Week Ending July 8, 2012. Songs: Jepsen’s Digital Record
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" has sold 4,310,000 copies, and it's still #1 on both the Hot 100 (for the fifth week) and Hot Digital Songs (for the eighth week). This is the first time that a song has rung up such a massive sales tally while it was still #1 on the digital sales chart. "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra was the first song in digital history to have sold 4 million copies while it was still on top of the digital sales chart. It had sold 4,042,000 copies as of its final week at #1.
"Somebody…" is already up to #14 on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the best-selling digital hits of all time. "Call Me Maybe" is #51 on that list. But the impressive records they have set suggests that they will wind up very near the top of the list.
"Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain was the first song to top the 3 million mark while it was still #1 on Hot Digital Songs. Four other songs achieved the feat before "Somebody…" went one better and hit the 4 million mark while it was still #1. Those others: Ke$ha's "TiK ToK," Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It," and "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae.
"Call Me Maybe" is the first song to rank #1 on Hot Digital Songs for eight weeks (consecutive or not) since the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" wound up a 10-week run at #1 in September 2009. It pushes ahead of a trio of more recent collabo hits that had seven weeks on top: "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West; and the aforementioned "We Are Young."
"Good Time," Jepsen's collabo with Owl City, jumps from #18 to #17 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #8 (127K).
"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #2 on the Hot 100 for the fourth week. That's the longest run at #2 by a song that hasn't (yet) advanced to #1 since Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" had four weeks at #2 in March 2011. "Payphone" advances to #5 on the year-to-date chart, exchanging places with Nicki Minaj's "Starships." "Payphone" also returns to #1 (for a second week) in the U.K. It was dethroned last week by "This Is Love" by will.i.am featuring Eva Simons.
Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #6 to #5 in its 29th week. That's the longest that any single has taken to reach the top five since Lonestar's "Amazed" hit the top five in its 30th chart week in February 2000. That sleeper smash was a big hit in multiple formats. It topped the country chart for eight weeks and the pop chart for two weeks. It also spent five weeks at #2 on the adult contemporary chart.