Pharrell Williams

  1. Pharrell Williams vs. Will.i.am: What to Know About This Trademark Fight

    July 02, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Pick one word to describe the trademark fight between Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams and it's got to be "confusion." Last week came word that Will.i.am was suing Williams, but in truth there was no such lawsuit. At least at that ...

  2. Pharrell Williams Wants Legal Decision In Trademark Dispute with Will.i.am

    July 02, 2013 5:25 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his "I am OTHER" company is not infringing on Will.i.am's "I AM" trademark. Pharrell filed legal papers Monday in federal court in Manhattan. ...

  3. Will.i.am Lawyer Sounds Off on Pharrell Trademark Dispute

    July 01, 2013 10:47 AM EDT Attorneys for Will.i.am Pharrell Williams are in a heated exchange over trademarks will.i.am owns and trademark applications by Williams. At issue is who has the right to use the words "I Am" and how they can use it.   The events leadi ...

  4. Tom Odell & Icona Pop Rule U.K. Sales Charts

    July 01, 2013 5:02 AM EDT Tom Odell, the British singer-songwriter who won the Critics’ Choice title at the 2013 BRIT Awards, opened at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 30) with his debut set “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile ...

  5. Kanye West’s 'Yeezus' Arrives At No. 1 in U.K., Robin Thicke Extends Singles Chart Streak

    June 24, 2013 6:59 AM EDT As Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s second-bestselling single of 2013 and started a fourth week at No. 1 yesterday (June 23), Kanye West scored his second chart-topping ...

  6. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Remains Atop Hot 100

    June 19, 2013 6:57 PM EDT Robin Thicke spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Pharrell, meanwhile, thanks to Daft Punk's 3-2 lift with "Get Lucky," on which he's featured, be ...

  7. Jay-Z, Samsung Announce Deal to Give Away 1 Million Copies of New LP

    June 16, 2013 10:31 PM EDT Jay-Z announced his new LP,  "Magna Carta Holy Grail," via a  Samsung commercial that aired during Sunday night's NBA Finals, the fifth game in the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs series. And in a powerful introduction to the ru ...

  8. Backbeat: Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Robin Thicke, Rock L.A. Myspace Relaunch Party; Tim Vanderhook ‘Blown Away’ By Support

    June 14, 2013 2:34 PM EDT If the caliber of performers and attendees at Wednesday night's star-studded Myspace relaunch celebration at L.A.'s El Rey Theater was any indication of the future social-music platform's success, it should have no problem. Here, ...

  9. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Hits No. 1 On Hot 100 Chart

    June 12, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Robin Thicke scores his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, vaults 6-1. Ariana Grande and Mac Miller, meanwhile, return to the top 10 with "The Way" and Miley Cyrus enters at No. ...

  10. Disclosure's Debut Tops UK Album Chart, Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines' Sets Sales Record

    June 10, 2013 5:59 AM EDT A week after Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013, that record has been broken again — by Thicke himself. The track followed its opening sales ...

  11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Juggernaut Rolls On: No. 1 on Hot 100 For Fifth Week, 24th Week In Top 10

    June 05, 2013 3:11 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis notch a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton. Robin Thicke, meanwhile, lands his first Hot 100 top 10, as "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and ...

  12. Robin Thicke Lands U.K. No. 1 With Fast-Selling ‘Blurred Lines’

    June 03, 2013 7:23 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, has smashed the rapidly-changing record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year. With sales last week of 190,000, it dramatically raised the bar ...

  13. Daft Punk Leads Debut-Filled Top Four On Billboard 200

    May 29, 2013 11:01 AM EDT Led by Daft Punk at No. 1, the entire top four on the Billboard 200 are debuts this week. The dance/electronic duo’s new Random Access Memories launches at atop the tally with 339,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As reported last nigh ...

  14. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Notches Record Streams on Spotify

    May 28, 2013 1:58 AM EDT Daft Punk's hugely-hyped “Random Access Memories” can now add “Spotify record holder” to its growing list of achievements. The French electronic music act’s fourth set has topped Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” as the most-streamed album in the ...

  15. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Is New No. 1 in the U.K. with Big Opening Sales

    May 27, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Daft Punk’s 'Random Access Memories' (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) made its expected powerful debut on the U.K. album chart Sunday (May 26), becoming the fastest-selling artist set of the year to date with opening sales of 165,00 ...

  16. Daft Punk, Imagem Music U.K. Re-Up Publishing Partnership

    May 26, 2013 11:33 PM EDT Daft Punk has signed a timely music publishing deal with Imagem Music U.K., just as the French electronic music duo’s fourth album “Random Access Memories” crashes sales charts around the globe. Imagem will publish Daft Punk’s songs throughout t ...

  17. 'Can't' Stop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Atop Hot 100

    May 22, 2013 4:25 PM EDT After performing their breakthrough Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Thrift Shop" on the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 19), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spend a third week atop the survey with "Can't Hold Us," featur ...

