Malema vs Visagie... Round 1

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BET Awards Nominees List

Best Female R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona
Alicia Keys
Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Raheem DeVaughn
Maxwell
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Gospel
The Anointed Pace Sisters
Kirk Franklin Presents Artists United For Haiti
Tamela Mann
Marvin Sapp
Vickie Winans

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Ester Dean
Lil Kim
Nicki Minaj
Rasheeda
Trina

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
B.o.B.
Drake
Fabolous
Jay-Z
Ludacris

Best Group
Black Eyed Peas
Clipse
Diddy-Dirty Money
New Boyz
Young Money

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Melanie Fiona
Nicki Minaj
Wale
Young Money

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé f/ Lady Gaga – Video Phone
B.o.B. f/ Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
Drake & Trey Songz – Successful
Drake f/ Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem – Forever
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Trey Songz f/ Fabolous – Say Aah

Video of the Year
Beyoncé f/ Lady Gaga – Video Phone
B.o.B. f/ Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
Melanie Fiona – It Kills Me
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West – Run This Town

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Gil Green
Anthony Mandler
Chris Robinson
Hype Williams

Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Mo’Nique
Zoe Saldana
Gabourey Sidibe

Best Actor
Quinton Aaron
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Jamie Foxx
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Selena Gomez
Lil JJ
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith
Tyler James Williams

Best Movie
Avatar
Law Abiding Citizen
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
The Blindside

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Tamika Catchings
Vanessa James
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Usain Bolt
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Tiger Woods

Viewers Choice Nominees
Beyoncé – Sweet Dreams
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Monica – Everything To Me
Rihanna f/ Young Jeezy – Hard
Trey Songz f/ Fabolous – Say Aah
Young Money (Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Jae Millz, Drake, Tyga) f/ Lloyd – Bedrock

Centric Award
Melanie Fiona
Maxwell
Chrisette Michele
Monica
Sade


Best International Act
Kojo Antwi (Ghana)
Chipmunk (UK)
Dizzee Rascal (UK)
Estelle (UK)
Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) (South Africa)
K’NAAN (Somalia)
M.I. (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Corinne Bailey Rae (UK)
Sade (UK)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Kim Kardashian & Cristiano Ronaldo kickin it?


Kim Kardashias is alleged to be seeing the worlds most expensive soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo. This was after the two were spotted kissing over lunch at a classy restaurant in Madrid, Spain.

This might seem pretty harmless, even after Kim had left ex boyfriend Reggie Bush for , as she says, cheating on her. The failed attempt to hide the meeting between Kim and Cristianio was what sparked interest. They had made seperate exits from the restaurant to deter the media, only to have Kim follow Cristiano in a chauffered Merc back to his mansion.

Fling or next athlete Boyfriend?

16th Annual MTN South African Music Awards


These are to be held tommorow, 17 April 2010 at Sun City Superbowl.

Here are your nominees people...

Album of the Year
BUSI MHLONGO AMAKHOLWA BELIEVERS
BLK JKS After Robots
Big Nuz Undisputed
Teargas Dark Or Blue
Selaelo Selota Lapeng Laka

Best Duo / Group
Big Nuz Undisputed
Teargas Dark Or Blue
Joyous Celebration Vol. 13 Live At The Mosaiek Theatre – JHB
aKING Against All Odds
Jaziel Brothers The Journey

Best Female Solo Artist
BUSI MHLONGO AMAKHOLWA BELIEVERS
Louise Carver The Home Tour – Live
Camagwini Emandulo
Lira Live In Concert : A Celebration
Thandiswa Mazwai Ibokwe

Best Male Solo Artist
Chris Chameleon Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou
Benjamin Dube 16 June Commemoration Live
Black Coffee Home Brewed
Selaelo Selota Lapeng Laka
Ntando INQUBEKA

Best Newcomer
THE SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH CHOIR BIRTH OF THE SUN
Solly Mahlangu Obrigado
Tshepo Mngoma People And Places
Kyle Shepherd FineART
Culoe De Song A Giant Leap

