Pharrell Williams’ 'Happy' Reclaims U.K. Singles Chart Crown


Terry Richardson

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) returned to the top of the U.K. singles chart Sunday (Jan. 12), as Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the artist album chart. “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) moved into its eighth straight week atop the compilation chart.

Williams’ single, which sold another 107,000 copies last week, according to the Official Charts Company, completed its climb to the summit two weeks ago before being nudged into runner-up spot by “Timber” (Mr.305/Polo Grounds/J/Sony) by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha. That now moves back to No. 2, with Avicii steady at No. 3 with “Hey Brother” (Positiva/PRMD/Universal), while their “True” album improved 9-7.

Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” single (Warner Bros./Warner Music) held at No. 4, as two new entries on 3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal in last week’s top 20 both progressed into the top ten: “Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)” by Fuse ODG, up 14-5, and “Control” by Matrix & Futurebound featuring Max Marshall, which jumped 18-7. “Drunk In Love” (Columbia/Sony) by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z climbed 27-10. 

That track’s parent album, “Beyoncé,” moved up another place to a new peak of No. 2 behind Goulding. Gary Barlow’s “Since I Saw You Last” (Polydor/Universal) slipped 2-3, while John Newman’s “Tribute” (Universal Island) and Bastille’s “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal) climbed a place each at Nos. 4 and 5.

London Grammar’s “If You Wait” (Metal & Dust), which debuted at No. 2 last September, moved back 11-10. Haim’s No. 1 of last October, “Days Are Gone” (Polydor/Universal), edged 13-11, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Interscope/Universal) 15-14, The 1975’s self-titled Dirty Hit/Polydor/Universet set 20-15, Emeli Sandé’s perennial “Our Version Of Events” (Virgin/EMI) 19-16 and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Vision” (Interscope/Universal) 21-20.