"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra this week becomes the first song in digital history to top 400K in weekly sales three times. The song sold 414K copies this week, down from 463K last week and 542K two weeks ago. It surpasses three songs that sold 400K copies twice: Flo Rida's "Right Round," Bruno Mars' "Grenade" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."
"Somebody…," which tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week, is the least overtly commercial of these four hits. It's a quirky alternative song, while the other three are mainstream hip-hop or pop. Also, Flo Rida, Mars and Gaga had all topped the Hot 100 with previous hits. By contrast, this is the breakthrough hit for both Gotye, a 31-year old musician who was born in Belgium, and Kimbra, a 22 year old singer from New Zealand.Read More »from Week Ending April 29, 2012. Songs: Gotye Makes Digital History