Pharrell and Miley Cyrus struck up a unique musical bond that was showcased on the former Disney’s starlet‘s 2013 album, Bangerz. An endorsement from the producer extraordinaire helped Miley’s credibility, allowing her to become more than the girl who twerked all up on Robin Thicke at the VMAs. And she’s returned the favor by lending vocals to Pharrell’s latest solo album, G I R L. Lovers of liner notes and music nerds have probably noticed that Miley’s not listed as a featured artist on “Come Get It Bae,” but that unmistakable drawl is most definitely hers. So what gives?
“First of all, that’s my little sister,” Pharrell told VH1’s Jim Shearer on Big Morning Buzz Live today, as part of his week-long residency here at VH1 HQ. “She’s super talented, but I did the same thing with Daft Punk on ‘Gust of Wind,’ it’s not ‘featuring’ because I didn’t want my album to seem like a bunch of features.” While more than one of your favorite artists jamming together on the same song can only mean great things, Pharrell doesn’t want people to see it as a greedy ploy to sell records. “The word ‘feature’ and the abbreviation ‘ft’ sometimes comes off like a bargaining tool to get people to buy something and we didn’t want to do it that way.” And collaborating with Miley was something that was both natural and necessary: “Her tone was so necessary for the song and that’s why you hear her so strongly in the bridge and I was very happy to have her on there.” See more from Pharrell by watching the video above.