Week Ending June 10, 2012. Songs: No Maybes About It
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" jumps from #2 to #1 on the Hot 100, displacing the biggest hit so far this year, "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra. That smash dips to #2, ending an eight-week run at #1. Jepsen is the first female artist to reach #1 with her first Hot 100 hit (as a lead artist) since Ke$ha scored with "TiK ToK" in January 2010.
"Call Me Maybe" tops the 3 million mark in U.S. sales this week. This week, it becomes the best-selling hit by a lead female solo artist so far this year. It swipes the title from Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."
"Call Me Maybe" was #1 in Jepsen's native Canada for four weeks, beginning in February. That's when Justin Bieber got on board. Bieber tweeted his enthusiasm for the song to his more than 20 million Twitter followers. He also made a video in which he, Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale sang the song. With that kind of high-profile support, Jepsen's song took off around the world.
"Call Me Maybe" logged four weeks at #1 in the U.K. in April and May. Jepsen is the first Canadian artist to release a solo hit that reached #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. since Celine Dion scored in 1998 with "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)." These two hits are worlds apart in sound. On the bubbly "Call Me Maybe," Jepsen sounds like a contemporary of teen stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. On the stately "My Heart Will Go On," Dion sounded like the heir to Barbra Streisand. You may be surprised to learn that the two singers were just three years apart in age when they had these hits. Jepsen is 26. Dion was 29.
"Call Me Maybe" rises to the top 32 years after Blondie's similarly titled "Call Me" hit #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. That song, sung by Debbie Harry, was strong and commanding, where "Call Me Maybe" is charmingly tentative.
"Call Me Maybe" holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fourth straight week. It's the first song by an unassisted female solo artist to stay on top so long since Adele's "Someone Like You" had four weeks on top in September and October. (If you want to count women who had a little backup help, "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris was the nation's best-selling digital hit for five weeks in October and November.)