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Do you want a number one double platinum single? Just collaborate with Pharrell Williams.
It would be no understatement to say that he is the hottest feature artist of 2013. With no known plans to release his own solo album, he is definitely available for a collaboration.
You just cannot avoid hearing ‘Blurred Lines’ with Robin Thicke, or ‘Get Lucky’ with Daft Punk right now, so embrace Pharrell and let’s look at some of his other collaborations.
Celebrate – Mika Featuring Pharrell
Mika returned last year with his third studio album, The Origin of Love. Most of us missed it completely until ‘Popular Song’ came out, based on ‘Popular’ from Wicked. The single flopped over here, but France are still on board with his unique style.
Celebrate is a super positive song, which is great if you wake up optimistic every day. Pharrell, try and work with an artist who is a bit more famous over here?
Watch Mika writing on pieces of paper and tearing them up:
One (Your Name) – Swedish House Mafia Featuring Pharrell
Cast your mind back to 2010 and whichever club you were in. This song was another inescapable track.
You might not have noticed him on the track, but he’s there, it even says so at the beginning of the video.
Since this first single, Swedish House Mafia have boomed into new levels of DJ Hype. I think they should say an extra big thank you to Pharrell.
Wanna Love You Girl – Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams
You might have only just started to pay attention to Robin Thicke, but he has been on the scene for a while. Blurred Lines is actually his sixth album.
He’s another artist that is not afraid of the collaboration. Thicke was on a little track with Leighton Meester, our favourite Gossip Girl, called ‘Somebody to Love’. The track was a flop, but it might appeal to your inner gay.
‘Wanna Love You Girl’ proves that these men would have had naked girls in their videos long ago if they could.
Boys – Britney Spears Featuring Pharrell
Over a decade ago, before Britney jumped up and down badly in high heels for the Smurfs, she released ‘Boys’ with Pharrell.
A little lesser known fact is that Pharrell helped produce Britney’s killer track ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’. This track was raunchier than the ‘Oops I Did It Again’ red latex catsuit and totally changed Britney’s image.
Both ‘Boys’ and ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ were intended for Janet Jackson. Wise choice letting Britney do them Pharrell.
ATM Jam – Azealia Banks Featuring Pharrell
Banks started filming this video on July 29th , and this is one to be excited for. This song will definitely grow on you and features Pharrell’s vocals for the majority of the song. This could be Pharrell’s third magic track of 2013. Early filming shots of the video reveal Azealia’s bright red hair on the streets of NYC. No video yet, or single release, but this track was aired on BBC Radio One.
Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
Snoog Dogg has done some unusual collaborations. ‘Boyfriend’ with Big Time Rush for one. Seriously, this is an odd combination, but he said in an interview that he collaborated because his daughter likes their TV show.
If you’re calling him Snoop Lion now then you’ll have heard ‘Ashtrays and Heartbreaks’ with Miley Cyrus. It still seems like an odd combination, but at least she is current.
‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ has such a unique sound that it will remain timeless.
Williams has more to offer than just being a feature artist. He has helped Frank Ocean with his album Channel Orange, produced Timberlake’s Justified and Steffani’s Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
He might not be releasing his own tracks, but he will always be present in the music industry.