MTV News reports that on February 7th, the day before the Grammys, the Neptunes’ band N.E.R.D. and the Black Eyed Peas will perform at the 11th annual Rock the Vote Awards in Hollywood. Five weeks later, the two artists will hit the road for a tour that begins March 15th in Atlanta and runs through April 18th. Check out a complete list of tour dates here.
The New York Daily News reports Fabolous, the Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo stand accused of filching the work of a Brooklyn music producer for their 2001 hit, ‘Young’n (Holla’ Back).’ Carla Boone claims she produced a song with the same lyrics and syncopated beats on a CD in 1999, according to Manhattan Federal Court papers obtained by the Daily News’ Austin Fenner. Reps for the parties declined to comment yesterday.
Smirnoff Relaunch hosted a N.E.R.D. surprise concert on Thursday (October 16) at Union Square Park in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
The Blackspot of BET.com was on hand for N.E.R.D.’s surprise show as part of Smirnoff vodka’s promotional campaign The Smirnoff Experience in New York at Union Square park. He writes that Pharrell Williams put on a “mediocre performance” adding, “While attempting to blow the crowd away with his high pitched vocals on ‘Frontin’, there were moments when the N.E.R.D. front man’s voice cracked like a fifteen year old boy doing karaoke.”
N*E*R*D*, Clipse, and Spymob will headline a Rock the Vote benefit concert at the inaugural New Orleans Media Experience on October 30th. The Experience is the first-of-its-kind: a convergence festival celebrating the best of film, music, advertising and videogames to take place October 26 through November 1 in New Orleans. The concert will be held at the Morris F. X. Jeff Auditorium in Louis Armstrong Park, adjacent to New Orleans’ French Quarter. The Experience will donate all profits from the concert to Rock the Vote, the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and empowering young people to change their world through political and civic engagement. “We are excited to be partnering with N*E*R*D*, the Clipse, and Spymob, and know that their music and influence will help inspire young voters to become a part of the political process and realize that their vote does make a difference,” said Jehmu Greene, executive director for Rock the Vote. “We thank the New Orleans Media Experience for providing Rock the Vote with this important benefit that will help raise funds to strengthen Rock the Vote’s programs and 2004 Election efforts.”
Shay and Pharrell of N.E.R.D. chatted with Top of the Pops where Shay revealed his most embarrassing moment on the stage, that ironically happened during an earlier performance on the show. “I got on stage with a booga hanging out of my nose,” Shay admitted. “Thanks to Pharrell here, I managed to do a whole song with it hanging out.”
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes and N.E.R.D. spoke with Adam Bernard of The Ear Magazine, and reveal despite their band name, they’re far from nerds. “We weren’t really nerds.Pharrell got kicked outta band a couple of times [in high school], I got kicked outta my college band for quitting practice, and stole my first equipment during a pageant because I didn’t have one,” explains Hugo.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports the Hard Rock Hotel is hosting an invitation-only bash that features N.E.R.D. and Clipse after tonight’s Billboard Music Awards.
Radio 1 spoke with N.E.R.D.’s Pharrell Williams who says it’s important to have a message, and they’ll deliver one on their next UK double A side coming out at the end of February, with ‘Lapdance’ — which compares American politics to table dancing — on one side and ‘Provider’ — about a man who has to sell drugs to keep his family together — on the other. “I’d rather share my wealth, and to me wealth is not placed in a piece of paper, it’s inside you… so you’ve gotta offer that to the world,” Williams said. “I think that as long as I am rich, I owe it to the world for the rest of my life to just let people know and let the kids definitely know. It’s not about money it’s about being happy… smiling is for free.”