Coldplay Share New Pharrell Collab Under The Name Los Unidades

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ColdplayColdplay just wrapped up their interminable A Head Full Of Dreams era with a career-spanning documentary of the same name, and it looks they’re about to start a new one. This time, though, it’s not just a new album cycle; they seem to have changed their band name to Los Unidades. More »

Watch Bono & Pharrell Sing “Stayin’ Alive” On Jimmy Kimmel’s (RED) Show

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Bono-and-PharrellOnce a year, Jimmy Kimmel Live dedicates one big all-star holiday show to raising money (RED), Bono’s charity that works to increase AIDS awareness. Lots of famous people always show up, and one of those famous people is always Bono. This year, the famous people involved included Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Chris Rock, … More »

28 Essential Reggaeton Songs From The Early 2000s To Now

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I was born in San Francisco, CA to two Chicano musicians who connected over their complete obsession with playing and studying music. Once we were old enough to hold instruments, my sister and I expressed some reticence about performing with our parents, but due in part to the closeness of the Mexican family unit and … More »

Bono, Pharrell, The National, Michael Stipe, & More Pay Tribute To A Dead Cat On New Album

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Souris CalleSophie Calle is a 64-year-old French conceptual artist who, while being interviewed for a T Magazine profile last year, appeared to be pregnant. It turned out she was in midst of pretending to carry and give birth to her cat, Souris, who died back in 2014. As NPR reports, that cat … More »

Tyler, The Grinch

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The GrinchTyler, The Creator is contributing music to the upcoming film The Grinch, a new CGI animated adaptation of the 1957 Dr. Seuss story How The Grinch Stole Christmas! from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, this will be the third screen adaptation of the original story following the 1966 … More »

Pharrell reveals ‘Frontin” was originally written for Prince

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“Frontin’” by Pharrell goes down as one of the most timeless records in modern hip-hop. Now, the legendary producer reveals the 2003 hit single featuring JAY-Z, was in fact originally written for another monolithic persona — Prince.

In a recent interview with Clash Music, the Virginia Beach-native states, “All of my biggest songs were songs that I did with or for other people. Collaboration has always been part of my DNA. And, to be clear and to be honest, songs that I ended up putting out by myself were always songs that I wrote for other people. I made ‘Frontin” for Prince, and even ‘Happy,’ I wrote that for CeeLo.”

“Frontin’” peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, claiming the top spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs that same year. While Pharrell and HOV made a classic pairing on ‘Frontin,’ one can only imagine what that track would have sounded like with The Purple One. Seems like as good a reason as any to revisit this one, given some new perspective.

Premature Evaluation: Ariana Grande Sweetener

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Ariana Grande - SweetenerAriana Grande is upside down on her new album cover for good reason. More »

Billie Eilish, A Teen Pop Star Who Has No Time For Teen Pop

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Billie EilishOne of the foundational principles of being a teenager is posturing like you’re cooler and more grown-up than you actually are. The budding career of Billie Eilish is this ruse writ large with a major-label budget, presented so convincingly you wonder whether it might actually be authentic. More »

Pharrell’s 18 Biggest Hits From Worst To Best

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Pharrell Williams 1998Twenty years ago this past weekend — on July 8, 1998 — something very predictable happened on the Billboard Hot 100: Mase’s “Lookin’ At Me” became the third consecutive single from his Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum album Harlem World to break into the chart’s top 10. Label boss Puff Daddy was in his opulent, shiny-suited prime, and … More »

Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Eddie Vedder, Ed Sheeran, & More To Play Mandela 100 Celebration

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Global Citizen FestivalGlobal Citizen Festival, the annual celebrity-infused anti-poverty benefit concert, is coming to South Africa this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. The December event features a typically eye-popping lineup of musicians and will be the culmination of Global Citizen’s yearlong Mandela 100 campaign in partnership with House Of Mandela. More »