A pre-order link for Paddington is already available on iTunes and includes a new featurette interview with Gwen and Pharrell about the song fitting in with the film and how they love to impress their children. It’s pretty neat — check it out on iTunes. You can stream the interview in the trailers section now.
“Shine” is still not available to purchase but we’ll keep everyone updated with the latest.
In a new set of interviews from today, Gwen and Pharrell discussed what it’s been like working together again after all of these years and their new track, “Shine”.
The two shared that Gwen got the call originally from producer Harvey Weinstein to have a song featured in Paddington. She was in the studio with Pharrell at the time and brought up the idea to work together on the track. Gwen says signing on to contribute a song was “automatic” for her cause of Weinstein’s work. “Shine” was already a work-in-progress and Pharrell then suggested the two had to approach the song’s lyrics differently. “We took our time, we crafted it, it felt good in the end.” Pharrell says that his son is a big fan of Gwen’s tone and vocal delivery. “She has a lot of songs that kids naturally gravitate towards.”
Gwen calls writing a song for a children’s film is a “rare opportunity” and a “gift”.
Gwen says that she’s been listening to a lot of her past work with Pharrell and finds what came out of those sessions special. Coming from two totally different backgrounds, she says that the two have always had incredible chemistry. Gwen never thought that they would collaborate again and finds it really exciting just living in the moment. Pharrell says that their creative relationship has “grown deeper” since working together again. He says that he wants to be apart of whatever Gwen is doing and her “incredible plans”.
Gwen shares that her and Pharrell have been working together on her new album and reveals she wants to continue work with him. After being on The Voice together, the two were dying to get into the studio together but found they had very little time. Gwen says that she would to get back into the studio now that she has more “clarity” and “confidence” and not feeling as rushed as she did while on The Voice. Pharrell calls working with Gwen “a cool game of ping-pong.”