Singer, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams, otherwise known as the guy who wears the Smokey Bear park ranger hat, is reportedly planning a concert in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on September 9.
The singer who is probably best known for last year’s hit, the infectiously compelling “Happy,” is in talks with several Israeli concert promoters, but nothing has been finalized, according to Ynet.
The concert would take place just before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which starts on September 13.
The 42-year-old singer is also a record producer and fashion designer, but it was the single, “Happy,” that made him into a household name. His 2014 album, “G I R L,” featured the single, which had originally been produced for the soundtrack of the movie “Despicable Me.”
Considered a midtempo soul song thanks to Williams’s falsetto voice, “Happy” was the best-selling song of 2014 in the US and United Kingdom, with sales of 13.9 million copies worldwide. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, losing to “Let It Go” from the “Frozen” soundtrack.
It did end up winning the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 57th Grammy Awards, and Grammy for Best Music Video, and became one of the best-selling singles of all time.
His “Happy” video spawned countless lip-synced Happy videos worldwide, including several in Israel.