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Pharrell Reveals To The World He Wasn't The First One To Record Happy!

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This is brand new information! Literally!

Pharrell has garnered a lot of attention for his infectious hit, Happy, but the singer has revealed the song was previously recorded by one of his peers, but it was scrapped by the big wigs in charge!

In an interview with Howard Stern, the DJ asked if the Happy singer considered giving the song to one of his peers and Pharrell replied:

"[CeeLo Green] wanted to do it…and he did do it."

Someone needs to do a remix with both Pharrell and CeeLo on the track, STAT!

Pharrell continued dish:

"He sounded amazing on 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. Some folks on his team just felt that the priority should be on [Cee Lo's] album at the time [2012's Cee Lo's Magic Moment], so they elected not to do that song."

What a bummer!

Makes us wonder if "the powers that be" did decide to keep Happy on the album, would it have been a smash hit as it is today?

Guess we'll never know!

[Image via Andres Otero/Brian To/WENN.]

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One comment to “Pharrell Reveals To The World He Wasn't The First One To Record Happy!”

  1. Kristina says – reply to this


    This was so shocking to me, especially because Pharrell has received so much positive attention for the impact of the song. We all remember him being brought to tears on the Oprah show for seeing how the song has had such an impact on the world. So it was more than shocking to believe that someone else recorded it first and didn’t receive any credit. Pharrell admitted on Howard Stern that CeeLo Green did it first, which was respectable that he did not lie. I also appreciate that he complemented CeeLo’s version saying “He sounded amazing on it, he burns my version!” This is pretty hard to believe considering Pharrells version is amazing! I would be interested in hearing what CeeLo’s version sounds like. But as long as the song was released and is bringing happiness to the world isn’t that all that matters!