Current hit songs by Bruno Mars and Katy Perry each sold more than 500,000 copies last week. Mars' "Grenade" sold 559K. Perry's "Firework" sold 509K. This is the first time in digital history that two songs have sold 500K or more copies in the same week. In fact, only two other songs in digital history have ever sold 500K in one week. Flo Rida's "Right Round" sold 636K in its first week in February 2009. Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" sold 610K during Christmas week in 2009.
Eight songs sold 300,000 or more copies this week, more than in any previous week in digital history. Seven songs hit that plateau during Christmas week in each of the past two years.
The news was less encouraging on the album front. Taylor Swift's Speak Now (276K) and Susan Boyle's The Gift (240K) remained in the top two spots. This will be the first December in Nielsen SoundScan history in which no album topped 300K in any week during the month. The last album to sell that many copies in one week was Kanye West's MyRead More »from Week Ending Dec. 26, 2010: What Santa Brought