When Phil Spector and his wife Ronnie Spector adopted their son Donté
Phil tried to pass him off as their biological child. He wrote an actual theatrical script breakdown for Ronnie to manage the unveiling of their new child. Two years later, Phil gave Ronnie a set of adopted twins for Christmas. Just a few months after that, she escaped. Ronnie
had been tormented by Phil and kept prisoner in his mansion throughout their marriage. The day after their wedding in 1968 he surrounded the estate with a barbed-wire fence. Bars went on the windows next, and monitoring intercoms were installed in all the rooms. Then a set of 10-foot electrified gates went up. He would hide her shoes so she couldn’t leave on her own. On the rare occasions she was permitted to leave Phil made her drive with a life-size blow-up doll of himself. He frequently pulled a gun on her and installed a gold coffin with a glass top in the basement, promising that he would kill her if she tried to leave him. She escaped barefoot with the help of her mother in 1972.
In 2009, Phil was sentenced to 19 years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson to death at his home in 2003.
To say I love Pharrell Williams would be an understatement, I am completely enamored with him and have been since I was 12 (I’m currently 27). In honor of his 45th birthday, here are 5 songs that Pharrell wrote for other people. To see my favorite songs from Williams click here.
1. Why Should I be Sad – Britney Spears
One of my favorite songs from Britney’s fourth album is Why Should I be Sad. Which is about her divorce from Kevin Federline. Not only did Pharrell write the song, he provided the backing vocals as well.
2. Touch – Omarion
If you were a fan of B2K then you definitely remember Omarion. One of his first solo hits was Touch. To this day its still a bop thanks to Pharrell.
3. U Don’t Have to Call – Usher
Before Pharrell went solo he was writing hit after hit for other artists and Usher is of course on that list. U Don’t Have to Call was written and produced by Williams and Chad Hugo.
4. Sing – Ed Sheeran
We all know Ed Sheeran is a singer-songwriter but even he collaborated with Skateboard P. Sheeran and Williams co-wrote 2014’s Sing. The song has pop and r&b sounds thanks Pharrell.
5. Alright – Kendrick Lamar
One of the most surprising songs that Pharrell helped write is Alright by Kendrick Lamar. The song from Lamar’s third album was written by the rapper, Williams and Mark Spears. The father of three came up with the beat and hook, “we gon’ be alright” which inspired Kdot to write the rest of the song.
Madonna and Dennis Rodman photographed for Vibe Magazine, 1994.
Madonna had a crush on Dennis Rodman and called him “the Madonna of basketball.” Madonna’s Publicist Liz Rosenberg and Vibe Magazine Editor-in-chief Jonathan Van Meter collaborated to come up with an idea of them meeting for a photo shoot and Madonna conducting a Q&A for the magazine. The moment they met the sexual attraction was instant. After the photo shoot Madonna conducted a private 2 hour interview with Rodman. The title of the unpublished article was Madonna’s idea: “Game Recognizes Game.”
Quincy Jones, founder of the magazine saw the photos and opposed the story which prevented it being printed. According to Quincy Jones’ autobiography, He said: “Over my dead body, because it makes it look as though we’re pandering, that we’re not sure Vibe can be a black magazine and make it.” He felt Vibe founded in 1993 hadn’t been around long enough to establish a personality as an urban magazine. Van Meter was furious and quit. Quincy called Madonna to tell her it wasn’t personal but she was still offended. She said: “Quincy, you and I could change the world together if we wanted to. See you around, pal.”