Blurred Lines gives Pharrell his second million seller in a month

Blurred Lines gives Pharrell his second million seller in a month

Blurred Lines gives Pharrell his second million seller in a month

Does Pharrell have the Midas touch? Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, with a little help from Pharrell, has become the latest single to join the UK's prestigious million sellers club, OfficialCharts.com can confirm.

The cheeky summer anthem, which also features US rapper TI and über producer Pharrell Williams, is only the 137th single to sell over a million copies in British history, and the second track released in 2013 to do so; Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, which also features the seemingly Midas touch of Pharrell alongside Chic legend Nile Rodgers, broke though the million copies sales barrier at the end of last month.

On hearing the news, Pharrell told OfficialCharts.com: "I'm humbled by all of the love the UK fans have shown. But, when you are working with incredible talent like The Robots and Robin, great things are bound to happen."

We also caught up with recent collaborator Nile Rodgers who performed on the first of Pharrell’s two million sellers, Get Lucky, alongside French electronic duo Daft Punk. Rodgers and Williams share an approach to hitmaking that is not satisfied with being mere performers, with both artists adopting multiple roles of writer and producer too (Williams co-wrote, produced and performed on Blurred Lines).

In a forthcoming interview with OfficialCharts.com, on the subject of working with Pharrell, the New York king of disco gushes, “When he and I were doing the video [for Get Lucky], I was just so impressed by him as a person, because we spent most of our time not talking about music, but other subjects! He’s a bright, bright, human being, his artistry goes without saying. There’s a mutual admiration there.”

Blurred Lines, which is taken from the US R&B star’s new album of the same name, returned to the top of the Official Singles Chart on Sunday (July 14) for its fifth non-consecutive week at the top. The album from which the track is taken, also called Blurred Lines, is out this week and currenty set to debut at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart this Sunday.

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company comments, “It is a further sign of the strength of the UK singles market that Blurred Lines is the second track released this year to pass the million mark. Great credit not only to Robin Thicke and TI, but to Pharrell Williams too, who becomes a double millionaire in the space of just a month. Through Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, Pharrell has sold two million singles in just about 16 weeks. Impressive work!”


Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell - Blurred Lines on MUZU.TV.

Elton John’s double A-side, Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind '97, remains the UK’s biggest selling single of all-time, racking up over 4.91 million sales since its release in 1997. Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1984), Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (1975), WingsMull Of Kintyre / Girls’ School (1977) and John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s You’re The One That I Want (1978) complete the Top 5.

You can see the full list of all the UK’s 137 million selling singles below:

