Pharrell's 'Happy' Finally Becomes No. 1 on Hot 100
According to Billboard.com, Pharrell Williams bouncy single "Happy" has finally recached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The song unseats Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, which reigned the past four weeks.
Williams claims his fourth Hot 100 No. 1, but first as a lead artist. He'd previously ruled as a featured act on Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" (three weeks, 2004); Ludacris' "Money Maker" (two weeks, 2006); and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (also featuring T.I.; 12 weeks, 2013). (Technically, Williams boasts one other "Number One" on the Hot 100: his song "Number One," featuring Kanye West, reached No. 57 in 2006 ...)
As half the duo the Neptunes, Williams has also produced and co-written two other Hot 100 No. 1s on which he doesn't claim an artist billing: Nelly's "Hot in Herre" (seven weeks, 2002) and Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" (four weeks, 2005).
"Happy" tops the Hot 100 fueled largely by a 22% gain to 402,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and leads Digital Songs for a second week. The sum marks the biggest sales week for a song outside the Christmas season since the week ending Sept. 15, 2013, when Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" crashed No. 1 with 477,000 sold (after the song's buzz-worthy video had debuted on Sept. 9). "Happy" additionally pushes 4-2 on Radio Songs with a 28% surge to 139 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS, and hikes 7-4 on Streaming Songs with 6.1 million U.S. streams (up 38%), according to BDS.
"Happy" concurrently spends a second week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
"Happy" takes over atop the Hot 100 despite added streaming points for Perry's "Dark Horse" (1-2), whose official video was released on Feb. 20. "Horse" posts a second week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (150 million, up 5%), while the clip's premiere spurs the track's return to the top of Streaming Songs (3-1; 11.6 million, up 86%), netting it the Hot 100's Streaming Gainer ribbon; the song had first ruled Streaming Songs four weeks ago. "Horse" leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (2.9 million U.S. streams, down 2%, according to BDS) for a seventh week. On Digital Songs, which it led for five weeks, "Horse" holds at No. 2 (251,000, down 9%).