Star Trak Entertainment

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Star Trak Entertainment
Star trak logo.jpg
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 2001
Founder Pharrell Williams
Chad Hugo
Distributor(s) Interscope Geffen A&M (U.S.)
Polydor Records (outside U.S.)
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Country of origin United States
Location Virginia Beach, Virginia
Official website startrakmusic.com

Star Trak Entertainment is an American record label, founded by record producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo in 2001. Today it operates as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, and its releases are distributed by Interscope Records.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Star Trak Entertainment was formed in 2001 by The Neptunes' duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. The label was partially funded by Arista Records in a joint-venture. Pharrell would sign longtime friends, Clipse, a duo of brothers No Malice and Pusha-T. Their debut album, Lord Willin', was released in 2002 led by the hits, "Grindin'", and "When the Last Time." After the success of the album, the label would sign Kelis, Vanessa Marquez, Fam-Lay, N.E.R.D., and pop rock band Spymob, who provided backing instruments for N.E.R.D's debut album In Search Of.... The label released a compilation album during the summer of 2003, entitled, The Neptunes Present... Clones. In late 2003, Star Trak Entertainment released the highly successful album, Tasty, by Kelis led by the hit single "Milkshake." In early 2004, distributor Arista Records dropped their imprint Star Trak Entertainment, which then linked with EMI's Virgin Records for a new distribution deal. The first release from this deal was Fly or Die by N.E.R.D..

Addition of Snoop Dogg[edit]

In mid-2004, Star Trak signed EMI cousin label, Doggystyle Records to a distribution deal and soared to new heights behind veteran Doggystyle Records rapper, Snoop Dogg. A few months later, Star Trak Entertainment left EMI's Virgin Records before completing a year with the label. They ended up moving operations over to Geffen Records and Interscope Records. Here, they would release Snoop Dogg's album, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The album was led by "Drop It Like Its Hot", which would be yet another hit single for the fledgling label. This album would go Platinum like some other Star Trak Entertainment releases. It also had many other hit singles. After the album's release, the label was in a surplus and could afford to spend money on new things, so they signed underground Houston, Texas rapper Slim Thug and in 2005, he released his debut album, Already Platinum. This album would give Star Trak Entertainment yet another hit, "Like A Boss", and "I Ain't Heard of That."

Decline[edit]

After the release of Slim Thug's album, Geffen Records was partially absorbed into Interscope Records, which moved Star Trak Entertainment into an exclusive distribution deal with Interscope Records and ended all association with Geffen Records as Snoop Dogg decided to stay with them and took his Doggystyle Records imprint with him. During this time, the label added Kenna and Robin Thicke to their roster. The label has been under scrutiny for poor management which inevitably led to its decline.

Resurgence[edit]

In 2006, CEO Pharrell released his debut solo album, In My Mind. The album provided another two hits for the label and capitilazed what is the Neptunes sound. These singles were "Can I Have It Like That", with Gwen Stefani, and "Number One", with Kanye West. Other releases in 2006 were Robin Thicke's second album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke, which featured the hit, "Lost Without U." The last 2006 release was Clipse's second album, Hell Hath No Fury, the album featured another hit for the label, "Mr. Me Too." This was their first release through their Re-Up Records imprint. Because of constant delays on the album's release date, and a small amount of production, then low record sales, Clipse asked for their release from the Jive Records label with in terms released them from Star Trak Entertainment moving their Re-Up Records imprint to Columbia Records. Star Trak Entertainment has since signed Teyana Taylor to their roster, along with Chester French, Natasha Ramos, Epoch When and Jack Venom. In 2007, Kenna released his album, Make Sure They See My Face. Releases for 2008 Included N*E*R*D and Robin Thicke. Releases for 2009 included Chester French, Teyana Taylor, Kenna, Clipse and Teriyaki Boyz. In 2013 the label saw success once again with the chart-topping single "Blurred Lines", performed by Star Trak artist Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell and T.I..

Current artists[edit]

Discography[edit]

Artist Album Details
N.E.R.D In Search of...
Clipse Lord Willin'
  • Released: August 20, 2002
  • Chart position: 4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
The Neptunes Clones
  • Released: August 19, 2003
  • Chart position: 1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Kelis Tasty
  • Released: December 9, 2003
  • Chart position: 27 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
N.E.R.D Fly or Die
  • Released: March 23, 2004
  • Chart position: 6 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Snoop Dogg R&G: The Masterpiece
  • Released: November 16, 2004
  • Chart position: 6 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
The High Speed Scene The High Speed Scene
  • Released: March 22, 2005
Slim Thug Already Platinum
  • Released: July 12, 2005
  • Chart position: 2 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Pharrell In My Mind
  • Released: July 25, 2006
  • Chart position: 3 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Robin Thicke The Evolution of Robin Thicke
  • Released: October 3, 2006
  • Chart position: 5 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
  • Released: November 28, 2006
  • Chart position: 14 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
Kenna Make Sure They See My Face
  • Released: October 16, 2007
  • Chart position: 124 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
N.E.R.D Seeing Sounds
  • Released: June 10, 2008
  • Chart position: 7 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
Robin Thicke Something Else
  • Released: September, 2008
  • Chart position: 3 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
Teriyaki Boyz Serious Japanese
  • Released: February 3, 2009
  • Chart position: 3 JAP
Chester French Love the Future
  • Released: April 21, 2009
  • Chart position: 77 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
Fast & Furious
  • Released: June 31, 2009
Clipse Til the Casket Drops
  • Released: December 8, 2009
  • Chart position: 41 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
Robin Thicke Sex Therapy
  • Released: December 15, 2009
  • Chart position: 9 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
Various Artists Despicable Me Soundtrack
  • Released: July 6, 2010
N.E.R.D Nothing
  • Released: November 2, 2010
  • Chart position: 20 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
Robin Thicke Love After War
  • Released: December 6, 2011
  • Chart position: 22 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: –
Robin Thicke Blurred Lines
  • Released: July 12, 2013
  • Chart position: 1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold

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