The UK’s Official biggest selling singles of all-time

  TRACK ARTIST YEAR OF RELEASE
1 SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT/CANDLE IN THE WIND '97 ELTON JOHN 1997
2 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 1984
3 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN 1975
4 MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS' SCHOOL WINGS 1977
5 YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1978
6 RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1983
7 RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING BONEY M 1978
8 SHE LOVES YOU THE BEATLES 1963
9 UNCHAINED MELODY/(THERE'LL BE BLUEBIRDS OVER) THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER ROBSON GREEN & JEROME FLYNN 1995
10 LOVE IS ALL AROUND WET WET WET 1994
11 MARY'S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M 1978
12 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU STEVIE WONDER 1984
13 BARBIE GIRL AQUA 1997
14 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE/EVERGREEN WILL YOUNG 2002
15 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES 1963
16 BELIEVE CHER 1998
17 (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU BRYAN ADAMS 1991
18 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM! 1984
19 IMAGINE JOHN LENNON 1975
20 SUMMER NIGHTS JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1978
21 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1984
22 I'LL BE MISSING YOU PUFF DADDY & FAITH EVANS 1997
23 DON'T YOU WANT ME? HUMAN LEAGUE 1981
24 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1992
25 PERFECT DAY VARIOUS ARTISTS 1997
26 THREE LIONS BADDIEL & SKINNER & LIGHTNING SEEDS 1996
27 CAN'T BUY ME LOVE THE BEATLES 1964
28 ...BABY ONE MORE TIME BRITNEY SPEARS 1999
29 TEARS KEN DODD 1965
30 MY HEART WILL GO ON CELINE DION 1998
31 KARMA CHAMELEON CULTURE CLUB 1983
32 YMCA VILLAGE PEOPLE 1978
33 EYE OF THE TIGER SURVIVOR 1982
34 CARELESS WHISPER GEORGE MICHAEL 1984
35 GANGSTA'S PARADISE COOLIO FT LV 1995
36 SOMEONE LIKE YOU ADELE 2011
37 (WE'RE GONNA) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS 1955
38 I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES 1964
39 THE CARNIVAL IS OVER THE SEEKERS 1965
40 THE POWER OF LOVE JENNIFER RUSH 1985
41 WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER THE BEATLES 1964
42 MOVES LIKE JAGGER MAROON 5 FT CHRISTINA AGUILERA 2011
43 RELEASE ME ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1967
44 KILLING ME SOFTLY FUGEES 1996
45 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW GOTYE FT KIMBRA 2011
46 I GOTTA FEELING BLACK EYED PEAS 2009
47 UNCHAINED MELODY GARETH GATES 2002
48 WANNABE SPICE GIRLS 1996
49 COME ON EILEEN DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS 1982
50 (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO TONY CHRISTIE FT PETER KAY 2005
51 IT WASN'T ME SHAGGY FT RIKROK 2001
52 WONDERWALL OASIS 1995
53 NEVER EVER ALL SAINTS 1997
54 THINK TWICE CELINE DION 1994
55 TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL 1981
56 HEART OF GLASS BLONDIE 1979
57 IT'S NOW OR NEVER ELVIS PRESLEY 1960
58 IT'S LIKE THAT RUN-DMC VS JASON NEVINS 1997
59 WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS 2011
60 SEX ON FIRE KINGS OF LEON 2008
61 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE 2008
62 DIANA PAUL ANKA 1957
63 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES 1966
64 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1973
65 BRIGHT EYES ART GARFUNKEL 1979
66 HEARTBEAT/TRAGEDY STEPS 1998
67 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM LMFAO FT LAUREN BENNETT AND GOONROCK 2011
68 MARY'S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE 1957
69 CALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN 2012
70 BLUE MONDAY NEW ORDER 1983
71 THE LAST WALTZ ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1967
72 EARTH SONG MICHAEL JACKSON 1995
73 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 20 2004
74 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (AMAZING) BRUNO MARS 2010
75 CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD KYLIE MINOGUE 2001
76 STRANGER ON THE SHORE MR ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND 1961
77 DON'T GIVE UP ON US DAVID SOUL 1976
78 SATURDAY NIGHT WHIGFIELD 1994
79 SPACEMAN BABYLON ZOO 1996
80 I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE GARY GLITTER 1973
81 ANGELS ROBBIE WILLIAMS 1997
82 NO MATTER WHAT BOYZONE 1998
83 PRICE TAG JESSIE J FT B.O.B 2011
84 POKER FACE LADY GAGA 2009
85 TORN NATALIE IMBRUGLIA 1997
86 IMPOSSIBLE JAMES ARTHUR 2012
87 I BELIEVE/UP ON THE ROOF ROBSON & JEROME 1995
88 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS 1996
89 LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE EMINEM FT RIHANNA 2010
90 HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS 1978
91 GHOSTBUSTERS RAY PARKER JR. 1984
92 TELETUBBIES SAY "EH-OH!" TELETUBBIES 1997
93 THAT'S MY GOAL SHAYNE WARD 2005
94 I REMEMBER YOU FRANK IFIELD 1962
95 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD 1979
96 PURE AND SIMPLE HEAR'SAY 2001
97 BACK FOR GOOD TAKE THAT 1995
98 HEY JUDE THE BEATLES 1968
99 ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) RIHANNA 2010
100 BLUE (DA BA DEE) EIFFEL 65 1999
101 DANCING QUEEN ABBA 1976
102 I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING AEROSMITH 1998
103 I FEEL LOVE DONNA SUMMER 1977
104 THE YOUNG ONES CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS 1962
105 BLEEDING LOVE LEONA LEWIS 2007
106 RIDE ON TIME BLACK BOX 1989
107 CRAZY GNARLS BARKLEY 2006
108 FAME IRENE CARA 1982
109 UNCHAINED MELODY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 1965
110 STAND & DELIVER ADAM AND THE ANTS 1981
111 I WILL SURVIVE GLORIA GAYNOR 1979
112 UPTOWN GIRL BILLY JOEL 1983
113 SAILING ROD STEWART 1975
114 CAN WE FIX IT? BOB THE BUILDER 2000
115 SUGAR SUGAR THE ARCHIES 1969
116 WHITE CHRISTMAS BING CROSBY WITH THE KEN DARBY SINGERS AND JOHN SCOTT TROTTER ORCHESTRA 1942
117 GANGNAM STYLE PSY 2012
118 SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME BROTHERHOOD OF MAN 1976
119 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL 1987
120 THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT TIGHT FIT 1982
121 WE ARE YOUNG FUN FT JANELLE MONAE 2011
122 I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING THE NEW SEEKERS 1971
123 DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA JULIE COVINGTON 1976
124 WHEN WE COLLIDE MATT CARDLE 2010
125 EYE LEVEL THE SIMON PARK ORCHESTRA 1972
126 UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE SHOWADDYWADDY 1976
127 LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND 1972
128 FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE CHERYL COLE 2009
129 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE DAWN FT TONY ORLANDO 1973
130 TITANIUM DAVID GUETTA FT SIA 2011
131 DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE 1976
132 MYSTERIOUS GIRL PETER ANDRE FT BUBBLER RANX 1995
133 WHOLE AGAIN ATOMIC KITTEN 2001
134 THE A TEAM ED SHEERAN 2011
135 USE SOMEBODY KINGS OF LEON 2008
136 GET LUCKY DAFT PUNK FT PHARRELL WILLIAMS & NILE RODGERS 2013
137 BLURRED LINES ROBIN THICKE FT TI & PHARRELL WILLIAMS 2013

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