” Happy ” is by Pharrell Williams, the American singer and producer. The song is written and produced by Pharrell and is taken from the album that accompanies the film Despicable Me 2. The song was also released as the lead single from his second album, Girl, released in 2014.
Originally Pharrell intended the song for America rapper CeeLo Green. He felt the version CeeLo Green had recorded was better than his own.
Elektra Records, the record label of CeeLo Green, declined the offer as he was about to release his Christmas album, CeeLo’s Magic Moment.
Once released music critics gave ” Happy ” the thumbs up. ” an instant contender for 2013’s Song of the Summer” was the reaction of Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone magazine. Critic Holly Williams of Contactmusic awarded the song four stars and commented it was “unbelievably catchy. ”
Along with the music critics, the record buying public across the world also liked the song. In the United States ” Happy ” went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, this was to be Pharrell’s fourth chart-topper the chart.
In addition to the number one, ” Happy ” also has the record for the second highest audience impressions on Hot 100 Airplay Chart with 225.9 million, Robin Thicke holds the record with ” Blurred Lines “.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number seventy-one. ” Happy ” then took another month to climb to the Number One spot, where it stayed for another month. It spent twenty weeks inside the Top Ten and a total of ninety-two weeks on the chart.
Pharrell was to claim the best-selling single of 2014 in the United Kingdom with copies of 1.5 million sold for 2014. The song was also become one of the most downloaded songs ever in the UK with over 1.62 million sales.
” Happy ” also reached the top of the charts in twenty-two countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Belgium (Ultratop Flanders Urban) 1, Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100) 17, Bulgaria (IFPI) 1, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1, Croatia (Airplay Radio Chart) 1, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Dominican Republic (Monitor Latino) 11, Euro Digital Songs (Billboard) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 7, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Greece Digital Songs (Billboard) 1, Hungary (Single Top 40) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Israel (Media Forest) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1,
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 5, Lebanon (The Official Lebanese Top 20) 1, Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard) 1, Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 1, Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard) 1, Romania (Media Forest) 1,
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 2, South Africa (EMA) 1, South Korea (Gaon) 5, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3,
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Pharrellwilliams.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/Pharrell
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/PharrellWilliams
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