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Friday 28 November 2014

Pharrell curates game soundtrack

Pharrell Williams has helped choose the music for a new game
Pharrell Williams has helped choose the music for a new game

Pharrell Williams is teaming up with the world's best-selling basketball video game franchise as a music curator.

2K Sports announced that the Grammy-winning performer chose 27 tracks for the soundtrack of the upcoming NBA 2K15. He's the second music performer to select songs for the popular video game, following Jay Z who served as executive producer in 2012.

LeBron James picked out songs for last year's instalment which sold seven million copies.

Pharrell said in a statement that he wanted to create an "eclectic mix" of songs. Three of his songs are featured on the soundtrack, including Hunter, Can I Have It Like That and How Does It Feel?

Another song Pharrell will be featured on is Major Lazer's Aerosol Can. The soundtrack will also include songs from Lauryn Hill, One Republic, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, Junior, Basement Jaxx, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Clipse, Death From Above 1979, No Doubt, Public Enemy, Ratatat, Santigold, The Black Keys, The Rapture, The Strokes, Strafe, Depeche Mode and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"It was fun to include songs that I have always loved, like Strafe's Set it Off or Tribe Called Quest's Scenario, he said. "The eclectic mix makes for a really cool vibe."

It's not the first time Pharrell has shown his talents within the NBA realm. He performed at this year's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, bringing out Nelly, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Snoop Dogg.

That performance was one of the reasons 2K selected Pharrell as curator.

"Pharrell's creative energy and background with the NBA - his performance at the All-Star game for example - was part of our decision in partnering with him to shape a new entertainment experience in this year's title," said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for the video game.

The game is expected to go on sale in October.

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