Best Afrikaans Traditional Music Album
Die Teelepeltjies Boeremusiek Op Sy Warmste
Hennie De Bruyn & Die Kitaarkerels Vurige Snare
Klipwerf Orkes Hantam Carnival
Mooiplaas Boere Orkes Traditionele Boeremusiek
Zak Van Niekerk, Hennie De Bruyn & Die Kitaarkerels Rig Jou Hande Na Bo

Best Adult Contemporary Album: Afrikaans
Bok Van Blerk Afrikanerhart
Chris Chameleon Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou
Die Radio Kalahari Orkes Heuningland
Romanz Bly Getrou
Theuns Jordaan Kouevuur

Best Afrikaans Gospel Album
Jan Hoogendyk Ontskemer
Louis Brittz, Wanda Bam & Leza Liversage Ons Draai Terug!
Retief Burger Luidkeels Oorgegee
Rouchelle Liedemann Nuwe Begin
Wanda Bam Beloofde Land

Best Kiddies Album: Afrikaans
Carike Keuzenkamp Carike En Ghoempie Kuier Saam Met Ghoeghoe In Kinderland 6
NAdine Blom Supercool Vir Jesus
Ronell Erasmus Kareltjie Kameelperd
Vaaljappie Kanedoebadoe

Best Country Music Album
Billy Forrest & Bobby Angel The Hits Of Foster & Allen
Cheree In My Drome
Die Campbells Keep It Country
Dozi Voel So Reg
Ray Dylan Goeie Ou Country

Best Rock Album: Afrikaans
Andries Botha Welkom In Die Wêreld
Jan Blohm 7 Jaar
Teerpad Kry Rigting
Zinkplaat Mooi Besoedeling

Best Alternative Music Album: Afrikaans
Die Heuwels Fantasties Die Heuwels Fantasties
Gizelle Begin
Sonsteek Ons Ideale
Straatligkinders Sweef Soos N Vuishou
Willim Welsyn Maanplaas

Best Pop Album: Afrikaans
Bobby Van Jaarsveld Net Vir Jou
Dewald Louw Ek En Jy
Lianie May Boeremeisie
Nicholis Louw Energie
Snotkop Francois Henning Was Hier

Best Sokkie Dans Album
Die Campbells Mamma Maria
Kurt Darren Die Beste Medisyne
Ruan De Waal ‘N Bietjie Nader
Willem Botha Se My Nou
Zak Van Niekerk Fototjie

Best Afrikaans DVD
Juanita Du Plessis 10 Jaar Platinum Treffers Live
Louis Brittz & Jean Marais Daniel 09
Nicholis Louw – Intiem Met Nicholis Louw
Retief Burger Luidkeels Oorgegee
Thys Die Bosveldklong Kom Lag N Slag

Best Adult Contemporary Album: English
Blk Sonshine Good Life
Dear Reader Replace Why With Funny
Farryl Purkiss Fruitbats & Crows
Laurie Levine Living Room
Louise Carver The Home Tour: Live

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Kevin Knott Worthy
Proxy The Call
Rivers Live Love Never Fails
Scintillate Sleeper
The Plain Truth Only One God

Best Kiddies Album: English
Gcina Mhlophe Songs And Stories Of Africa
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom Goggatjie Childrens Songs CD
Relebogile Mabotja & Erika Strydom Stories From The Alphabet Tree Volume 1

Best Rock Album: English
aKING Against All Odds
Cassette Who Do You Trust
New Holland Exploded Views
The Parlotones Stardust Galaxies
Voodoo Child Attack. Don’t Panic

Best Alternative Music Album: English
BLK JKS After Robots
Hog Hoggidy Hog Method To The Madness
Martin Rocka And The Sickshop Its A Filthy Song But Someones Got To Sing It
Mix N Blend Look Mom No Hands
The Black Hotels Films For The Next Century

Best Pop Album: English
Axene 16
Jerusha Jerushalem
La Vuvuzela In Stereo
NKD NKD
Sasha-Lee Sasha-Lee

Best Global Chart DVD
Dozi & Nianell It Takes Two Live At The Silverstar Casino
Lira Live In Concert: A Celebration
Prime Circle All Or Nothing Live
The Plain Truth Only One God

