PharrellHatBig news for Pharrell Williams, as he readies his second solo album G I R L next week, the lead single from the album just took over the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Pharrell’s “Happy” is now the number one song in the nation.

“Happy” is Pharrell’s first #1 as a lead artist. It is also the first #1 by an African-American lead artist since 2012.

Last year he reached the top of the Hot 100 as a guest on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” His previous appearances on Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and Ludacris’ “Money Maker” gave him number one singles as a featured artist as well.

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Pharrell leads another chart. “Happy” spends a third week at # 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally.

The single is also featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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