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Pharrell Williams Sued

I Got "The Voice"

You Want Me to Do YouTube? Seriously?

8/20/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Pharrell Williams YouTube Show The Voice

Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.

Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK"  .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.

But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.

Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement?  It's 'The Voice!'"  Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.

The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.

Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."

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1.

Unbroken Chain    

He should be sued for unleashing that awful Happy song on America. What's up with that crap????

62 days ago
2.

Dee    

Seriously, everything this guy touches turns to gold.

I don't listen to the crap they play on radio, the exception to that is anything Pharrell is involved with.

62 days ago
3.

Jasmine30    

Next...

62 days ago
4.

Sexy Stig    

Pharrell Williams' song Happy and Come Get It Bae is god-awful. In fact, Williams' voice is so bad that it's like nails on the chalkboard noise.

62 days ago
5.

Tim    

Pharrell has single handedly ruined happiness as an emotion for me!

62 days ago
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eqlopper2nity    

Dude you've been in the business long enough to know your way around a contract, now pay up!

62 days ago
7.

slam dunk    

Wow:)

62 days ago
8.

kris1990    

Dude... get real. Who the f*** would pass up an opportunity to be on The Voice? Why don't he give the youtube bull**** to Akon. He could use the job so maybe he could make a couple car payments.

62 days ago
9.

Truth    

HUH?? 1.7 MIL VIEWS OVER 12 EPISODES AVERAGES TO 142K/SHOW. HOW IS THAT UBER SUCCESSFUL??? LAST I CHECKED TOP RATED YOUTUBE CHANNELS GET 1-2 MIL VIEWS PER EPISODE, SOMETIMES DAILY... OBVIOUS BEING A LAWYER DOESNT HELP WITH THE ACCOUNTING. #TRUTH!!

62 days ago
10.

CCC    

Not a big fan of PW's songs, but he has made millions off of his work. For those of you who call it crap, there must be a ton of people buying into it. Crap is crap, but when it's covered in gold, it takes on a whole new meaning. I'm old school and listen to a lot of rock and roll, oldies and new, but music in any form, whether I like it or not, is a good thing. If it makes you happy or makes you tap your toes or makes you jump out of your seat and dance, then where is the harm. If you hear something you don't like, then don't listen to it. It's that simple.

62 days ago
11.

Bridget    

If he signed a contract with the YouTube producer, then he's got to pay. You can't just abandon a gig because something better came along. Especially if you signed on the dotted line.

62 days ago
12.

godfreygaoishot    

1.7 million views Ha. Ryan Higa can knock that out in an afternoon.

62 days ago
13.

There's a problem here    

TMZ makes it sound like these guys pick up the phone and conduct their business personally. It's all between managers and the industry lawyers who are repping them. I realize that TMZ has younger and younger readers but even those kids can't believe what they read here.

62 days ago
14.

She's baaaack    

I'm sure Pharrell's lawyers put enough loopholes in contract that it's not going to be a problem.

62 days ago
15.

crazy    

Hold up..... Searching for a **** to give

62 days ago
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