Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy - Pharrell

Song: Happy
Artist: Pharrell
Album: G I R L

Pharrell puts a huge exclamation point at the end of a killer twelve month period by releasing a surprise sophomore album G I R L right after the semi-surprise slow-burn hit "Happy," initially released on the soundtrack to Despicable Me 2 back in June.

After being heavily involved with arguably the two biggest tracks of last year, summer staples "Get Lucky" with Daft Punk and "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke, Pharrell released "Happy" on his own back in November with a very cool 24-Hour music video.  The song has built in popularity over the past few months with it's irresistible charm and has now topped the Billboard charts in fifteen countries.

Just last week, as "Happy" rocked the charts and gets closer to a possible OSCAR win, (up for best song at this Sunday's show) the album was announced for release on March 3rd.  G I R L includes collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, and Alicia Keys amongst others and is currently streaming in full on iTunes.

G I R L sounds pretty great and very very Pharrell.  It dips into Timberlake-esque balladry at times, but mostly it's falsetto-drenched pop-funk bops.  His bread and butter.

The man also has a, honestly they've-done-better collab with Azealia Banks called "ATM Jam," a hit-in-the-making called "Get it Right" on the Miley Cyrus album, and another infectious collaboration with Major Lazer called "Aerosol Can."  He's unstoppable.

Thinking back on some of the many amazing things this man has been involved in it seems only fitting that a playlist be made with some of his best moments, solo, collabs, and production work with the Neptunes and his band N.E.R.D.  Mind-blowing.



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