It took twelve years and a week (as the issue date is March 8, 2014) to achieve his first Hot 100 No. The song also holds the record for the second-highest audience peak for a week on the Hot 100 Airplay, with 225.9 million impressions while Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", a song in which Pharrell was featured as well as produced and co-wrote, holds the all-time record.

It spent a total of 22 weeks in the top 10, entering on the week-ending February 15, 2014 and departing on July 19, 2014.

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The minions from the Despicable Me series make several appearances throughout the film, including one scene at am, in which Pharrell Williams and the minions dance in a movie theatre that is playing the scene from Despicable Me 2 in which "Happy" appears.

A lone, one-eyed minion also appears dancing to song in its entirety at pm.

The song sold 5,633,000 copies in the US in the first six months of 2014, the most ever of any song in the first six months of any calendar year.

The song also topped the charts of 22 other countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain.

It has spent twelve weeks (including seven consecutive) at No. To coincide with the single release, the website 24was launched, featuring a visual presentation of "Happy", which was advertised as being "the world's first 24-hour music video." The video was shot by steadicam operator Jon Beattie, It consists of the four-minute song repeated multiple times, with various people dancing around Los Angeles and miming along.

1 in Ireland, making it the third song in less than a year to spend more than seven weeks at No. 1, the longest reign at the top of the Syndicat National de l'Edition Phonographique, beating Lou Begas "Mambo No. The website allows users to navigate to various points in the 24-hour timeframe, including all 360 four-minute segments.

1, after Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Avicii's "Wake Me Up! Williams himself appears 24 times in the day-long video, once at the start of each hour.

There are a number of celebrity cameos in the video, including Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Whit Hertford, Kelly Osbourne, Rob Zabrecky, Magic Johnson, Urijah Faber, Sérgio Mendes, Jimmy Kimmel, Odd Future, Steve Carell (voice of Gru in the Despicable Me films), Jamie Foxx, Ana Ortiz, Miranda Cosgrove (voice of Margo in the films), Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Gavin De Graw, Leah La Belle and Jo Jo.

1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and 19 other countries.

It was the best-selling song of 2014 in the United States with 6.45 million copies sold for the year, It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

"Happy" is an uptempo soul and neo soul song on which Williams's falsetto voice has been compared to Curtis Mayfield by critics.