Pharrell Explains ‘G I R L’ Album Title, Performs at Brit Awards



Pharrell just announced the very soon release of his much-anticipated sophomore solo album, his first release in 8 years, but what exactly does G I R L mean?

Prior to his performance at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday night, the Oscar nominee broke down the all-caps title, which is written with two 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 Zane Lowe. “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 title is an homage 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, who has a son with his wife Helen Lasichanh. “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.”

He wants his fans to remember that when they listen to the album, which arrives March 3. “I want everyone to keep in mind that at the core, when you cut this album open that’s what comes out is that purpose. G I R L, I think, is my best work yet.”

Additionally, Pharrell brought some sunshine to the stage at the BRIT Awards in London. Joined by the legendary Nile Rodgers and Northern Soul dancers, he performed a medley of “Get Lucky,” Chic’s “Good Times,” and his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy.”

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