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Mariah Carey, Weezer, and N.E.R.D. albums all hit stores today

mariah-carey-christmas-IIEven with a newborn on the way, Mariah Carey is pressing on.  Sixteen years after making one of the most popular holiday albums ever, Carey returns with a sequel to Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas II You, re-recording several tunes from the original and introducing a few more. Fresh off of Halloween, the record is timed perfectly. As we make plans for turkey day, we know Christmas bells will be ringing in no time.

Weezer also released a two-CD deluxe reissue of their 1996 second album, PinkertonRivers Cuomo once considered the album a “hugely painful mistake.” But now he and Weezer fans alike know it to be a classic. And we agree. N.E.R.D.‘s new album, Nothing, is out today as well. Title aside, know that this trippy album has plenty to offer. Check out the review we gave it here. Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley’s new set delivers more cuts for rocking festivals and introspective cuts to reflect with.

Those are this week’s big releases. What records will you be buying this week? Let us know.

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Pharrell Williams: An EW Q&A

Pharrell-Williams-Times-SquareImage Credit: Ben Hider/WireImage.comN.E.R.D. lit up Times Square today like it was New Year’s Eve, performing a free Honda-sponsored concert of three party-starting tracks—two from their new album, Nothing, currently slated for release October 19th, and one from their 2001 debut, “Lapdance.” Before the show, EW caught up with Pharrell Williams to talk about his upcoming album, plans for the future, and why he calls America’s youth the “microwave generation.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY You and collaborator Shay Haley have been best friends since high school. How has your relationship evolved over the years?
PHARRELL WILLIAMS:
We’re best friends. Love is like shoelaces. It’s only gotten tighter. Times change, so does the dichotomy between two people, and we’ve had some obstacles. But for us, our friendship has always been number one, and our music number two. Our music wouldn’t be as good if we weren’t such close friends.

What can we expect from your new album, Nothing?
At first, the album was called Instant Gratification, and it was good, but not good enough. It was our answer to this generation, which we have nicknamed the “microwave generation”: The Microwavers. Even though the microwave is old technology, it actually happens to be the mentality of all the people on the planet right now. Especially the kids—they want it now and they want it hot. They don’t want it ten minutes from now. With Nothing, we feel like we’re reflecting society.

You guys have incorporated a lot of musical influences into your previous albums—not just hip-hop, but some ’70s funk and glam rock—how would you describe the sound of Nothing?
N.E.R.D. represents music that transcends time. If you go back and listen to the first N.E.R.D. album, you’re like “What is that? Okay, interesting.” And after the third listen you’re hooked. This album sounds like it came out of the late 60s/early 70s. It calls to mind the Doors, Crosby, Stills & Nash, America, a little bit of Neil Young, there’s a Queen moment, there’s a Moody Blues moment. It’s “baba cool,” like the French term. It’s posh, it’s Bohemian, and it’s fashion and art.

What’s it like for you guys to perform with other artists, like Nelly Furtado on your single “Hot ‘N’ Fun,” rather than just producing their tracks?
It’s the same experience, really. You’ve just got to get out there and do the work. But working with somebody like Nelly makes it easier. She’s gorgeous and talented. You get what you would get out of gorgeous and talented.

So the album is definitely coming out October 19th? Because it’s been pushed back once already…
We’ve tried to make the lead-up to this new album be like an Easter egg hunt, telling you one thing, and then like two months later it’s another date. We’re really good at that. In two seconds, there could be another release date.

What else does the future hold for N.E.R.D.?
I don’t know if we’ll ever stop making records, but we’re going to keep finding new ways to present it to the audience. I think we’ve been in a cocoon for a while, and the next step is to butterfly.

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Perez Hilton hosts N.E.R.D., Pitbull, Taio Cruz at pre-VMA party: on the scene

NERD-PEREZ-HILTONImage Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com “I love music!” Perez Hilton seemed to shout those three words at least once every time he took the stage at L.A.’s Wiltern Theatre last night. While he’s still best known as a cantankerous gossip blogger, Hilton clearly does spend a lot of time thinking about tunes, between his Perezcious Music label and his ongoing “One Night in…” concert series. Promotional materials for “One Night in Los Angeles” promised A-list celebs like Katy Perry and Kanye West would be in the audience; they never showed, as far as I could tell. In a way it was fitting. This event ended up being more about music than about stars, after all. READ FULL STORY

Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D. rock out at New York concert

nerdImage Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.comWhen Pharrell Williams, Shae Haley, and Chad Hugo—who together form N.E.R.D.—hit The Fillmore’s stage in downtown Manhattan last night, their geeked up fans knew exactly what to do: raise their hands and give the Vulcan salute. A self-proclaimed Trekkie, Williams is the head of Star Trak records. Relaxed, in a back fitted cap, white t-shirt, and jeans, Williams calmly returned the greeting. That was the only time Pharrell stood still.

The show kicked off with “Kill Joy,” their maddening single from 2008′s Seeing Sounds. From then on, Williams and Haley wildly traded verses on cult classics like “Spaz,” “She Wants to Move,” “Everyone Nose,” and “Hot N Fun,” the new single from their forthcoming album, Nothing. When he wasn’t rapping, Pharrell was dancing. Arms flailing and legs kicking, his moves looked like rhythmic seizures. But there, at a punk-rock-meets-hip-hop show, they worked.

The crowd enjoyed and matched his energy, creating several mosh pits as cuts like the rebellious “Rock Star” ripped through the speakers. Eventually Williams slowed it down to sing dreary ballads. “Maybe” showcased his trademark falsetto. Next was “Sooner or Later,” which the fans belted out  good portion of.

Before closing the show, Williams announced that a good friend of the group’s just had their first child. “N.E.R.D. makes baby-making music,” he said. And then he suggested that the following song was what the new born was conceived to. The track was the strip club rock anthem “Lapdance.” Nasty, right?

“All jokes aside,” Pharrell said in closing, “this was the raddest show ever.” It sure was.

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The 2009 BET Awards: We live-blogged it!

Update: What a show! It ran long — over three and a half hours — but performances by New Edition, Beyonce, Ne-Yo, and the O’Jays, and a touching surprise appearance by Janet Jackson made the show memorable. Get the full list of winners here, and scroll down to replay our live blog. Beware, West Coasters and TiVo types: Spoilers abound.

The show must go on, say organizers of this weekend’s BET Awards, which now will be dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson, who died earlier this week at age 50.

Join EW’s Chad Schlegel and special guest Emil Wilbekin, managing editor of ESSENCE.com, as they live-blog the ceremony, hosted by Jamie Foxx. Log on at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday for Chad and Emil’s blow-by-blow report on the proceedings, including star tributes to the late icon and performances by Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and more.

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Pharrell's Big Mac attack

During a stopover in Paris on a recent flight back to the U.S. after performing in Malaysia with his band N.E.R.D., Pharrell channeled his inner Michael Jackson and Bob Fosse while singing and dancing in an effort to persuade the cashiers at McDonald’s to open up early and serve him. Unfortunately for Skateboard P, his goofy antics did not seem to impress the ladies, as it appears that he left empty-handed, but not before the entire bizarre episode was caught on camera for your viewing pleasure.

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