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Pharrell Williams Signs to Columbia Records, Readies Album for 2014

December 18, 2013 (3:57 am) GMT
The producer's new album will feature 'Happy', which serves as the soundtrack to animated movie 'Despicable Me 2'.
Pharrell Williams

has signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, the label announced on Tuesday, December 17. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer was previously signed to Interscope Records, where he released his 2006 solo debut album "".

Pharrell is now set to release an album in 2014. The yet-to-be-titled set will include "Happy", a single featured in the soundtrack of animated movie "". Last month, Pharrel gave the track a 24-hour music video.

"When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again," Columbia Records boss Rob Stringer said in a statement. "Since then, 'Blurred Lines' and 'Get Lucky' have defined pop music in 2013, and now we are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. 'Happy' is just the beginning."

This is a great year for Pharrell. He's featured in 's "Blurred Lines" and 's "Get Lucky", which are two of best-selling songs of 2013. Additionally, the musician received seven Grammy nominations, including Producer of the Year.

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