Pharrell has signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, according to a press release from the label. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-producer is slated to release an album on the imprint in 2014.
Columbia Records says that the success of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which Pharrell produced and on which he appears, show that Pharrell Williams is a creative force.
‘When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again,” Columbia Records Chairman-CEO Rob Stringer says in a press release. “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.’”
In November, Pharrell released the single “Happy.” The song’s 24-hour music video was the first of its kind. “Happy” is also featured on the Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and is slated be included on Pharrell’s forthcoming Columbia Records debut album.
Williams has also received seven Grammy nominations: Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), two nominations for Record of the Year (“Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines”), two nominations for Best Pop Duo/Performance (“Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines”), and two Album of the Year nominations (Random Access Memories by Daft Punk and good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar).