Columbia Records Makes Radio History
February 25, 2014
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Pharrell Williams
Columbia Records has made history as the first and only record label to ever have two unique titles chart at six different Mediabase formats simultaneously. Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and John Legend's "All of Me" are currently charting at Top 40, Rhythm, AC, Hot AC, Urban, and Urban AC. In addition, "Happy" is also charting at Triple A.

"I'm so proud of the incredible job our entire promotion team, led by Lee Leispner, has done with these two songs," comments Columbia's EVP and General Manager Joel Klaiman. "With great music, strategic planning and hard work, we've accomplished something extraordinary for these special artists."

Philippe Generali, CEO/President of Mediabase, comments, "Clearly we've entered into an era of fewer walls between formats and more doors are opening for artists. When Pharrell charts at 7 formats and John Legend at 6, we are at a tipping point. This is indicative of a phenomenon. The entire Mediabase team extends congratulations to Columbia for this historical accomplishment."

"Happy" is featured on Williams' just-announced Columbia Records debut, G  I  R  L, available worldwide Monday, March 3. Currently #1 on the iTunes Songs chart in the U.S., the song has topped the chart in more than 75 countries, selling more than 3 million downloads. In addition to ranking #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, "Happy" has also become the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade. It is now certified Platinum in the U.S. Having just performed "Happy" at the BRIT Awards and the NBA All-Star Game, Williams is slated to perform the song this weekend on the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2.

John Legend

John Legend’s chart-topping "All of Me," from his Grammy-nominated album Love In The Future, has been certified Platinum in the U.S. and is Legend's biggest radio hit of his career. Immediately following his serenade of the song at this year's Grammys, "All Of Me" rose 110 percent on SoundScan and jumped to #3 on iTunes, marking the most explosive jump of any Grammy performer that evening. The single, which recently reached #1 on iTunes, currently holds strong at #3 on iTunes’ Songs chart in the U.S. The singer kicks off his 2014 North American tour, An Evening with John Legend: The All of Me Tour, on March 20 in Temecula, CA. In addition, Legend will perform on Good Morning America’s post-Oscar show on Monday, March 3.

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