Arrested for dancing to Pharrell’s Happy.
Six Iranians are behind bars after they appeared in a fan video set to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” the American hit song that has sold millions of downloads worldwide.
Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia ordered the arrests of the three men and three women because they helped make an “obscene video clip that offended the public morals and was released in cyberspace,” the Iranian Student News Agency reported Wednesday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may think differently, if a post on his Twitter account is any indication.
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“#Happiness is our people’s right. We shouldn’t be too hard on behaviors caused by joy,” the post read in what appears to be a restatement of a Rouhani comment from 2013, based on a date accompanying the tweet.
Pharrell himself denounced the arrests.
“It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness,” the Grammy Award winner said on his Facebook page.
Pharrell surprised us all when he broke down in tears while speaking to Oprah Winfrey about the global success of ‘Happy’ earlier this month. However, that very well could have been CeeLo Green getting all teary-eyed since the movie soundtrack cut-turned-pop culture phenomenon was originally given to him to record.
The Neptunes producer revealed this gem of news during an interview with Howard Stern on Tuesday (April 29). CeeLo passed on ‘Happy’ before Pharrell made it his. The rest is history.
“The powers that be at the time did not see it fit for him,” he says. “There was a much bigger agenda for him, he had an album to put out. He wanted to do it but some folks on his team just felt the priority should have been on his album at the time.”
Though CeeLo didn’t record that track, he had a similar chart-topping reign with his smash hit ‘F— You,’ often censored as ‘Forget You.’ The track was inescapable in 2010, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Happy’ currently reigns at No. 1.
Another interesting tidbit is the story behind the Pharrell-produced songs on Justin Timberlake’s ‘Justified’ LP. He originally offered those songs to the late Michael Jackson before the King of Pop’s team turned them down. Jackson was still a fan of his work, however.
“Later he sang me all those songs and told me they should have been his and I told him they were for him,” Pharrell says.
Pharrell’s “Happy” song is loved worldwide by millions, including Courtney Ann Sanford from High Point, N.C. Her deadly mistake was posting how much she loved the song while driving.
At 8:33, Courtney Ann Sanford shared on her Facebook:
“The Happy Song makes me so HAPPY.”
At 8:34, the High Point Police Department was called with a report of the crash. Further investigation into Sanford’s online activity revealed she was also taking frequent selfies as she drove down the highway.
Sanford was letting her friends know how happy she was at that moment, and sadly that moment was one of her last.
It happened on Monday’s NCAA Championship game. The father’s name is Rob Maiden and his son’s name is Trey. Together, the dynamic duo stole the show… literally!
Robin Thicke’s new single has sold 190,000 copies during its first week’s release in the UK making the tune the fastest selling single of the year.
and rightfully so…
This Blurred Lines collaboration with Pharrell and T.I. is perfect for the upcoming summer BBQ and backyard party jams. I caught Thicke’s new song earlier today on the radio waves and I’ve been playing this infectiously smooth dance jam ever since.
I am a huge fan of Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I., so I think this collaboration is quite a tasty one.
The song will no doubt remind you of Marvin Gaye’s classic beat, Got To Give It Up — Another perfect summer jam.
Have a listen and don’t be afraid to get up and dance a little. C’mon, Everybody Get Up!