Pharrell Williams seizes No.1 spot in UK singles chart

LONDON Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:10pm EST

Producer, songwriter and rapper Pharrell Williams (R) accepts the Golden Note Award as Jon Platt, president of EMI Music Publishing, looks on at the 25th Annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California June 29, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Producer, songwriter and rapper Pharrell Williams (R) accepts the Golden Note Award as Jon Platt, president of EMI Music Publishing, looks on at the 25th Annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California June 29, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams seized top spot in Britain's singles chart on Sunday with his track "Happy", ousting talent show winner Sam Bailey after only a week at No.1.

The song, which features in the soundtrack to "Despicable Me 2", achieved sales of nearly 107,000 copies in the past week, the Official Charts Company said, handing Williams his third British No.1 this year.

Williams is set to release his second solo album early next year, the company added, noting that the as-yet-untitled album would be his follow-up to 2006's "In My Mind", which peaked at No.7 in the British charts.

Sales of "Happy" pushed Christmas No.1 "Skyscraper", by former prison guard Bailey, winner of British talent show "The X-Factor", into second place.

In the albums chart, British singer Robbie Williams held on to the No.1 spot with "Swings Both Ways", ahead of Gary Barlow's "Since I Saw You Last", which climbed one place to No.2.

Boy band One Direction's "Midnight Memories" slipped one place to No.3.

(Reporting By Andrew Osborn; Editing by David Goodman)

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