Pharrell is everywhere. He stole the show at the Grammy’s (or rather his hat did), and his song from Despicable Me 2, “Happy”, is bringing sunshiney feelings to this endless winter. Plus he starred on two of last summer’s hottest songs, Robin’s Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” And now he has a brand new album of his very own: “G I R L”.
I have been listening to “G I R L” for the past week and LOVE it. I was going to list out the reasons why I love it, but that’s boring (if I say it’s good, you should not need a full explanation), so I decided to do a little research instead. A quick Q&A about “G I R L”:
1. What significance does the album’s name have? "Women have been so good to me over this entire career and they've done so much for my family,” says Pharrell to Entertainment Wise, so he made an album meant to celebrate women.
2. Why are there spaces between the letters in the album title? “The reason why I named it G I R L in capital letters is because when you look at it, it looks a little weird,” Pharrell told BBC Radio 1. “And the reason why it does is because society is a little unbalanced.”
3. Are there any guests spots on “G I R L”? Yes, you will hear from Justin Timberlake (“Brand New”), Alicia Keys (“Know Who You Are”), Miley Cyrus (“Come Get It Bae”) and Daft Punk (“Gust of Wind”). It’s a diverse mix!
4. Why is there controversy surrounding the “G I R L” album cover? Some have alleged that the three females accompanying Pharrell on the cover represent a “lack of color.” His response is that one of the women on the cover (the one standing closest to him) actually is black. And he also pointed out that he himself is black.
5. Why does Pharrell wear that hat? (note: Google also prompted me to inquire “Why does Pharrell wear that stupid hat?) Here’s what he had to say about the hat he wore to the Grammy’s: “I was just wearing a hat...Some people like it and some people are like 'what is that?' At the end of the day I feel good if I'm expressing myself." He auctioned off the Grammy hat (purchased by Arby’s for more than $44,000) for charity. Not bad considering he only paid $200 for it.
While there are only ten songs on the album (including “Happy”), it’s a great mix. Personally, I love a shorter list of songs if they’re all solid. That way I don’t have to weed through a bunch to find the good ones. On “G I R L” they’re all good! Here is the video for “Happy”, a song that prompted me to make a whole mood elevating playlist with the same name:
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