Pharrell riding high again with success of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"

Not that he was ever banished to Siberia, but Virginia Beach producer Pharrell Williams has waged a big comeback in recent months. "Get Lucky," a Daft Punk track featuring Pharrell's vocal and lyrics, is currently a No. 4 Billboard pop hit.

The New York Times this week published a story describing it as a frontrunner for song of the summer. "It has a good dance vibe to it," Aaron Zytle, program director for Colorado Spring's KRXP told the Times. "And it's got Pharrell on it, which gives it credibility for Top 40 and urban stations."

Billboard magazine also ran a story this week that heralded the studio master's return to pop glory. Writer Andrew Unterberger noted that Williams and his production partner, Chad Hugo, were a dominant force in the early 2000s, creating hooks and tracks that became smash hits for Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Clipse, Nelly and many others.

"But as the golden age of the baby-faced rapper/singer and his production team the Neptunes ... faded with the rise of rawer hip-hop sub-genres like crunk and snap, and as Williams and Hugo moved in different directions creatively ... the hits dried up."

As of early 2013, Unterberger wrote that Pharrell hadn't reached the Top 40 (as a producer or performer) in more than five years.

Earlier this year, Pharrell was approaching the Top 40 with "Blurred Lines," a song he created for Robin Thicke. He also paved the way for his recent assault on the pop charts with television appearances including ones on "The Voice" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

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