Global Music Rights, the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams, sources have confirmed. He joins stable mate Ryan Tedder -- they are both managed by Ron Laffitte of Front Line/Artist Nation -- at the new PRO.
Singer/songwriter/producer Williams has been a steady chart presence since last year. In addition to being featured on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (which he also co-wrote) and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (which he co-wrote and produced), Williams spent 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with the self-written and self-produced "Happy." The Academy Award-nominated song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack is also the multiple platinum-selling lead single from Williams' second album Girl. Released in March via Williams' i Am Other label and Columbia, the set debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Among Williams' current projects are his upcoming stint as a coach for The Voice and collaborating on T.I.'s upcoming Columbia album.