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Marvin Gaye’s Ex-Wife And Daughter Now Say Pharrell’s “Happy” Sounds Like Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”
Okay, I could be exaggerating, but at this point it’s clear that they want to discredit the Grammy-winning producer.
While briefly speaking with “Entertainment Tonight,” Gaye’s daughter, Nona, and ex-wife, Janis, were asked what they thought about some
hard of hearing people saying that “Happy” is another Pharrell song that sounds like a rip-off of Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar.” They agreed with those people.
“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” claimed Nona.
“I heard the mash-ups — but I didn’t really need to hear them,” said Janis. “I know ‘Aint[sic] That Peculiar’ and I’ve heard ‘Happy.'”
But both women agreed that they’re focused on the huge legal battle they just won and aren’t necessarily planning to go after the producer over another one of his biggest hits.
As Janis said, “We’re just in the moment today and we’re satisfied.”
And even if they wanted to sue, they wouldn’t get a dime. “Ain’t That Peculiar” was written and produced by Smokey Robinson and members of The Miracles. Gaye just sang the track.
We get it. The Gayes don’t like how ‘inspired’ folks are by Marvin. As Nona put it in the interview:
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being inspired. I’ve been inspired when I made music before. Inspiration’s fine, but the line is when you decide to take the complete and utter essence out of the song. When you take all the meat, and leave the bones.”
Well, below is “Happy” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.” What are we thinking?
Ever since Pharrell Williams’ Happy took over the airwaves, the upbeat song has been bestowing blessing after blessing for the multifaceted entertainer. This time, the chart-topping single brought Williams a picture book deal for the kids, ABC reports.
Happy, released in June 2013 as part of Despicable Me 2’s soundtrack, is 2014’s best-selling song. The Oscar-nominated feel-good single sold 6.4 million copies in 2014, went triple platinum, and reached the hearts of millions overseas, and landed Williams an interview with the legendary Oprah Winfrey.
You can’t quite put Pharrell in a box. He’s not just a performer, or just a rapper, or just a producer. He’s all of that and more. He’s been a shape-shifter in the music industry more almost two decades, but it was only recently that the worldwide spotlight propelled the Happy musician into super-fame.
But besides writing and producing one of the hottest singles of our time, Pharrell, worth $80 million, is quite the mastermind when it comes to entrepreneurship and business.
Let’s take a look at some of Pharrell’s most brilliant enterprises over the years.
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Not sure if you heard, but before Pharrell was making everyone happy with “Happy,” the song was written by the mega producer for Cee Lo. Knowing Cee Lo’s voice and what he’s capable of, a lot of people were saying that they would have loved to hear his version of the hit song. Well, Pharrell has heard it, and he told Howard Stern in an interview that it was much better than the already amazing track we hear on the radio now. But fate kept the song in Pharrell’s hands after Cee Lo’s record company decided against taking it.
“[Cee Lo Green] wanted to do it…and he did do it.
He burns my version! But, how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him…they elected not to do that song.”
Since it has become a number one hit and was even nominated for an Academy Award, some might think that Cee Lo would regret that he wasn’t able to hold on to the song. But while speaking to TMZ photogs, he told them that he’s more than happy for the success Pharrell has had with “Happy.”
When asked if he felt regret, the former Voice coach said, “No, no, no, not regret,” and that if he could turn back the hands of time, he would still have left things the way they are now. As for Pharrell saying Cee Lo’s version of “Happy” was best, Cee Lo doesn’t agree.
“I wouldn’t say that. He’s just being modest. But I appreciate that. I respect that. He’s a generous brother. I think karma is rewarding him, because he was all prepared to give all of that away. The fact that it has sold immensely well for him is very gratifying for both of us.”
No use for “shoulda, couldas, wouldas,” because these two can definitely head back into the studio to make another hit!
Check out his chat with photographers at LAX airport about the hit that was almost his and what he has going on musically this year.
You’re walking down the street on a beautiful Spring day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and a gentle breeze of sweet air is blowing through the trees. Everything is perfect in this moment, and you feel the magic of the Universe come alive. But then, a thought pops into your head: This is such an amazing moment, if only I had a boyfriend to share this with me. And then, suddenly, your mood shifts. You go from being happy and peaceful, to being sad and anxious. What happened?
So often we focus our attention on the things we don’t have, rather than noticing and appreciating the things we do have. A lot of this has to do with our American culture, no doubt. Marketing has done a great job of convincing us that we are not really happy right now…that in order to experience *true* happiness, we must have whatever they are selling. Only then will you be truly happy, as if that *thing* is some magical key that unlocks your door of happiness. They do this with cars, retirement accounts, technology, sex, drugs, and even love. When was the last time you saw an advertisement for a new dating site that promised you unlimited joy and happiness by finding the love of your life on their site?
