The Black Eyed Peas' 2009 smash "I Gotta Feeling" this week becomes the first song in digital history to top the 8 million sales mark in U.S. sales. To find the last song that has sold 8 million or more copies in the U.S. you have to go back to the pre-digital era for Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997," which he recorded in the wake of Princess Diana's shocking death on Aug. 31, 1997. The song, which was double-listed with "Something About The Way You Look Tonight," has sold 8,839,000 physical singles, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Both of these smashes topped the Hot 100 for 14 weeks. (They are two of only seven songs to hang on to the top spot that long since 1955.) Both artists won "performance Grammys" for these songs. Elton won for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The Peas won for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.
"I Gotta Feeling" was also the first song in digital history to sell 6 million copies (it reached that threshold in July 2010) and the first to sell 7 million copies (it hit that mark in March 2011).
Here are the other songs that made digital history by becoming the first to reach various other thresholds. 1 million: Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" (Oct. 9, 2005). 2 million: Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" (Dec. 31, 2006). 3 million: Soldier Boy Tell 'Em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" (June 29, 2008). 4 million and 5 million: "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain (June 28, 2008 and June 21, 2009).
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" logs its third week at #1 on the Hot 100, matching a monster hit of a generation ago by another Carly. I'm talking, of course, about Carly Simon's 1973 smash "You're So Vain." "Call Me Maybe" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the sixth week. Only one other song, "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae, has topped the digital chart for six or more weeks this year. ("We Are Young" had seven weeks on top.)
"Call Me Maybe" is the first song by a female lead artist to log six weeks at #1 since Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" in the spring of 2011.
"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa returns to #2 for a second week. (It has also spent eight weeks at #3.) "Payphone" is the second #2 hit to include the memorable phrase "stupid love song" in its lyric. It follows Kelly Clarkson's 2005 smash "Since U Been Gone."
"Payphone" also enters the Official U.K. Chart at #1. It's the first #1 hit in the U.K. for both Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa. Maroon 5 reached #2 with both 2007's "Makes Me Wonder" and 2011's "Moves Like Jagger." Wiz Khalifa reached #5 with 2011's "Black And Yellow."
Maroon 5's follow-up, "One More Night," is the top new entry on this week's Hot 100 at #42. (Phil Collins had a #1 hit with a song by that title in 1985.) Both this and "Payphone" are from the group's album Overexposed, which is expected to enter The Billboard 200 at #2 next week.
Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" jumps from #8 to #5. It's Rihanna's 15th top five hit. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.
Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #12 to #6 in its 27th week on the chart. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that it's the slowest-climbing top 10 hit since Shinedown's 2009 rock ballad "Second Chance" took 27 weeks to hit the top 10. It's the 13th longest journey to the top 10 overall. The leader is Carrie Underwood's 2007 country crossover smash "Before He Cheats," which took 38 weeks to hit the top 10.
Goulding got her big break when she sang Elton John's "Your Song" at the wedding reception party for Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. Her recording of the song reached #2 in the U.K.
Nicki Minaj's "Starships" dips from #7 to #8 in its 19th week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. The song this week becomes Minaj's third song to sell 3 million or more copies. It follows "Super Bass" (4,273,000) and Trey Songz's "Bottoms Up," on which she was featured (3,133,000).
Usher's "Scream" jumps from #11 to #10 in its ninth week. It's Usher's 18th top 10 hit. Usher is one of only five male R&B artists to amass so many top 10 hits. Michael Jackson leads the pack with 28 top 10 hits, followed by Stevie Wonder with 27, Prince with 19 and Marvin Gaye, also with 18. (Jackson also had a top 10 hit titled "Scream." His 1995 collaboration with Janet Jackson on a song by that title reached #5.)
"Scream" is from Usher's Looking 4 Myself album, which slips to #6 on this week's Billboard 200 after debuting at #1 last week. It's Usher's seventh consecutive album or EP to both reach the top 10 on The Billboard 200 and spawn one or more top 10 singles on the Hot 100. That's a pretty neat trick.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" holds at #1 for the third week in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (263K)… "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa returns to #2 for a second week in its 10th week on the chart. It has been in the top three the entire time. Digital sales rank: #3 (218K)… "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra dips from #2 to #3 in its 25th week on the chart. This is the 17th week in the top 10 for the former #1 song. Digital sales rank: #4 (176K)… Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" holds at #4 for the second week in its fifth week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #2 (221K)…. Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" jumps from #8 to #5 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (122K).
