Pharrell's 'Happy' Hits No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart
The song is the singer's second No. 1 song as a solo artist on the chart and first since 2003
Following his Nielsen era record of 16 weeks atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs last year with his featured turn on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (also featuring T.I.), Pharrell scores his second No. 1 as a lead artist -- and fifth overall -- with “Happy” skipping 3-1 in its sixth week. His first chart-topper with lead billing was the Jay Z-assisted “Frontin’,” which led for six weeks in 2003.
(The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart began using Nielsen sales and airplay data in December 1992. Thus, the so-called Nielsen era begins with that month.)
This week, “Happy” takes home the chart's Airplay and Digital Gainer awards with a 45% lift to 85.4 million listener impressions (according to Nielsen BDS) and a 15% rise to 252,000 downloads (according to Nielsen SoundScan). On R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, it moves 2-1 to mark his first solo leader on that list.
Pharrell’s move keeps Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a third week despite it winning the Streaming Gainer award on 5.9 million domestic streams (a 16% increase). Digitally, the song posted it best sales week yet with 242,000 downloads (up 3%) for a release-to-date total of 950,000. Expect it to cross the million-sold mark next week. “Talk Dirty” has also proven to be a worldwide hit with over 123 million YouTube views since its Aug. 23, 2013, release.
Last week’s leader, Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love,” falls 1-3 (with a 23% decline in overall points) while Eminem’s “The Monster” and John Legend’s “All of Me” stay put at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
At No. 6, Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” opens with Hot Shot Debut honors. The second single off his “Wake Me Up” EP was activated to coincide with its No. 47 opening on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart. In the Feb. 3-9 tracking week, it rose 25% to reach over 3 million listeners at the format. “The Man” also debuts at No. 3 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs with 125,000 downloads, a 3% decline over its last week figure.
Aloe Blacc’s debut pushes Kid Ink’s “Show Me” (6-7), YG’s “My Hitta” (7-8) and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (8-9) down one position each. And Robin Thicke’s aforementioned “Blurred Lines” holds at No. 10 for a 39th week in the region. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” holds the Nielsen-era record for longest tenure in Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs’ top 10 with 42 weeks.