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Though Pharrell Williams has been quite vocal about his feelings for rumored wife, Helen Lasichanh, the couple’s wedding plans have been top secret. Word on the street is that they officially married in France back in August, but the pair have yet to officially celebrate their union with family and friends. Well, until now, that is.
Page Six is reporting that the alleged newlyweds will officially celebrate their nuptials this weekend at a swanky shindig at Miami’s Tropical Botanical Garden. The guest list reportedly includes Robin Thicke, David Guetta, Gwen Stefani and Paula Patton. Jay Z and Justin Timberlake are also rumored to be performing.
According to reports, the lavish party will be held outside and guests are asked to wear “garden party attire.”
“Pharrell has worked with everyone. He just produced Miley Cyrus’ album, he has worked with Beyoncé, Madonna, Shakira, Daft Punk, Kanye West and Jennifer Lopez. Half the music business will be there,” said one insider.
Pharrell and Helen have one son together, Rocket Man Williams. Pharrell often boasts that becoming romantically involved with his best friend was one of the best decisions he has ever made.
“It’s awesome. I can’t tell anyone what to do. I can’t give anyone relationship advice, but the bestie thing is awesome. Yeah [she's my best friend]. Every night is like a sleepover,” Pharrell gushed this past summer.
Congrats to the beautiful couple!
While some women dread celebrating the big 4-0 and beyond, others transition into this new and exciting season of their lives quite gracefully. They realize that beauty knows no age restraints and as Vivica A. Fox frequently chants, “age is nothing to be ashamed of.” Have you ever wondered how your favorite celebrities over 40 maintain such youthful glows and skin flawless enough to compete with even the teeny boppers? The secrets are yours for the taking, but be prepared to click!
Although Miley Cyrus has been taking up Terry Richardson’s studio time with her revealing photos and college-girl like shenanigans, the famed photographer has made time for a more worthy star in his latest photo shoot. With his recent big hits, “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” our favorite producer Pharrell, stepped in front of Richardson’s camera to immortalize his non-aging fine self for Britain’s GQ Style.
Complex Magazine reports Pharrell has stepped outside of his musical box to collaborate with visual artist such as JR and Daniel Arsham, and though the VA-native is 40 years old, as GQ Style points out in their description of him, he is the epitome of elegance and a renaissance man.
Check out his photos for GQ Style, as he dons the latest menswear fashion that will make you want to dress up your own boy toy! Do you approve?
Stop frontin’ and click the next page to see more pictures of Pharrel!
We know that artists often collaborate with each other to make music – but not all collabos are as well known as others. Check out our list of 15 celebs whose guest appearances and background vocals in songs were a major surprise.
Just when you thought all of the controversy surrounding Robin Thicke’s summer smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” had somehow died down, you find out that there’s more. According to NBC News, five British universities have banned the song from their campus bars, arguing that it “excuses rape culture.”
The student union organizations at Kingston, Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby and West Scotland universities have all axed the controversial track from their campus playlists due to what they have perceived to be misogynist lyrics.
“The song hugely objectifies woman and excuses rape culture. It is a man suggesting that there are ‘blurred lines’ when it comes to sexual consent and that is unacceptable. We felt we needed to take a stand,” said Hollie O’Connor, student union president at the University of Derby.
Hollie went on to say that she received a ton of supportive emails since pulling the song from the school’s playlist and “not one which comes close to a complaint.”
“If I had 1,000 students in one of our bars and only 10 percent felt uncomfortable with the song being played then we’d have failed them.”
A similar ban implemented over at Edinburgh University was set in place by a larger campus campaign to “end rape culture on campus.” According to campaign organizers, “a significant proportion of students and the wider population hold dangerous victim-blaming views about women who experience rape and sexual violence.”
As for the students at Leeds, education officer Alice Smart says, “the lyrics of the song [Blurred Lines] conflict with our core value of equality and our commitment to having zero tolerance of sexual harassment… we have asked our resident DJs to remove the song from their playlists.”
Smart added that although there are many other songs with similar themes and offensive lyrics,”‘Blurred Lines’ was singled out in-particular due to its commercial success and the recent negative publicity surrounding it.”
Every time I hear Miley Cyrus’ name or see something Cyrus-related, I get the sudden urge to walk face-first into a brick wall – in that M. Night Shyamalan environmental revenge flick The Happening-sort of way. I resist the urge because I’m at peace and at one with the universe. And yes, that is a movie spoiler. Sorry.
