After previewing it on Saturday (October 4), Pharrell has now released the official video for “Gust Of Wind.” It begins with the entertainer stumbling upon two helmet-shaped boulders in a forest – which is pretty fitting, as the song features Daft Punk. From there, he finds himself inside a very autumnal party within the trees with a group of dancing girls.
The boulders then become illuminated and the French electronic duo joins in to play the vocoder-heavy chorus. And if you were wondering, Pharrell is still wearing that hat.
“Gust Of Wind” is the latest single off his sophomore album G I R L, and follows up tunes like the psychedelic “It Girl” and the Miley Cyrus collaboration on “Come Get It Bae.” More »
Pharrell wanders through a forest in a preview of his “Gust of Wind” video. There, the hitmaker and Voice coach approaches an unusual sight: two boulders, shaped like the helmets of featured artists Daft Punk. Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World), this new video looks to be an epic adventure.
Earlier this week Pharrell dropped his “It Girl” video, a trippy fifth generation video game-themed collaboration with the famed Japanese pop artist (and frequent Billionaire Boys Club guest designer) Takashi Murakami.
When Pharrell and Daft Punk first joined forces for the latter’s 2013 album Random Access Memories, though, they dressed in sequined blazers (“Get Lucky”) and performed at a space-themed discotheque (“Lose Yourself to Dance”), as if to honor featured guitarist Nile Rodgers. “Gust of Wind,” off Pharrell’s solo comeback G I R L, was just as much of a retrofuturistic throwback.
Watch the “Gust of Wind” video teaser up top, then revisit the song below. More »
Influential rock band The Who has released its first new song in eight years, “Be Lucky.” There, it name-checks AC/DC and Daft Punk – two groups that have little in common, other than how they were once rumored to be retired.
“You want to climb without a safety line / AC/DC’s gonna be fine,” lead singer Roger Daltrey growls, before he assures that “Daft Punk’s gonna be fine.” The title of the Who song also references Daft Punk’s comeback hit, 2013′s “Get Lucky.”
Earlier this year AC/DC completed its first album since 2008, but to news that founding member Malcolm Young was hospitalized. (Billboard now reports that Young may be suffering from dementia.) Meanwhile, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was the French electro duo’s first album in eight years, aside from 2010′s Tron: Legacy soundtrack. That (brief) time away from the spotlight resulted in rumors of retirement.
The Who’s “Be Lucky” will appear in the group’s forthcoming two-disc hits collection,Who Hits 50!, out October 27. Hear the new song below. More »
Have the lovely ladies of Say Lou Lou
ever done wrong? They haven’t, actually…and they’re not about to start now.
The ethereal dream-pop Aussie-Swedish duo, known for such haunting gems as “Everything We Touch” and “Beloved,” are steadily preparing to release their highly anticipated debut LP, Lucid Dreaming, in February.
Ahead of the album’s release, the duo just dropped a cover of Daft Punk‘s luscious Random Access Memories track “Instant Crush,” which they’re giving out for free. True to form, it’s an utterly stunning reworking, stripping out the electronica of the original and replacing the production with atmospheric guitars and drums. The girls carry the track beautifully, and it’s all very magical and lovely as ever.
