‘Happy‘ is a song recorded by American singer, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer Pharrell Williams. The track is the main theme and one of the three original songs he contributed to the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack.
The Neptunes hitmaker produced the soundtrack to the animated film with composer Heitor Pereira. Pharrell has also recorded a collaboration with CeeLo Green called “Scream” for the sequel to the 2010 film. The soundtrack was released on digital retailers on June 18, 2013, while the movie debuted on July 3.
‘Happy‘ was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Song’. Unfortunately the winner at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony was ‘Let It Go‘, main theme of Disney’s ‘Frozen‘. Pharrell performed the nominated song for the first time during the gala.
To coincide with the official 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.
‘Happy – Single’ is available on iTunes (BUY)