Season 9 Coaches announced
NBC announces coaches for season nine of The Voice. Aguilera is replaced by Stefani, who sat in for Aguilera during maternity leave.
Wins The Voice
Fredericks wins season eight of The Voice. He is coached by Williams.
I just thought, ‘This is going to be a good learning experience.’ I’d never done any kind of audition thing before. So that’s kind of how I went into it, just seeing where it takes me…It was definitely a really big culture shock for me, moving from a farm to the city. Since I’m quite a bit of an introvert, it’s really hard for me to do interviews and that kind of stuff. The performing was really easy for me, just because I’ve always been performing; I do a lot of farmers’ markets and gigs like that. So that was the part where I was the least nervous, when I was up onstage singing. I was more nervous in the interviews, although I’m not as nervous now. I’m definitely getting more comfortable with all this stuff. I’ve come out of my shell through this whole entire experience.
On his plans for the future:
I would not move to L.A.; I love my home back on the farm. I would visit L.A., but it would never be my home. I can take trips and stay in hotels for a while, but I always want to have a farm to come back to.
Comments on verdict0 Comments
Williams comments on the jury’s decision:
It was shocking. I think, when you look back at it, I think the jury voted on emotion. This is my opinion – I feel like the verdict was based on emotion and not the real true issue, which was copyright infringement.
International happiness day
Williams flips the light switch at the Empire State Building to mark the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness.
Blurred Lines comments
Rodgers comments on Williams and Thicke’s copyright infringement in the Blurred Lines court case, saying he believes the song’s composition is not at all like Gaye’s Got to Give it Up.
Compositionally, purely compositionally, I don’t think they should have lost that case. Got to Give it Up is clearly a blues structure, Blurred Lines isn’t at all. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation.
Copied Blurred Lines: $7.3m damages
The jury awards $7.3 million to Gaye’s family after deciding Williams and Thicke copied Blurred Lines from Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give It Up. Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch, who had said Williams and Thicke were liars who went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Gaye’s late-1970s music and copied the song outright. The song has earned more than $5 million apiece for Thicke and Williams.
Williams performs Happy during the Grammy Awards show promoting his album Girl.
Spark The Fire performance
Stefani and Williams perform Spark The Fire during the People Magazine Awards
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas performance
Shelton, Levine, Stefani and Williams perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas during the season finale of The Voice.
Spark The Fire performance
Stefani and Williams perform Spark the Fire on The Voice from her upcoming album.
Calls Brown’s behavior ‘bullyish’
Williams tells Ebony magazine that although he doesn’t agree with the Grand Jury’s decision in Ferguson, he thinks Michael Brown’s behavior leading up to his death was ‘bully-ish’.
It looked very bully-ish; that in itself I had a problem with. Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that? The boy was walking in the middle of the street when the police supposedly told him to “get the f*** on the sidewalk.” If you don’t listen to that, after just having pushed a storeowner, you’re asking for trouble.
Lagerfeld unveils a teaser for his newest Chanel short film, entitled Reincarnation. The film, starring Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams, reimagines a particular moment in the life of Coco Chanel.
Spark the Fire
The artist releases Spark The Fire, from her yet to be titled album. This is one of several tracks that is produced by collaborator Pharrell for her third solo album. Stefani:
He’s like, ‘I’ve got to play you this. I have to play you this. And so he plays me this song, and it’s like magic. All it was was a beat and he was singing this melody on top and I just knew, that’s it. That night, after shooting all day, we went in the studio all night long, stayed up till four in the morning, came back, got on set and then didn’t finish.
Williams performs his single, Hunter, on season 7’s, The Voice.
Gust of Wind
It Girl music video
High when recording Blurred Lines
Thicke says he was high on Vicodin and alcohol when recording Blurred Lines featuring Williams. The claim came to light in court documents as part of a case taken by the estate of Marvin Gaye due to the songs likeness to Gaye’s song Got to Give it Up. Thicke claims Williams wrote most of the song.
To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.
Come Get It Bae
Team Pharrell Voice mentor
Keys announces on Twitter that she will be a mentor for Team Pharrell on The Voice. Williams retweets Keys’ post on his Twitter page.
My friend @Pharrell invited me to be a mentor for his team on #TheVoice! His team killed it 😉 #AliciaKeysonTheVoice pic.twitter.com/EHnnjcKXmj
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) July 23, 2014
Lose Yourself To Dance perormance0 Comments
Williams performs Lose Yourself To Dance at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball from Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories.