There’s no question that Pharrell Williams has had at least some fondness for technology (his Daft Punk collabs and gold-tinged smartphones were big clues), but now he’s taking that appreciation to Will.I.Am levels. Roli has revealed that Pharrell is not only becoming its Chief Creative Officer, but will invest in and take co-ownership of the modular instrument startup. He’ll have a vested interest in Roli’s success, in other words. The company hasn’t outlined the terms of the deal, but the superstar will help develop “revolutionary” digital instruments that are accessible and “iconic.”
The first output from the team-up is a Pharrell sound pack for Roli’s Noise app that lets you build tunes using the instruments and vocals of “Happy.” It’s not exactly a brand new piece of hardware, but it’s a start.
It’s easy to be a bit skeptical about the move: just ask BlackBerry how Alicia Keys’ Creative Director role panned out. However, it sounds like Pharrell will be more than a celebrity figurehead. While you probably won’t see him tinkering with prototypes in the engineering lab, he’s clearly interested in shaping Roli and its products. The larger question is whether or not his involvement will have a visible effect — you’ll want to keep an eye out for new controls and other thoughtful touches that you’d expect from a veteran artist.
Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer says Pharell’s Superstar shoe, which was released in 50 different colorways, has become “the shoe of the season” and it has “brought the Adidas Originals franchise to new levels.”
According to the financial analysis site Seeking Alpha, the German sporting goods company has seen a 29% sales increase in its Adidas Originals division.
Gaye’s family had argued that the 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” and sued Thicke, Williams and T.I., whom all contested the infringement.
Nominated for record of the year at the 2013 Grammys, “Blurred Lines” was no. 1 on the Billboard single charts for 10 consecutive weeks and has made more nearly $16.5 million since it was release in 2013.
Gaye’s family argued the song copied Gaye’s 1977 single “Got to Give It Up.” The family sought more than $25 million.
The Gaye family, will seek to halt sales of “Blurred Lines.”
Judge for yourself check below to see/hear any similarities in both song… with the following Mash-Up.
Apparently, dancing to a song about happiness in Iran can get you arrested.
Six Iranians are behind bars after they appeared in a fan video set to Pharrell Williams'”Happy”.
Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia ordered the arrests of the three men and three women because they helped make an “obscene video clip that offended the public morals and was released in cyberspace,” the Iranian Students’ News Agency reported Wednesday.
Pharrell denounced the arrests and stated on his facebook page, “It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness”.
Pharrell Williams is definitely having his moment, thanks to a hit single “Happy” and top-selling album G I R L.
Pharrell was tapped by W Magazine for their art issue, where the singer discusses upcoming clothing collaborations,
including one with adidas, and discusses his own fashion choices including the infamous hat.