N.E.R.D (short for 'No-one Ever Really Dies', stylized as NER*D) is an American rock, funk and hip hop band. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were signed by Teddy Riley to Virgin Records as a duo, The Neptunes. After producing songs for several artists throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the production duo formed the band with Shay Haley as a side project of The Neptunes in 2001.
N.E.R.D's debut album, ''In Search Of...'', sold 603,000 copies in the United States and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album debuted at number 61 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number 56. It was also awarded the second annual Shortlist Music Prize. The album's lead single, "Lapdance", peaked at number 36 of the Hot Rap Tracks chart and number 85 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The second single, "Rock Star", peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
The band's second album, ''Fly or Die'', sold 412,000 copies in the United States and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. The first single, "She Wants to Move", has gone top 5 in the United Kingdom, top 20 in Norway, Ireland, and Denmark, and top 40 in Australia and the Netherlands.
In 2005, N.E.R.D ended their contract with Virgin and disbanded. Three years later, the band reunited under Star Trak Entertainment, a subsidiary of Interscope Records established by Williams and Hugo.
The band's third album, ''Seeing Sounds'', sold 80,000 copies in its first week. The album debuted at number seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 80,000 in its first week. It peaked in the top 20 in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, while also charting in the several other countries.
N.E.R.D released their fourth studio album entitled “Nothing” on November 2nd, 2010. The album debuted at number twenty one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 20,000 copies. The first single from the album, "Hot N' Fun" featuring Canadian recording artist Nelly Furtado, was released on May 18, 2010. "Hypnotize U" the second single off the album was produced by Daft Punk.
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