Shortly after announcing the release date for his first album in eight years, G I R L, Pharrell Williams is explaining the meaning behind his title, which is written in all-caps with spaces between each letter.
“The reason why I named it G I R L in capital letters is because when you look at it, it looks a little weird,” he told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe following a performance at the Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys. “And the reason why it does is because society is a little unbalanced. And I just thought like, if I’m gonna make an album, I need to make an album that says everything that I’ve ever wanted to say, like dreamt of.”
The hitmaker adds that he wanted to pay tribute to all the women in his life. “Women have been so good to me over this entire career and they’ve done so much for my family,” said Pharrell. “Everything I’ve ever gotten is because they’ve paid for so they’re like my bosses — indirectly and directly. I wanted to analyze that for a second.”
He continued, “I admire women in a lot of ways, but I needed to make sure that everyone knew that. On the surface, I do look and I do like them and I appreciate them in my little dirty ways here and there, but at the core, is what I’m telling you: We need them. Every living breathing human being on this planet regardless to your sexual orientation benefits from two things from a woman: the agreement to enter the act and the agreement to have you. So they have the power. Every human being has come through those silver-lined doors.”
G I R L arrives March 3.
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