Girl (Pharrell Williams album)
Girl (stylized as G I R L) is the second studio album by American recording artist and record producer Pharrell Williams. The album was released on March 3, 2014, through Williams’ label i Am Other and Columbia Records. Girl is Williams’ first studio album in eight years, since his 2006 debut, In My Mind.
The lead single of Girl is the Academy Award-nominated song “Happy”, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The album contains appearances by Kelly Osbourne, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, JoJo, Alicia Keys, Tori Kelly and Leah LaBelle. Reviews of the album from music critics have been generally positive.
Called a feminist “almost-concept” album in early reviews, Girl is Williams’ attempt to “eliminate what he sees as an understandable degree of uncertainty over what his attitude to women actually is.” He said that he felt the need to clarify himself in the wake of “Blurred Lines” controversy, as with the song’s “questionable lyrics, and the nature of the aesthetic of the video, it’s easy to get confused about that.” Williams also stated, “There’s an imbalance in society, in my opinion, and it’s going to change. A world where 75 percent of it is run by women â€“ that’s a different world. That’s gonna happen, and I want to be on the right side of it when it does.”
Interviewed by Zane Lowe backstage at the 2014 BRIT Awards, Williams specified that the capitalization and double-spacing of the album title is deliberately designed, “Because when you look at it, it looks a little weird… Because society is a little unbalanced.” He also added that he wished to honor the female figures that had been part of his life by making the record.
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