Chart Watch: No Wonder Pharrell Is “Happy”

Paul Grein
Yahoo Music

Pharrell Williams' "Happy" vaults from #56 to #25 in its third week on the Hot 100, just days after the song (from the movie "Despicable Me 2") received an Oscar nomination for Original Song. This is Pharrell's first top 40 hit as a lead artist since "Frontin'" (featuring Jay Z) hit #5 in September 2003. "Frozen" is a transatlantic smash. The song logs its third week at #1 on The U.K.'s Official Singles chart.

Pharrell is nominated for seven Grammys on Sunday, including Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. He won that award 10 years ago as one-half of the Neptunes (with Chad Hugo). If he wins again this year, which is likely, he'll become only the third producer in Grammy history to win in this category both on his own and with a partner. The others are Quincy Jones (who won twice on his own and once with Michael Jackson) and Babyface (who won three times on his own and once with L.A. Reid).

The big news on this week's Hot 100 is that Lorde has two songs in the top 10. I covered that, and the rest of the top 10 action, in a Chart Watch blog that we posted earlier today. If you missed it, here's a link. This blog is a look at key movers and debuts below the top 10.

"Drunk In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay Z jumps from #16 to #12 in its fifth week. This equals its highest ranking to date. The song may, as early as next week, become Beyonce's first top 10 hit as a lead artist since "Sweet Dreams" in November 2009. Beyonce's two other current chart hits also move up with bullets. "XO" jumps from #50 to #45 in its fifth week. "Partition" jumps from #90 to #86 in its second week.

Jason Derulo lands his seventh top 20 hit as "Talk Dirty" (featuring 2 Chainz) leaps from #29 to #15 in its fifth week. (Digital sales rank #6, 148K)…Aloe Blacc's "The Man" leaps from #24 to #17 in its fourth week. (Digital sales rank #4, 165K). Both songs are sure things to make the top 10.

"Can't Remember To Forget You" by Shakira featuring Rihanna is the week's top new entry at #28. This is Shakira's highest debut on the Hot 100, surpassing "She Wolf," which bowed at #34 in August 2009. Female/female collabos are still relatively rare, but both of these artists have notched top 20 hits with such endeavors. "Beautiful Liar" by Beyonce & Shakira reached #3 in April 2007. Nicki Minaj's "Fly" (featuring Rihanna) hit #19 in December 2011. Incidentally, "Can't Remember To Forget You" isn't the first song title that played with these two words. Tavares' "Remember What I Told You To Forget" peaked at #25 in 1975.

Miley Cyrus' "Adore You" jumps from #34 to #30 in its sixth week….American Authors' "Best Day Of My Life" jumps from #38 to #32 in its 10th week…Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" dips from #33 to #34 in its 11th week. The song is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week…Avicii's "Hey Brother" jumps from #44 to #37 in is seventh week…Cole Swindell's "Chillin' It" jumps from #48 to #38 in its 14th week. It's from the country singer's upcoming debut album, "Cole Swindell," which is due Feb. 18.

Eric Church's "Give Me Back My Hometown" vaults from #95 to #55 in its second week…"Paranoid" by Ty Dolla $ign featuring B.o.B jumps from #75 to #65 in its fifth week…Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" jumps from #77 to #67 in its fifth week. The song has already climbed as high as #58…The Fray's "Love Don't Die" jumps from #82 to #72 in its third week.

"Loyal" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & French Montana/Too Short is the week's second highest new entry at #82. It's the fourth Hot 100 hit from Brown's sixth studio album, "X"…Rascal Flatts' "Rewind" debuts at #83…Blake Shelton's "Doin' What She Likes" debuts at #84. It's vying to become the fourth top 30 hit from Shelton's first #1 album, "Based On A True Story…"

Somo's "Ride" jumps from #100 to #89 in its second week…Calvin Harris' "Thinking About You" debuts at #93. It's the fifth Hot 100 hit from his third album, "18 Months"…"Take Me Home" by Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha debuts at #94. It's from Cash Cash's 2013 EP, "Overtime"…Thompson Square's "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" debuts at #95. It's the second Hot 100 single from the duo's second album, "Just Feels Good"…Hillsong United's "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" debuts at #100. It's from the EP "Oceans." Hillsong United is an Australian worship band, also known simply as United.