"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra sold 542,000 copies last week, which constitutes the biggest one-week sales total in more than a year. It swipes the 2012 sales crown from Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," which sold 521K copies in its first week two weeks ago. This helps the song jump from #2 to #1 on the Hot 100, displacing "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae.
This marks the first time that rock tracks have been back-to-back #1 hits on the Hot 100 since July 2000, when Matchbox Twenty's "Bent" followed Vertical Horizon's "Everything You Want."
TV exposure triggered the sales surge for "Somebody That I Used To Know." Gotye and Kimbra sang the song on Saturday Night Live on April 14. It was featured on Glee on April 10. The Glee version enters the Hot 100 at #26. Digital sales rank: #10 (152K).Read More »from Week Ending April 15, 2012. Songs: Gotye Beats Bieber