By Daniel Lane
Happy by Pharrell Williams remains the UK’s biggest selling single for a second quarter in a row, according to the Official Charts Company’s sales data.
Taken from the soundtrack to Despicable Me 2, Happy was released last summer. However, it didn’t start gaining sales momentum until December, where it became an unexpected entrant in the annual Christmas Number 1 race. Happy peaked at Number 2 behind X Factor winner Sam Bailey’s Skyscraper, and climbed to the top spot a week later.
In March of this year, Happy broke through the one million copies sales threshold, earning Pharrell his third million-selling UK single in less than a year; a sales feat only The Beatles had achieved before him. His other two million sellers are Blurred Lines (with Robin Thicke and TI) and Get Lucky (with Daft Punk), which are, respectively, the two biggest selling singles of 2013.
At the time of writing, Happy has clocked up four non-consecutive weeks at the Official Singles Chart summit, and 30 weeks in the Top 40 with sales of 1.29 million copies this year (1.52 million, total).
Classical crossover quartet Clean Bandit are in second place with Rather Be FT Jess Glynn. The London-based group – brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith – knocked Pharrell Williams’ Happy off the top of the Official Singles Chart at the end of January.
Rather Be became the fastest-selling single of 2014 so far, shifting an incredible 163,000 copies during its first week of sale. It was also the biggest weekly sale for a January Number 1 since Babylon Zoo’s Spaceman in 1996. Rather Be spent four consecutive weeks at Number 1, and has sold over 977,000 copies to date.
John Legend’s All Of Me climbs seven places to Number 3 in the Year To Date Top 40. The heartfelt ballad was written for his wife, model Christine Teigen, and has spent a staggering 18 weeks in the Official Singles Chart Top 10. All Of Me has sold nearly 702,000 copies this year, 715,000 total.
|2||RATHER BE||CLEAN BANDIT FT JESS GLYNNE|
|3||ALL OF ME||JOHN LEGEND|
|4||TIMBER||PITBULL FT KESHA|
|6||MY LOVE||ROUTE 94 FT JESS GLYNNE|
|7||DARK HORSE||KATY PERRY FT JUICY J|
|8||NOBODY TO LOVE||SIGMA|
|9||MONEY ON MY MIND||SAM SMITH|
|11||LET IT GO||IDINA MENZEL|
|12||I GOT U||DUKE DUMONT FT JAX JONES|
|14||STAY WITH ME||SAM SMITH|
|15||FEELIN' MYSELF||WILL I AM/CYRUS/KHALIFA|
|19||THE MAN||ALOE BLACC|
|20||SAY SOMETHING||A GREAT BIG WORLD/AGUILERA|
|21||HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU||ELLIE GOULDING|
|22||I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN||RITA ORA|
|24||READY FOR YOUR LOVE||GORGON CITY FT MNEK|
|25||DRUNK IN LOVE||BEYONCE FT JAY-Z|
|26||CRYING FOR NO REASON||KATY B|
|27||SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER|
|28||FANCY||IGGY AZALEA FT CHARLI XCX|
|29||LOYAL||CHRIS BROWN/LIL WAYNE/TYGA|
|31||STAY HIGH||TOVE LO|
|32||TSUNAMI (JUMP)||DVBBS & BORGEOUS/TINIE TEMPAH|
|34||STAY THE NIGHT||ZEDD FT HAYLEY WILLIAMS|
|35||ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS||PALOMA FAITH|
|37||I'M A FREAK||ENRIQUE IGLESIAS FT PITBULL|
|38||MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD)||FUSE ODG|
|40||DIBBY DIBBY SOUND||DJ FRESH/JAY FAY/MS DYNAMITE|
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