In 2003, Pharrell Williams was responsible for (by performing or producing) 43 per cent of all the music played on radio across the USA, and 20 per cent in the UK. His prolific and varied collaborations with scores of the best-known musicians of the twenty-first century have earned Pharrell millions of radio plays, as well as album sales, songwriter credits and dollars. In 2013-14 alone, Pharrell has enjoyed two million-selling singles (in the same month, unbelievably), for the tracks 'Get Lucky' and 'Happy' - the latter earning an Oscar nomination for Best Song. Since 2001, Pharrell has established himself as a respected, and ambitious, musician, composer, fashion designer, businessman, charity-owner and 'universalist', whose star is showing no signs of falling back down to earth.
CHRIS ROBERTS has written for a variety of international publications and websites, including Classic Rock, The Guardian, Melody Maker, NME, Sounds, Elle, Ikon, The Daily Telegraph, Empire and Emusic. He has also written books about Lou Reed, Michael Jackson, Abba, Scarlett Johansson,Heath Ledger and Talk Talk. He lives in West London.