Happy is without a doubt one of the best songs that has ever been produced.
Written and produced by Pharrell Williams for the animated movie Despicable Me 2, it also serves as the lead single from the musician’s second studio album, GIRL (2014).
The song has been ruling the music charts for more than a month now and is frequently billed as the biggest single of this year by leading news publications such as The Guardian.
Its visual presentation became equally popular when it was released as "the world's first 24 hour music video".
However, a 24-year-old singer and dancer from Brooklyn is a bit skeptical of the official video’s originality as far as the concept and the choreography is concerned.
In 2011, Anne Marsen created a 71-minute video of herself dancing around the streets of New York City, to the songs from a mashup artist Girl Talk's album "All Day."
Similarly, Happy consists of the four-minute song repeated with various people dancing around Los Angeles and miming along, covering the entire day.
Marsen recently came across Pharrell’s work and immediately noticed striking similarities between the two videos.
“I hadn't heard of the video," she told SPIN magazine, "and then I checked it out and I was like, 'Oh my goodness.'"
The young woman, who has a recurring role on CBS' The Good Wife, even put together a short video, highlighting the striking resemblances.
Speaking to SPIN, Marsen expressed her and Girl Walk // All Day director Jacob Krupnick’s disappointment over the matter.
“Jacob and I were saying, we agree, it's a great thing that dance is getting recognition as a long-form kind of thing, because we want to be making more projects that we're dreaming up now that are in this form. Yet at the same time we feel like we're not getting the recognition for this."
Despite the striking similarities, Pharrell’s representative and the singer himself denied taking any sort of inspiration from Marsen’s work, The Huffington Post reported on Monday.