New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Columbia Records)
Following a massive surge of media attention, Pharrell Williams' highly anticipated and critically acclaimed new album G I R L has made an impressive debut around the world. Highlighted by the chart-topping, Oscar-nominated single "Happy
" (from Despicable Me 2), G I R L debuts at #1 in the U.K., France, Switzerland, and Belgium. The album also debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 this week.
G I R L is available here: https://smarturl.it/GIRLalbum.
G I R L - which features duets with Justin Timberlake
and Alicia Keys
as well as guest appearances by Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus, and JoJo - also enters the charts in the Top 3 throughout several international territories, including Canada, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden. Since its release, G I R L has soared to #1 on iTunes in the U.S. and in more than 65 countries. In addition, "Happy
" remains an international phenomenon, selling nearly 5 million downloads worldwide; in the U.S., the song tops Billboard's Hot 100 chart for a third consecutive week, tops Billboard's Digital
Songs chart for a fourth consecutive week, and tops Billboard's Radio
Songs chart for a second straight week. "Happy
" also continues its reign at #1 on iTunes in the U.S.; the song has topped the iTunes chart in more than 90 countries.
Today, details of the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
were revealed. Pharrell has co-written and produced the soundtrack's lead track, "It's On Again
" by Alicia Keys
featuring Kendrick Lamar. The film's score was composed by Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer
and The Magnificent Six, featuring Pharrell Williams
and Johnny Marr. The soundtrack arrives in the U.S. April 22 via Columbia Records.
Pharrell recently announced a partnership with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate the annual global International Day of Happiness, Thursday, March 20. Drawing inspiration from the "Happy
" videos fans worldwide have already posted, Pharrell encourages all his fans to post YouTube videos of themselves demonstrating their happiness to his hit "Happy
" with the hashtag #HAPPYDAY and then register their submission at https://24hoursofhappiness.com. At noon on March 20 in each time zone, Pharrell will spotlight the best submissions on the site. Fans are also encouraged to use #HAPPYDAY throughout all social networks.
As part of this global digital engagement, people will be reminded that everyone deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life, and encouraged to make donations to support UN humanitarian efforts designed to increase those opportunities for the people who need it most. Donate here.