International Day of Happiness takes place on Friday (March 20)
Pharrell Williams is set to light up the Empire State Building in New York for International Day Of Happiness 2015, which takes place on Friday (March 20).
The day is a joint venture between the United Nations and Live Earth and aims to promote happiness and raise awareness about climate change.
Hitmaker Williams will light the building yellow. In a statement, he said: “In a year where there is so much turmoil in the world, from social conflict to climate change, we need moments to stop and celebrate happiness. Protecting our planet is fundamental to the pursuit of human happiness and that is why we have chosen to support Live Earth’s movement to raise a billion voices for climate action. We believe that happiness can change the world.”
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran and James Blunt have helped compile ‘the world’s happiest playlist’ for the day.
Williams recently commented on the ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit for the first time. As previously reported, a US jury recently decided that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines’ copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’. The pair must pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family following the ruling at the US District Court in Los Angeles.
Speaking to The Financial Times, Pharrell Williams slammed the decision. “The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Williams commented. “This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”
“Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone. If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”
The lawsuit was brought by Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, who inherited the copyright to the soul legend’s music following his death in 1984.
It is thought that Pharrell and Thicke have earned over $5m (£3m) each from the profits of the Grammy-winning single. Total profits from the single are estimated to exceed $16m (£10.8), and it has sold well over 1million copies in the UK.