Pharrell Williams can't control success

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 March 2014
Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams insists he can't control success as it is all down to his fans

Pharrell Williams can't control his own success.

The 'Happy' hitmaker - whose single was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards this year - insists he cannot control how well a track does since it's down to fans, and whether or not they purchase and share the tune.

Pharrell said: "Success means the people voted, they requested, they shared it with a friend, they purchased it, they downloaded it. And they did it in large numbers. That is what success means. I have nothing to do with that. I can only control what I do."

The 40-year-old musician admits he used to think differently and measure happiness against success but understands it can be detrimental to focus on success, and get "hooked".

Pharrell added to Red Bulletin magazine: "When I was young, yeah, I looked at it differently, because I looked at a lot of people who quantified their happiness by how successful they were. And, nobody wants to work really hard and not get recognised for it.

"You want to be appreciate for your work. But there is a fine line between appreciating your work and doing super well and you getting hooked on that. If you get hooked on success you're screwed."

Pharrell Williams

The highly successful producer and collaborator strikes out on his own, blending hip hop, R&B and pop sounds.

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