Pharrell Williams returns as a solo artist with his new album, G I R L , out March 3rd.
Pharrell has made a name for himself as a superstar producer and guest artist, appearing on two of Summer 2013's biggest hits - Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", but now the artist is going back to solo. His last solo album was 2006's Grammy-nominated In My Mind , reports Billboard . Aside from In My Mind Pharrell released four albums with his band N.E.R.D., as well as a 2003 compilation album with his production group, The Neptunes.
G I R L will be Pharrell's first album with Columbia records, and will feature his hit single from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack "Happy". In the newly updated iTunes page for G I R L , fans can pre-order the 10 track album for $16.99. Along with the March 3rd release date, the album art is also posted on iTunes and shows Pharrell clad in a robe and sunglasses, surrounded by three similarly dressed women.
In a statement Pharrell spoke about his journey making his new album, saying, "When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind. 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."
MTV News reports that Pharrell will perform "Happy" at the BRIT Awards tonight and then again at the Academy Awards on March 2nd. To date, "Happy" is the highest charting Oscar-nominated song since Eminem's 2003 hit "Lose Yourself", reports Billboard .
The album trailer has also been released:
Album cover courtesy of iTunes