Pharrell Williams Signs to Columbia Records

Producer preps solo album for 2014. 

Posted: 12/18/2013 11:12 AM EST
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Powered by an already successful music year, Pharrell Williams is looking to push his winning streak through to 2014. Williams signed a partnership deal with Columbia Records and is set to release a solo album next year, the label announced in a press release to BET.com.

News of the collaboration comes after Williams earned seven Grammy nominations, the brunt of which come from his work on two of the year's biggest singles, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."

"When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again," Columbia Records Chairman/CEO 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. 'Happy' is just the beginning."

The visual for "Happy," off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, represents more of the 40-year-old's innovative feats by becoming the first ever 24-hour music video.

Speaking on a new project with Complex magazine recently, the newlywed revealed that something was "coming out," and that he wouldn't be "rapping on it." Although he never confirmed the effort as his forthcoming LP, Williams clarified the statement with FUSE TV last week. “I’m still gonna rap,” he said. “There was a misunderstanding — I rhyme. There’s just things that I can’t talk about at the moment that won’t have any rap in it. But I will be rapping.”

Aside from his solo album, the Virginia native is executive producing T.I.'s upcoming ninth release, Paperwork


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(Photo: David Buchan/Getty Images For TheWrap)

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