Posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM
NEW YORK - Who hasn’t Pharrell produced for?
The hitmaker’s Rolodex includes pop heavyweights from Beyonce to Justin Timberlake, maestros like Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira, and wildcards such as Daft Punk and Scissor Sisters.
The 40-year-old said his diverse background heavily aided in the making of “G I R L,” his funky new album released this week.
“I wanted to work with all cultures and all kinds of people so it could teach me more about my own craft,” said Pharrell, who has produced songs on his own, but many as part of the Neptunes with Chad Hugo. “All of the artists we were blessed to work with that didn’t look like us, that didn’t sound like us or didn’t dance like us, all of that was the very reason I was able to make this album.”
Pharrell won nonclassical producer of the year at the Grammy Awards in January, thanks to his work on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” And now he’s back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Happy,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Pharrell breaks down his favorite five songs he’s produced. We also have him weigh in on our Phavorites