Listen to Say Lou Lou cover Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush” after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Daft Punk has released a limited edition remixes album worldwide to iTunes, without warning. Human After All (Remixes), also featuring Basement Jaxx, Peaches and Justice, was first released in Japan in 2006. [HarderBloggerFaster]
:: Morrissey has been dropped by Capitol/Harvest, just weeks after the release of World Peace Is None of Your Business. He recently criticized the label for not funding a music video. [Consequence of Sound]
:: Speaking of Morrissey: When asked to tell a secret, George Michael said that The Smiths are reforming. Wait, what? [The Guardian]
:: Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora will perform “Black Widow” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The awards show airs August 24 at 9 p.m. EST. [Instagram]
:: The roles of Missy Elliott and Timbaland have been cast for Lifetime’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic. The dynamic duo will be played by newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith, respectively. [The Wrap]
:: While in Ibiza, Puff Daddy photo-bombed Kanye West and Zac Efron, as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton chat behind the scene. Yes, this is happening in one single photo. [BuzzFeed]
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:: Michael Jackson
‘s 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch is about to be sold. The estate – 22 buildings, including a movie theater and theme park – cost tens of millions of dollars to maintain, while experts say it could be worth up to $100 million. [Forbes
:: Nile Rodgers revealed that Daft Punk is working on new music. “Just as I finished up a new Chic song, Daft Punk sent me something AMAZING!” he said. Here’s to hoping Daft Punk had another collaboration in mind. [Facebook]
:: Rita Ora has nabbed yet another high-profile guest for her sophomore album: her label boss, Jay Z. [Q102]
:: Justin Bieber partied with Kanye West and the Kardashians at Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci‘s birthday. “Who’s your daddy?” he actually wrote to caption a snapshot of him posing with Kris Jenner. [Instagram]
:: Chris Brown‘s August 4 appearance at Drake‘s OVO Fest may be canceled. “I should regret some things but I think the lessons learned will shape me into a real man,” Brown said, following reports suggesting that he may have trouble entering Canada due to his criminal background. [Rap-Up]
:: Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes says that he was jumped by three security guards at Lollapalooza shortly after performing – and giving a speech about police brutality. The festival is investigating the incident. [Pitchfork]
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:: We all know that hip-hop is a competitive game, but Childish Gambino
’s Donald Glover
went on a full-on rampage at a show in Australia, calling out Drake
, Kendrick Lamar
and claiming the title of “the best rapper” for himself. [Billboard
:: French electronic-music legends Daft Punk announced that they will be releasing a documentary on BBC France in 2015, where they might finally reveal — you guessed it — their actual faces! [Oh No They Didn’t]
:: Kanye West emerges victorious in his lawsuit against bitcoin alternative, Coinye, who used Ye’s name and image as their logo. [NBC News]
:: Glee star Lea Michele will feature as a special guest on the upcoming final season of hit FX show Sons of Anarchy. [Billboard]
:: DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith expressed serious remorse when recalling his and girlfriend Sky Ferriera‘s 2013 arrest for drug possession, stating “She literally didn’t do anything wrong.” [Stereogum]
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thinks we should stop worrying about sexy pop stars like Rihanna
. “I don’t see a female without clothing as a terrible influence,” she said in a recent interview. “There are worse things. Shooting people.” Good point. [Gossip Cop
:: They certainly have an affinity with grass. The boys of One Direction popped up at Wimbledon and politely watched a couple of tennis matches. Looks like a fun day out! [Digital Spy]
:: Daft Punk is the subject of a new documentary. There is no word as to what the film will cover but it promises to delve deeper into the men beneath the helmets. Sounds like a blockbuster. [Spin]
:: This sounds a little dubious. In Ja Rule‘s new autobiography he claims that he once hit 50 Cent with a baseball bat and, here’s the kicker, with a crutch. There’s a lot of bad blood between the former rivals but this is a little bit far-fetched. [MTV]
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re-created his iconic “Heroes”
album cover, this time wearing Daft Punk
garb. It was all part of his tribute to Columbia Records US chairman Rob Stringer, who was honored with the Strat Award at London’s Music Week Awards Thursday (April 24). This isn’t the first time Bowie has repurposed that pose — previously he tweaked the cover for his The Next Day
In an accompanying Facebook post, the Thin White Duke recounted the time Stringer held a meeting while dressed as one of the French Robots (surely one of those rare moments Bowie was the more conservatively dressed person in a room), as an example of how far Stringer goes for his artists. There are probably only a couple dozen people who actually care about this story, but the point is, it gave us David Bowie as Daft Punk, so just enjoy it.
See Bowie’s Facebook post below. More »
A week ago, Arcade Fire
brought out Blondie
‘s Debbie Harry
to perform “Heart of Glass” for the band’s first headlining set
at Coachella, adding to the number of high-profile guests at this year’s festival. During the second weekend, though, a duo dressed as Daft Punk
crashed the Montreal band’s set for a slo-mo version of their comeback single “Get Lucky.” Frontman Win Butler
stormed the stage. “What the fuck is happening? What is this? What is this guys, seriously?” he said.
Of course, Beck would actually join Arcade Fire later to cover Prince‘s 1981 single “Controversy.”
Before Arcade Fire teased the crowd, and as Butler likely figured, Coachella saw a slew of surprise guests. A giddy Kid Cudi invited Haim and favorite band MGMT to help perform songs like “Pursuit of Happyness.” Later, Nas continued to celebrate his legacy (his iconic debut Illmatic just turned 20) with help from Lauryn Hill. Hill’s return to music may have been drawn-out and frustrating at times, but she seemed to stop time with her fiery performance in “Ready or Not” alone, proving that she’s still in fighting shape.
Surprise guests may be now totally expected at Coachella, but they’re always welcome. See clips from Arcade Fire, Nas and Kid Cudi’s performances after the jump. More »