Pharrell says that "B's album is crazy," but we won't get to hear it until it feels right to her.
Pharrell is always a man with several things on his plate at once-- whether it's producing music, hosting the ARTST TLK for his I am OTHER channel, or, most recently, curating for eBay's "Follow It Find It" campaign.
The multi-talented producer spoke to Billboard recently about what he's been up to, including who he's been producing for, and also shed some light on what's happening with Beyonce's album, which has been in the works for some time now. Check out excerpts from Pharrell's Billboard interview below.
Joy seems to be the feeling youâre trying to infuse into your music this year. Is that an accurate idea? Everything youâve assisted on or produced justÂ feelsÂ good.
The impetus for all of my music texture-wise is âWhat is missing?â I donât want to do shit that sounds like other people and whatâs going on. Joy is something that the world needs more of right now. And itâs funny, because I almost tweeted that word the other day, âJoy.â But it was brought to my attention that thereâs a much better word that was fitting for a couple of things. Theyâre the same thing, but it also serves a great, incredible purpose, which is that this video for âHappyâ is coming. So I ended up tweeting the word âHappy.â People are forgetting that itâs the simplest things in the world that can make you smile. So âHappyâ and âGet Luckyâ and "Blurred Lines,â when you listen to the music, chord-wise, itâs just [sits up and pumps up chest] uplifting. Until we get enough of that, that will be the page that Iâm on. I donât want to make anything sad.
Who else are you producing for that we can look out for in the months to come?
Ed Sheeran. Usher. Iâm going back in with T.I.Beyonce. Jennifer Hudson. Nelly has this really big record named âRick James.â Thatâs my jam. Hans Zimmer and I are scoring âThe Amazing Spiderman 2.â The âHappyâ video, it just feels like peopleâgood people that all remember that we are entitled to smile. Iâm very excited about that.
Howâs the Beyonce work coming along? Sheâs been crafting this album for a while.
Bâs album is crazy. Let me tell you what it is. Sheâs very particular. Sheâs a Virgo. And sheâs not going to put it out until itâs ready and feels like itâs right to her. Sheâs got a very specific taste. I guess thatâs the reason sheâs Beyonce. Her name is recognizable around the globe and thatâs huge. That comes from someone that has very particular taste. When you know what you want, you wonât stop until you get it. [Other people are hearing her album] and are like âWhoa!â And sheâs like, âYeah, Iâm almost done.â And sheâs the queen.