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Pharrell Williams Gets 'Happy' on 'Despicable Me 2' Soundtrack - Song Premiere

Animated film features upbeat new music from Neptunes singer-producer

Pharrell Williams, 'Despicable Me 2' soundtrack.
Courtesy Universal & Backlot Music
May 21, 2013 8:00 AM ET

Pharrell and composer Heitor Pereira have re-teamed to produce the soundtrack for Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the 2010 animated comedy. Starring Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, the film is set to open in theaters on July 3rd. The soundtrack will be available for pre-orders starting June 11th, with its official release slated for June 18th.

Along with his production work, Pharrell contributed three original tracks – one of which, "Scream," features Cee Lo Green. Here, get a first listen to another of his songs, "Happy," a simple, infectious tune that grooves with a truly animated buoyancy.

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