First Kanye cryptically released Yeezus, and then his “big brother” Jay-Z announced the special July 4th release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, then Jay-Z’s wife Beyoncé gave us no warning at all and just released her self-titled album in December. Now, next up to bat is a guy who have collaborated with all 3 of those artists, Pharrell Williams. This morning Pharrell released a teaser video via his I Am Other network for his sophomore release G I R L. Now we knew Pharrell was releasing an album soon through Columbia Records, but we didn’t know exactly when. By the end of the video Pharrell surprised fans with cover of the project, the album title, and a link to ITunes to pre-order the album. The album was originally supposed to drop March 4th in the US, but it is now reported to drop worldwide a day earlier on March 3rd. His current single “Happy” has hit #1 in just about every country on this planet. It is currently sitting at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it should be knocking Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” from the top spot pretty soon as he is preparing to perform the first single from his album and the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack track at this year’s Academy Awards. I can’t wait!
“When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind,” says Pharrell 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 called ‘G I R L’. I hope you like it.”