Chart Watch: Will Pharrell Be “Happy” With 112K?
It's a given that most albums don't sell like they used to. But some still do, as such varied stars as Luke Bryan, Eminem and Beyonce have proved in recent months. If anybody could defy downward sales trends you would think it would be Pharrell. He was featured on two of last year's biggest hits, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." His own smash "Happy" is second only to "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J as this year's best-selling hit. (It will pull ahead next week).
Even with all that going for it, "G I R L" enters The Billboard 200 at #2, behind Rick Ross's "Mastermind." Ross doesn't have one-tenth of Williams' media profile, but he sells a lot of albums. This is his fifth #1 album out of his six studio releases.
And "G I R L" exceeded initial industry projections, which had the album starting with sales of 85K.