Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" jumps from #2 to #1 on the Hot 100, displacing the biggest hit so far this year, "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra. That smash dips to #2, ending an eight-week run at #1. Jepsen is the first female artist to reach #1 with her first Hot 100 hit (as a lead artist) since Ke$ha scored with "TiK ToK" in January 2010.
"Call Me Maybe" tops the 3 million mark in U.S. sales this week. This week, it becomes the best-selling hit by a lead female solo artist so far this year. It swipes the title from Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."
"Call Me Maybe" was #1 in Jepsen's native Canada for four weeks, beginning in February. That's when Justin Bieber got on board. Bieber tweeted his enthusiasm for the song to his more than 20 million Twitter followers. He also made a video in which he, Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale sang the song. With that kind of high-profile support, Jepsen's song took off around the world.
"Call Me Maybe" logged four weeks at #1 in the U.K. in April and May. Jepsen is the first Canadian artist to release a solo hit that reached #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. since Celine Dion scored in 1998 with "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)." These two hits are worlds apart in sound. On the bubbly "Call Me Maybe," Jepsen sounds like a contemporary of teen stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. On the stately "My Heart Will Go On," Dion sounded like the heir to Barbra Streisand. You may be surprised to learn that the two singers were just three years apart in age when they had these hits. Jepsen is 26. Dion was 29.
"Call Me Maybe" rises to the top 32 years after Blondie's similarly titled "Call Me" hit #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. That song, sung by Debbie Harry, was strong and commanding, where "Call Me Maybe" is charmingly tentative.
"Call Me Maybe" holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fourth straight week. It's the first song by an unassisted female solo artist to stay on top so long since Adele's "Someone Like You" had four weeks on top in September and October. (If you want to count women who had a little backup help, "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris was the nation's best-selling digital hit for five weeks in October and November.)
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra tops the 5 million mark this week. It reached the milestone faster than any previous song in digital history. In fact, it shaves 11 weeks off the old record. "Somebody…" is in its 23rd week on Hot Digital Songs. The old record was set by LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It," which reached 5M in 34 weeks.
Maroon 5's "Payphone" holds at #3 for the fourth straight week (and the seventh time in the past eight weeks). Incidentally, this isn't the first top 10 hit about a pay phone. Primitive Radio Gods hit #10 in 1996 with "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand."
Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" jumps from #19 to #9 in its third week on the chart. It's her 11th top 10 hit; her eighth in a row among songs that have been promoted to radio. Perry has been smart to release both fun, day-glo hits like "California Gurls and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" and more serious and thoughtful songs like "Part Of Me" and "Wide Awake."
Adele also makes digital history this week. She becomes the first artist from outside the U.S. to land two 5-million-sellers. The British star achieves the feat as "Someone Like You" tops the 5 million mark. Her 2011 smash "Rolling With The Deep" has sold 7,220,000 copies.
"Someone Like You" is the 30th song to sell 5 million digital copies. All 30 songs have reached this level in the last three years. ("Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain was the first 5-million digital seller, on June 21, 2009.) Katy Perry has had four 5-million-sellers, more than any other artist. Lady Gaga is second with three. The Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO, Flo Rida and Bruno Mars are tied with Adele with two each.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" jumps from #2 to #1 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (296K)… "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra dips to #2 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (213K)… "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #3 for the fourth week in its eighth week on the chart. It has been in the top three the entire time. Digital sales rank: #2 (235K)…"We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae holds at #4 for the fourth week in its 25th week on the chart. This is the 18th week in the top 10 for the former #1 song. Digital sales rank: #14 (103K)… One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" rebounds from #6 to #5 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (125K)…
The Second Five: Nicki Minaj's "Starships" dips from #5 to #6 in its 17th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #9 (120K)…"Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia holds at #7 for the second week in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (103K)… Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" jumps from #9 to #8 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (132K)… Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" jumps from #19 to #9 in its third week on the chart. It's her 11th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #4 (173K)….Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" drops from #8 to #10 its 11th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #10 (115K).
The Wanted's "Glad You Came" dips from #10 to #11, ending a 15-week run in the top 10.
Pitbull's "Back In Time" dips from #11 to #12 in its 10th week (but it keeps its bullet). The song samples Mickey & Sylvia's 1957 classic "Love Is Strange," which also reached #11. Will Pitbull's hit reverse course and surpass the original? Stay tuned. Digital sales rank: #6 (133K).
Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #14 to #13 in its 25th week, switching places with Usher's "Scream," which dips from #13 to #14 in its seventh week. Another Usher song, "Climax," drops from #33 to #40 in its 16th week. It peaked at #17. The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the ninth week. Only one other Usher hit has had this many weeks on top of the R&B hit. "You Make Me Wanna..." had 11 weeks on top in 1997. Yet another Usher song, "Lemme See" (featuring Rick Ross) jumps from #94 to #80 in its third week. Usher's Looking 4 Myself is expected to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week, with a disappointing (for Usher) total of about 120K.
Karmin's "Brokenhearted" jumps from #18 to #17 in its 14th week. The song has climbed as high as #16…"Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia jumps from #21 to #18 in its ninth week. It's Guetta's sixth top 20 hit...Eric Church's "Springsteen" holds at #20 in its 15th week. It has climbed as high as #19. The song jumps to #1 on this week's Hot Country Songs chart. It's Church's second #1 country hit, following "Drink In My Hand."
"All Around The World" by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris debuts at #22. Their previous collabo, "Baby," reached #5 in February 2010. "Baby" remains Bieber's best-seller, with sales of 3,631,000. Bieber's Believe album is due June 19. Digital sales rank: #5 (157K).
Wiz Khalifa's "Work Hard, Play Hard" jumps from #46 to #29 in its seventh week. The song has climbed as high as #17…Kenny Chesney's "Come Over" jumps from #55 to #32 in its fourth week…"The Fighter" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Ryan Tedder jumps from #45 to #36 in its fourth week.
"My Homies Still" by Lil Wayne featuring Big Sean debuts at #38. It's from Lil Wayne's forthcoming 10th studio album, I Am Not A Human Being 2. (There's an album I bet you didn't think would ever rate a sequel.) The original album hit #1 in October 2010 and spawned the top 10 hit "Right Above It" (featuring Drake).
.fun's "Some Nights" jumps from #59 to #47 in its 16th week…Dierks Bentley's "5-1-5-0" jumps from #56 to #48 in its fifth week.
Little Big Town's "Pontoon" debuts at #51. It's the country group's second-highest charting hit (as a lead artist) to date. "Boondocks" reached #46 in 2005…Toby Keith's "Beers Ago" jumps from #68 to #59 in its eighth week…Grouplove's "Tongue Tied" jumps from #73 to #64 in its seventh week…"No Lie" by 2 Chainz featuring Drake jumps from #78 to #67 in its fifth week. The song has climbed as high as #45…Love And Theft's "Angel Eyes" jumps from #81 to #69 in its fourth week…The Band Perry's "Postcard From Paris" jumps from #83 to #70 in its fifth week.
"Get Low" by Waka Flocka Flame featuring Nicki Minaj, Tyga and Flo Rida debuts at #72. It's from Waka Flocka Flame's second studio album, Triple F Live: Friends, Fans & Family, which is expected to enter next week's Billboard 200 at #8. ..Jana Kramer's "Why Ya Wanna" jumps from #87 to #74 in its sixth week. Jana Kramer entered The Billboard 200 at #19 this week…Keith Urban's "For You" jumps from #97 to #83 in its second week.
The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" debuts at #90. The song appeared in an episode of the CW series Hart Of Dixie and is currently being used in a Bing commercial. The folk band's album The Lumineers jumps from #57 to #31 in its 10th week on The Billboard 200. The band is breaking even as we speak!
Imagine Dragons' "It's Time" debuts at #93. It's from an EP, Continued Silence, which was released in February…The Black Keys' "Gold On The Ceiling" debuts at #97. It's from the band's El Camino album, which debuted and peaked at #2 on The Billboard 200 in December…Thompson Square's "Glass" debuts at #100. It's the fourth country hit from the group's Thompson Square album, which has climbed as high as #3 on Top Country Albums.
Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl" tops the 1 million mark this week. It's Underwood's ninth million-selling digital hit, a total topped by only one country artist: Taylor Swift, who has amassed 15…Rodney Atkins' 2010 hit "Farmers Daughter" also tops the 1 million mark. It's the country star's third million-seller, following "Take A Back Road" and "Watching You."
Phillip Phillips' "Home" drops from #44 to #99, two weeks after debuting at #10. The charismatic singer was the first singer named Phillip Phillips to land a top 10 hit, but a singer named Phil Phillips achieved the feat in 1959. His hit, "Sea Of Love," reached #2.
R.I.P. Bob Welch, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac in the transitional period between its founding in the 1960s and its superstardom in the mid-1970s, committed suicide last week. Welch had a top 10 solo hit in January 1978 with "Sentimental Lady," a song of his that first appeared on Fleetwood Mac's 1972 album Bare Trees. Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham sang background vocals on his hit.