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Pharrell

Pharrell Williams didn't only help change the face of pop music during the late '90s and early 2000s. He also was one of the faces of pop music -- as a charismatic star who often stole the show when producing and/or guesting on other artists' hit singles. His presence was unfading, whether he was in front of a music video or behind a beat. To trace the beginning of his ascent, you have to go back to 1992, when Teddy Riley tapped him to write a verse for Wreckx-n-Effect's "Rump Shaker." Since the late '90s, Williams and longtime friend Chad Hugo -- known together as the Neptunes -- began scoring songwriting and production assignments that slowly but steadily infiltrated mainstream music, whether it was via dance-pop (Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U"), hardcore rap (Clipse's "Grindin'"), or contemporary R&B (Babyface's "There She Goes"). Williams and Hugo were relatively obscure during the mid-'90s, doing spare work for the likes of SWV, Total, and Mase, but they would eventually develop a style that would become as recognized and as mimicked as that of fellow Virginia Beach native Timbaland. (Prior to stardom, all three producers were in a band together called Surrounded by Idiots.)

As the duo took on more work, Williams' voice became increasingly familiar. He was now more likely to provide the chorus and the background vocals of the same song, in addition to appearing in the video. (Hear/see Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss" and Snoop Dogg's "Beautiful" for two examples.) It wasn't until the summer of 2003 that he truly stepped out on his own. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'." Produced with Hugo and featuring a guest verse from Jay-Z, the song built anticipation for The Neptunes Present... Clones, a compilation of all-new tracks from artists produced by the duo. "Frontin'" was a ubiquitous summer hit and kept Williams' momentum running up to the release of Hugo and Williams' second funk/rock-oriented N.E.R.D. album, released in March 2004. Williams' first solo album, In My Mind, survived a number of delays and was finally issued in July 2006. The uneven set, produced by Williams alone, debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart.

Although Williams didn't release another solo album for eight years, his name, as well as that of the Neptunes, continued to carry much weight. The remainder of the 2000s was filled with commercially successful collaborations with the likes of Clipse, Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Solange, and Madonna. There was a handful of Grammy nominations, as well as a surprising 2007 win for Ludacris' "Money Maker" in the Best Rap Song category. N.E.R.D., who released their third album, Seeing Sounds, in 2008, remained an an occasional diversion.

The following decade began with a steady stream of activity. Williams was responsible for much of the music for the animated comedy Despicable Me. Along with outside production and songwriting work, Williams and Hugo put together Nothing, the fourth N.E.R.D. album. During 2011 and 2012, Williams produced most of Gloria Estefan's Miss Little Havana, dozens of cuts for R&B, rap, and pop artists, and tracks for two of the most praised albums of the early 2010s: Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. Williams won a Grammy for his role in the latter. The roll continued through 2013. "Blurred Lines," a Hot 100 chart-topper from Robin Thicke, featured Williams as producer, co-songwriter, and featured artist. He co-wrote and fronted "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself to Dance," two songs from Daft Punk's number one Billboard 200 album Random Access Memories. The soundtrack for Despicable Me 2 contained several Williams songs, led by "Happy," for which he conceived a 24-hour music video. When the nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards were announced, Williams' name appeared in seven categories. "Get Lucky" won Record of the Year, Random Access Memories won Album of the Year, and, most notably, Williams won the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Williams signed to Columbia, home of Daft Punk, and released his second album, G I R L, in March 2014. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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I am always happy
chuktest
I love this song��������
ljpalacz
Say Ariana grande clap hand 5 times post this on 2 other songs cheak vocie
ljpalacz
Today I had a bad day and then I listened to happy it made my day lucky
Say ariana grande clap hands 5 times post this on 2 other songs check vocie
2013s Movie Isnt Best When Other Soundtrack Is Cool From A Different Movie Or There Just Saying That's Not
Happy happy happy!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
a_sturgill
Love it
simmi.nine
Happy happy happy my kingdom!!!
Don't read this cause it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday tomorrow will be the best day if your life now you started reading this so don't stop if you don't post in two days you will die post this on five of your songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it actually works
Love all song of pharrell
Best cool. Good
colt0787
I will always clap
Are You Kind Of Instead About Songs All Really Now?
Emma whited


Love thins song come to my house and sing it
Im. Happy. That. You. Make. Coming. Bye. Your. Slfff
sean.william s 3 2
HAPPY





Happy pharel
Hmmmmm
HuH DESPICABLE ME
I'm having a bad bad day, it's about time I get my own way, steam rolling whatever I see…
shortnsweet_ 4 6
Happy!!!
I am so happy!!!!!!! ! ! ! 8 )
Been there crying fighting no more. Luv this song it shows bad things happen but they r temporary and doesn't last long. ^_^
I am happy ;D
Im happy oh yeahhhh love it this song
I love this song
I love happy!!!!
Folloow me
My friend clawed me when I sang this song...
Had to sing Happy at my graduation. I have the lyrics burned into my mind.
nnnnniiiiiii i i i i i c c c c c c c c e e e e e e derp!
I luv the song Happy!!!
I just want to listen to it forever and ever and ever and ever etc!
hroberto18
Cuz I'm happy :)
Love this song √√√
I like this song
cmfitch515
Bcuz ahm happ- SHUT THE PHUCK UP
I am in ♡
Didn't realize this was Pharrell
Cuz I'm happy
karlenehobbs
Need lyrics!
Follow for follow
Love this song along with all my friends and best friend Zion
dayanarareyn a 1
Im so happy today I'm going to a swim party and this song i so awesome baby it's the best lol Awesome go Pharrell your the best yeah HAPPY
dayanarareyn a 1
Happy!!
Go head Pharrell
Follow for follow because I'm happy.
Happy
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