Here at Unreality TV, we absolutely love Pharrell Williams and everything he does, and that’s becuase he’s a world class singer, writer and producer, so we’re certainly not surprised at his success.
We got the amazing opportunity to watch him perform live in Glasgow at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend recently, but it seems Mr ‘Happy’ himself just can’t believe his level of success.
Modest Pharrell talked about his meteoric rise to fame during an appearance on BBC Breakfast earlier this week, and he admitted that he’s “overwhelmed” by it all at times.
Having confessed that early on in his career, he hadn’t anticipated anything like the level of success he’s currently enjoying, he charmingly added that he always assumed he’d be “the guy standing next to someone else” as a producer, and not a pop star in his own right.
He went on to express his gratitude to those in the music industry who gave him the opportunity to become an artist in his own right, rather than just a producer. And he intends to repay some of that goodwill by remaining “loyal to the groove and things that feel good”.
During the interview, he also discussed the title of his new solo album ‘G I R L’, and confessed that the concept of the name is by way of an homage to the female psyche. He also remarked that the women in his life have been “good” to him.
He added: “We can read about it, we can study this as much as we want, but until we walk in your shoes, we don’t know what it’s like. And so for me, I intended it to talk about that a little bit and spread some of that message in my album and just try and push your fight.”
If you’re a fan, you’ll no doubt remember that last year, Pharrell featured on a number of big-hit tracks, but one of them, ‘Blurred Lines’, caused quite a storm of controversy with its lyrics…
Speaking with Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Channel 4, Pharrell discussed one particular line in the song – “I know you want it” – and went on to deny that it was sexually suggestive.
He said: “Is it sexually suggestive when a car salesman says to a person who’s trying to buy a car, ‘I know you want it’?”
He continued: “If I can tell you’re hungry and I say, ‘I know you want it’, does that mean I’m going to rape you?”