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New Pharrell Single Confirmed as the First Apple Music Exclusive

Published Jun 24th, 2015 12:25PM EDT
Pharrell Freedom Apple Music Exclusive

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It looks like Apple Music has scored its first big exclusive. Legendary producer and performer Pharrell Williams announced on Wednesday that his new single “Freedom” will be available to stream on Apple Music starting on June 30th, which just happens to be the new service’s big launch day.

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In addition to singing his own hits such as “Happy” and “Frontin’,” Pharrell has provided vocals for classic tunes such as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Jay Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).” And of course, as a member of the Neptunes, Pharrell produced a ton of other hits including Britney Spears’s “I’m a Slave 4 U,” Kelis’s “Milkshake,” and Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body.” In other words, he’s a good person to have serve as a flagship artist for your new subscription-based music streaming service.

You can check out a preview of Pharrell’s “Freedom” in the following Apple ad for Apple Music below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.