Tom Waits Paved the Way for Shrewd Musicians Cashing in on Literal Commercial Success
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"Happy" might be the most popular song of the past year, but Pharrell Williams has been honing his skills and reputation for more than two decades (the man helped write "Rump Shaker" for Wreckx-n-Effect in 1992!). He's scored hits with the Neptunes and N.E.R.D., but Williams quickly became known as the man behind other acts' chart-toppers. Think about it: Without Williams, we might live in a world without "Blurred Lines" or "Get Lucky." But it was "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 that brought him mainstream success and notoriety, so it was time to cash in, like he did with a commercial for Beats by Dre:
But that damn song was too big for just one ad. Fiat decided it wanted to be "Happy," too, though the car company chose to feature Diddy's face with Williams' music:
But like the infomercial hosts say, "Wait, there's more!"
Continue to page three for more from Williams, plus an ad about a penis. Sort of.