Pursuit of Happiness" is a song by American recording artist Kid Cudi, released January 25, 2010, as the third single from his debut studio album (2009). The song was produced by Man on the Moon: The End of Day Ratatat and features vocals from neo-psychedelic act MGMT.
Background [ edit ]
On the album, the track is titled "
Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare)", following the album's dream sequence. The final version of the song was premiered on September 4, 2009, on the DJ Semtex BBC Radio 1 show. The song made its US television debut on the [1 ] on September 11, 2009. Cudi later performed the song on September 23, 2009 on Late Show with David Letterman . Jimmy Kimmel Live The song was featured during a [2 ] Vitamin Water commercial in 2010, in LeBron James of the Miami Heat, narrates and stars in. The song was later included on the soundtrack to the 2011 film . Fright Night [3 ]
Music videos [ edit ]
music video released, directed by Brody Baker and produced by Josh Hartnett, displays Kid Cudi at a party. While everyone is having a good time, the whole party goes into a slow-motion state. Ratatat does not appear in the video, however MGMT member Ben Goldwasser does make an appearance. Other cameo appearances include Cudi's former GOOD Music label-mate Consequence, along with fellow rappers Johnny Polygon and Drake.
The second music video released, directed by Megaforce, shows Kid Cudi waking up and interacting with a swiveling couch, and a party scene. The members of Ratatat are featured.
Covers and remix [ edit ]
In 2010, it was
covered by folk-rock singer-songwriter Lissie, in concert. Her cover earned praise from Kid Cudi, who posted the video on his official website, commenting that Lissie did a "great job" and that it was "just really beautiful and extremely flattering." [4 ] She included the cover on her [4 ] EP/ cover album, Covered Up with Flowers (2011). Lissie's cover was also included on the soundtrack to the 2013 comedy-drama film, [5 ] . In 2012, The Dirties Los Angeles-based rapper Schoolboy Q, sampled Lissie's cover version, for his song " Hands on the Wheel", taken from his album (2012). In June 2014, Kid Cudi and Lissie performed the song together for the very first time at Habits & Contradictions Le Divan du Monde in Paris, France. [6 ] [7 ] [8 ]
In September 2012, American rock band
Meg & Dia, released a video of themselves covering "Pursuit of Happiness", via their official YouTube channel. [9 ]
electro house DJ Steve Aoki, remixed the song in 2011, which also became as popular as the original. In 2012, the remix was featured on the trailers for the 2012 film , and was later included on the film's Project X soundtrack. On May 1, 2012 an "Extended Steve Aoki Remix" was released via iTunes. Aoki's version is heard in [10 ] . The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [11 ]
Chart performance [ edit ]
"Pursuit of Happiness" debuted and peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #59 on the week ending October 3, 2009. The following week, it fell 41 spots to #100. Interestingly, the song recharted on the Billboard at #95 on the week ending January 8, 2011; over a year since it fell off the chart. It has now sold over 2,000,000 downloads since its release.
The song originally peaked at number 137 on the [12 ] UK Singles Chart, but it re-entered the chart in 2012 attaining a new peak of 72 and entered for the first time on the Irish Singles Chart, peaking at 24. In 2012, it has also charted for the first time in Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
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