Global superstar Pharrell Williams has just announced the release of his debut album, G I R L.
Highlighted by his Oscar-nominated hit single Happy, G I R L will be officially released on iTunes on the 3rd of March and will be in stores on the 10th of March. Album pre-orders will open later today via http://smarturl.it/GIRLalbum.
"When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind,” says Pharrell. “One was the sense of overwhelming honor that I felt when I realized that they were interested in partnering with me on the album that I had always dreamt of making. Two, it would have to feel festive and urgent. And three, I instantly knew it would be called G I R L. I hope you like it."
Pharrell is currently in London, where he will perform Happy at the BRIT Awards this evening, and on Sunday the 2nd of March he is slated to perform the song on the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Happy, which was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), has become an international phenomenon and South African radio smash. Currently #1 on the iTunes’ Songs chart in the U., the song has topped the chart in more than 175 countries, selling more than 2.3 million downloads worldwide. In addition to jumping to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, Happy has also become the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade.
Just last month, Pharrell took home four GRAMMY® awards, including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year for Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Duo/Performance for Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. Pharrell has won a career-spanning total of seven GRAMMYs.