R+B heart-throb Pharrell Williams has laughed off reports N*E*R*D are splitting, insisting the rap-rock trio are "very much a band".

Williams, CHAD HUGO and SHAY shot to fame with their 2001 disc IN SEARCH OF... and last year (04) released FLY OR DIE.

Earlier this month (MAR05), Williams said, "N*E*R*D is dead. I don't agree with the management at VIRGIN RECORDS so we're done."

However this week (begs28MAR05) the group's manager LOIC VILLEPONTOUX has issued a statement from Williams, backtracking on his previous comments.

Williams says, "N*E*R*D is still very much a band.

"We are playing a show together in Japan in two weeks. And we continue to appreciate the support from all our fans."

30/03/2005 17:47