“Happy Endings” is the result of the collaboration between three outstanding artists, Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park/Fort Minor), iann dior, and UPSAHL, and is a fitting commentary on the feelings many have thinking about the events of 2020 in hindsight, and how they’ve carried over into this year. Initially released on Friday, February 19, the entirety of “Happy Endings” was created with social distancing measures in place, meaning the three artists involved never met in person throughout the writing, recording, production, or release process. In fact, the first time Shinoda, dior, and UPSAHL met each other in person was to record the first live performance of “Happy Endings” for the See Us Unite for Change Global Special, hosted by actor/comedian Ken Jeong. This live performance can be found on Mike Shinoda’s YouTube channel, and is available to watch below! Also you can stream “Happy Endings” as well, which is currently available on multiple platforms here.
The See Us Unite for Change special was a first of its kind televised event designed to help raise awareness of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) experience. Hosted by a coalition of non-profit organizations including the Asian American Foundation (AAF), the Ford Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation, and more, this televised event was part of the See Us Unite cultural campaign, whose mission is to expand support for the AAPI community. The special sought to educate viewers on AAPI history, and featured many Asian American guest speakers, such as actor Tzi Ma, Shannon Lee (President of the Bruce Lee Foundation), and Peng Zhao (CEO of Citadel Securities). The event also incorporated many special performances including the Black Eyes Peas, Saweetie, Chloe Flower, and, of course, Mike Shinoda.
If you missed the live premiere of See Us Unite for Change, you can watch it below via the See Us Unite YouTube channel. For more information about the event and the See Us Unite mission, please visit the official website here!