Happy (Pharrell Williams song)

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"Happy"
Single by Pharrell Williams
from the album Despicable Me 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedNovember 21, 2013[1]
RecordedCircle House Studios, Miami, Florida[2]
GenreNeo soul,[3] funk[3]
Length3:53[1]
LabelBack Lot Music, Columbia
Writer(s)Pharrell Williams
Producer(s)Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams singles chronology
"Lose Yourself to Dance"
(2013)
"Happy"
(2013)
Alternative cover
 
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"Happy"
Single by Pharrell Williams
from the album Despicable Me 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedNovember 21, 2013[1]
RecordedCircle House Studios, Miami, Florida[2]
GenreNeo soul,[3] funk[3]
Length3:53[1]
LabelBack Lot Music, Columbia
Writer(s)Pharrell Williams
Producer(s)Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams singles chronology
"Lose Yourself to Dance"
(2013)
"Happy"
(2013)
Alternative cover

"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. The song was written and produced by Williams. It was released on November 21, 2013 alongside a long-form music video presented via the website 24hoursofhappy.com. The song was reissued on December 16, 2013 by Back Lot Music, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.[4] So far, "Happy" has peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in fifteen countries (including the United Kingdom), as well as reaching number two in Italy, Poland and Spain.

Production[edit]

"Happy" was written, produced and performed by Pharrell Williams, with backing vocals by Rhea Dummett, Trevon Henderson, Ashley L. Lee, Shamika Hightower, Jasmine Murray and Terrence Rolle.[5] 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.[5]

Composition[edit]

"Happy" plays for 3 minutes and 53 seconds,[1] in common time and at a tempo of 156 beats per minute. It is in the key of F minor, with Pharrell's vocal range spanning from an F4—C6.[6]

Music video[edit]

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 Carell (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.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]

The single was released on November 21, 2013. Prior to its release, around early October, the song catapulted to number one in the Netherlands, partially as a result of radio station 3FM airplay and subsequent on-line downloads, as well as featuring in a Transavia commercial.[7]

"Happy" has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.[8] The winner of this award will be announced at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, 2014.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording[2]
Personnel[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9]1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10]2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11]1
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders Urban)[11]1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12]1
Bulgaria (Media Forest)[13]1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14]18
Croatia (Airplay Radio Chart)[15]1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[16]1
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[17]1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[18]8
France (SNEP)[19]1
Germany (Media Control AG)[20]1
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[21]1
Hungary (Single Top 20)[22]1
Ireland (IRMA)[23]1
Italy (FIMI)[24]2
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[25]1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[26]1
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[27]1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[28]1
Norway (VG-lista)[29]15
Poland (Dance Top 50)[30]21
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20)[31]2
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)[32]1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[33]2
South Korea (Gaon)[34]5
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[35]2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[36]23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[37]1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[38]1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[39]29
US Billboard Hot 100[40]8
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[41]3
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[42]22
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[43]22

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[44]92
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[45]9
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[46]5

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[47]2× Platinum140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[48]Gold15,000*
Italy (FIMI)[49]Gold15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[50]2× Platinum30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[51]Platinum600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

RegionDateFormatLabel
Worldwide[52]May 22, 2013Streaming
Australia[53]November 21, 2013Digital downloadBack Lot Music
Austria[54]
Belgium[55]
Canada[56]
Denmark[57]
Finland[58]
France[59]
Germany[60]
Greece[61]
Italy[62]
Japan[63]
Latin America[64]
Netherlands[65]
New Zealand[66]
Norway[67]
Spain[68]
Sweden[69]
United Kingdom[70]
United States[1]
United States[71]January 13, 2014Adult contemporaryColumbia Records
United States[72]January 21, 2014Contemporary hit radio

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