Pharrell Williams’ ‘G I R L’ Grabs Top Spot in U.K.

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Pharrell Williams performs onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony).

Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 go straight to the top of the singles chart with “My Love” (Rinse Recordings/Columbia/Sony), featuring Jess Glynne, British vocalist Glynne’s second No. 1 singles appearance in a matter of weeks, after singing on Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” (Atlantic/Warner Music). 

Pharrell’s album sold close to 70,000 units last week, according to the OCC, becoming the fastest-selling artist release of the year so far, ahead of Bruce Springsteen’s 48,000 for “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony) in January. “Happy” fell to No. 2 on the new chart, after last week becoming the first single for 57 years to have a third separate run at No. 1.

Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) moved up 3-2 in the new album rankings as last week’s bestseller, Bastille’s “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal), fell to No. 3. Avicii’s “True” (Positiva/PRMD/Universal) climbed 12-4 as its latest hit “Addicted To You” jumped 64-36. Arctic Monkeys fell 2-5 with “AM” (Domino). 

Climbing back into the album top ten were Katy Perry’s “Prism” (Virgin/Universal), 24-7, and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (Interscope/Universal), 18-9. Rick Ross debuted at No. 11 with “Mastermind” (Def Jam/Universal) and Mike Oldfield at No. 12 with “Man on the Rocks” (Mercury/Universal). The compilation chart saw the Walt Disney Records soundtrack to “Frozen” climb 3-1.

“My Love” is the chart debut of Route 94, aka London producer Rowan Jones, who has worked with Rinse labelmate Katy B among others. The single went straight to the summit as Williams dipped to No. 2 and Glynne’s other vocal appearance, on the Clean Bandit single, stayed at No. 3, and Perry’s “Dark Horse” at No. 4. Sam Smith’s former No. 1 “Money On My Mind” (Capitol/Universal) fell 2-5. 

There were two new entries in the top ten, both on Parlophone/Warner Music: Lily Allen’s “Air Balloon” at No. 7 and Coldplay’s new track “Dreams,” from the upcoming “Ghost Stories” album, at No. 10.


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