Best Popular Classical Album
Daniel Rowland And Stellenbosch University Camerata Vivaldi / Piazzolla Seasons
James Grace Sevilla Music Of Spain II
Sterling Electric Quartet Nova
The South African Youth Choir Birth Of The Sun
TwoPianists Brahms, Lutoslawski, Arensky & Copland

Best Instrumental Album
Carol Thorns Fireflies In The Rain
CH2 Orange Guitar
Guy Buttery Fox Hill Lane
Kidofdoom My Faith In War
Steve Newman Flavour

Best Traditional Jazz Album
Anna Davel Linger Longer
Brian Thusi Nomakunjalo
Kyle Shepherd FineART
Tutu Puoane Quiet Now
Jazzing & Jiving The Cape Town Sessions

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Adam Glasser Free At First
Fundile Mdingi Borrowed Gift
Ivan Mazuze Maganda
Tammy Just Jazz
Tshepo Mngoma People And Places

Best Jazz/Instrumental/Popular Classical DVD
Kristel Birkholtz The Sea In Spring
Ses Snare Ses Snare Live @ The Performer Theatre
Wouter Kellerman Colour Live In Concert

Best Music Video of the Year
Nicky Campos for Juju by Black Coffee Ft Zakes Bantwini
Morgan Dingle for Who Do You Trust by Cassette
Nick Roux for Gotta Keep It Going by Jozi
Brandon Oelofse for Double Cross by Psyfo
Francis Gavin & Jolyon Ellis for Push Me To The Floor by The Parlotones

Best Producer
Theo Crous for Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou by Chris Chameleon
Brian O’Shea for Fruitbats & Crows by Farryl Purkiss
HHP & Steve Raphadu for Dumela by HHP
Mix n Blend for Look Mom No Hands by Mix N Blend
James Bassingthwaighte & Jaydine Baron for Love That Music by Timothy Moloi

Best Engineer
Johan van Schalkwyk & Crighton Goodwill for Stripped Down Soul’d Out by Garth Taylor
Ishmael Morabe & DJ Swami for On The Edge by Ishmael
Marius Brouwer for On The Run by Jason Hartman
Howard Butcher for Flavour by Steve Newman
Robin Walsh for Love That Music by Timothy Moloi

Remix Of The Year
DJ Nutty Nys for K’zogo K’zogozogo (Summer Anthem) – Nutty Nys Remix by Deep Level
Protoculture for Cruising Through Goldfish
Black Coffee for This Is How It Goes by Goldfish
Bongani Fassie Partytime by Jozi
DJ Hypnosis for 2 By 2 by Rhythmic Elements

Best Album Packaging
Merwe Marchand le Roux for Against All Odds by aKING
Craig Wells for Who Do You Trust by Cassette
Heath Dyer for Live In Concert : A Celebration CD by Lira
Caroline Hillary for Ibokwe by Thandiswa Mazwai
Matt Edwards for Whole Worlds by Tumi

Best South Sotho Music (SeSotho) Album
Koete Tharisa Ea Matsoapo No.4
Letsoalo Letabohile Letsoalo
Masweti Masweti No.2
Motsotuoa Mosenene Lipabala Tsa Quthing No.4
Tau Ea Matsekha Matsekha Grooves

Best Tsonga Music (XiTsonga) Album
Connie Chauke Magevenga
George Maluleke Siku Ramakumu
Hammy Chauke Niwisisi
Mapfohlosela Mr Hummer
Thomas Chauke Shimatsatsa No 29

Best Venda Music (TshiVenda) Album
Ntshengedzeni Maligana Mathada Vol. 2
Tshigomboza Toduluso
Zozo & Sangere Superbeat Mukovhe

Best Mbhaqanga Album
Abafana BakaMolo Intombi Yegenge
Impumelelo Isikweletu
Mthoko Thambo Lami Leqolo
Oflende Pajero
Umashwabana Ithemba Lami

Best Maskandi Album
Izingane Zoma Obama
Phuzikhemisi Izindaba Zakho
Shabalala Rhythm Isikweletu
Thokozani Langa Inganekwane
Umgqumeni I SMS

