Pharrell ‘rejected nine times’ for ‘Despicable Me 2’ soundtrack before writing ‘Happy’

The single was originally penned as part of the soundtrack to the animated film

Pharrell Williams has revealed that his submission for the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2 – which eventually resulted in hit single ‘Happy’ – was rejected nine times before finally being approved.

‘Happy’ was an original composition penned by Pharrell for the animated film’s soundtrack which then went on to become the biggest selling single of 2014 in the UK so far and recently became the most downloaded song of all time.

In a piece for The New York Times, Williams has now revealed that the path to finishing the song was a long one. “I’m thankful for all the people behind the song’s success, and how I was constantly pushed to do more — my song submissions for this scene in Despicable Me 2 were rejected nine times,” he revealed. “I’m thankful that people now know my name where they
hadn’t before.”


Meanwhile, Williams was recently confirmed to be working on a new No Doubt album with Gwen Stefani.

The singer also hinted that there could be a new album from Williams’ former band N*E*R*D in the near future.