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(USA TODAY) Pharrell Williams has earned a reputation as a hit maker, launching Robin Thicke'sBlurred Linesand Daft Punk'sGet Luckyinto the music stratosphere. Now let's see if his Midas touch extends to himself.

His new album,G I R L,drops on March3and will featureHappy, off theDespicable Mesoundtrack. The song, which is the highest charting Oscar-nominated song since Eminem's 2002 songLose Yourself,currently sits at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind," Pharrell says in a statement. "One was the sense of overwhelming honor that I felt when I realized that they were interested in partnering with me on the album that I had always dreamt of making. Two, it would have to feel festive and urgent. And three, I instantly knew it would be calledG I R L.I hope you like it."

He's set to playHappyat the Brit Awards in London as well as the Oscar awards.

By Korina Lopez, USA TODAY


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