Best Traditional A Capella Album
African Cream Freedom Choir Freedom Songs
King Star Brothers Abanini Bemizi
Ladysmith Abafana Bezamanani Ngane Yami
Thulani Shabalala Izimpande Unity Is The Power
Usuthu Halala 2010

Best Adult Contemporary Album: African
Bhudaza Likhomo
Busi Mhlongo Amakholwa Believers
Camagwini Emandulo
Selaelo Selota Lapeng Laka
Thandiswa Mazwai Ibokwe

Best African Contemporary Gospel Album
Benjamin Dube 16 June Commemoration Live
Jay Worship Unlimited Vol.1
Joyous Celebration Vol. 13 Live At The Mosaiek Theatre
Solly Mahlangu Obrigado
Spirit of Praise Spirit Of Praise Vol 2

Best African Traditional Gospel Album
Hlengiwe Mhlaba Hlala Kuye
Sechaba Mangihamba Nawe
Sipho Makhabane Ebenezer
Winnie Mashaba Joang Kapa Joang
Worship House Ikhaya Lami

Best Traditional African A Capella Gospel Album
Abalindi Nguwe Nguwe
Amadodana Ase Postile Ngihole Jehovah
Amadodana Ase Wesile Jesu Wena Ungu Mhlobo
In Zion Of Julesburg Apostolic Faith Assembly In Zion Se Ndzi Dyohile (Forgive Us Lord)
Thina Zion 1 Phuthumani

Best Alternative Music Album: African
Candy Siki (Five Cents)
Joe Nina Unchained
KB Ke Mosadi
Oliver Mtukudzi Dairai

Best Traditional/African Adult Contemporary African DVD
Benjamin Dube 16 June Commemoration Live
Joyous Celebration Vol. 13 : Live At The Mosaiek Theatre, jhb
Solly Mahlangu Obrigado
Spirit Of Praise Spirit of Praise Vol 2
Worship House Ikhaya Lami

Best Urban Gospel Album
Bongi & Collin Makadunyiswe
Charisma My Journey
Keke In The Holy Of Holies
Kgotso In The Beginning
Neville D Songs Of Deliverence

Best Pop Album: African
Deborah Uthando
Jaziel Brothers The Journey
Maduvha Africa
Malaika Mmatswale
Ntando Inqubela

Best Urban Pop Album
DJ Sox House Party
Jozi Wild Life
Kwela Tebza Made In South Africa
Mxo Sounds In Motion
Urban Reign When It Rains It Pours

Best Urban Dance Album
Black Coffee Home Brewed
Culoe De Song A Giant Leap
DJ Cleo Es’khaleni 6
Liquideep Oscillation
Oskido Oskido’s Church Grooves 8 & 9th Commandment

Best R&B/Neo-Soul Album
Brian Temba Something Better
Byron Clarke Self Inflicted
Ishmael On The Edge
Mario Ogle Can’t Stop Loving You
Nash Reed Mercurial

Best Rap Album
HHP Dumela
JR Colourfull
Khuli Chana The MotswakOriginator
Teargas Dark Or Blue
Tumi Whole Worlds

Best Kwaito Album
Big Nuz Undisputed
Mzambiya Still I Rise
Spikiri Taking A Walk On The Wild Side
TKZee Coming Home
Zola Impepho

MTN RECORD OF THE YEAR

Change the World – Master Jam (w/ RJ Benjamin)
Consider Me – Prime Circle
Fairytale – Liquideep
Fort Knox – Goldfish
Free – Thembi Seete
Good Music – DJ Cleo
Heartbreak Street – Jesse Clegg
I Believe – Oskido
Ingoma – Thandiswa featuring Hugh Masekela
Juju – Black Coffee featuring Zakes Bantwini
Lesson Number 1 – Rhythmic Elements
Live my Life – Winnie Khumalo
Maybe – Loyiso
Mmatswale- Malaika
Mpitse – HHP
Nka Mo Dira – Nutty Nys (w/ Abe Molamu)
Nomalanga Mntakwethu – Zuluboy
Push me to the Floor – The Parlotones
Umlilo – Big Nuz featuring Tira
We Baba – Culoe De Song featuring Busi Mhlongo

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Visagie vs Malema


The past few weeks have been buzzing with news coverage on two very important individuals and events surrounding the death of AWB leader Eugene Terreblance.
One of them is the AWB's secretary, Andre Visagie who caused chaos at an eNews interview.

