Pharrell Williams was in record-breaking form as the Official Charts Company unveiled the U.K.’s weekly sales data on Sunday (March 2). His smash hit “Happy” (Back Lot) became the first single for 57 years to start a third separate run at No. 1. It sold its millionth copy in the territory last week, making Williams only the second artist after the Beatles to appear on three U.K. million-sellers inside 12 months. Bastille’s “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal) stayed at the top of the album chart.
“Happy” first climbed to No. 1 in the final days of last year, and moved back to the summit in January. Williams also topped the chart in 2013 via his guest appearances on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” The only other artists in U.K. singles chart history to hit No. 1 three times with the same song were Frankie Laine with “I Believe,” in 1953, and Guy Mitchell with “Singing The Blues” in 1957.