Pharrell Talks New N.E.R.D. Album That Was 'Made With Feeling,' Performs Two Tracks on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Pharrell on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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Pharrell on Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

The long awaited reunion of the genre-bending band N.E.R.D. is finally here as the groups album No_One Ever Really Dies released today. Last night (Dec. 14) representing the group, Pharrell stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to share stories about his children, why the band waited so long to release an album, and his new dazzling ginger-like hair color. The group linked up at the end of the show to perform singles "1000" and the Rihanna assisted "Lemon." 

When asked why it took so long for the group to make a new album, Pharrell explained that, "It just hits you when it hits you. And for me, I just can't make things by myself." He also talked about the album's title, expressing that he was so happy to work with bandmates Chad Hugo and Shay Haley again and discussing how they created the album.

"This whole entire thing we did with our eyes closed -- and not because we're that good by any means, but because if we had had our eyes open we would've gotten distracted by all the trends and all the stuff that was going on," Pharrell told Kimmel. "So we made this music with feeling, I think we wrote it with feeling, the visuals that we're doing has feeling."

Aside from the music talk, Kimmel joked with the "Happy" singer about his "burnt tennis ball" hair color and revealed his weird dressing room request, which, apart from the normal stuff like Tic-Tacs, water and orange juice, included a framed picture of deceased astronomer Carl Sagan ("Carl had an incredible way of reminding us how insignificant we are, but how significant this opportunity to live this life on this planet could be," he suggests).

The band came together after the interview, performing "Lemon" and "1000" in a junkyard-style venue, filled with people. The performance also featured a choreographed performance from lead dancer in the "Lemon" video Mette Towley. This is the first album from frontman Pharrell, alongside fellow 'Neptunes' member Chad Hugo and Shay Haley since their 2010 effort Nothing. 

Watch Pharrell's interview and N.E.R.D.'s performances below.


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