NBA 2K15's Soundtrack Chosen By Music Legend Pharrell

Grammy Award winning singer Pharrell Williams to curate the soundtrack for this year's professional basketball game.

Pharrell Williams, whose incredibly catchy song "Happy" is probably entering your head right now (sorry!), will be the official curator of the soundtrack for NBA 2K15, 2K Sports announced today. The Grammy Award winning singer replaces basketball icon Lebron James, who was given control of the soundtrack for last year's game, NBA 2K14, and did a pretty excellent job choosing songs.

According to 2K Sports, the soundtrack for NBA 2K15 will be the "most extensive and unique soundtrack compilation in NBA 2K franchise history." Unfortunately, 2K Sports has not yet disclosed the official soundtrack (it's coming later this summer, the publisher says), so we'll have to wait to find out if he chose any of his own songs.

"It was a cool experience," Pharrell said in a statement. "I tried to curate songs that were diverse but yet still proved to be motivational to gamers. It was important to me that the music complemented the on-court action of NBA basketball in NBA 2K15. I hope everyone enjoys it."

Pharrell was a founding member of N.E.R.D. and besides his own song, "Happy," he worked with Robin Thicke for last summer's hit song "Blurred Lines" and with Daft Punk on "Get Lucky."

NBA 2K15, developed by Visual Concepts, launches October 7 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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56 comments
chandlerw88
chandlerw88

He is absolutely a music legend! You'd be surprised how many of the songs he produced have been chart toppers. I'll go even as far to say he's a musical genius because you can tell a neptunes beat from others just because of how different they are.

Torvar72
Torvar72

Tupac is not a legend. He was nothing more than a third rate no talent gangster that got his bitch ass shot.

OhSnapitz
OhSnapitz

"Legend"  "Who"


Pharell Williams helped produce "Rump Shacker" for WRECX IN EFFECTS..  A Song that reached #2 on the Billboard 100.  <-- That was 1992 People! 


This guys worked with Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Maroon 5, Jennifer Lopez, JayZ, Kanye West, Shakira..ect..ect.. 


Stick with Videogames. 


toneloved
toneloved

Legend... The guy can't even sing...

the_conjuration
the_conjuration

"Legend"? He's nowhere near the legacies of John Lennon, Tupac, or Jimi Hendrix.

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

Thank god for PC mods. Having the NBA on NBC theme play when the games starts is so much better.

Bluemeanie77
Bluemeanie77

Music Legend??  I DON'T THINK SO!!!!  I would rewrite that please...and NOW!!

DrKill09
DrKill09

Who?


...also, why is he wearing an inside out bath robe and a Smokey the Bear hat?  He looks ridiculous!

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

Music legend? Lol. More like one hit wonder.

gamebuyer22
gamebuyer22

Music Legend? Thanks for the laugh today Gamespot. Only mainstream music listeners without the ability to discern quality would say something like that. Let me guess Drake is a legend too right? Haha. Rap\Hip hop is dead and has been since early 2000's.

MasterSatsujin
MasterSatsujin

OMG I'm so excited! This game is going to have an amazing soundtrack. Pharrell is the most talented artist in the music industry today! I hope 2K and Visual Concepts decide to make MyPlayers need more VC to upgrade. People in MyCareer mode leveled up too fast IMO.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

I wish someone would smack that stupid hat off his head.

nesky
nesky

I respect Pharrell, but I think "Legend" is an overstatement.

OhSnapitz
OhSnapitz

"..By Guy behind "Happy" 


Not to sound insulting but Pharell Williams aka Skate board P aka member of Neptunes.. has been laying tracks and producing in the Hip Hop / Alternative / R & B  Industry for the last 10+ years.. 


I think we owe him more than "Guy behind Happy"

cashmere007
cashmere007

this headline is absolutely terrible and insulting to us.  pharrel deserves more than "the guy who did that 'happy' song".  you should be ashamed of yourself eddie.

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

I can only imagine that the people who have a problem with this are too young to remember the Neptunes.

nothingformoney
nothingformoney

Since when Happy became the song you can't stop singing?

manutdarsenal
manutdarsenal

He shouldn't do what Jay-z did and choose songs that are only worth listening to uncensored. No one wanted to listen to a censored version of Mercy...