But seriously, I just wish the entire world would just shut the freakin’ Holy crap up about this lady. Just when my Facebook timeline has mostly cleansed itself of the hourly post with that single thumbnail-sized pic of a bony Cyrus at the VMAs, bent over in front of Robin Thicke dressed as Bettlejuice, here comes a Rolling Stone article. Bam! Miley-mania has started all over again. I mean, it was kind of cute when the little kids were running around, stringing their fake plastic Hannah Montana guitars and belting out “The Best of Both Worlds” around the living room floor, but watching grown a** bloggers, journalists, columnists and average Facebook intellectuals going keypad crazy over themselves trying to explain the cultural significance of Cyrus and her butt-less twerk is just unbearable at this point. I get it: appropriation. But I got it the first two dozen times somebody wrote that same exact thing.
But here we are – talking about Cyrus. Again. But I swear it’s for a good reason. If not, then blame it on my genetic makeup. What I’m saying is that Dodai Stewart, writer for Jezebel, thinks that black people are totally the blame for the rise of Miley Cyrus. That’s cool. We get blamed for everything else, might as well take one for #TeamBillyRayandTish too. Nevertheless, in a piece aptly called Miley Cyrus’s Antics Are Being Encouraged by Black People, Stewart (who is black) goes all in on the community for being the creative team behind the pop stars image and basically co-signing everything that Cyrus does. This includes Pharrell Williams, who produced four songs on her new album, Lil’ Kim, and even the code-switching, new slave himself Kanye West, who we found out is partially responsible for Cyrus’ now infamous VMA performance.
“With all of these words of support from black people, it’s no wonder that Miley Cyrus is confused (and confusing others) about where the lines are drawn when it comes to adoration, influence, copycatting, mockery, poseur-ing and appropriation. And while being “homies” with black people might lend some credibility, it seems fairly obvious that Miley’s black obsession (blackcession?) is a phase, and like Madonna (with Latin/Asian/Indian/gay cultures), Gwen Stefani (with Harajuku Girls) or Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg before her, she’ll soon move on to something else. (“Stoner,” perhaps?) One thing’s for sure: Miley’s already over rump shaking…”
Stewart also points out that Cyrus’s image is “pretty well-calculated” and highlights a couple of comments from Lisa Katnic, the stylist behind Cyrus’ new “edgier” look, who says in the Rolling Stone piece: “Every single [music] video that I’ve done this year, one of the key words has been ratchet.” Stewart also noted how both Katnic and Cyrus have hinted about a coming style change, with Cyrus herself saying, “Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I’ll probably never do that s**t again.”
Well, thank you Ned the Wino for small miracles!
As much as I want to finger wag at Stewart for – well, actually I don’t want to finger wag at her at all because I agree. None of this would have ever happened if there weren’t black folks ready to validate Cyrus through both style and controversy. Now she is a real rebel because she managed to not only befuddle white folks but piss a bunch of black folks off too. Let this be a lesson to the community the next time around when some lanky white girl comes strolling into the ‘hood on the hunt for some real life “ratchet.” Next time, we will pull the kids and small animals inside and then close all windows, drapes, and shutters on her a** just like they do in those old Westerns.
What’s really awful about this Miley Cyrus frenzy is that folks are working themselves up over such a crappy appropriation of Madonna’s past appropriation. At least Madonna’s cultural theft (or should we call it an unequal trade off) from the blacks and the gay blacks and Hispanics gave us “Vogue,” “Human Nature,” and “Borderline,” which were all my damn jams! At least Madge could follow basic choreography. Cyrus has no rhythm and moves like she has no rhythm too. Her whole entire Hip-Hop motif sounds like something straight out of Kidz Bop. Seriously, The Borg-like black community, why we even bother to entertain this mess for as long as we have is beyond me…
If anyone was wondering how Marvin Gaye’s fellow musical icons feel about the festering legal dispute between Robin Thicke and Marvin’s family, you’re certainly about to find out. In case you’ve been living under some kind of rock, for the past few months, the relatives of Marvin Gaye and Robin Thicke have been duking it out in what appears to be the beginning of a copyright infringement lawsuit. Marvin’s children believe that Robin’s sultry summer hit “Blurred Lines” is a derivative of their dad’s 1976 funk track, “Got To Give It Up.” TMZ recently caught up with the legendary Stevie Wonder and asked about the case. His response was rather surprising.
“No, I don’t think it’s a steal from Marvin Gaye,” Stevie said of the 2013 summer anthem.
“No [I don't hear 'Got To Give It Up' in it]. Let me say this to you. Do you really want me to tell the truth about how I feel? I think objectively, because I’ve been through lawsuits for songs and all of that, I think that the groove is very similar. You gotta remember he [Robin] is a big fan of Marvin Gaye’s, so that’s okay,” the 63-year-old musical genius continued.
Stevie went on to say that the Gayes are making a huge mistake by dragging Robin to court.
“It’s not the same song.”
“The family should hear this: Don’t let your lawyer or whomever convince you to lose money over something that’s not worth it,” he added before walking away.”
