Along with Chad Hugo and Shae Haley, Pharrell achieved early success with N.E.R.D, who released their debut album ‘In Search Of…’ in 2002. Three further albums followed, and the band last released music for the film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water in December 2014.
The band leader first confirmed in September 2015 that a new N.E.R.D album would surface in the near future during a Twitter Q&A, and further confirmed the plans after the live recording of his Beats 1 show OTHERtone at ComplexCon in Long Beach, California on Sunday (November 6).
During an audience Q&A following the recording, Pharrell was asked again if there would be another N.E.R.D album. “The answer is yes,” Pharrell replied, before, as Complex reports, “comparing the creative process around that upcoming project to making wine”.
He then added the album would arrive “when it’s time.”
Last year, Pharrell was joined onstage by bandmate Haley during his iTunes festival headline set at London’s Roundhouse. Haley took the opportunity to reminisce about coming to the UK after they’d released ‘In Search Of’.
“It feels good to be back in London. When we released our first album back and first crossed the Atlantic, this was the first place to embrace us,” Haley said from the stage. “You’re gonna like this shit we’re gonna release…”
Pharrell then drew the crowd’s attention to the fact that Haley had mentioned new material. “There will always be an NERD,” he said. “I’m happy to be a nerd; the bullies lost, the nerds win.”