Week Ending Dec. 30, 2012. Songs: Taylor Knew Bruno Was Trouble.
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” tops the Hot 100 for the fourth straight week, while Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” jumps from #4 to #2. “Locked Out Of Heaven” is now tied with “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade” as Mars’ longest-running #1 hit to date. “I Knew You Were Trouble.” surpasses its initial #3 peak and now ranks as one of Swift’s four highest-climbing hits to date.
These songs are in the opposite order on Hot Digital Songs. “I Knew You Were Trouble.” is #1 with sales of 582K copies, which constitutes the fourth highest one-week sales tally in digital history. “Locked Out Of Heaven” is #2 with sales of 497K copies, which is the 10th highest tally in digital history. (Sales traditionally swell in the week after Christmas as fans redeem iTunes gift cards.)
This is the second biggest one-week tally for both Mars and Swift. Mars’ “Grenade” sold more copies (559K) two years ago this week. Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” sold more (623K) in its first week in August. Mars and Swift are the only artists with two of the all-time top 10 digital tallies.
Swift’s previous smash, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” rebounds from #29 to #17 in its 21st week. It reclaims the #1 spot on Hot Country Songs, displacing “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. This is the 10th week on top for “We Are Never Ever…” That’s the longest that any song has held the top spot since Buck Owens’ “Love’ Gonna Live Here” logged 16 weeks on top in 1963-1964. The smash also tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the ninth country hit to reach this milestone. Swift has four of them. No other country artist has more than one.
Swift had the best-selling digital hit a total of eight weeks in 2012, which puts her in a tie with Carly Rae Jepsen for the lead. The only difference? Three songs contributed to Swift’s tally, while Jepsen earned all eight weeks with just one hit, “Call Me Maybe.”
“Locked Out Of Heaven” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” both top the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.