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N*E*R*D

Formed 2001.
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N.E.R.D

N*E*R*D (an initialism of No one Ever Really Dies) is an American rock, funk, and hip hop band. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were signed by Teddy Riley to Virgin Records as a duo, The Neptunes. After producing songs for several artists throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the production duo formed the band with Shay Haley as a side project of The Neptunes in 2001. N*E*R*D's debut album, In Search Of..., sold 603,000 copies in the United States and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was also awarded the second annual Shortlist Music Prize. The band's second album, Fly or Die, sold 412,000 copies in the United States, but shipped at least 500,000 units making it qualify for RIAA's Gold Certification.

In 2005, N*E*R*D ended their contract with Virgin and disbanded. Three years later, the band reunited under Star Trak Entertainment, a subsidiary of Interscope Records established by Williams and Hugo. The band's third album, Seeing Sounds, sold 80,000+ copies in its first week.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Best of N*E*R*D

    The Best of N*E*R*D 2011

    Reviewed by Alex Macpherson
    A wasted opportunity to celebrate the best work of Pharrell and friends.
  2. Review of Nothing

    Nothing 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Album four from Pharrell and company features its share of dancefloor fillers.
  3. Review of Seeing Sounds

    Seeing Sounds 2008

    Reviewed by Jack Bennett
    Seeing Sounds is beautiful in places, but would be more so if N.E.R.D didn’t make a...
  4. Review of In Search Of....

    In Search Of....

    Reviewed by Christian Hopwood
    Fusing their beats with a cool, electro-industrial funk as well as elements soul and...
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