have branched out into the world of fiction, here are four other famous faces who penned children's books...
Pharrell Williams will pen four children's books based on 'Happy'.
In a new four book deal, the 41-year-old music mogul will base the first instalment on his award-winning track 'Happy.'
Just when you thought Pharrell Williams' hit track 'Happy' was finally out of your head, the 41-year-old music mogul is bringing back the catchy tune as the inspiration behind a picture children's book he will write.
Williams will write a children's picture book about being 'Happy'
Williams has signed a deal with Putnam Books, an imprint of Penguin, to pen four picture children's books for Young Readers, with the first being based on his award-winning track 'Happy,' Billboard reports.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Set To Pen Children's Book Based On 'Happy'
‘The Voice’ judge is turning author with a series of books aimed at young readers.
It seems ‘Happy’ singer Pharrell Williams has found something new to smile about. Billboard reports that the 41 year old has just inked a lucretive deal with publishers Putnam to pen four new books aimed at younger readers, starting with one inspired by his hit song ‘Happy’.
From pop star to author, Pharrell Williams
Happy, the book, will be published on September 22nd and it seems Putnam are already banking on it being just as successful as its namesake single, as a first edition print run of 250,000 copies has already been ordered. Inside, Happy, will feature photographs of children from around the world "celebrating what it means to be happy.”
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams To Pen Children's Book Based On Hit Single 'Happy'
That's not the point of the show, says Williams.
The Voice has taken more than a couple hits of criticism recently: it’s dull, it’s repetitive, it just can’t keep up in the ratings race. One of the biggest is that so far, NBC’s answer to American Idol has failed to produce launch a lasting career in music for any of its winners. But here’s what Pharrell Williams, now in his second season as a panellist on the popular (sort of) format had to say to the critics – aka a group of journalists at the show’s Season 8 press conference.
“I don’t understand why we have these interviews, and people ask the same question every time,” Williams said via The Wrap. And that wasn’t where the rant ended.
The 41-year-old singer/songwriter recently revealed he prefers the company of females because he can relate to them "more honestly" than men.
Just because Pharrell Williams is always around women doesn't mean he is a womanizer, in fact the main reason the 41-year-old singer-songwriter prefers the company of a female is due to a certain characteristic that men can sometimes lack.
Williams can relate to women "more honestly" than men
While being interviewed by GQ, Williams, who is married to Helen Lasichanh, even admitted he relates to women "more honestly" than his own gender because they tend to be a lot more "sensitive."
It's the second time in just over a week that the star's new album 'Rebel Heart' has been hacked by leakers.
It’s not been a very happy Christmas for Madonna, with the news that yet more tracks from her upcoming album Rebel Heart have been leaked online.
The 56 year old star had been hit with a security breach just over a week ago when a dozen songs from her thirteenth studio album, about which she hadn’t even given any details at the time, were leaked. After some outbursts and emotional pleas on Instagram, by the end of the week she had decided to release six tracks as a counter-measure.
Madonna has had tracks from her new album 'Rebel Heart' leaked for the second time in a fortnight.
Continue reading: Madonna Hit By Second Leak Of New Album Tracks
Pop sensations settled down for interviews as they prepared for their Jingle Ball concert.
As usual, the Y100 Jingle Ball was a pop explosion with some of 2014's biggest chart sensations giving it their all on this year's stage in Miami, Florida. Among which we saw Ariana Grande, Pharrell and Iggy Azalea - but what did they get up to backstage?
Ariana Grande and Jessie J at Y100's Jingle Ball 2014 Credit: John Parra at Getty Images Entertainment
'Miami's #1 Hit Music Station' Y100 hosted the perfect pre-Christmas concert on December 21st 2014 at the BB&T Center with this year seeing ultra sultry performances from the likes of Ariana Grande and Jessie J - who looked like serious besties as they hung out backstage, ever since they collaborated with Nicki Minaj on J's number one 'Bang Bang' earlier this year.
The Grammys are coming! The Grammys are coming!
It’s time to talk about the Grammys – which, of course, would be impossible without talking about Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. The young powerhouses of pop came out on top with two and four nods, respectively. But they had to wait a while to celebrate this year. Instead of the typical primetime concert, the Grammys turned Nomination Day into an actual day-long event this year.
Early on, Sam Smith led the pack with four nods.
Starring Iggy Azalea, Beyonce and Smith himself as presenters and Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran as presenters, there was quite a lot of back patting going on. "Very happy for Miley," said Williams, when asked what he thought about the nominations. "Super happy for Beyoncé. A lot of great names. ... Ed. That's big."
Carson Daly hosted the charity concert to benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Young Survival Coalition.
“We are here to celebrate women tonight and their survival,” said Pharrell Williams as he took to the stage during the ‘We Can Survive’ concert to benefit breast cancer charities. The ‘Happy’ singer was joined by a host of other stars including Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani and Ariana Grande to raise money for the Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition.
Pharrell Williams onstage during 'We Can Survive' benefit at the Hollywood Bowl
As well as performing renditions of hits such as ‘Get Lucky’, ‘Different’ and new song ‘Come Get It Bae’, Williams also joined friend and fellow 'The Voice' judge Gwen Stefani on her classic track ‘Hollaback Girl’.
Released in the UK today, Nas takes us on a journey through his landmark debut 'Illmatic'.
