Pharrell Williams's "Happy" is finally peaking in terms of radio airplay. In fact, it most likely peaked a week ago, when it received 225.9 million "all-format audience impressions." (That's music industry jargon for a song that is simply inescapable.) It slipped to 225.4 million such impressions this week. In the 23-year history of Billboard's Radio Songs chart, only one song has ever amassed this many or more radio impressions. That's "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, which registered 228.9 million in its peak week last August. (Given Williams' drop this week, even though it was a slight one, Thicke's record seems safe.)
"Happy" peaked in terms of digital sales four weeks ago, when it sold 490K copies. This week, its sales fell to 284K.
"Happy" tops the Hot 100 for the seventh week. The feel-good smash is the first song by a male solo artist (who wasn't part of a collaboration) to log seven weeks at #1 since T.I.
"Whatever You Like" in 2008.
"Happy" this week ties "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" for the longest run at #1 by a song that an individual artist wrote, produced and performed all by himself, with no credited collaborators. The Soulja Boy Tell'em smash was on top for seven weeks in 2007.
There have been a few close calls. Gotye wrote and produced "Somebody That I Used To Know" (eight weeks on top in 2013), but employed a featured artist, Kimbra. Andre 3000 wrote, produced and performed OutKast's "Hey Ya!" (nine weeks on top in 2003-2004), but it was credited to the duo.
This is the longest run at #1 on the Hot 100 for song that was nominated for an Oscar, but didn't win, since "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (from "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves"). Bryan Adams
's single had seven weeks on top in 1991 (and lost to "Beauty And The Beast"). If "Happy" has two more weeks on top, it will tie "Endless Love" (from the movie of the same name). The smash single by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie Jr.
had nine weeks on top (and lost to "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do).")
The record for most weeks at #1 for an Oscar-nominated song that didn't win (since the introduction of Billboard's weekly charts in 1940) is held by "It Seems I Heard That Song Before" from "Youth On Parade." Harry James and his Orchestra's recording of that song, retitled "I've Heard That Song Before," had 13 weeks on top in 1943. (That song had the misfortune of being nominated in the same year as "White Christmas.")