"Don't touch me on my studio", a phrase widely abused at the moment, acctually came about when the co-anchor came to the defence of his co-host who was facing Visagie outrage. The audience and media hadn't heard Visagies side of the story until a follow-up interview where he stated "i wasn't given the chance to speak", refering to the co-hosts countless attacks.
The controversy surrounding Visagie is that of his leaders death, the interview also came at a time whereby there was/is certain racial sensitivity and clear tension amongst citizens.

The next individual is not new to public scruitany, countless times has his personal, educational and business background been under review and more especiall his absolute "Bluntness", yes i speak of our very own ANCYL President Julius Malema.
Malema is speculated to have initiated the current racial tension within the country by publicly singing and proudly endorcing the song "Kill the Boer", an old Apartheid song sung by activists before democracy was established. A few days after that, The leader & the biggest "Afrikaaner" in S.A, Eugene Terreblanche wound up dead in his farm.

Certain communities assume that this was due to the song yet others fully defend Malema's intentions with it. That is not all, recently Malema had insulted and thrown a BBC journalist out of an ANCYL media briefing. words such as "Bastard" and "Bloody Agent" where amongst a list of insults that Malema threw at the reporter for asking about his residential status and the contradiction of his previous statements. The media had a field day off of this and are still capitalising on the aftershoke i.e. what the ANC has to say.

Now with these two figures under so much public scrutany, we would like to know, who would win in a media brawl between the two. whats your point of view?

Feb Eye Candy



OOOOOOHHH Ladies get your hater gear on!!!!

The Gorgeous Jessica Alba..



Born in Pomona, California, on April 28, 1981, Jessica Alba and her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, when she was an infant. Three years later, her Air Force father brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, Texas, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine. In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, she was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later, she was signed by an agent. A gifted young actress, Jessica has already played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career. She made her feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures' comedy Camp Nowhere (1994). Originally hired for two weeks, she got her break when an actress in a principal role suddenly dropped out.



Jessica cheerfully admits it wasn't her prodigious talent or charm that inspired the director to tap her to take over the part - it was her hair, which matched the original performer's. The two-week job stretched to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an impressive first credit. Two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney quickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 with a recurring role in Nickelodeon's popular comedy series "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (1994).




She played an insufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the the title character, played by Larisa Oleynik. That same year, she won the role of "Maya" in "Flipper" (1995) and filmed the pilot for the series. She spent 1995 shooting the first season's episodes in Australia. An avid swimmer and PADI-certified scuba diver, Jessica was delighted to be doing a show that allowed her to play with dolphins. The show's success guaranteed it a second season, which she also starred in. Her involvement in the show lasted from 1995 to 1997. Since the show ended, she has appeared in a number of TV shows and films. In 1996, she appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as "Young Eve". The next year, she appeared on the "The Dini Petty Show" (1989), a Canadian talk show, and spoke about her role in "Flipper" (1995) and her general acting career. She began working on P.U.N.K.S. (1999), featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 1998, she appeared in "Brooklyn South" (1997) as "Melissa". That same year, she was in two episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990) as "Leanne" and in two episodes of "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (1998). She appeared in "Teen Magazine" in 1995 and various European magazines in the following several years. More importantly, she was featured in the February 1999 issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine. She also had major roles in two movies that year: Never Been Kissed (1999) and Idle Hands (1999). In 2000, she had roles in Paranoid (2000/I) and starred in the sci-fi TV series "Dark Angel" (2000).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bongani Fassie Wanted


Brenda Fassie’s son Bongani is wanted by the police.

