Pharrell Williams to release new solo album in 2014



Pharrell Williams will release a new album in 2014, Columbia Records have announced.

The 40-year-old's deal with the label means he will be bringing out his first solo album in eight years.

Pharrell has appeared on 2013's two top-selling singles with Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Daft Punk's Get Lucky.

New track Happy, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, is at number two in the Official Singles Chart.

We are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014
Rob Stringer
Chairman, Columbia Records

The song, which was accompanied by a 24-hour music video, is the closest rival to X Factor winner Sam Bailey in the race for Christmas number one.

Columbia Records Chairman Rob Stringer said: "When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again.

"We are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. Happy is just the beginning."

The new album will be the follow-up to 2006's In My Mind which peaked at number seven in the Official Album Chart.

Williams has received seven Grammy nominations including producer of the year (non-classical), two nominations for record of the year for Get Lucky and Blurred Lines and two album of the year nominations for Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar.

Pharrell started his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo and released four albums with NERD.

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