Pharrell's feel good record, "Happy," is the year's most played and best selling in both the U.S. and UK.
According to mid-year chart data released last week, the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack featured track has dominated radio and the charts topping the Billboard Hot 100 (US) and UK Singles Chart for weeks at a time. The song has also performed extremely well at radio and in streaming.
"Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads Nielsen BDS' mid-year report of the most-played songs in the first half of the year on U.S. terrestrial radio stations. The track, which topped Billboard's Radio Songs chart for eight weeks, the longest lead on the chart in 2014, received a whopping 571,000 plays in the first six months of 2014. Those plays translate to 3.3 billion in total audience reach in that span," reports Billboard. "Happy" peaked with 226 million in weekly audience on Radio Songs (April 19), the second-best sum in the chart's 23-year history. Williams also factors into the only song that's logged a better total: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," on which and he and T.I. are featured. The smash drew a weekly high of 229 million (Aug. 31, 2013)."
In the UK, Pharrell broke the one million mark in sales during the month of March, giving him his third million-selling single in the UK in less than a year ("Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky").
"Taken from the soundtrack to Despicable Me 2, Happy was released last summer. However, it didn’t start gaining sales momentum until December, where it became an unexpected entrant in the annual Christmas Number 1 race. Happy peaked at Number 2 behind X Factor winner Sam Bailey’s Skyscraper, and climbed to the top spot a week later," The Official Charts Company reports. "At the time of writing, Happy has clocked up four non-consecutive weeks at the Official Singles Chart summit, and 30 weeks in the Top 40 with sales of 1.29 million copies this year (1.52 million, total)."
Congratulations go out to Pharrell, who has also had a big year with his album, "G I R L," and singles like "Come Get It Bae."