We’ve become so accustomed to this, that we no longer even need outside marketers to remind us of our current unhappiness and need for something else. We now do it ourselves. Whenever we feel a moment of happiness, we quickly remind ourselves that we can’t possibly be truly happy because we don’t have a boyfriend yet, and the new iPhone just came out and we can’t afford it, and we have no plans for dinner tonight. And if only we had those things right now, *then* we would be truly happy. But here’s the irony…you can never have it all. Because no matter what you have, there will be always more to get. Our Universe is infinitely abundant; there is always more to expand into and accept into our lives. So when do you have enough to just be happy right now?
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You know what they say, this is the year of Pharrell. Coming off of hits, like “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,”and of course “Happy,” he is doing it…in a very big way. So it only makes sense that he would sit down with Oprah for one of her telling interviews on “Oprah Prime.” In it, Pharrell discusses everything from his childhood experiences listening to Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder in the neighborhood to wanting to be the guy in the front when he first started producing.
Then things got personal as Pharrell described why he chose Helen Lasichanh to be his wife, how Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock partially inspired him to name his son Rocket, how he wrote “Happy” when he was completely out of ideas and how the universe conspired to make the achievements of his career possible.
Take a look at the highlights from the entire interview in this video below.
You can read and watch Pharrell speak about naming his son and writing “Happy” on the following page.
I can’t tell which is more popular, Pharrell Williams or his ridiculous oversized Vivienne Westwood hat (it even has its own Twitter account!). But it seems like the multifaceted music maven’s face is splattered everywhere we turn! The ageless star, with a diverse and long-lasting career, has re-emerged onto the public eye with his contributions to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and, most recently, his hit single Happy.
“Life is good,” Pharrell said. Let’s take a look at how well 2014 has treated Pharrell so far!
Pharrell Williams Performs “Happy” At The Oscars With Help Of Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep And Amy Adams
How can you listen to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and not want to at least bob your head or tap your feet? So infectious!
The Academy Award nominee for Best Song was the first to perform out of all the nominees in the category, and he had everyone up and moving in their ball gowns and suits during his performance of “Happy,” which is of course from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.
Williams stepped out in his Vivienne Westwood hat and a track jacket and jeans to shake a leg or two with the crowd, including Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, who all danced with the producer and singer as he made his way through the front of the crowd of celebs. And can we talk about the dancing during the performance? Amazing! The background dancers were hitting the Nae Nae and showing off some moves I’m going to have to steal for my next club outing.
And did we mention that the song is number one on the Billboard Hot 100? It’s Pharrell’s first number one song as a lead performer. If Williams wins the Academy Award tonight, this will be yet another great year for one of our favorite producers.
But check out his performance below and share your thoughts (and also be sure to get up and dance a little!).
I have an affinity for feel good stories. And for that reason I find that even in my 26th year, I still really dig children’s movies. So the other day, my sister and I watched Despicable Me 2. And in addition to the awesome story it told, the movie was made that much better because it featured music from the genius that is Pharrell Williams. The music was so good I had to purchase a couple of songs. And one of those songs was “Happy.” As the name would imply, the song has an infectious feel-good vibe. It’s soulful. If you can listen to it and be still, you might want to check your pulse because I tell you, the song grooves.
So I was excited to see that Pharrell had released a video for the song. And not just any video, loves. Pharrell has released the world’s first 24 hour video. And if you think this is some type of farce, you can spend the next day watching it here, on a website called “24 Hours of Happy.” It’s beautiful and no matter where you tune in, it’s bound to make you feel better than you did when you first started watching it.
There are several beautiful moments including a few with faces you might recognize like Jamie Foxx, Magic Johnson, Steve Carrell (who voices the lead character in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2), Magic Johnson and I spied with my little eye choreographer Fatima. I’m sure there are plenty more but people haven’t had a chance to watch the whole thing obviously. And that’s the point, if you don’t start it in the same exact place, every time you watch it, it’s a different video. Dig that.
Just to give you a little taste of what I’m talking about I’m embedding a precious moment where Pharrell dances in a bowling alley with this little firecracker– it starts right at the 3:00 hr mark. Take a look and be sure to watch more of this innovative video here.
“How did you break free?”
Today, we’ll focus on three lessons that prepared me to do my work. I pray that you find something here to help you, or that you can share with others… but please seek medical help in your recovery:
1. I Learned Good Grief: At the age of 17, a well-meaning teacher questioned some of the changes in me. Tears overflowed as I tried expressing myself. She responded, “God is not moved by tears, He is moved by faith.” While her intent was to help, she only made it worse. All I heard was, “You’re failing God.”
2. I Let Others in My Process: I stopped denying my need for people. Depression led me to cut loved ones off for various reasons. I discovered that some people were uncomfortable with the fact that they could not “fix” me. So, I figured I’d save them the trouble and emotionally retreated.
3. I Explored My Gifts: Depression drained me and I stopped doing the things I loved. But one day out of sheer desperation, I started writing. What did I have to lose? In my writing, I found a sliver of myself again. Over time, the consistent act of doing what I loved helped me progress. Each taste of joy—no matter how faint—gave me reason to hold on and hope.
Please take some time to read the rest of Coach Felicia’s post on ESSENCE.com. Depression and other mental illnesses are very serious and it is important that we remain very aware of what’s going with our mental health.