Week Ending July 1, 2012. Songs: Jepsen Does Canada Proud
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" this week surpasses Nickelback's 2007 smash "Rockstar" to become the best-selling song by a Canadian act in digital history. "Call Me Maybe," which is in its fourth week at #1 on the Hot 100, has sold 4,067,000 copies. "Rockstar," which reached #6 in September 2007, has sold 4,019,000.
Jepsen is one of three female solo artists from Canada on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the 200 best-selling songs in digital history. The others are Avril Lavigne, whose "Girlfriend" has sold 3,509,000 copies, and Nelly Furtado, whose "Promiscuous" (featuring Timbaland) has sold 2,833,000. Both of those songs also reached #1.
Jepsen also has this week's top new entry as "Good Time," a duet with Owl City, opens at #18. Digital sales rank: #6 (140K). The song is from Owl City's fourth studio album, The Midsummer Station, which is due Aug. 21. Like Jepsen, Owl City topped the Hot 100 on his first try, with "Fireflies" in November 2009.
"Call Me Maybe" is the digital best-seller for the seventh straight week. It's the first song to top Hot Digital Songs for seven weeks in a row since the summer of 2009, when the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" headed the list for nine straight weeks. One other song has had seven weeks at #1 on Digital Songs in 2012 ("We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae), but its run on top was interrupted by Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend."
Last week, Bieber topped The Billboard 200 while Jepsen was in her third week at #1 on the Hot 100. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that it marked the first time that two different Canadian artists had topped these charts in the same week since April 1996, when Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill headed The Billboard 200 and Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" was #1 on the Hot 100. In May 2007, Avril Lavigne topped both charts on her own with the album The Best Damn Thing and the single "Girlfriend."
Shameless Plug: Two songs sold more than 5 million copies in the first half of 2012. "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra sold 5,501,000 copies. "We Are Young" sold 5,087,000. It's the first time in the digital era that one song, much less two, has sold 5 million copies in a six-month period. I take a look at the biggest hits of the first six months in a Chart Watch Extra that was just posted.