Pharrell Gets 'Happy' With Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Terry Richardson

"Happy" marks singer/producer's first stop on the chart as a solo artist since 2006

After posting four songs on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a featured artist in 2013 -- including 17 weeks at No. 1 with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” -- Pharrell Williams opens 2014 with his own single, “Happy,” debuting at No. 29.

The feel-good track marks Pharrell’s fourth appearance as a lead artist and first since 2006 when “Number One,” featuring Kanye West, peaked at No. 40. Pharrell's best showing as a lead was the Jay Z-assisted “Frontin’” which spent six weeks atop the list in 2003.

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Pharrell is currently working on his second solo studio album, due in 2014, to follow his debut solo set “In My Mind” which debuted and peaked at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2006. The in-demand producer has also been tapped for cuts on the upcoming albums from Major Lazer, T.I., Pusha T (and Clipse!), Charlie Wilson, Busta Rhymes and Chris Brown, so expect to see a lot more of him on the charts this year.

Returning to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Eminem’s “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna, nets a 10th consecutive week at No. 1. It is now only the third rap song to post double-digit weeks atop the list behind Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz (14 weeks last year), and DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One,” featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne (11 weeks in 2011).

Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, returns to its peak with a 4-2 jump in its third week. The move was bolstered by an 11% rise to 30.5 million listener impressions and a 4% lift to 5.2 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS. Though dropping 25% to 93,000 downloads, the lead cut off “Beyonce” has now sold 275,000 to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, stays put at No. 3 while Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” continues to show life with a 7-4 jump in its 41st week. Macklemore & Lewis’ “White Walls,” featuring Hollis and Schoolboy Q, retains the No. 5 position as Mike WiLL Made-It’s “23,” featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, takes the biggest tumble in the region -- 2-6.

YG’s “My Hitta,” featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, dips 6-7 in its 15th week while Kid Ink’s “Show Me,” featuring Chris Brown, reaches a new peak with a 12-8 jump. The catchy cut, which samples Robin S.’s 1993 hit “Show Me Love,” rose 7% to 35.3 million in audience as well as 7% in U.S. streams to 1.8 million. 52% of that streaming figure came from Vevo thanks to the song’s Chris Brown-directed music video, which has been watched over 16 million times globally since its Nov. 11 premiere.

Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, slips 8-9 in its 27th week and Sage the Gemini’s “Gas Pedal,” featuring IamSu!, closes out the region with 9-10 fall.

Just outside the top 10, Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” catapults 49-15 thanks to impressive gains across all three chart metrics. The 2 Chainz-assisted cut rose 59% to 8.6 million listeners on-air and 49% to 1.7 million U.S. streams. Sales-wise, it increased 59% to 52,000 downloads, its best sales week yet.

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Over on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, “Beyonce” reigns for a fourth consecutive week with 130,000 copies, a 57.9% decline. Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” holds tight at No. 2 with 55,000, down 55%, while R. Kelly’s “Black Panties” jumps 5-3 with 31,000, a 30% dip.

Drake’s “Nothing was the Same” reclaims No. 4 with 24,000, a 51% drop, and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience (2 or 2)” rounds out the top five with 3-5 slide (20,000, down 64%).

Next week, expect Kid Ink’s RCA debut “My Own Lane” (released Jan. 7) to debut high on the list. It is projected to sell between 40,000 and 45,000 copies by week’s end, as reported yesterday.