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Pharrell has announced a European tour

Pharrell Williams’ second studio album, “G I R L,” is getting a proper solo tour — in Europe, for now, at least. The “Happy” star has announced an overseas trek that kicks off on Sept. 9 in Manchester.

Williams was instrumental in three of 2013’s biggest hits – his own song, ‘Happy’, ‘Get Lucky’ with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. The latter was recently named as the UK’s most downloaded song of all time with and ‘Get Lucky’ came in close behind.

Pharrell’s third entry on the prestigious list was the super smash hit ‘Happy’, which he penned for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The infectious track has sold 7.8 million copies worldwide since its release last November, and achieved not one but three stints at Number 1.

As if that wasn’t enough, it was also nominated for an Oscar! Pharrell also scooped four Grammys this year ‘ two for his appearance on ‘Get Lucky’, one for Album of the Year for ‘Random Access Memories’ with Daft Punk, and one as Producer of the Year.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 23 May at 9am.

SEPTEMBER 
9 – Phones 4u arena, Manchester
12 – Copenhagen Forum, Denmark
13 – Stockholm Globe, Sweden
14 – Oslo Spectrum, Norway
16  – Berlin Max Schmeling Halle, Germany
17  – Prague O2, Czech Republic
18 – Vienna Marx-Halle, Austria
20 – Milan Forum, Italy
21 – Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
23 – Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, The Netherlands
24 – Antwerp Sportpaleis, Belgium
26 – Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
27 – Dusseldorf ISS Dome, Germany
28 – Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany

OCTOBER
1 – Barcelona Palau St Jordi, Spain
3 – Lisbon Meo Arena, Portugal
4 – Madrid Palacio de Deportes Comunidad, Spain
6 – Toulouse Zenith
7 – Nantes Zenith, France
9 -The O2, London
13 – Paris Zenith, France
14 – Paris Zenith, France

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Pharrell’s music video ‘Happy’ = Anne Marsen’s video ‘Girls Walk/ All Day’? What do you think?

There’s a girl, Anne Marsen, dancer and actress from Brooklyn who made a video of her dancing in the streets of New York. One day she noticed a significant amount of similarities between her work and Pharrell’s day-long groove-a-thon. Then she created a video that pushes viewers to ask whether there is a connection between the two:

In 2011, Marsen starred in a 71-minute, Kickstarter-funded video called Girls Walk// All Girl Walk // All Day. Set to the music of Girl Talk’s free album All Day, the project showed her dancing freely around New York City, and it was SPIN’s No. 1 Most Innovative Video of the year. Like “24 Hours of Happy,” it’s an extended, spontaneous-looking dance piece set in public spaces. Nobody has a monopoly on that concept — especially where mash-up master Girl Talk is involved — but there are some similarities in settings, dance moves, clothing, and how the characters work the camera.

Pharrell’s uplifting G I R L hit and its extraordinary interactive video have become one of those rare cultural events that transcend the narrow audience of pop music fans and spill over into the broader discussion. The 24-hour clip and its edited version have inspired more than 1,000 re-makes. “Happy” has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks; Pharrell has performed it at the Oscars and on Saturday Night Live.

“…It’s a great thing that dance is getting recognition as a long-form kind of thing, because we want to be making more projects that we’re dreaming up now that are in this form,” explains Marsen, in a interview whit Spin, “Yet at the same time we feel like we’re not getting the recognition for this.”

Unfortunately, a rep for Pharrell said neither the artist nor directing team We Are From L.A. had seen Girl Walk // All Day and that the “Happy” video is based on the film Despicable Me 2, which featured the song. We Are From L.A. and the video’s production company Iconoclast Interactive didn’t respond to emails.

Via spin.com

 

 

 

 

 

Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk -Two Peas in a Pod

It seems that old dogs can be up to new tricks as the frontman of the American Disco and RnB band ‘Chic’ –  Nile Rodgers – teams up with old favourite daft punk to release a new album even though there hasn’t been one in the previous 20 years.

Get lucky was the first hit which Rodger believes has been so successful because of it’s unique sound and ‘it works because it’s weird.’ Interestingly enough, nothing else on the charts is like the funky disco colab feat. Pharrel Williams which reasons why it peaked at #10 on the charts so far, with more than 350,000 downloads to date, plus another 710,000 in England. It is also the fastest-selling album in the UK so far this year.

Rodgers worked on Punks album Random Acess Memories describing Give Life Back To Music and Lose Yourself to Dance as an ‘exclusive’ sound. Its been revealed another daft and Rodgers colab is in the works including more unfinished Chic songs he wants to be released “Daft Punk wants to do at least one of them with me, so that should be very cool,” he said. “Because they respect the music. They understand.”

Here’s hoping that this is the collab couple of the year in the making, bringing more funk and no junk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63I4fzEiiCw&feature=player_embedded

source: www.inthemix.com.au/news

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Pharrell William’s Performs ‘Get Lucky’ for first time

 

Over the weekend, Pharrell Williams debuted his latest collaboration with Daft Punk to fans @ the HTC Launch party at Brooklyn’s House Of Vans.  Apparently, he was so excited about the new track that he performed it three times in a row. On his final take he says “you can leave if you want to leave, I just need to do it,” further stating that “this is my first time doing the song.”

The track was officially released last week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV2GA63HEGk&feature=player_embedded

Source: dancingastronaut.com