The Second Five: Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #12 to #6 in its 27th week on the chart. It's her first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #5 (149K)…"We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae drops from #5 to #7 in its 27th week on the chart. This is the 20th week in the top 10 for the former #1 song. Digital sales rank: #13 (87K)… Nicki Minaj's "Starships" dips from #7 to #8 in its 19th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #10 (101K)…One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" drops from #6 to #9 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (100K)…Usher's "Scream" jumps from #11 to #10 in its ninth week on the chart. It's Usher's 18th top 10 hit. (Digital sales rank: #8 (119K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week: "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia drops from #9 to #11. Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" drops from #10 to #18. Don't feel too bad for either act, though. Flo Rida's follow-up, "Whistle," jumps from #86 to #58 in its sixth week. Bieber enters the chart with two collabos. "Beauty And A Beat" (featuring Nicki Minaj) bows at #72. "Right Here" (featuring Drake) opens at #95.
"Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia jumps from #15 to #12 in its 11th week…Pitbull's "Back In Time," which reached #11, holds at #14 in its 12th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in sales this week.
"Mercy" by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz jumps from #19 to #15 in its 12th week. The song also jumps to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It's West's sixth #1, Big Sean's second and the first for Pusha T and 2 Chainz. West and Big Sean shared a previous #1, Big Sean's "Marvin & Chardonnay," on which West was featured (along with Roscoe Dash)...Karmin's "Brokenhearted" jumps from #18 to #17 in its 16th week. The song has climbed as high as #16...Luke Bryan's "Drunk On You" holds at #16 for the fourth straight week. The song also jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Bryan's fourth #1 country hit.
Kenny Chesney's "Come Over" jumps from #30 to #26 in its sixth week…Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" jumps from #33 to #29 in its 15th week…fun.'s "Some Nights" jumps from #41 to #32 in its 18th week…"Let's Go" by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo jumps from #44 to #35 in its seventh week.
"We Run The Night" by Havana Brown featuring Pitbull jumps from #48 to #38 in its 13th week…One Direction's "One Thing" jumps from #47 to #39 in its 13th week. (The "One Thing" the songwriters listened to when they were writing it is Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way.")…"No Lie" by 2 Chainz featuring Drake leaps from #58 to #40 in its seventh week.
Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" vaults from #75 to #51 in its second week…Linkin Park's
"Burn It Down" jumps from #64 to #53 in its 10th week. The song has climbed as high as #30. The band's Living Thing album is expected to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week…Blake Shelton's "Over" jumps from #89 to #76 in its second week.
"Amen" by Meek Mill featuring Drake and Jeremih debuts at #86. It's from the rapper's mix-tape Dreamcatchers 2…Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side" debuts at #93. It's the third single from Clarkson's Stronger album. The first two both made the top 10…"Bangarang" by Skrillex featuring Sirah re-enters at #98. The song has climbed as high as #72. This is the song's 16th week on the chart. It's the title track from Skrillex's EP, which reached #14 on The Billboard 200…Easton Corbin's "Lovin' You Is Fun" bows at #100. (The title echoes Fleetwood Mac's 1977 hit "You Make Lovin' Fun.") The song is from Corbin's second studio album, All Over The Road, which is due Sept. 18.
Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Goes On," which reached #9 in June 2011, tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's by far his best-seller. His 2008 hit "Superstar" (featuring Matthew Santos) has sold 1,526,000 copies.
Train's "Drive By," which reached #10, tops the 2 million mark this week. It's Train's third song to reach this level. It follows "Hey, Soul Sister" (5,978,000) and "Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (2,132,000)…Katy Perry's former #1 hit "Part Of Me" also tops the 2 million mark this week.
Kip Moore's "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck," which reached #29, tops the 1 million mark this week. It's his first million-seller. Carrie Underwood's 2007 hit "So Small" also tops the 1 million mark this week. It's her 10th million-seller. Among country artists, only Taylor Swift has had more. (She's had 15.)
Shameless Plug: To celebrate Black Music Month, I posted a list of the biggest white artists in the history of Billboard's R&B chart. That may seem like an odd way to celebrate Black Music Month, but it dramatizes that black music has influenced countless artists in a wide range of genres. Elvis Presley, whose hits "Hound Dog" and "Crying In The Chapel" were remakes of earlier R&B hits, is the most successful white artist in the history of the R&B chart, which is now called Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The list also includes numerous blue-eyed soul singers (George Michael, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake), a rap icon (Eminem), disco stars (KC & the Sunshine Band), a pop provocateur (Madonna), funk stars (Teena Marie, Average White Band), Latino crossover stars (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Fat Joe, Jennifer Lopez, Angela Bofill) and instrumentalists (Herb Alpert, Kenny G).