Happy New Year! Song of the Day: Happy by Pharrell Williams

I wish you a

New Year!

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Happy” is a song performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. The song will also be included on his second studio album which will be released in 2014.

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
Mama – hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air like I don’t care, baby, by the way

[Hook]
Because I’m happy…
Come along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy…
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy…
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy…
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do

[Verse 2]
Here comes bad news, talkin’ this and that
But give me all you’ve got, and don’t hold it back
Well, I should probably warn you, I’ll be just fine
No offense to you, don’t waste your time, here’s why…

[Hook]

[Bridge]
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… your love is too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… your love is too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said…

[Hook x2]

[Bridge 2]
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… your love is too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

[Hook x2]

The song was written and produced by Williams himself. It was released on November 21, 2013 alongside a long-form music video presented via the website 24hoursofhappy.com. The song has topped the charts in France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands and peaked within the top ten of the charts in the Republic of Ireland, Australia and Denmark.

“Happy” was written, produced and performed by Pharell Williams, with backing vocals by Rhea Dummett, Trevon Henderson, Ashley L. Lee, Shamika Hightower, Jasmine Murray and Terrence Rolle. The track was digitally edited and arranged by Andrew Coleman and Mike Larson, who also recorded it, with assistance from Matthew Desrameaux, at Circle House Studios in Miami, Florida. The song was later mixed by Leslie Brathwaite at Music Box Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Music video

To coincide with the single release, the website 24hoursofhappy.com was launched featuring a visual presentation of “Happy” advertised as being “the world’s first 24 hour music video”. The video consists of the four-minute song repeated with various people dancing and miming along. Williams himself appears 24 times on the hour, and there are a number of celebrity cameos including Odd Future (1:48pm), Steve Carrell (5:08pm), Jamie Foxx (5:28pm), Ana Ortiz (5:32pm), Miranda Cosgrove (5:40pm), JoJo (6:16pm), Kelly Osbourne (1:28am), Magic Johnson (5:36am), Sérgio Mendes (10:32am) and Jimmy Kimmel (11:48am). The minions from Despicable Me 2 make several appearances throughout the film, including one scene at 3:00am, in which Pharrell and the minions dance in a movie theatre that is playing the scene from Despicable Me 2 in which “Happy” appears. The site allows users to navigate to various points in the 24-hour timeframe, including all 360 four-minute segments and each hourly segment with Pharrell. An official four-minute edit of the video was also released on YouTube.

Pharrell Williams

Background information
Also known as Pharrell
Born April 5, 1973 (age 40)
Origin Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, R&B, funk
Occupations Producer, musician, songwriter,singer, rapper, fashion designer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active 1992–present
Labels Star Trak, Interscope, i am OTHER, Columbia Records
Associated acts Child Rebel Soldier, The Neptunes, N.E.R.D, Clipse,Common, Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Mika,Snoop Dogg, T.I.
Website pharrellwilliams.com

 

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