  18. Rod Stewart Arrives with 'Time' Atop Britain's Albums Chart

    May 20, 2013 6:30 AM EDT Rod Stewart’s “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal) debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. yesterday (May 20) to become the veteran rock and easy listening artist’s first chart-topping studio album in his home territory for 37 years. According to the Official ...

  19. Caro Emerald Shines on U.K. Albums Chart, Daft Punk’s 'Get Lucky’ Again At Singles Chart Summit

    May 13, 2013 6:36 AM EDT Dutch retro-pop star Caro Emerald achieved her first No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 12), debuting at the top with her sophomore set “The Shocking Miss Emerald” (Grandmono/Dramatico). Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Ent ...

  20. Rudimental Claims U.K. Albums Chart Crown, Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ Reigns Again On Singles Chart

    May 06, 2013 6:23 AM EDT London drum & bass group Rudimental followed their two U.K. No. 1 singles yesterday by landing the top spot with their debut album “Home” (Asylum/Warner Music). On the singles chart, “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) featuring ...

  21. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ Hits No. 1 in UK With Year-Best Sales; Emeli Sande Tops Beatles

    April 29, 2013 7:05 AM EDT Tastemaker French act Daft Punk racked up the U.K.’s biggest weekly singles sales total for any act in 2013, with 155,000 downloads, to get their first No. 1 in the territory yesterday (April 28) with “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainme ...

  22. Michael Buble Opens At No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

    April 22, 2013 6:55 AM EDT Michael Bublé sold 121,000 copies of “To Be Loved” (Reprise/Warner Music) in the U.K. last week to claim his third No. 1 album there, as the Official Charts Company’s new data was published Sunday. It’s both the fastest-selling artist album of ...

  23. Daft Punk Tease New Album at Coachella, During 'Saturday Night Live,' Reveal Guests

    April 14, 2013 2:16 AM EDT Daft Punk may not be on the official Coachella lineup this year, still the French electronic duo still managed to grab the attention of concert-goers talking in the festival's first day (April 12) Daft Punk broadcasted a new trailer for the ...

  24. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  25. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  26. 2013 Grammy Awards: R&B Album, Song Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST veterans and next-generation crooners go head to head best contemporary r&b album Fortune Chris Brown LABEL: RCA Records EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Brown, Tina Davis, Mark Pitts, Team Breezy PRODUCERS: The Underdogs, Fuego, Andrew "Pop&qu ...

  27. Sara Newkirk

    November 28, 2012 5:03 PM EST Partner, William Morris Endeavor Client Integration A principal in William Morris Endeavor's music department, WME partner Sara Newkirk describes herself as the quarterback of a team that oversees the careers of such artists as Usher, Lady Ga ...

  28. Exclusive: Troy Carter, Terry Richardson Team For Pop Water, Launching In Early 2013

    October 29, 2012 1:27 PM EDT Troy Carter, founder and CEO of entertainment company Atom Factory and manager of Lady Gaga, and photographer Terry Richardson are teaming up for a new consumer product, Pop Water , set for an early 2013 debut. The new beverage will be marketed as ...

  29. Backbeat: T.I. Brings Together Atlantic Execs, Media For 'Trouble Man' NYC Listening Party

    October 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT (Back Row L-R): Brian St. John, Dionnee Harper, T.I., Kawn "K.P." Prather, Ashley Kalmanowitz, (Front Row L-R): Clay Evans, Lil Duval, Sydney Margetson (Photo: © Grayson Dantzic) "One thing about my life that is certain is trouble,& ...

  30. 'Music Is A Great Way To Sell Other Things'

    October 15, 2012 7:58 AM EDT Entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz -- who's driven brand deals for Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga -- thinks everyone is a media company. Ken Hertz has a new theory he wants to test out. It's an overcast October day in New York, and He ...

  31. The 'Origin' of Mika

    October 15, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Electro-pop act Mika enjoys global fame and solid record sales-now, if he could just get on the radio. ''I don't necessarily fit into a particular box," London-based singer/songwriter Mika says. "I stand in this weird bo ...

  32. Album Reviews: No Doubt, Mika, Ben Folds Five & more

    October 09, 2012 6:33 AM EDT Mika The Origin of Love Producers: various Republic Records Release Date: Oct. 16 The surviving members of Queen have done well with Freddie Mercury stand-ins Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. But British singer Mika is lurking out there as another ...

  33. Backbeat: No Doubt, Green Day, Clear Channel Execs Backstage At IHeartRadio Festival

    September 24, 2012 10:38 AM EDT Members of No Doubt pose with Billboard's Andrew Hampp and their Billboard cover from August 18. "It's sort of the Super Bowl of music," Clear Channel 's programming chief Tom Poleman told Billboard days before the officia ...

  34. It's Official: Jon Platt Named Warner/Chappell's President, Creative for North America

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last week, Jon Platt has been named president creative - North America, it was officially announced today by Warner/Chappell Music's chairman/CEO Cameron Strang. In his new post, Platt will oversee the company ...

