Grace Kelly's granddaughter appears on horseback for Chanel
Huge spinning wheels, “floating” wooden blocks and suspended geometric shapes hovered over a surreal mini gold course Tuesday at Chanel’s remarkable couture show. This sublime, avant-garde decor was the work of Xavier Veilhan and marked the first time in its history that Chanel has entrusted a contemporary artist for staging. The beautiful beast and its VIP rider, in a black Chanel tweed sequined jacket of course, began the show to a symphony of gasps and clopping hooves around the Grand Palais Ephemere’s auditorium as celebrity guests snapped pictures.news.yahoo.com
City seeks festival's return, Pharrell cites 'toxic energy'
Virginia Beach leaders want Pharrell Williams to reconsider bringing the Something in the Water festival back next year, but the musician responded that he wishes the city had taken a more proactive stance after a police officer fatally shot his cousin.
‘No One Should Own You’: Pharrell Williams Slams Record Label Advances
By Victor OmondiPharrell Williams is among the many artists who are sickened by how the music distribution companies have pocketed money from artists’ record labels, leaving them with heaving debts. Throughout music history, there have been artists who have had to find their way to the top without ever having received even a penny from their record labels. Steve Stoute, founder of the distribution company that has helped many artists reach new audiences, sat down with Williams to address matters affecting the industry, the issue of record labels’ payback included. Some of the artists have had to toil so hard to pay the advances, even after their albums are released. It’s like the concept of, like, ownership.”Last year, music mogul Kanye West compared the issue of labels to modern-day slavery.thewestsidegazette.com
State police to probe deadly Virginia Beach police shooting
Aubrey "Japharii" Jones, left, walks on the sidewalk on Atlantic Ave. Saturday March 27, 2021 in Virginia Beach, Va.. Overnight shootings near the Atlantic oceanfront in Virginia Beach left two people dead and eight wounded in a scene described by authorities on Saturday as very chaotic. Williams, who is also a Virginia Beach native, declined to comment further through a representative. “We need far better accountability and transparency, and the families of those killed by police, in Virginia Beach and across this country, deserve answers,” Jones said Sunday. Lynch's shooting was one of three separate shooting incidents that police said occurred within minutes of each other along Virginia Beach's oceanfront. Also killed in a separate shooting nearby that night was Deshayla E. Harris, 28, of Norfolk.
Ariana Grande joining 'The Voice' for season 21 as a coach
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York. NBC said Tuesday that Grande will join the Emmy-winning series "The Voice" for its fall 2021 cycle. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – “The Voice" is switching their positions for Ariana Grande: the pop star is taking her seat in the coach's chair later this year. NBC said Tuesday that Grande will join the Emmy-winning series for its fall 2021 cycle. The 20th season of “The Voice" is currently on air and features those three singers along with Nick Jonas.
Iran cracks down on contentious pop music video with arrests
This photo provided by AZ Films shows California based Iranian pop singer Sasy with American adult film actress Alexis Texas in the music video for "Tehran Tokyo." Iranian authorities have arrested multiple music producers connected to the California-based Iranian pop singer, his management company and Iranian media said Thursday, March 11, in Tehrans latest effort to halt what it deems decadent Western behavior. The arrests come as Iranian social media has been awash with criticism of popular underground Iranian singer, “Sasy,” or Sasan Heidari Yafteh's, new music video. Rafahi said the gambling accusations stemmed from a misunderstanding, given that a poker website helped sponsor the music video. __Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran contributed to this report.
New this week: Sia, Clarice Starling and Kristen Wiig
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. One nominee, “Judas and the Black Messiah," arrives on HBO Max (as well as in theaters) on Friday. Ad— Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo's last writing partnership turned out pretty well. Ad— AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Sia’s Golden Globe-nominated directorial debut, “Music,” will be accompanied with a 14-track album. Ad— “Silence of the Lambs” is three decades in the rearview mirror, but only a year has passed as CBS’ “Clarice” picks up the story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling.
J Balvin Producer Sky Rompiendo Is Happy to Stay Behind the Scenes
^ Keep New Times Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free. Thanks in part to his alliance with Balvin and the current Latin music boom, Rompiendo is experiencing the sort of fame that was once rare territory for reggaeton producers. Next year, Rompiendo plans to release his first album — sort of a "Sky Rompiendo presents"-type album full of features. It’s not why I do this.”Besides Balvin, Rompiendo — who has six Latin Grammy awards to his name — has worked with Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Karol G, and Juanes. Second because of their age,” says Rompiendo, referring to the 13-year age gap between Balvin and the older Juanes.miaminewtimes.com
A look at artists who've objected to Trump using their songs
FILE - Pharrell Williams attends the world premiere of "The Black Godfather," in Los Angeles on June 3, 2019. Dozens of artists have objected to Donald Trump using their music in his two presidential campaigns. Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter after his song Happy" was played at a Trump rally in 2018. He was especially angered that the event was hours after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)
A look at artists who've objected to Trump using their songs
Dozens of artists have objected to Donald Trump using their music in his two presidential campaigns. Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter after his song Happy" was played at a Trump rally in 2018. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)From classic American rockers to British artists to the estates of late legends, here's a look at some of the musicians who have objected to Donald Trump using their songs at campaign events. JOHN FOGERTY, PHIL COLLINS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEENSome classic rockers say not only do they oppose Trump using their music, the choice of songs is ironic or downright wrong. Eddy Grant sued Trump in September over the use of his 1980s hit “Electric Avenue” in a Trump campaign animated video that mocked his opponent Joe Biden.
