Week Ending July 29, 2012. Songs: 6 Million In Record Time
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra reaches the 6 million sales mark in just its 30th week. That lopped four months off the previous speed record for a digital hit, which was held by "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock. That exuberant 2011 smash reached the 6 million mark in 48 weeks. Want to know the two songs that are next in line? Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" is in third place. It took 54 weeks. The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" is in fourth place. It took 59 weeks.
"Somebody That I Used To Know," which is the #1 song for the year-to-date, is still high on the chart. It dips from #5 to #6 on this week's Hot 100. The song is the front-runner to win the Grammy as Record of the Year in February.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" holds at #1 for the eighth week, which ties the Gotye/Kimbra smash for the longest run at #1 so far this year. This marks the first time that a hit by a Canadian artist has logged eight or more weeks at #1 since Percy Faith's "The Theme From `A Summer Place'" had nine weeks on top 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 eight or more weeks at #1 since Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" had nine weeks on top in early 2010.
It looks like Jepsen will lose the #1 spot next week, but she may have a nice consolation prize: a second song in the top 10. "Good Time," her collabo with Owl City, jumps from #23 to #13 (a new peak) in its fifth week. Digital sales rank: #8 (122K).
Maroon 5's "Payphone" dips from #2 to #3 in its 15th week. It has ranked #2 or #3 the entire time. "Payphone" has spent far longer in the top three than any previous Maroon 5 hit. "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera) spent 10 weeks in the top three last year. "Makes Me Wonder" spent five weeks in top three in 2007.
Shameless Plug: "Payphone" spent six weeks at #2 without reaching #1. There's a saying in the music business that the worst places to peak on the Hot 100 are #2, #11 and #41. The reason, of course, is that an artist came so close to #1, or the top 10 or the top 40, and just missed. The artist won't get the headlines, congratulatory messages and (most important) credit for the greater hit in posterity. That got me thinking: What records spent the most weeks at these and other "unlucky" positions without moving up that last crucial notch? I just posted a Chart Watch Extra in which I look at the songs since 1955 that came the closest to #1, the top five, the top 10, the top 20, the top 40 and the Hot 100 without getting there.