Week Ending May 6, 2012. Songs: “Payphone” Hits Paydirt
It's too early to know if Jermaine Paul, the newly-crowned winner of Season 2 of The Voice, is going to become a recording star, but the show has done wonders for the careers of all four of its judges, especially Adam Levine. "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #3 for the third week in its third week on the Hot 100. Even "Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5's 2011 smash with Christina Aguilera, didn't hold up this well in its early outings. The song debuted at #8, but then dropped to #23 in its second week and #62 in its third. (That was its low point; it reached #1 in its 10th week and stayed there for four weeks.)
"Payphone" tops the 1 million mark in sales this week. It's Maroon 5's fastest climb to "gold" status. 2007's "Makes Me Wonder" took seven weeks to sell 1 million copies. "Jagger" took nine.
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra tops the Hot 100 for the fourth straight week. This ties the Singing Nun's 1963 smash "Dominique" for the longest run at #1 by an artist who was born in Belgium.
"Somebody…" also holds at #1 on Hot Alternative Songs for the 10th week and moves up to #1 on Dance/Club Play Songs. It's the first song in chart history to reach #1 on all three of these charts. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that just two other songs have reached #1 on both Alternative and Dance/Club Play: New Order's "Regret" and U2's "Discotheque." Despite having such broad appeal, neither song came within striking distance of #1 on the Hot 100. "Regret" peaked at #28 in July 1993. "Discotheque" reached #10 in February 1997.
"Somebody…" tops 300K in digital sales for the fifth consecutive week. It's just the third song in digital history to top 300K in weekly sales five or more times. "We Are Young" hit that mark seven times. "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna reached it five times. Will "Somebody…" equal the record set just three weeks ago by "We Are Young"? Stay tuned.
"We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae holds at #2 for the fourth straight week, following its six-week stint at #1. As of this week, the song has sold 4 million copies in 2012 (on top of 144,000 copies it sold in the closing weeks of 2011). This is the earliest in a calendar year that a song has sold 4 million digital copies. It breaks a record set last year, when "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West topped 4 million in the week ending June 26.
(Before that, the record was held by The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow," which was the first song in digital history to sell 4 million copies in a calendar year. It reached that plateau the week ending Sept. 6, 2009.)