Pharrell Williams – Happy (Live At Global Citizen Festival) (2018)
Pharrell Williams – Freedom (Live At Global Citizen Festival) (2018)
Chris Martin & Pharrell Williams – E-Lo (Live At Global Citizen Festival) (2018)
A lawyer for the musician filed a cease and desist letter against the President Monday after Trump used his song, “Happy,” during a political rally in Indiana Saturday. “On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” the letter, acquired by the Daily News, reads. Anti-Semitic incidents were on the rise in NYC and U.S. before Pittsburgh shooting massacre.
“There was nothing ‘happy‘ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.” Williams also said Trump is not allowed to use any of his music without permission. Robert Bowers, 46, could face the death penalty after being accused of shooting and killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday. His victims range from 54 to 97 years old. Several musicians have found issue with the President’s use of their songs, including Steven Tyler, Adele, Earth, Wind & Fire and Queen.
By Joanna Clay. The musician encourages South Los Angeles kids to pursue their passions as participants in a nationwide literacy program. More than 100 South Los Angeles youngsters — from third graders to high school graduates — crammed into a USC lecture hall, their eyes transfixed on the speaker. Clad in a tie-dye Metallica tee and flower-embroidered jeans, he wasn’t a typical lecturer. Pharrell Williams, the musician behind the hit song “Happy,” took to the lectern on Monday to inspire his audience to reach for the stars.
“Use your strength and your weaknesses for success,” Williams said. “We become a slave to our weaknesses. Take that insecurity to fuel you.” Students take part in Freedom Schools, a nationwide literacy program. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) He also talked about pursuing passions. “If you can take whatever that hobby is … if you can find a vocation connected to it, you’ll never work a day in your life,” he said. The message was poignant for the youth, part of Freedom Schools, a nationwide literacy program for African-American and Latino kids from low-income families. Many come from neighborhoods where the median income is under $35,000, according to USC research.
This video was edited with all the best video shots selected in the 1950 HAPPY Video cover.
Nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, “Happy” hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and has topped the charts in more than seventy-five countries worldwide. Now Pharrell Williams brings his beloved song to the youngest of readers in photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy.
All the exuberance of the song pulses from these vibrant photographs of excited, happy kids. This is a picture book full of memorable, precious childhood moments that will move readers in the same way they were moved by the song. Take a peek inside the book at ReadHappyBook.com.
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