I feel like you can’t be on the internet for more than 5 minutes without seeing Pharrell Williams‘ name pop up (and yes I see the irony in this). Somehow this guy has completely saturated the pop culture scene for the past year and once you can sell a relatively worthless product on eBay for a ridiculous sum of money just because you’re associated with said product, you know you’ve got it made. Pharrell has done just that with his now infamous Vivienne Westwood hat that he wore to the Grammy’s, with all proceeds going towards his charity From One Hand to AnOTHER. At this stage there have been 66 bids and it’s up to US$11,800 – if you got some loose change and need this in your life for some sick reason, place your bids.
In actual music news, he’s also releasing his first solo album in 8 years titled G I R L on March 3rd, which will include his 24-hour video clip song “Happy”. This album will feature just a couple of nobody’s, including Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, JoJo and composer Hans Zimmer. Pharrell will be in Australia for Future Music Festival in just over a week.
Annual touring festival Soundwave kicked off this weekend in Brisbane. In the country headlining, Green Day caused havoc by announcing a secret gig at Captain Cook Hotel on Twitter an hour beforehand. Only a couple hundred fans were lucky enough to witness the set. The owner of the hotel said the gig was only planned earlier that day. Soundwave continues over in Sydney today, and will stop over in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth next week.
It’s pleasing to know that a hip hop festival in Australia can actually succeed, considering the complications with pretty much every hip hop festival Australia attempts to host, such as Rap City, Supafest, Heatwave Festival and Movement Festival. Eminem fever has taken over with his Rapture Festival featuring M-Phazes, 360, Action Bronson, J Cole and Kendrick Lamar. It all wrapped up yesterday after hitting Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Let’s hope this signals that the future of international hip hop in Australia is not quite dead.