Pharrell Williams Admits Hit Song Happy 'Annoys' Him
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It might seem crazy what I'm 'bout to say (do do do do do do do do do do do do) - but Pharrell Williams has admitted even he gets annoyed by his song 'Happy'.
Released in 2013, the track originally formed part of the soundtrack for Despicable Me 2; a colourful kids film in which songs about being happy and clapping along are undeniably fitting - despite the main character having worked as a criminal mastermind.
The song had a big impact outside the cinema, however, and ended up reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. At the time of writing (2 June), the music video for 'Happy' has garnered 998 million views on YouTube, while a version including Despicable Me's yellow Minions has earned a further 95 million views.
It goes without saying then that the song is a popular one, but that's not to say it doesn't also infuriate people.
With its repetitive chorus encouraging listeners to clap along if they, a) feel like a room without a roof, b) feel like happiness is the truth, c) know what happiness is to you or d) feel like that's what you wanna do, the song is the type to get stuck in your head for days on end.
As a result, one Twitter user took to the platform last month to declare: "No song annoyed me like Happy by Pharrell did."
It quickly became clear the user wasn't alone as the tweet received more than 313,000 likes and 35,000 retweets, but it wasn't just the general public Pharrell had managed to annoy with his happiness.
The singer responded to the tweet to reveal that he, too, had fallen victim to his upbeat track as he took the original post and simply added: "Same."
Twitter users praised Pharrell for his honesty following the revelation, with one sharing his post and responding: "Glad we’re on the same page," while another commented: "bro can you imagine how many times Pharrell has had to listen to the song “Happy?” hell no.."
Pharrell described the process of writing the song 'Happy' in a 2013 interview with NPR, in which he explained it was different because there was 'already pillars of intention' given in what the writer, director, screenplay and the writer of the script were looking for in the track.
The singer recalled handing over 'seven and nine different attempts' of the song before ending up with 'Happy', so there's every chance the final track was actually the least annoying of them all.
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