And "We Are Young" will probably extend its record. It sold 390K copies this week, its best showing to date. It may well top 300K for one to three more weeks.
(The first song to sell 3 million copies in 2011 was "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, which achieved the feat in the week ending May 8. The first to do it in 2010 was Train's "Hey, Soul Sister," which scored in the week ending May 30. The first to do it in 2008 was Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love," which hit that mark in the week ending Aug. 17. Prior to 2008, no songs topped 3 million copies in a calendar year.)
"We Are Young" is #1 on all three of the subordinate charts that feed the Hot 100: Hot Digital Songs (for the seventh time in the past nine weeks), Hot 100 Airplay (up from #2 last week) and On-Demand Songs (it has been on top since the chart debuted four weeks ago).
"Somebody That I Used To Know" logged five weeks at #1 in the U.K in February and March. Fully half of this week's top 10 songs have reached #1 in the U.K. The others are The Wanted's "Glad You Came," which was #1 in the U.K. for two weeks in July; One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" (one week in September), Katy Perry's "Part Of Me" (one week in March) and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" (this week). The Wanted and One Direction are British, Perry is American, Gotye is Belgian (he was raised in Australia), Kimbra is New Zealander and Jepsen in Canadian.
Unless "Boyfriend" tops the Hot 100 in a future week as it builds radio and streaming points, it will set a dubious record. It will go down as the song that sold the most digital copies in one week without ever hitting #1. That record is currently held by Iyaz's "Replay," which sold 447K copies in its peak sales week in December 2009. "Replay" is followed by Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" (445K in its peak week in December 2009), Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" (412K in its peak week in February 2011) and Taylor Swift's "Love Story" (360K in its peak week in December 2008). The Iyaz, Gaga and Green hits all stalled at #2 on the Hot 100. Swift's song reached #4.
So will "Boyfriend" climb to #1? The song drops from #1 to #3 on Hot Digital Songs, but leaps from #24 to #16 on Hot 100 Airplay and enters On-Demand Songs at #35. It won't be easy, but I hope Bieber pulls it off. It must be hard to come so close and fall short.
Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (which drops from #5 to #8) this week surpasses her 2009 smash "My Life Would Suck Without You" to become her best-selling digital hit to date. "Stronger" has sold 2,707,000 copies. "Suck" has sold 2,613,000. Clarkson has two other 2-million-sellers. "Since U Been Gone" has sold 2,460,000 copies. Jason Aldean's "Don't You Wanna Stay," on which she was featured, has sold 2,021,000. The Fine Print: "Since U Been Gone" was released in December 2004, before digital sales really took off. If it had come out five years later, it would have easily sold 5-6 million copies.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young." The song holds at #1 for the sixth straight week in its 16th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (390K).
2. Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used To Know." The song jumps from #3 to #2 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (311K).
3. The Wanted, "Glad You Came." The song rebounds from #4 to #3 in 13th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (209K).
4. One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful." The song leaps from #9 to #4 in its eighth week on the chart. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Digital sales rank: #4 (294K).
5. Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend." The song drops from #2 to #5 in its second week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #3 (295K).
6. Nicki Minaj, "Starships." The song holds at #6 for the second week in its eighth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #5 (232K).
7. Flo Rida featuring Sia, "Wild Ones." The song holds at #7 for the third week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (198K).
8. Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." The former #1 song drops from #5 to #8 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (137K).
9. Katy Perry, "Part Of Me." The former #1 song dips from #8 to #9 in its eighth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #9 (138K).
10. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe." The song holds at #10 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (216K).
Adele's "Rumour Has It" jumps from #35 to #23 in its 17th week. It's likely to become the fourth top 10 hit from 21. The album is likely to return to #1 on next week's Billboard 200. It would be its 24th week on top…Eric Church's "Springsteen" jumps from #38 to #26 in its sixth week. It's Church's highest-charting hit to date on the Hot 100. His previous peak was #40 for "Drink In My Hand."
Luke Bryan's "Drunk On You" jumps from #39 to #31 in its sixth week…Miranda Lambert's "Over You" jumps from #44 to #35 (its highest ranking to date) in its 12th week…Lee Brice's "A Woman Like You" drops from #34 to #36 in its 16th week. It jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's the first #1 country hit for Brice, who first hit the country chart in 2007..."Mercy" by Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz bows at #38. It's the first single from the forthcoming GOOD Music, the first album from West's record label of the same name.
"Take It To The Head" by DJ Khaled featuring Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne bows at #63. It's the first single from DJ Khaled's sixth album Kiss The Ring, which is due later this year…Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart A Break" bows at #70. It's the second single from her third studio album Unbroken, following the top 10 "Skyscraper"…One Direction's "One Thing" re-opens at #75 (its highest ranking to date). It's the second single from the boy band's former #1 album Up All Night…Alex Clare's "Too Close" jumps from #100 to #80 in its third week. The song has climbed as high as #68.
Beyonce's "Love On Top" is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the seventh straight week, but it drops off the Hot 100 (from #58 last week). It peaked at #20 on the Hot 100.
Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the hip-hopper's third song to hit that level. "Low" (featuring T-Pain) has sold 6,277,000. "Right Round" has sold 5,163,000. "Good Feeling" reached #3 on the Hot 100. It's noteworthy that the song became a smash so soon after the Black Eyed Peas' 2009 smash "I Gotta Feeling," but I guess having "a feeling" is a pretty universal concept.