Week Ending April 29, 2012. Songs: Gotye Makes Digital History
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra this week becomes the first song in digital history to top 400K in weekly sales three times. The song sold 414K copies this week, down from 463K last week and 542K two weeks ago. It surpasses three songs that sold 400K copies twice: Flo Rida's "Right Round," Bruno Mars' "Grenade" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."
"Somebody…," which tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week, is the least overtly commercial of these four hits. It's a quirky alternative song, while the other three are mainstream hip-hop or pop. Also, Flo Rida, Mars and Gaga had all topped the Hot 100 with previous hits. By contrast, this is the breakthrough hit for both Gotye, a 31-year old musician who was born in Belgium, and Kimbra, a 22 year old singer from New Zealand.
"Somebody…" returns to #1 on Hot Digital Songs. This is the ninth consecutive week that the #1 song on that chart has sold 300K or more copies. That's a record. The old record was five consecutive weeks with the #1 digital seller boasting sales of at least 300K. It was set in February and March 2009.
"Somebody…" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. In addition, it holds at #1 on the new On-Demand Songs chart for a third week and jumps from #6 to #3 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
"We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae holds at #2 on the Hot 100 for the third straight week. The song tops the 4 million mark in digital sales in its 21st week on the digital sales chart. Only one other song in digital history has sold 4 million copies this quickly. "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West hit that plateau when it was in its 18th week on the digital sales chart. (The Black Eyed Peas' 2009 smash "Boom Boom Pow" is in third place. It took 23 weeks to sell 4 million copies.)
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" jumps from #7 to #5 in its 10th week on the chart. The song holds at #1 in the U.K. for the fourth straight week. It's the longest-running #1 U.K. hit by a Canadian artist since Celine Dion's "Think Twice" was #1 for seven weeks in 1995. (Oddly, Dion's song stiffed in the U.S. It peaked at #95 in August 1994.)
Pop Quiz: A Canadian artist holds the record for the longest run at #1 on the U.K. chart since 1955. Name that artist and the artist's hit song. Answer below.