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

Damn never knew there was so much hate for Pharrell or his 'Happy' song, but then again for everything there will always be people who hate things especially popular things. TO each is his own I guess. I like it the first time I heard it was at the Universoul Circus at the end it just felt so positive and the children seemed to really enjoy. It's good to have a nice family friendly song. And if you don't like it tough titties the song was really made more for kids anyway.

m4a5
m4a5

"AKA The Song You Can't Stop Singing"

Never started singing it. It annoyed me the first time it played...

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Lot of idiots in here, Pharell is a producer first singer second. The ignorance is too high, somebody has to produce music and someone has to write it. The man does what he does well and gets paid to, it's fine if you don't like his type of music but seriously why act like a 5 year old. I've listened to every type of music I can find, many things are just out there and some I have yet to figure out what the hell it is I'm a musician myself so I can understand it and some music when put together just right are simply magical.

Now I expect this game to have music that runs the gamut instead of last outings heavily Rap soundtrack, it's always good to have a nice mix and a great producer would know that. We'll see just how good he is at putting together a soundtrack worth listening to.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

That title entry = Unhappy.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

I can't stop singing it, please help me. I've been singing it for 20 days, 13 hours, and 26 minutes. I  can't sleep. I can't eat. I can't masturbate. Someone please send help. Despite the song's namesake this is making me deeply depressed and considering slitting my throat.

cashmere007
cashmere007

The world will be a better place if we just get RZA to create every soundtrack.

normallygeneric
normallygeneric

I never sung that stupid "everything is alright" escapist bullshit. We already have enough music about how ignorance is bliss, where are the days of criticism and anti-establishment artists.

RevLux
RevLux

@DrKill09  That, my friend, is the exquisite attire of a "bonafide" legend!

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

@Alex4789123 He's actually really involved in the music industry. He does plenty of behind the scenes work making the beats for some of your favorite songs and writing.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@gamebuyer22 Totally agree.  Rap died in 1998.


Now everyone sounds the same.  It sucks.

simsumre
simsumre

@saturatedbutter slitting your throat is bad, mmk. people that slit their throats are bad. and masturbation is bad. sometimes you go blind or have the hairy wrists, mmk. people that masturbate are bad. and sleeping is good, mmk. so you should sleep. singing song while trying to sleep is bad. you can't sleep while you're singing a song, mmk. so it's best to avoid the singing of songs whilst sleeping or eating, mmk. now eating is good. we have to eat or we die, mmk. not eating is bad. but don't try to eat while sleeping, singing a song and slitting your throat. that would be bad, mmk. well that's all, mmk. i don't have much else to say because i think ive already said all i can, which is good, mmk.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

@RicanV Maybe so but hes no "legend". No one knew who this guy was until that song came out like a year ago. If were still talking about him 20 years from now then we can call him "legend". 

nesky
nesky

@R2C25 @nesky  If that's something I sincerely need to address then this discussion would be a waste of time. If you consider him to be a legend then by all means, continue to think so/see him in that light.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

@Tigerbite2 @Chaos_Dante_456 I can see that. I guess because haven't been around the media as much I never really noticed it. In fact by the time I actually heard it at the circus it had already been out for a while. My girl was surprised that I had never heard the song. But anything that gets overplayed can get annoying after a while I guess, you make a good point.

simsumre
simsumre

@saturatedbutter ^ if you actually took the time to read this just understand that you will NEVER get that time wasted back. EVER. I have effectively stolen 10-20 seconds from your life.

MasterSatsujin
MasterSatsujin

@pongley @MasterSatsujin @gamebuyer22 I'd like to see you consistently make hits for almost 20 years. That deserves some type of credit. I imagine it would be hard to grasp if all you do is post negative comments on gamespot though.

pongley
pongley

@MasterSatsujin @pongley @gamebuyer22 Well he didn't, his band made SOME hits in that time with only one song making it into the top 20 (at 19). Most of their success came from working on other people's music. He deserves some type of credit sure, it's called money and awards. He personally only became known to the general public when that cartoon came out.