Original v. Cover [V.7]: Pharrell Williams, ‘Happy’

Maroon 5 is flying high off the success of their latest album, V (CLICK HERE for review) and they have taken on a new challenge of covering Pharrell’s, Happy.

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Rick Ross Scores 5th #1 Album

slsTdiRThe numbers are in from last weeks music releases and Rick Ross trumps all. Rick Ross’, Mastermind, lands in at #1 on the Billboard 200 making this his 5th #1 on the chart. It sold $179K in the release which is less than that of his 2012 album, God Forgives, I Don’t, which sold $218K in its first week. His 2010 album, Teflon Don, has been his only album not to take the #1 spot. He joins DMX and 2Pac with 5 #1 albums, Nas & Kanye tie for 6, Eminem has 7 and Jay Z leads the pack with 13.

Rick Ross wasn’t the only one worth mentioning for chart position. Pharrell, Lea Michele , and Ashanti all made it in the top 10. Pharrrel’s sophomore album, G I R L, came in at #2. ‘Happy’ still tops the charts and with 490K downloads this week it becomes the highest selling digital sales track since Katy Perry’s,’Roar.’ Lea Michele debuted at #4 with Louder and Ashanti’s Braveheart came in at #10 rounding off the list.  Braveheart is now Ashanti’s 5th top 10 album.

Pharrell Partners With Comme Des Garcons

PharrellPharrell is still living high off the success of ‘Happy’ and his new album, G I R L, has debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. Well he’s not stopping there. He’ll be teaming up with Japanese brand, Comme Des Garcons to create and release  a unisex fragrance titled after his album.

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Pharrell gave his take on the collab in an interview with WWD:

I am so honored to be working with Comme des Garçons and cherish the education that I’ve experienced in this collaboration

Comme Des Garcons Perfum SA chief executive, Adrian Joffe, stated about the collab:

This is the first time we have created a fragrance for a musician, and I can think of no greater talent and no greater gentleman to have done this with. Pharrell knew exactly what he wanted the perfume to smell like right from the beginning. It has been an honor to work with such a creative artist with a great vision, which for Comme des Garçons is the most important thing

The fragrance is set to hit stores in September. More details to come.

Then & Now Thursday (V.7) — Pharrell

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There’s no denying that Pharrell’s 20+ year career has taken on a new life. This past summer, his hits ‘Get Lucky’ and ‘Blurred Lines’ took him to another level. His track ‘Happy’ from the Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack has taken on a new life as well nearly a year after its initial release. So much life that the track has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song and has become his first solo track to top Billboard‘s Hot 100. On top of that Pharrell has hit the covers of GQ, Billboard, and has performed ‘Happy’ just about everywhere. So it’s safe to say that an album would be in the works while he’s still hot, and he’s doing just that. His second sophomore album, G I R L, is set to be released March 3rd and Pharrell claims this is his best work yet.

It all started back in 1992 when Pharrel wrote a verse for Teddy Riley for Wreck-N-Effect’s, ‘Rump Shaker.’ Around that time he and friend Chad Hugo teamed up with two others and formed an R&B group, The Neptunes. In 1994 he and Hugo took the production route and remained under the same name. Throughout the 90s the duo helped produce for Blackstreet (‘Tonight’s The Night’), Mase (‘Lookin’ At Me’), and N.O.R.E. (‘Superthug). Throughout that decade they really honed in on what would become the ‘Neptune sound’ and their first full feature production was Kelis’ first album, Kaleidoscope.

The new millennium did not slow down The Neptunes as they continued to grind and add artists to their rolodex. They went on to produce for Britney Spears, Nelly, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, and dozens more.

The Clipse were the first artist signed to Star Trek Entertainment (Arista) and their debut album, Lord Willin, spawned hits ‘Grindin’ and ‘When The Last Time.’

During this time he did release an album overseas as part of N.E.R.D. and in 2003 released The Neptunes Presents…Clones which featured the hit, ‘Frontin” featuring Jay-Z.

That album coincided with his production on Jay-Z’s, The Black Album, having produced tracks ‘Change Clothes,’ and ‘Allure.’ His 2006 album, In My Mind spawned the hit ‘Number One’ featuring Kanye West. In his recent GQ interview he discussed his mindset at the time for the album and how it wasn’t his greatest work.

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I wrote those songs out of ego. Talking about the money I was making and the by-products of living that lifestyle. What was good about that? What’d you get out of it? There was no purpose. I was so under the wrong impression at that time.

Throughout his career Pharrell is best known for his music, but he’s also dibble dabbed in fashion with a clothing line of his own and recently has set a new trend with the Vivenne Westwood hat that has become his new trademark. He’s won 7 Grammys and with his new album G I R L he could add some more gold to his collection in 2015.

I instantly knew that the name of the albumwas called G I R L, and the reason why is because women and girls, for the most part, have just been so loyal to me and supported me. There is no breathing human being on this planet that did not benefit by a woman saying yes twice. Yes to make you, and yes to have you. Point-blank.

Enjoy the playlist below of Pharrell’s biggest hits.