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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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Just a cloud away is really good i wanna watch 1 and 2 again
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Finally this song has popped up
I don't care what anyone says, In My Mind was the s**t! I like GIRL but IMM was - in my opinion -way more substantial.
Thanks pharell for making me happy this is my theme song when i walk in the room i start singing HAPPY!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love your hat lol
What up pharell
This song is AWESOME!!!!! : )
Makes me smile
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Love this song so much it makes us happy:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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+ when this song plays I feel happy and then I go cat CRAZY cuz me lov cats and they happy me 2 you be happy 2 oh no I cat CRAZy LOl
deyango2
My gym teacher played this song and I danced hecka
Love happy!
I LUV this song!!!!!!:)
I can do the dance to this song is is on youtub you just go to happy flash mob and it is in a yellow thing and it says happy
I love this song!!!! It's my fav song!!
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I <3 this song it make me happy XD
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I LOVE THIS SONG!! why? because i'm HAPPY lol. XD
Follow me if ur happy
This is his best song
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Plz follow mah, If chu feel happy to do it! :3
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Funny. I was singing it when I was in the hospital with a broken arm! (really quietly) dad was like WHAT
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Thanks pharrell you made me happy once again *Smiles* ;)
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This is the best song ever this IS MY FAV SONG no kidding IM ON Spring break too!!!
Love happyyyyyyyy y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y
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i love happy!!
I'm happy because this song is on
Because I'm happyyyyyyyy y y y y y !
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this song really helps me be positive! i was dancing in the middle of the grocery store when this song came on and i got looks but i didn't care because i was happy
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its totally meXD
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