  35. Dr. Dre, Diddy, Jay-Z Top Forbes' 'Hip-Hop Cash Kings' List

    September 05, 2012 11:04 AM EDT After creating some of the most classic albums hip-hop fans have ever heard, Dr. Dre shifted tactics and tackled exactly how those fans heard them, and his efforts have landed him on top of Forbes' list of top hip-hop cash kings . With $110 m ...

  36. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  37. Backbeat: EMI's Jon Platt Exits In Style At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Former EMI Music Publishing President Jon Platt, ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm and Soul Nicole George, rapper Fabolous, ASCAP's Brandon Kitchen. (Photo: Frank Micelotta) It was a fitting conclusion to a 17-year career chapter. Af ...

  38. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  39. Backbeat: Ed Sheeran, Cody Simpson, Conor Maynard Backstage at MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 25, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Ed Sheeran takes the stage with nothing but his guitar at the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards. Even though they are too new to Canada to have received nominations for the 2012 MuchMusic Awards, Billboard got a few minutes with the next crop of young p ...

  40. Single Reviews: Mika Featuring Pharrell Williams, Matchbox Twenty, Zac Brown Band

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT MIKA FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS Celebrate (3:08) Producer: Nick Littlemore Writer: Mika Publishers: various Universal Republic Just as his Empire of the Sun bandmate Luke Steele has become a hip-hop/R&B staple of late by collaborating with Ja ...

  41. Backbeat: Usher Previews New Music at Pre-Billboard Music Awards Private Dinner

    May 20, 2012 4:11 PM EDT Clear Channel's Doc Wynter talks shop with Usher and manager Grace Miguel. (Photo: Kevin Ross) "I haven't seen something like this in more than 10 years," said Radio Facts editor Kevin Ross about last evening's (May 19) RC ...

  42. Bubbling Under: Cher Lloyd 'Back' for the First Time

    May 11, 2012 1:15 PM EDT The fertile waters of the U.K. reality TV show "X Factor" show have already given the Billboard charts Leona Lewis and, more recently, One Direction. Now the program has sent over 18-year-old Cher Lloyd, who finished fourth in the 2011 s ...

  43. Backbeat: Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri Help Promote New Epic Artist, Former American Idol Contestant Leah Labelle

    May 11, 2012 1:00 PM EDT (L-R): Pharrell, Leah Labelle, Billboard magazine editor Joe Levy and Jermaine Dupri at the Billboard offices. (Photo: Billboard) Pharrell Williams and Jermaine Dupri have joined forces to introduce and sonically guide Epic Records' newly sig ...

  44. Exclusive: Front Line's Irving Azoff Talks Fair, Palmese Hires; Insists 'We're Not a Record Label'

    April 03, 2012 3:29 PM EDT Once more, with feeling, from Front Line CEO Irving Azoff: "We're not a record label." The company is, however, more well-stocked with label-executive resources, since it announced on Monday the hiring of producer/exec Ron Fair and ...

  45. Hans Zimmer's Oscar Music With Pharrell Williams, Esperanza Spalding Released As Album

    February 29, 2012 8:15 AM EST Hans Zimmer's music for the Oscars on Feb. 26 has been released as a digital album on Apple's iTunes. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year "The 84th Academy Awards -- Celebrate th ...

  46. Backbeat: Yuna Gets Love From Pharrell, Cornerstone at Brooklyn Showcase

    February 09, 2012 4:05 PM EST Yuna performing at a showcase for Cornerstone and Fader Media Group, which also doubled as a listening party for her self-titled upcoming album. (Photo: Sarah Riazati) Cornerstone and Fader Media Group kicked off New York Fashion Week Wednesday ni ...

  47. Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams To Consult on Oscars

    December 08, 2011 8:42 PM EST Composer Hans Zimmer and producer-performer Pharrell Williams have been tapped to provide musical supervision for the Academy Awards telecast on Feb. 26. Producers of the Oscars telecast, Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, have tapped the two as consul ...

  48. Backbeat: Kendra Morris Plays Pharrell's Qream Tasting Party at Cornerstone HQ (Audio)

    November 29, 2011 7:30 AM EST Qream tasters: Pictured (Left to Right): Wax Poetics' Andre Torres, Cornerstone's Maryclaire Grace, Billboard's Chris Payne, Singer Kendra Morris, Cornerstone's Nathalie Levey, Wax Poetics' Dennis Coxen, Cornerstone's ...

  49. Backbeat: T.I. Exclusively Previews New Album 'Trouble Man,' Talks Next Single

    November 20, 2011 11:59 AM EST T.I. with his son King in Atlanta (Photo: Leeman LeClair) "I'm embracing it," T.I. tells me of the persona that is the title of his eighth studio album, "Trouble Man." A minute into the title track, before I could ask why, ...

  50. Backbeat: Gloria Estefan Previews 'Miss Little Havana' LP, Talks Target Deal in NYC

    September 14, 2011 6:36 PM EDT http://colowebpre.vnuusa.org/ Gloria Estefan with Billboard "Juice" editor Erika Ramirez (Photo: JD Anderson) For an artist with the resume as Gloria Estefan's, it's rare and admirable of her to open up about her professional t ...

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