The creative genius, fashion leader and Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams has officially signed to Columbia Records. The multi-talented artist has been stirring up a lot of noise in the year of 2013 with seven Grammy award nominations including Producer of the Year, two nominations for Record of the Year and two nominations for Album of the Year for his involvement in Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city.

Williams made history by dropping the world’s first 24 hour music video for the single “Happy” which reached top 10 on iTunes across the globe, featured on the motion picture soundtrack of Despicable Me 2 and will be included on Williams’ full-length debut due for release in 2014. Columbia Records Chairman/CEO Rob Stringer says, “… we are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. “Happy” is just the beginning.” Faduma Mohamed