Pharrell in element in Britain, where 'Happy' is top download

Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:24pm EDT
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By Holly Rubenstein

LONDON (Reuters) - R&B singer and producer Pharrell Williams was in his element at the iTunes Festival in London this week, and thanked his fans for making his song "Happy" from the movie "Despicable Me 2" the most downloaded tune in Great Britain.

Williams is a multiple Grammy award winner as a producer and songwriter, but 2013 was the year that thrust him into the limelight as a solo artist.

In addition to "Happy", he co-wrote and featured on international smash hits "Get Lucky" with Daft Punk and "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke.

"Happy" was confirmed on Thursday by the Official Charts Company as Britain's most downloaded track of all time, and has sold over 1.6 million copies since it was released in June last year.

"I think all of the appreciation should go toward the people who bought, like they did it - I didn't do anything," Williams told Reuters at the Roundhouse on Wednesday, where he performed to rapturous fans at the eighth annual iTunes Festival.

Asked if he felt under pressure to keep performing at the same high level, Williams said: "I don't understand pressure. Not because of anything else other than the fact that I've never seen pressure work out for anyone."

"If anything, I just love what I do every day," he added.

Williams also said he doesn't have a hit-making formula.   Continued...

U.S. singer Pharrell Williams (R) performs on the Stravinski Hall stage at the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Christophe Bott/Pool