The 1990s marked a turning point for rap and hip hop, with plenty of artists making their mark on the scene with seminal releases. Nas was one of them, and now his landmark debut 'Illmatic' is being explored in a telling documentary, 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic'.
'Time Is Illmatic' explores the legacy of Nas' debut
Like many young black men exposed to rap culture, Nas (born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) was forced to live a life of fear and poverty as a youth, with guns and killings being a thing of daily terror. After his early collaborator Ill Will was shot dead and his brother injured in the process, it was time to write an album revealing the truth about ghetto culture - and the fear and rivalry that comes with it. 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' explores his moving relationship with his parents against the grim backdrop of Queensbridge, as he rose up to become one of the greatest rapstars of all time.
Following the release of 'Paperwork' in October, 2014, T.I. and Pharrell Williams talk about their writing process.
Almost every musical writer has their own way of working on a project, and now Pharrell Williams and T.I. have revealed their differing writing processes. T.I.’s latest album ‘Paperwork’, was produced by Pharrell, who also worked on the album’s title track, after meeting over the course of T.I.’s album ‘I’m Serious’. T.I. explained this, saying: “I think the first time we met was the ‘I’m Serious’ session, if I ain’t mistaken, or maybe we may have met in passing at some parties here and there before then, but, you know, our first time really have the, I guess, elaborated extended conversation was the ‘I’m Serious’”.
T.I.'s new album, 'Paperwork', was produced by Pharell Williams
While Williams take a more traditional approach to musical writing, i.e. using pen and paper, he was shocked to discover that T.I. had a remarkably different process. "That's when I first saw you, like, how you wrote. 'What's this guy doing? He's just standing there.'" Williams explained. The process in question, is how T.I. choses to do all his musical writing in his head. "Jay [Z] was the only other person that I knew that, that, did that. Cos I always thought that was an anomaly." This came even more of a shock to Williams as the process took place when T.I. was around 19 and he himself was around 30.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams And T.I. Talk Song Writing
Taylor Swift is joining NBC's 'The Voice' as an advisor, taking up the position Chris Martin left vacant last season.
Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Joins 'The Voice' As Guest Advisor
The 41 year-old recording artist has achieved 3 of the UK’s Top 10 biggest selling downloads ever.
Pharrell Williams' hit track 'Happy' is still a fan favourite, especially overseas, as it recently became the most downloaded track ever in the U.K., overtaking Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' which Williams also featured on and produced.
Williams' 'Happy' is the U.K.'s the most downloaded track ever
Since being released in June on the 'Despicable Me 2' soundtrack, as well as the 41 year-old's own studio album 'G I R L', 'Happy' has sold a whopping 1.62 million copies, the Official Charts Company reports.
Nicki Minaj was certainly unlucky with her wardrobe at the MTV VMAs on Sunday (24th August) but the majority of the other guests managed to keep their clothes on! See the pictures from both the red carpet and press room at the MTV Video Music Awards 2014.
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were held at The Forum in California last night (Sunday 24th August). The great and the good from music industry turned out en masse to receive awards and celebrate their achievements over the past year.
Nicki Minaj's dress caused some problems during her performance.
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It might sound crazy what I'm about to say...but Weird Al has just scored his first number one on the Billboard 200 with his new album "Mandatory Fun."
The album was released only one week ago and sold 103,000 copies to secure the top spot. 'Mandatory Fun' is Weird Al Yankovic's fourteenth studio album, so he will surely be happy his efforts have finally paid off. It is also the first comedy album to reach the top spot since Allan Sherman's 1963 release 'My Son, The Nut'. Previously the closest Al had come was a Number 2 with 1996 single 'Amish Paradise'.
Weird Al is pop's leading nerd genius
Continue reading: Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album
The Festival will bring over 60 acts to London's Roundhouse this September.
Apple’s iTunes Festival 2014 isn’t until September, but there are already some awesome performers lined up. Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue and Maroon 5 are all a part of this year’s lineup, which was announced Monday, July 21.
Pharrell will cap off a successful year with a headlining gig at iTunes Festival.
Other big names to grace the Roundhouse stage in Camden include old-school favorites, as well as a bunch of newcomers - David Guetta, Sam Smith, Blondie, Beck and Kasabian are all on the list of performers. The full lineup this year includes over 60 acts, set to perform at Roundhouse over a full month. As usual, the tech-centric event will be filmed and streamed live by Apple, with fans able to watch on their computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices, or on their televisions via the company's Apple TV set-top box. Looking after its international customers, the company has promised to make the livestream available in over 100 countries. This year, the festivities will be broadcast through the iTunes store on iOS devices, rather than through a dedicated app.
Budweiser Made in America is coming soon, but what's it like to be made in Denver, Colorado?
Budweiser Made in America
We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.
When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?
Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams - Celebrities attend MOCA's 35th Anniversary Gala presented by Louis Vuitton welcoming new Director Philippe Vergne at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 29th March 2014
Pharrell Williams - N.E.R.D with Pharrell Williams performing live Berlin, Germany - N.E.R.D concert presented by MySpace at Roter Salon at Volksbuehne Friday 27th June 2008
Pharrell Williams and Nigo - Pharrell Williams and Nigo New York City, USA - Billionaire Boys Club / Ice Cream Clothing flagship store opening at West Broadway Wednesday 28th November 2007
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