Pharell has been in the music industry for over two decades. In that time we have seen him have his hand in too many monster records to count as a producer, singer, and/or rapper. However he has only released one solo project in 2006 entitled “In my mind”. The album debuted at #3 when it came out and went on to sell nearly 900,000 copies.
On February 18th Pharell, released a video showing that he will be releasing his second solo album on March 3rd.
In the past year, Pharell has been popping up everywhere. The success of songs Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Get Lucky by Daft Punk put Pharell and his involvement with the Jay-z album Magna Carta Holy Grail at the forefront of the music industry in the first half of 2013. In the second half of 2013, we saw the rise of the song Happy. Originally a song for the movie Despicable Me 2, Happy blew up with the music video, 24 hours of happy website, and the many remakes. Since the beginning of 2014, Pharell has already performed on the Grammys, the Brit Awards & the NBA All-Star game.
Now, we have the announcement of his second debut album (album artwork is above). The only single on the album is Happy, but it is bound to be an EPIC piece of work. Daft Punk returned the favor and helped Pharell on his Album (ironically being released exactly a year after the release of Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”). Other features include Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus (2 artists who have also released albums and very important to music in the last year). After receiving 4 Grammys, one of which was for producer of the year, I think it is safe to say that Pharell is at the top of this game and this album is likely the culmination of the last year and the beginning of another one.
I respect Pharell as one of the most talented artists and producers in the industry right now. I am truly excited to see how the album sounds, but either way it is an album bound for international chart success.