Pharrell Williams is taking his music skills to The Voice. The producer will be joining new coach Usher, E! News reports. Williams has signed on to be an adviser to help the R&B star’s team of performers during the battle rounds. Having collaborated with the Virginia native in the past, Usher noted Williams’ talent as the motivation for having him on board. “A master of his craft, an artist, an innovator. Who better to have on my team than Pharrell?” Usher said in a statement. “His ability to nurture and develop talent is invaluable and will truly benefit each and every one on my team.” Usher was announced as one of two new judges, the second of which is pop star, Shakira. He was added to the roster to replace Cee Lo Green whose career has taken off as of late. While away from The Voice, the Goodie Mobb singer signed on for a residency in Las Vegas, and has television projects in the works, including a sitcom loosely based on his life. The other replaced judge, Christina Aquilera, took time away from the show to work on her music and released her seventh album, Lotus last November. The fourth season of The Voice premieres March 25.
Goodie Mob has been working on its reunion album Age Against the Machine for a minute, but the project is nearing completion. During an interview with Fuse, Cee Lo Green said that the LP is in the final stages and that after they lock in a few more guest features, the record will be complete. ”I have a new album with Goodie Mob and we’re looking forward to releasing it in first quarter,” he said. “It’s tentatively titled Age Against the Machine. We’re still mixing and doing a few more guest appearances and putting the final touches on it, but yes, it’s pretty much done.”
As for the sound of the record, the former The Voice judge describes it as “progressive” because the group wants to expand the sound for a wider audience. “I think we’ve grown a great deal in the last 10 years. There’s a lot more to consider. There’s a broader audience and a greater aspiration to reach as many people as we can, to be as relatable, to be as real, relevant and resourceful as we can. So Age Against the Machine is symbolic of wisdom being the weapon of choice. Those rules will apply.”
Cee Lo Green finds himself at the point of accusations that he denies.
Cee Lo Green has been accused of sexual battery in an incident where he claims he did nothing wrong. According to TMZ, a woman recently filed a report against “The Voice” judge claiming that he sexually assaulted her. Detectives from the LAPD have already visited a downtown restaurant and spoken with employees and a manager, though it’s unclear if the alleged assault took place at the establishment. The LAPD is also keeping quiet on the identity of the accuser and what the assault entails. Cee Lo has denied any wrongdoing in the situation, stating, “Nothing ever happened there or anywhere else.” No charges have been filed and the case has not het been sent to prosecutors.
HipHopDX will keep you updated as more information comes to light.