Glamorous Miami club caught in power struggle over the virus
LIV owner David Grutman poses for a photograph at the nightclub, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. LIV, one of Miami's most glamorous, star-studded nightclubs sits empty and quiet these days, a casualty of both the coronavirus outbreak and a power struggle between state and local government over how to contain the scourge. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Glamorous Miami club caught in power struggle over the virus
The parties at the club are so legendary they have inspired lyrics from Drake, Kanye West and Rick Ross. Today, LIV sits quiet and empty — a casualty not just of the coronavirus outbreak but of a power struggle between state and local government over how to contain the scourge. “I cried real tears,” the 46-year-old Grutman said of his last visit to the shuttered club and nightlife's seemingly bygone era. As of this weekend, that curfew is not being enforced after the Miami Gardens strip club Tootsie’s Cabaret sued and got a temporary injunction issued by a judge. Others have asked to host Zoom parties from LIV, but Grutman just isn't into it.
Jay-Z, Pharrell to release new song about Black ambition
NEW YORK Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams have teamed up to release a new song about Black ambition titled Entrepreneur." Black Twitter, whats that? When Jack gets paid, do you? raps Jay-Z, referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. For every one Gucci, support two FUBUs.On the track, Williams sings: In this position with no choice/The system imprison young Black boys/Distract with white noise." Williams told TIME the song is about how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with."
Pharrell, Beastie Boys, RZA, halftime show score Emmy nods
Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira picked up four nominations, including outstanding variety special (live). It was not clear if Lopez and Shakira were specifically nominated, though past halftime singers, including Beyonc, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars, have earned Emmy nominations as performers. For their work on Watchmen, they scored a second Emmy nomination for outstanding music composition for a limited series, movie or special. They earned nominations as producers for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special and as writers for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who composed music for the Michelle Obama documentary Becoming, picked up a nomination for outstanding music composition for a documentary series of special.
Jay-Z, other celebs ask feds to probe student's 2010 killing
Hess shot Henry as Henry drove through a parking lot, away from a disturbance that spilled out of a bar in October 2010 in Mount Pleasant, a New York City suburb. Hess has said Henry was trying to run him down and that he fired through the windshield to stop the driver. The Henrys have said Hess jumped front of the car, got onto the hood and shot their son for no good reason. Henry's father said new information that has come out since the criminal case was closed warrants a reexamination of his son's death. As human beings we should all want a standard of justice that is fair and right, Danroy Henry Sr. told The Boston Globe.
A Guide to SOBEWFF 2020 Brunch Events
Williams Family Kitchen Soul Food Brunch, hosted by Pharoah and Pharrell WilliamsSinger and producer Pharrell Williams is making brunch a family affair this year by hosting the first Williams Family Kitchen Soul Food Brunch at his Design District restaurant, Swan. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, at Matador Room at the Miami Beach Edition, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Southern Kitchen Brunch, hosted by Trisha YearwoodPart of the NYT Cooking Series, the annual Southern Kitchen Brunch is one of the festival's signature events. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.miaminewtimes.com
The David Grutman Experience Melds Food and Music at SOBEWFF
David Grutman knows how to throw a party. On Sunday, February 23, from noon to 5 p.m., he'll take his showmanship to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Grand Tasting Village for the David Grutman Experience. "You never know who you're going to see at the David Grutman Experience," he teases. Grutman is a big fan of SOBEWFF, so festival attendees might spot him sampling food and taking selfies in the Grand Tasting Village tents. The David Grutman Experience.miaminewtimes.com
Dr. Dre earned $950 million in the past decadehere are the other 9 top-earning musicians of the 2010s
The year also marked when Beats Electronics, owned by super-producer and businessman Andre Young (aka Dr. Dre) was acquired by Apple for $3 billion. This major deal helped Dr. Dre secure his top spot as the highest-paid musician of the 2010s, during which time he earned a reported $950 million, according to Forbes' list of the 10 top-earning musicians of the decade. Unlike Taylor Swift and Beyonce, who come in second, earning $825 million, and third, earning $685 million respectively, Dr. Dre didn't spend the past decade going on sold-out world tours to promote multi-platinum albums. Dr. Dre's business prowess has inspired the likes of billionaire mogul Richard Branson. Here are the other artists who join Dr. Dre in earning the most money in the 2010s.cnbc.com
Pharrell Williams and David Guetta Join David Grutman's Entrepreneurship Class at LIV
