Week Ending Aug. 5, 2012. Songs: Phillip Phillips Is “Home”
Phillip Phillips' "Home" rebounds from #84 to #9 in its sixth week on the Hot 100. This represents a new peak for the song, which debuted at #10 in May. The song received a big boost from NBC's Olympics coverage. It was used as the backdrop to women's gymnastics, which always draws high ratings.
"Home" leaps from #47 to #1 on Hot Digital Songs (which measures only sales, whereas the Hot 100 also factors in radio airplay and on-demand streaming activity.) This marks the first time than an American Idol champ has had the best-selling song in the U.S. in the year of his or her coronation since David Cook's "The Time Of My Life" debuted at #1 in May 2008, right after his victory.
"Home" sold 228K copies this week, which brings its total sales to date to 844K. It's the best-selling coronation song by an Idol champ since "The Time Of My Life," which has sold 1,459,000 copies. ("Home" just this week surged past Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big," which has sold 839K copies.)
One other Idol champ has had a #1 hit on Hot Digital Songs, but not in his or her year of coronation. Kelly Clarkson topped the digital chart for two weeks earlier this year with "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is #1 on the Hot 100 for the ninth straight week. It's the longest-running #1 of 2012, surpassing "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, which had eight weeks on top. This marks the first time that a hit by a Canadian artist has logged nine weeks at #1 since Percy Faith's "The Theme From `A Summer Place'" achieved the feat in 1960. That shimmering instrumental won the Grammy for Record of the Year. This marks the first time that a strictly solo recording by a female artist (no collabos) has logged nine weeks at #1 since Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" did it in early 2010.
"Call Me Maybe" tops the 5 million mark in its 24th week. Only one other song in digital history has reached 5 million this quickly. That's "Somebody That I Used To Know," which reached 5 million in 23 weeks. (The old record for a song by a female solo artist was Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," which hit 5 million in 35 weeks.)
"Call Me Maybe" is the third song to top the 5 million mark in 2012 sales. It follows "Somebody That I Used To Know" (which this week tops 6 million in 2012 sales) and "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae. This marks the first time that three songs have topped the 5 million mark in a calendar year. There were two 5-million-sellers last year.