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Cos they’re Happy: music video starts WEG countdown

Musician Pharrell Williams must be a happy man, given the amount of play his catchy song Happy is getting, and now it has hit the horse world.

First a retirement village in New Zealand got its pensioners in on the act, and now the organisers of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are getting Happy in their own music video.

Pharrell_Williams_-_HappyWith less than three weeks to go before the start of the Games in Normandy, the Organising Committee created its own version of the famous music video, with of riders, horses, employees from the committee, volunteers, dancers, and of course mascots Norman and Pom’Pommette joining in.

Many scenes were shot in several competition venues of the event – d’Ornano stadium, the Exposition Centre, the Prairie Racecourse, Le Pin National Stud – and in the city of Caen.

Defined as neo soul and funk, Happy is from the Despicable Me 2 movie soundtrack, and earned Williams an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. It lost to Let It Go from Frozen.

On the New Zealand Singles Chart, Happy debuted at number eleven on December 23, 2013. The next week it moved to number two. Then on January 6, 2014, it began a 12 week consecutive reign in the number one position, right up until March 24, 2014. It then dropped to number two for one week, then spent a further three weeks at number one, bringing the total number of weeks at number one to 15, breaking the 36-year long record for most weeks spent at number one, previously held by Boney M.’s Rivers of Babylon.

The song also topped the charts of 22 other countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. It has spent 12 weeks at number one in Ireland, making it the third song in less than a year to spend more than seven weeks at number one, after Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (which Pharrell also featured on) and Avicii’s Wake Me Up!.

The song has already been parodied by Weird Al Yankovic, in an offering named Tacky.

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