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Explaining the Cult Popularity of N.E.R.D.
They were breaking genre boundaries before it was cool.
Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar Perform Together at TDE’s Annual Christmas Concert
Watch pop’s leading bad gal take over South Central L.A.
songs of the week
6 Best New Songs of the Week: Rihanna and N.E.R.D, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez
Believe it or not, both Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are vying for rap of the week.
Rihanna and N.E.R.D. Evolve on ‘Lemon’
They keep advancing.
Rihanna Rapping on N.E.R.D’s First Song in 7 Years Is the Antidote to Everything
Make sure you have an emergency contact in place before the Rih verses hit.
How Rap Reveals What a ‘Rock Star’ Really Means
The dark reality of rock stardom, explored.
Pharrell Williams Had to Lecture Art Basel Goers on the Virtues of Patience
While presenting an award, he had to ask the audience to quiet down.
Watch N.E.R.D.’s Preachy But Pretty ‘Life As a Fish’ Video
It’s both a worldwide aquarium tour and a Nature guilt trip.
Listen to a Smooch-Intensive New N.E.R.D. Track, ‘Nothing on You’
From the forthcoming ‘Nothing.’
Download an Instrumental of Daft Punk’s N.E.R.D. Collaboration, ‘Hypnotize You’
Something relaxing to take with you into the holiday weekend.
See N.E.R.D. Debut a New Song Live, ‘Hypnotize You’
Complete with a passel of “hypnotized” young women in white tank tops.
Pharrell on the New N.E.R.D. Album: ‘Like the Doors Meets America’
He’s not joking, we don’t think.
song of the summer
Song of the Summer: Who’s Next?
Miley Cyrus? T.I.? Jenny Lewis?
Watch N.E.R.D. and Nelly Furtado’s ‘Hot N’ Fun’ Video
A desert bonfire?
Hear a New N.E.R.D. Song, ‘Hot N’ Fun,’ Featuring Nelly Furtado
It’s a sweaty, mid-tempo dance track.
N.E.R.D.: The New Black Eyed Peas?
Be forewarned! They’re adding a female singer!
Fast-Thinking Alex Kapranos Saves the Year’s Best Party From Overzealous Fire Marshal
Addressing revelers on the balcony, the Franz Ferdinand singer’s voice took on the tone of an angry schoolmarm: ‘The Fire Department wants to shut the party down.’
leak of the week
Leaked: New N.E.R.D. Album Not Nearly As Annoying As First Single Might Suggest
Apart from the fingernails-down-a-chalkboard lead single, “Everybody Nose,” it’s actually pretty great.
apropos of nothing
‘Umbrella’ Watch 2008: Is N.E.R.D.’s ‘Everybody Nose’ the Song of the Summer?
Until a song displaces “Umbrella” from the top of our iTunes most-played list, we’ll be judging the contenders for this year’s Song of the Summer.
N.E.R.D. Encourage Your Social Ineptitude
Plus: What are the Fratellis up to these days?
Pharrell’s Metaphors Are Beyond Reproach
Plus: John Mayer is trapped in an infinite loop, and David Schwimmer is Ross.
‘Cloverfield 2’ Is Coming; Dramamine Stocks Soar
Plus industry news on Laurence Fishburne, Katherine Heigl, and Kanye West.
R. Kelly Makes Great Song at Least 100 Times Better
Plus: Dizzee Rascal!