Watch Stevie’s interview on page two. Do you agree with him?
“It’s Completely Different”: “Blurred Lines” Producer Pharrell Says Song’s Nothing Like “Got To Give It Up”
No matter what type of music you like, I think we can all agree that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the song of the summer. The track, which reached more than 240 million listeners on the radio and was number one in 14 countries, has propelled Thicke’s career to the next level. However, it has also brought him some controversy. As you know, the family of Marvin Gaye has said that the song is a derivative of Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” and that Thicke has made a career out of biting the style of the music legend. Because of all that talk, Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. filed a lawsuit against the family in order to protect themselves from possibly being sued by them for money for copyright infringement, and things have been ugly ever since.
So what does Pharrell Williams, the man who produced the track and created its popular beat, have to say about the comparisons between the two songs? In a quick interview with ABC News while on the red carpet for an event for the Calvin Klein Collection in New York, the famous producer says that he has much love and respect for Marvin Gaye, but anybody who knows and plays music can tell the songs are “completely different.”
“I’m a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch.
If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different. [Gaye] is the king of all kings, so let’s be clear about that. And we take our hats off to him. But anybody that plays music and reads music, just simply go to the piano and play the two. One’s minor and one’s major. And not even in the same key.”
I’ve always joked about the two tracks being the same exact song, but in reality, while “Blurred Lines” is clearly inspired by “Got To Give It Up,” they really are much different. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think?
It’s not often that 3-time Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams opens up about his private life, but when he does, he has our full attention. During a recent interview with the Today Show, the “Blurred Lines” producer touched on everything from his childhood to his amazing relationship with his fiancée and his little boy, Rocket. Check out his interview highlights below.
On his success:
“I’m just thankful to be the punctuation in a sentence. I don’t have to be the subject or the predicate. No [I haven't been seeking after the limelight] and it’s odd [that the limelight has found me], but it’s awesome. It really is. There are a lot of great songs out right now that we all love and feel great about and I have a couple of them in there and that’s [does thumbs up motion].”
On his first musical memory:
“Probably my most memorable moment would be when I was a child, we went to a place called Kings Dominion. It’s like an amusement park. I wandered off and my mom and dad didn’t know where I was. It’s pretty funny, but they found me dancing over where Kenny Rogers was playing. I can’t believe I just told that story.”
On meeting his partner Chad Hugo at band camp:
“One yearrrr…. when I was at band camp…. [laughs]. Most of us were kind of nerdy. None of us sort of walked in like Kurt Cobaine or Dave Grohl cool, but we got the last laugh.”
On his creative process:
“I can write pretty much anywhere, but in the shower is where it’s like, really great. ‘Hot in Here’ [came from the shower]. Maybe a third of my catalog [came from the shower].”
On his relationship with fiancée, Helen:
“It’s awesome. I can’t tell anyone what to do. I can’t give anyone relationship advice, but the bestie thing is awesome. Yeah [she's my best friend]. Every night is like a sleepover.”
On his son, Rocket:
“I always say the best song that I’ve ever co-written was my son.”
Watch Pharrell’s interview on page two.
‘Boobs Are The Least Of Our Worries:’ T.I. Says He’s Not Too Concerned About His Kids Seeing The R-rated ‘Blurred Lines’ Video
There has been quite a bit of controversy associated with Robin Thicke’s sultry summer club banger, “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams and the explicit music video that came along with it. What’s even more interesting about all of this, especially the explicit version of the video, is that T.I. has children, who for the most part are old enough to understand what’s going on, but are all under the age of 18 years old. This of course, left many wondering how T.I. pulled off such a risqué project without his children seeing it. During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, the Atlanta rappers admitted that although he hopes his children haven’t discovered the rated-R version of the video, which is spilling over with topless women and sexual references, he isn’t too worried about it. Check out some of his interview highlights below.
On if he was excited around all of the topless women in the “Blurred Lines” video:
“Well, I won’t speak for the other men. But you know, it is definitely a change of pace for me. I’m definitely not used to being around unclothed women. They were nude true, but it was in a very artsy kind of way.”
On Tiny being on set during filming:
“Well when you have your wife on the set with you, she can attest to the fact that nothing went on.”
On if his children have seen the uncut version of the video:
“I hope not. With all that’s going on today, some boobs are the least of our worries.”
On his “Blurred Lines” verse being a total accident:
“I just happened to be in the studio with Pharrell working on something else and he said, ‘I’ve got this record, man, for Robin, I want you to get on it.’ Usually, me and Pharrell, we work very closely together, we have just an insane chemistry. So when he played it I went right in and did it not knowing, months later and 3 million singles behind, it’ll probably be the move of the year for me.”
Turn the page for footage from his interview. What are your thoughts on his response?