HAPPY is a popular song performed by American producer and singer Pharrell Williams from his soundtrack album entitled “Despicable Me 2”. The song was produced and written by Pharrell Williams himself. The song was successfully released on November 21, 2013 alongside a long-form music video called 24hoursofhappy. In addition to this, the song was reissued on December 16, 2013 by Back Lot Music under exclusive license to Columbia Records which is a division of Sony Music.
“Happy” is a midtempo soul song on which Pharrell Williams falsetto voice has been compared to Curtis Mayfield by critics. Furthermore, the song has been amazingly successful, peaking at number one in the Unites States of America, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and United Kingdom. Aside from this, the song is the best-selling song in the year 2014 in the United States of America with 6.45 million copies sold within the year. In the United Kingdom, it has 1.5 million copies sold for the year. The song reached the number one in the United Kingdom on a record-setting three separate occasions. This is one of the reasons why the song became the most downloaded song in the United Kingdom in September 2014. Moreover, the song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. On April 11, 2015, it dropped out of the official UK Top 75 chart after 70 consecutive weeks. Apart from this, a live rendition of the song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
The Music Video
The music video for the song was also nominated for Video of the Year and Best Male Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Moreover, the music video won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The song was considered as the number one Billboard single for the year 2014. “Happy” was the best selling song of 2014 with overall sales of 13.9 million copies worldwide. This is one of the reasons why the song becomes one of the best-selling singles of all time.
About Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams was born on April 5, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is the oldest of the three sons of Pharaoh and Carolyn Williams. Pharrell Williams met Chad Hugo in their 7th grade summer band camp where he played the drums and keyboards and Chad Hugo played the tenor saxophone. They were both members of marching band where Pharrell Williams played the snare drum while Chad Hugo was the student conductor. In the year 1992 to 1997, Pharrell Williams write a verse and help produce for Wreckx-N-effect’s 1992 hit “Rump Shaker”. In the year 1999, a mutual friend introduced Pharrell Williams to Kelis and their collaboration produced the first album entitled Kaleidoscope. Pharrell Williams Happy song is recognized as one of the best-selling song in different parts of world. Up to this point of time, Pharrell Williams continue to write and produce songs that will suit to the taste and desire of his music fans.