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Chart Watch: 5 Reasons for Pharrell to Be “Happy”

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Pharrell Williams's"Happy" leaps from #8 to #2 in its sixth week on the Hot 100. It's Williams' third single to crack the top two in the past eight months, following a pair of mega-hits on which he was featured: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (which spent 12 weeks at #1) and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (which spent five weeks at #2).

Here are five reasons for Williams to be "Happy."

1. Williams will perform "Happy" on the Academy Awards on March 2. Williams wrote the song for the movie "Despicable Me 2," which was released last July. "Happy" is a finalist for Original Song.

2."Happy" is the first Oscar nominee for Original Song to make the top five on the Hot 100 since Eminem's "Lose Yourself," which logged 12 weeks at #1 in 2002-2003.

3. "Happy" is receiving additional exposure in Beats by Dre TV ads and as part of Fiat's new global ad campaign.

4. "Happy" is the highest-charting of the eight Hot 100 hits with that title. It surpasses Ashanti's "Happy," which reached #8 in 2002, as well as same-titled songs by Surface (#20 in 1987), the Rolling Stones (#22 in 1972) and Leona Lewis (#31 in 2009).

5. "Happy" jumps to #1 on this week's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It's Williams' fifth #1 on that chart, following his own "Frontin'" (featuring Jay Z) and three hits on which he was featured: Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot," Ludacris's "Money Maker" and "Blurred Lines."

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Despite its Hot 100 success, "Happy" may be an underdog to win the Oscar this year. It must contend with the juggernaut that is Disney's "Frozen." That may lead to a victory for its power ballad "Let It Go." (Idina Menzel'srendition of "Let It Go" has narrowly outsold "Happy"—at least as of this week. "Let It Go" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. "Happy" will soar past that threshold next week. As of this week, it has sold 989K copies.)

"Happy" has the exuberant spirit of the Sylvers' "Boogie Fever," a #1 hit from May 1976. "Boogie Fever" was featured on the soundtrack to the first "Despicable Me" movie in 2010.

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"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J holds at #1 for the third week. The song logs its fifth week at #1 on Hot Digital Songs (291K). It's the first song to top the digital sales chart for five weeks since Lorde's"Royals." It's the first to do it for five consecutive weeks since "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell.

"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz jumps from #4 to #3. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Derulo's seventh million-seller.

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"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera rebounds from #7 to #4, matching its highest ranking to date. It becomes the third song to sell 1 million copies in 2014. It follows "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J and "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha.

Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #6 to #5. The song tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week.

"Drunk In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay Z, which vaulted from #13 to #2 last week,drops all the way down to #8. Unless it reverses course, it will go down as a rare #2 hit that logged just a single week in the top five.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J holds at #1 for the third week its 21st week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (291K) … Pharrell Williams's"Happy" jumps from #8 to #2 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (252K) … "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz jumps from #4 to #3 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (242K) …"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera rebounds from #7 to #4 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (171K) … Passenger's "Let Her Go" inches up from #6 to #5 in its 28th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (182K).

The Second Five: "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha drops from #3 to #6 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (130K) … OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" drops from #5 to #7 in its 34th week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (107K)…"Drunk In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay Z drops from #2 to #8 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (98K)… Lorde's"Team"rebounds from #10 to #9 in its 20th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (113K)…. Bastille's"Pompeii" rebounds from #11 to #10 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (131K).

Lorde’s"Royals" drops from #9 out of the top 10, ending a 23-week run in the top 10. The song has sold 5,109,000 copies.

Two other songs that are listed in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs may move up this week. They are Aloe Blacc's "The Man," which ranked #21 on last week' Hot 100, and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go," which ranked #24.

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"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna tops the 3 million mark in digital sales in its 15th week. The superstars' previous collabo, "Love The Way You Lie," took just 11 weeks to reach the 3 million mark.

Imagine Dragons's "It's Time" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. The band is the first act with three songs at or above the 3 million level on Nielsen SoundScan's list of the best-selling rock songs in digital history. "Radioactive" is up to 6,567,000. "Demons" is up to 3,154,000.

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Fall Out Boy's "My Songs Know What You Did (In The Dark)" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales. It's the band's first hit to reach that level, though three of its other songs have come fairly close: "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" (2,639,000), "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" (2,527,000) and "Dance, Dance" (2,226,000).

To My Readers: I'll have a separate Chart Watch report on this week's key movers and debuts on the Hot 100 later today. I won't recap the top 10 in that second report. It will be fresh material.

 

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