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"Freedom" (stylized as Freedom!) is a song by Pharrell Williams which was released for streaming on Apple Music and played by Zane Lowe on his show on Beats 1 on its launch date of June 30, 2015.[2] Part of the song was made available as a teaser on Williams' Twitter page and was also used in a promotional video for Apple Music.[3] Its music video was nominated for Best Music Video at 58th Grammy Awards. The song is included on the soundtrack album of the film Despicable Me 3.

"Freedom"
Cover art for the song Freedom by Pharrell Williams.png
Single by Pharrell Williams
ReleasedJune 30, 2015[1]
Format
Recorded2015
GenreIndie pop
Length2:43
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Pharrell Williams & Naughty by Nature
Producer(s)Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams singles chronology
"Finna Get Loose"
(2015)
"Freedom"
(2015)
"WTF (Where They From)"
(2015)

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Critical receptionEdit

Writing for MusicSnake, Marissa Fitzgerald gave the song a very positive review, give it 4/5 stars and stating "'Freedom' is an awesome track with a feel-good vibe and a positive message. The lyrics are uplifting and promote living a happy life without restrictions or limitations."[4] Rolling Stone describes the track, "powerful," as well as, "snappy," and, "infectious,"[5] while The Guardian describes it as, "socially conscious."[6] According to USA Today, "Williams may have found a song that captures the tenor of its time."[7]

Live performancesEdit

Williams performed the song on his international 2015 tour,[8] including during his set at Glastonbury Festival 2015 on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday June 27.[9] Williams also performed this single at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards.[10] Williams performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday September 11. Williams also performed the song with a full orchestra during a guest appearance at Hans Zimmer's live set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday April 16, 2016.

In other mediaEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[43] Gold 15,000*
Italy (FIMI)[44] 2× Platinum 100,000 
Poland (ZPAV)[45] 2× Platinum 40,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Pharrell to drop single 'Freedom' exclusively on Apple Music". CTV News. 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ Dionne, Zach (26 June 2015). "Pharrell Working With Adele, Previews His "Freedom" Video". Fuse.
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Marissa (July 10, 2015). "Pharrell Williams: 'Freedom' Single Review". MusicSnake. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Blistein, Jon (June 30, 2015). "Pharrell Screams 'Freedom' on Powerful New Track". RollingStone.com. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Simpson, Dave (June 14, 2015). "Pharrell Williams review – pop polymath unveils embarrassment of talents". TheGuardian.com. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Mansfield, Brian (June 30, 2015). "Song of the week: Pharrell's 'Freedom'". USAToday.com. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Simpson, Dave (14 June 2015). "Pharrell Williams review – pop polymath unveils embarrassment of talents". Guardian.
  9. ^ Schwartz, Danny (28 June 2015). "Pharrell Debuts "Freedom" At Glastonbury". Hotnewhiphop.
  10. ^ http://music.blog.ajc.com/2015/08/26/pharrell-williams-demi-lovato-to-perform-at-mtv-vmas-kanye-west-will-receive-vanguard-award/
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  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al1kWFj--5E
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPBjOnHTaM
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  44. ^ "Italian single certifications – Pharrell Williams – Freedom" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved July 2, 2018. Select "2018" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Freedom" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  45. ^ "Polish single certifications – Pharrell Williams – Freedom" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 15, 2016.