This after the tiff between Fassie and his former Ghetto Ruff boss Lance Stehr reached a head.
Just when it was thought the dust was settling down, Stehr surprised many by opening a case of theft against Fassie and his friends, who followed him out of the stable.
Stehr allegedly opened a case of theft against Fassie, Gift Magubane, popularly known as Maggz, Tessa Nxumalo, Ruff X, Nipho Funeka and Mpumi Phillips last year.
The first arrests were made this week when police declared Fassie the most wanted person of the group.
Stehr claims the group of his former employees stole equipment that belongs to Ghetto Ruff, estimated to be worth R450000.
Stehr denied opening a case against Funeka and Phillips. “I can confirm that I have opened a case of theft against six people but not against Nipho and Mpumi.”
He refused to comment further, saying the issue is now a police matter.
Maggz and Nxumalo were arrested this week and spent two nights behind bars.
They appeared in the Johannesburg magistrate’s court on Thursday and were released on R7500 bail each.
Hip hop singer Maggz of Girls, Girls fame says he was surprised by the arrests.
“I know that the equipment belongs to Madala (Fassie). Although Lance bought it , it was Bongani who requested it and Lance has been deducting the money for it ever since ,” Maggz says.
Fassie, who owns Fassie Records, has signed Maggz as his first artist.
Maggz says they took the equipment when Stehr kicked Fassie out of Ghetto Ruff.
“We only moved things that belonged to Bongani and nothing else,” says Maggz.

He says they spoke to Stehr about dropping the case after they have confiscated the equipment but to no avail.
“I think he is still bitter at Bongani for leaving the stable. He is trying to hit back and we are caught up in it because we are Bongani’s close friends and stablemates at Fassie Records,” Maggz says.


Nxumalo says her sin was to be Fassie’s right-hand person. “He (Stehr) always said he wanted to teach Bongani a lesson. He said he wants to see Bongani back on the streets where he found him.”

Fassie refused to comment, saying he is still consulting his lawyers.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Eye Candy For the Month of Feb (Male)



Think of your favorite hip hop and R&B stars. It's highly likely that Pharrell Williams has produced at least one of their records as part of the successful production duo The Neptunes, along with his partner Chad Hugo. The Neptunes' innovative and addictive beats have helped many of today's hottest stars, like Justin Timberlake, Usher and Nelly, to shift millions of albums and earn countless awards.



The Neptunes' big break on the production scene came when they met hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs who hired them to produce tracks for his artists Mase and Total. It wasn't long before Pharrell and Chad were hot property on the hip hop scene, in demand to produce records for hip hop acts like Ol' Dirty Bastard, Busta Rhymes and Tlc R&B singers like Mariah Carey Mary J Blige and Janet Jackson and bubblegum pop acts like Britney and *NSYNC. In 2003, they even won a Grammy Award for Producer Of The Year.



But Pharrell doesn't just hide behind the production desk, he often drops a verse on the records he produces and graces their accompanying videos, which has resulted in him becoming a star, and heart-throb, in his own right.



Pharrell is also one-third of the group N*E*R*D, along with Chad and his childhood friend Shae Thornton. The trio have been very successful, notching up hits including "Maybe" and "She Wants To Move", and two platinum-selling albums.



But it has always been clear that Pharrell was the star of N*E*R*D, which was proved on his much-hyped song “Frontin'”, from the 2003 compilation “The Neptunes Present…Clones”. The song proved that Pharrell had more than enough charisma and talent to go it as a solo star.



In 2005, the sexy star started working on his solo album, which fans were eagerly anticipating, called "In My Mind". Pharrell says the album brings together both his R&B and rap influences and styles: “The hip-hop songs are more the introspective side of my view and how I look at life, and the R&B stuff is the more vulnerable side.”



Later that year the Virginia Beach native dropped the album's premier single, "Can I Have It Like That", which featured a chorus from the queen of cool, Gwen Stefani The song was a hip hop track which drew influence from the genre's roots. Whereas its follow-up single, the R&B-flavored “Angel”, revealed Pharrell's softer side and highlighted his versatility, proving he's just as comfortably rapping as he is singing.



The album was due to be released in late-2005 but at the last minute, the perfectionist star blocked its release believing it still needed more work and that he needed to create a track which would match the brilliance of its lead single.



Pharrell's ambitions aren't just in music; he's also been involved in a number of other business ventures. He's designed a range of sunglasses for Louis Vuitton, has launched the Billionaire Boys Club clothing line and the Ice Cream shoe collection, which have all boosted his already healthy bank balance