Week Ending Feb. 26, 2012. Songs: Clarkson Sets “Idol” Record
Of the hundreds of songs that have been released by artists who got their start on American Idol, Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" this week becomes the first to log three weeks at #1 on the Hot 100. The song accomplishes the feat by rebounding from #4, where it had fallen last week, back into the lead. (The song was covered last week on Glee, which tends to give a boost to the original version.)
Three songs by Idol contestants have each logged two weeks at #1: Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" (2002) and "My Life Would Suck Without You" (2009) and Clay Aiken's "This Is The Night" (2003).
Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" this week surpasses Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" to become the best-selling song by a female solo artist in digital history. "Deep" has sold 6,679,000 copies, compared to 6,622,000 for Gaga's smash. The only song that has sold more digital copies is the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" (7,822,000).
"Rolling In The Deep" is also the best-selling song by a British artist in digital history. Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" is in second place, with sales of 5,898,000. And it's the best-selling song that won a Grammy for Record or Song of the Year. It took both awards two weeks ago. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," which won both awards last year, is in second place, with sales of 5,679,000 copies.
Adele already has the best-selling album in digital history. 21 has sold 2,303,000 digital copies, which is nearly twice as many as the #2 digital seller of all time, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More (1,169,000).
"We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae rebounds from #6 to #3 on the Hot 100. It first reached #3 two weeks ago. Glee featured the song in its Dec. 6 episode, but the song really took off after it was featured in a commercial for Chevrolet's Sonic which aired during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Another fun. song, "Some Nights," debuts at #62.
Three former top 10 hits return to the top 10 this week, displacing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and a pair of hits by Adele which experienced a resurgence in the wake of her Grammy sweep. Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" rebounds from #12 to #7, "Turn Me On" by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj rebounds from #11 to #8 and "Young, Wild & Free" by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars rebounds from #14 to #9. The latter song has logged four weeks in the top 10, but never more than one at a time. I guess you could say it has had a "wild" chart ride.