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Pharrell corners 'Song of the Summer' market
Welcome to the Summer of Pharrell!
It’s a rare feat in today’s pop music world to be involved in the Top 2 songs in the country at any given time, the way Pharrell is currently on “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke and T.I. and “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk.
What makes it even rarer is that the singer/songwriter/producer has even more songs already set for release. And that doesn’t even include whatever he’s reportedly working on for Jay-Z’s top secret “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album out next week.
Here’s a look at Pharrell’s other entries for Song of the Summer, in the event “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” somehow don’t work out:
Usher feat. Pharrell, “Twisted” (RCA): One of the standout tracks from Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” album, “Twisted” has all the hallmarks of a Pharrell production with its odd percussion and stripped-back soul. It suddenly has new interest after Usher performed it on "The Voice."
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell, “Lose Yourself to Dance” (Daft Life/Columbia): Built on another hot Nile Rodgers guitar groove, “Lose Yourself” may actually be even hotter than “Get Lucky,” though it’s slow-burn disco may take a little longer to get under your skin.
2 Chainz feat. Pharrell, “Feds Watching” (Island Def Jam): Pharrell gives 2 Chainz an island-tinged hip-hop groove with a bit of an edge, though its heavy-handed topic makes it the least Pharrell-ish of the bunch.
Pharrell Williams, “Happy” (Back Lot): Pharrell continues work with the “Despicable Me” franchise for this single from the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack, building a slick soul groove that should keep the kids clapping along.
The Lonely Island feat. Pharrell, “Hugs” (Republic): Pharrell sings the hook on the comedy-rap group’s ode to, well, hugs, that includes lines like “Now I get more hugs than Atlas had shrugs.” Ayn Rand humor!