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Pharrell’s “Happy” Is #1 Again; in the Top 10


Pharrell Williams may have missed out on an Oscar this past Sunday night, but he’s got to be “Happy” that his nominated song is still on top of the charts.

“Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, is #1 for a second week on the Billboard Hot 100, and it should remain there for a third week, after the full impact of Pharrell’s Oscar performance is felt.  The current chart only reflects three days’ worth of post-Oscar sales.  But “Happy” may not even need an Oscar boost: the infectious track sold more than 400,000 copies last week.  It’s the first song to sell more than 400,000 copies for two weeks straight since, coincidentally, “Blurred Lines” last June.  That song, of course, featured Pharrell as well.

Meanwhile, the song that beat “Happy” for the Oscar, “Let It Go,” from the movie Frozen — has now climbed to #17 on the Hot 100, and is likely to go higher after Idina Menzel’s performance of the tune at the Academy Awards on Sunday.  John Travolta’s epic fail in pronouncing Idina’s name, and her performance of it with classroom instruments on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, should also help draw attention to the song and boost sales.

Over on the Billboard album chart, The Fray has scored its third top 10 album with its new disc, Helios, which sits at #8 on the chart.  This is the band’s fourth album, and features the single “Love Don’t Die,” co-written and produced by the band’s good friend, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.  Just how far does Ryan go back with The Fray?  Pretty far: he and Fray guitarist Joe King used to play soccer together in school.

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