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Singer-producer Pharrell Williams to join NBC show 'The Voice'

Pharrell Williams Replacing Cee Lo Green On 'The Voice'
(Reuters) - Pharrell Williams, the R&B singer of the hit song "Happy" and a music producer, will join NBC's singing contest "The Voice" as a coach for its seventh season in the fall, the network said on Monday.

Williams, 40, will join the show's fall jury panel replacing longtime judge Cee Lo Green, who left the show for other ventures with the Comcast Corp-owned network.

Williams is expected to join country singer Blake Shelton, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and pop singer Christina Aguilera on the season seven panel.

The producer has seen his star rise in the past year as a performer on Robin Thicke's smash hit "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's Grammy-winning disco track "Get Lucky." Williams was also nominated for an Oscar for "Happy," the lead song from the "Despicable Me 2" animated film on which he composed the music.

Williams has also carved out a niche as an arbiter of urban style, with such fashions as a tuxedo with shorts at this year's Oscars and a giant brown hat at the Grammys.

"The Voice," which averages about 13.8 million viewers per episode, has outpaced its Fox rival "American Idol" this season by about 3 million viewers per episode.

The show's celebrity panel of judges has been credited with helping it rise in the ratings against "American Idol." It is also considered a top spot within the music industry to promote songs, such as Maroon 5 and Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger," that became a hit in 2011 after the singers performed it on the show.

The spring panel consists of Shelton and Levine with R&B singer Usher and Colombian pop singer Shakira.

(This story has been refiled to correct name in paragraph three to Adam Levine from Adam Lambert)

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Shumaker)

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up.yours April 01 2014 at 8:39 AM

Silly hat day...

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jshe44281 up.yours April 01 2014 at 8:48 AM

Yeah. Wish I had two of those hats. One to crap in and one to cover it up with.

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build51 April 01 2014 at 2:10 AM

Happy about Pharrell but does Christina have to come back?

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THE GREAT NANCINATOR April 01 2014 at 8:52 AM

Pharrell don't do it...

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barbara March 31 2014 at 8:49 PM

Great Pharrell your song "Happy", is infectious~ Because I'm Happy!

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Hello DB March 31 2014 at 8:43 PM

I'm, Happy!!!

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nocturnal_sass April 01 2014 at 8:49 AM

P.Williams just as music noteworthy as the rest of the judges. I can't stand looking at him this guy will be 40 April 5 I wish he'd mature his appearance a bit.

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Lawrence nocturnal_sass April 01 2014 at 10:38 AM

And that would do what for you?

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Brenda April 01 2014 at 8:20 AM

I love this show and as long as Blake and Adam are on I will watch it.

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kkltth2 March 31 2014 at 8:35 PM

I think this is great! I love Pharrell.

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barbara kkltth2 March 31 2014 at 8:50 PM

Awesome~

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trifeloco2012 April 01 2014 at 8:30 AM

Williams is already recieving the hate on here, sheesh, and this early at that! Do your research folks, the man has produced countless of hits for many A-List artists, and does pretty well with his own acts as well. I think it's going to be interesting to have him on that show.

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west1215 April 01 2014 at 8:45 AM

Williams appears to be a class act, and is extremely talented. His choice of style appears to make him a leader and not a follower. Its really refreshing to see someone write a song that is so bright and has a positive effect on kids and adults alike. I wish him success.

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