Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Tops Final U.K. Singles Chart For 2013

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Pharrell Williams claimed the final U.K. No. 1 single of 2013 on Sunday (Dec. 29) as “Happy” (Back Lot) moved 2-1. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) started another week as the best-selling artist album, while “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI) leads the compilation chart for a sixth week.

Pharrell’s single is his third U.K. chart-topper of 2013 (after his guest appearances on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) but his first best-seller as a lead artist. “Happy” sold 107,000 copies in the sales week ending on Saturday night, according to the Official Charts Company, to restrict “X Factor” winner Sam Bailey to only one week at No. 1 with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony Music). 

Avicii’s “Hey Brother”  (PRMD/Positiva/Universal) climbed back 5-3 and Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) reached a new peak, improving 8-4. Also rebounding were “The Monster” (Interscope/Universal) by Eminem featuring Rihanna, 9-5; Katy Perry’s “Roar” (Virgin/Universal), 15-8; One Direction’s “Story Of My Life” (Syco Music/Sony), 10-9; and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” (Interscope/Universal), 22-10.

Robbie Williams took the album crown on the final chart of the year with weekly sales of nearly 91,000. That compared to 79,000 for his Take That colleague Gary Barlow’s “Since I Saw You Last” (Polydor/Universal), which climbed back 3-2 to trade places with One Direction’s “Midnight Memories.” Beyoncé’s self-titled Columbia/Sony album climbed 5-4, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” 14-7 and Michael Bublé’s “Christmas” (Reprise/Warner Music) 9-8. 

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