The concept of field trips isn't new, but for students in the David Grutman Experience: The Class at Florida International University, an outing to a laboratory won't cut it. Last evening, the 200 or so students taking local impresario David Grutman's class on entrepreneurship found themselves at LIV, his nightclub at the Fontainebleau, for a lesson in history, pop culture, and business acumen. David Grutman and Pharrell Williams Courtesy of David GrutmanThen Grutman introduced his partner at Swan and Bar Bevy Pharrell Williams as 200 phones began to record the moment. David Guetta and Cedric Gervais Courtesy of David GrutmanBefore the class ended, Grutman had one more surprise up his sleeve. As the lights dimmed, the room transformed from a classroom back to a nightclub as DJ David Guetta manned the booth, joined by DJ Cedric Gervais.miaminewtimes.com
Eyes on Miami: Ace Hood, Sunnery James, Ryan Marciano, and Others
Every week, in collaboration with World Red Eye, New Times brings you a solid recap of all the recent experiences you might've missed around Miami. Sheck Wes World Red EyeSheck Wes at E11even Fridays: Sheck Wes took the stage at E11even Friday night for an unforgettable performance. World Red EyeAce Hood at Story Saturdays: Ace Hood woke up in a new Bugatti and drove it to Story Saturday night for his crazy performance. World Red EyePeach Room Pop-Up Disco Debuts at the Anderson: The pop-up disco Peach Room celebrated its Miami debut with a glitter-filled disco blowout at the Anderson. Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano World Red EyeSunnery James and Ryan Marciano at LIV: LIVs favorite DJ duo Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano shut down the club Saturday night as they performed an insane set.miaminewtimes.com
Miami Beach Considers Hosting Jimmy Buffett Show to Push Out Spring Breakers
Live Nation is apparently in negotiations with Jimmy Buffett to play in Miami Beach during spring break. This year's spring break was one of the most contentious in Miami Beach history. Live Nation is apparently in negotiations with Jimmy Buffett and Pharrell Williams to perform in Miami Beach during spring break. It was so successful that he wants to bring it to Miami Beach but has nowhere to do it. But the partnership with Live Nation seems to be less about the music and more about pushing out a certain type of tourist.miaminewtimes.com
Global Citizen Festival announces iconic lineup
The headliners for this year's Global Citizen Festival, which will be held Sept. 28 in Central Park, pack a big punch. Queen, still riding its "Bohemian Rhapsody" publicity bump, will perform, with Adam Lambert on vocals. and Carole King will also headline the event, which highlights Global Citizen's mission of ending poverty. "Where you live shouldn't determine whether you live," Pharrell tweeted on Tuesday, talking about his partnership with the Global Citizen cause. "Global citizens" earn their way into the audience by taking actions like signing petitions, tweeting about issues or calling their senators.
Pharrell Williams offers internships to 114 Harlem high school grads
(CNN) - The promise Pharrell Williams made to a group of more than 100 graduating high school seniors in Harlem has changed Brionna Pope's life as she heads to college. All 114 graduates have been accepted to college, Harlem Children's Zone CEO Anne Williams-Isom said. Pope, with a phone in hand recording Williams' speech, couldn't believe it at first. "I currently have a struggling single mother who is trying to pay for my student loans for Syracuse." Recent Federal Reserve data shows Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loans -- and African-American students are more likely to take out federal student loans, according to the Center for American Progress.
MoneyWatch: Exxon CEO expects oil prices to remain low; "Blurred Lines" trial resumes
MoneyWatch: Exxon CEO expects oil prices to remain low; "Blurred Lines" trial resumes Exxon Moblie CEO, Rex Tillerson says that oil production has outpaced consumption. And, in the trial over the hit song "Blurred Lines," Pharrell Williams testified that he did not copy Marvin Gaye's song. Wendy Gillette reports on the day's top MoneyWatch headlines.cbsnews.com
Pharrell Williams on success: "I've been hoisted up" by others
Pharrell Williams on success: "I've been hoisted up" by others The Grammy-winning producer-singer-songwriter of such hits as "Get Lucky," "Blurred Lines" and "Happy" tells correspondent Anthony Mason his success comes not from his music, but from an audience making a choice.cbsnews.com
Pharrell Williams on meeting his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo
Pharrell Williams on meeting his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo Grammy Award-winner Pharrell Williams talks about his schoolmate Chad Hugo, with whom he formed a highly successful music production duo, The Neptunes, that was responsible for some of the most successful hip hop, R&B and pop hits of the 1990s and 2000s.cbsnews.com
Pharrell Williams: “My story is the average story”
Pharrell Williams: “My story is the average story” In this “Sunday Morning” preview Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Pharrell Williams gives credit to his high school band teachers for helping him get to where he is today, and tells Anthony Mason that while growing up, his life was filled with special people.cbsnews.com