Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973), also known simply as Pharrell, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo The Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&Bmusic.
He is also the lead vocalist and drummer of rock, funk, and hip hop band N.E.R.D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. He released his first single “Frontin’” in 2003 and followed up with his first album In My Mind in 2006.
As part of The Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various musicians. Williams has earned four Grammy Awards, two of which as part of The Neptunes. He is also the co-founder of the clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing.
In March 2013, Pharrell appeared alongside T.I. on Robin Thicke‘s hit single “Blurred Lines“. The song has been a worldwide hit, has peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has also reached number one in 13 more countries including the United Kingdom and Germany, making it Pharrell’s third Billboard Hot 100 number one single.
By July 2013 there had only been 137 singles in UK chart history to have achieved one million sales in the UK, that month Pharrell scored two million-sellers with Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Blurred Lines.
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