Pharrell Williams

2013 has shaped up to be one of the biggest years of Pharrell’s career, ending on an even greater note with several production creds on Beyoncé’s new album. And 2014 looks to be no different as he just announced a new record deal with Columbia Records to put out his forthcoming sophomore studio album, the follow-up to 2006’s In My Mind. In his recent Complex cover story, Pharrell teased the new album and today we now know that it will include one song we’ve actually already heard, the Despicable Me 2 cut “Happy,” which was just named on the Academy Award longlist for Best Original Song.

On the signing, Columbia Chariman/Ceo Rob Stringer says, “We are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. ‘Happy’ is just the beginning.” For now there are no details on a release date for the new album, except that it will arrive in 2014.

If you haven’t already, watch the shortened version of his 24-hour music video for “Happy” below.

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(Complex)

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