Watch Pharrell's Tense "Blurred Lines" Deposition
This past March, Pharrell and Robin Thicke were forced to cough up $7.5 million to the estate of Marvin Gaye for infringing upon Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" for the pair's 2013 smash hit, "Blurred Lines." The trial dragged on for almost a year and half, and the verdict will surely have lasting effects on a music industry in which the borrowing of ideas is inescapable.
Pharrell Named NYU's 2015 Artist-In-Residence
NYU's Tisch School of the Arts announced in a statement that their newest 2015 artist-as-residence is none other than Pharrell. This isn't the first time a hip hop luminary has held the position; Swizz Beatz and Ryan Leslie have previously served as artists-in-residence at Tisch.
Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & Pharrell All Suing French Clothing Company
Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Pharrell, aka the leaders of the illuminati, are suing the French clothing company Eleven Paris for using their names, images, and trademarks without permission. Apparently Beyonce had sent Eleven Paris several cease and desist letters, but the company continued to sell products featuring her (as well as the others mentioned above) name and lyrics. Now she's taking matters to court, and her husband, as well as her mogul friends, are happy to join her on the prosecution team.
Pharrell Confirms N.E.R.D. Album On The Way
On Tuesday afternoon, Pharrell took over the iHeartRadio twitter account for a little while and held a Q&A for his die-hard fans. During this time, P was asked a question about the possibility of a new N.E.R.D. album coming in the future, and his answer was exactly what we’ve been waiting to hear. According to Pharrell (See tweets below), a new album from his former group, N.E.R.D., is indeed on the way. He didn’t reveal anything else about the album, like when we can expect to hear it, but he definitely just made it a real thing now.
Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings List Includes Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, & More
Forbes released its 2015 Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and there are few surprises. Diddy holds down the top spot, matching the $60 million he raked in last year. He can thank Ciroc for his financial success. Sorry, 50.
ASAP Rocky & Pharrell Discuss Cult Followings & Being Yourself
Over the last few years, it's become clear just how far-reaching Pharrell's influence has been. We've seen artists like Tyler, The Creator cite him as their biggest influence, and all the while, he's continued to sculpt the sound of popular music through his production and his solo material. On the latest episode his Beats 1 radio show, Pharrell welcomed a student of his work, ASAP Rocky, and the two spoke of the importance of being yourself in an industry where trend-chasing is abundant.
Who Would Be In Kanye West's Presidential Cabinet?
Whether you saw it live on Sunday night or saw it later on the Internet, everyone and their mom knows that Kanye announced he will be running for U.S presidency in 2020.
DeJ Loaf Hits The Studio With Pharrell & Pusha T
DeJ Loaf may have dropped off an EP quite recently, but it appears that the Detroit native is already back in the studio working on her proper debut album, grinding with some big names by her side.
Watch Performances From The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky & More At The 2015 MTV VMAs
As we detailed in our recap of noteworthy moments from last night's MTV VMAs, the event wasn't super hip-hop-oriented, but nevertheless we got a few performances from some of our favorite acts, and Kanye West was there, so, that was cool.
The Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, Pharrell To Perform At MTV VMAs 2015
With his album release set for this Friday and plenty of hits on the Billboard chart, The Weeknd is having a pretty solid week. He'll cap things off by performing on the MTV Video Music Awards this week, which should be a pretty eventful night.
Pharrell To Headline Apple Music Festival
It's only been around for just over a month, but Apple Music has already become inescapable. Unlike its competitor, Tidal, it hasn't annoyed users as much with its use of "exclusives" -- but then again, we're still in the middle of a three month free trial.
Pusha T Reveals Producers On "King Push," Reacts To Praise From N.W.A.
Dr. Dre's co-sign has affected the careers of rappers like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar, so praise from the legendary producer is quite an honor. In a recent interview with Billboard, Dre, along with the surviving members of N.W.A. (Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella) shared his favorite emcees of the moment -- which happened to be Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Pusha T.
Pharrell Premieres Unreleased N.E.R.D. Track On His Beats 1 Radio Show
Pharrell's solo career is going rather well, but he hasn't forget about his N.E.R.D. days yet, as he aired an unreleased N.E.R.D. track called "Locked Away" during tonight's episode of his "OTHERtone" Beats 1 Radio show. “Locked Away" features a funky bass line and swinging drums on the verse before bursting into breezy guitar and synths on the hook. It's pretty surprising it took this long for the track to see the light of day.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
#TBT: Fabolous' 2001-2005 Era
At one point, there was no one hotter than NYC's Fabolous. Coming up in the Bedstuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fab eventually started pursuing rap in high school. DJ Clue eventually invited him to come rap on his Hot 97 radio show, which lead to Fab getting signed to Clue's Desert Storm Records.
A$AP Ferg Says He's Been In The Studio With Pharrell & Madonna
A$AP Ferg says that he's been in the studio with Pharrell and Madonna, and that his sophomore follow up to 2013's Trap Lord will be out before the end of 2015.
The Streaming "Game Of Thrones": Drake & Apple Music Vs. Jay-Z & TIDAL
It all seemed like fantastic, luxurious, one-percent-y fun and games during the initial TIDAL press conference. Music mogul Sean “Jay-Z” Carter’s launched his rebranding of the year-old streaming service he had recently acquired by strutting out stars of meteoric magnitude, both young and old, shuffled out like battling champions in a proverbial game of thrones. Like a "Song of Ice and Fire," the words burned like an effigy as the music industry (critics, artists, and fans alike) were urged to brace themselves for something new.
Apple Music Officially Launchs, Pharrell Releases "Freedom" On It
Apple Music has arrived. The service officially launched today, and simultaneously nabbed a big exclusive, with the release of Pharrell's new single "Freedom" on the platform.