Week Ending Sept. 2, 2012. Songs: Jepsen Tops .fun
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" this week pushes ahead of "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae to become the second best-selling song of 2012. That was no small feat: "We Are Young" has sold 5,515,000 copies so far this year. "Call Me Maybe" is now a hair ahead of it with sales of 5,531,000. "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra continues to hold the lead for the year-to-date, with sales of 6,300,000.
In the very unlikely event that nobody bought another copy of any of these songs for the rest of the year, 2012 would still go down as the first year in digital history that three songs sold 5.5 million copies in a calendar year. Last year, just one song topped that threshold: Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" (5,813,000).
As you can see, "Call Me Maybe" is just 769K copies behind "Somebody That I Used To Know" as the year's best-selling hit. Can it possibly catch it before the year is over? I don't think so. "Call Me Maybe" sold 98K copies this week, but the Gotye/Kimbra smash is also still selling. It sold 58K this week, which represents a 1% gain over last week's tally.
Incidentally, I expect "Somebody That I Used To Know" to win Music Video of the Year at tomorrow night's VMA Awards and also Record of the Year at the Grammys on Feb. 10. It would be only the second hit to win the top prizes at both of these events. The first was Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams." I wrote more about this in a VMA preview piece which is housed in the And The Winner Is file.
Flo Rida's "Whistle" returns to #1 on the Hot 100 after being displaced for the past two weeks by Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back To Together." "Whistle" is the third song so far this year to return to #1 after being knocked off. It follows "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris (which was interrupted by LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It") and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (which was bumped off by Katy Perry's "Part Of Me").
"We Are Never Ever…" dips to #2. The song holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third straight week. It's the first song to spend its first three weeks on top of the digital sales chart since Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," which spent its first four weeks at #1 in February and March 2011.