A version of the song by the Glee Cast debuted and peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 in December, the same week that the fun. version debuted at #53. The fun. version dropped off the Hot 100 after two appearances, but it re-entered the chart in January. The subsequent Super Bowl usage (in an ad for Chevrolet's Sonic) really kicked the song into high gear. The song has sold 1,133,000 million copies in the four full sales weeks since the Super Bowl, which is 77% of its total to date of 1,480,000.
Glee has revived more than 50 Hot 100 #1 hits since the series' debut in 2009. "We Are Young" is the first #1 hit that it played a key role in breaking. (The Glee version has sold 360,000 digital copies.)
"We Are Young" has been #1 on Hot Digital Songs for three of the past four weeks. The retro-sounding single is the first song to top the digital sales chart for three weeks in 2012.
Pop Quiz: "We Are Young" is the second song that begins with the first-person plural pronoun to top the Hot 100 so far this year, following "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris. Six other songs that begin with "We" have topped the Hot 100. How many of them can you name? Answer below.
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra jumps from #16 to #9. The song is #1 in the U.K. for the third week, which is the longest run at #1 in that country so far this year.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young." The song jumps from #3 to #1 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (302K).
2. Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." The former #1 song dips to #2 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (197K).
3. Adele, "Set Fire To The Rain." The former #1 song dips from #2 to #3 in its 27th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (145K).
4. The Wanted, "Glad You Came." The song jumps from #5 to #4 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. The song was #1 in the U.K. for two weeks in July. Digital sales rank: #2 (206K).
5. Katy Perry, "Part Of Me." The former #1 song dips from #4 to #5 in its third week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #7 (142K).
6. Nicki Minaj, "Starships." The song jumps from #10 to #6 in its third week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #4 (161K).
7. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, "Young, Wild & Free." The song jumps from #9 to #7 (its highest ranking to date) in its 21st week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (109K).
8. David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, "Turn Me On." The song holds at #8 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (89K).
9. Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used To Know." The song jumps from #16 to #9 in its ninth week on the chart. The song is #1 in the U.K. for the third week, the longest run so far this year. Digital sales rank: #5 (148K).
10. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love." The former #1 song drops from #6 to #10 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 23rd week in the top 10. The song was #1 in the U.K. for six weeks from October to December. Digital sales rank: #31 (62K).
Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" drops from #7 to #12. But the prolific Mr. Rida has another song hot on its heels. "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) jumps from #35 to #19 in its 10th week.
Drake has two songs in the top 15 this week. "Take Care" (featuring Rihanna) jumps from #15 to #11. It appears to be on the verge of re-entering the top 10. "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne) jumps from #17 to #15 (its highest ranking to date). Both songs have been charted for 16 weeks… Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl" jumps from #24 to #18 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #9 (119K).
Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close" jumps from #46 to #34 in its fourth week…Adele's "Rumour Has It" jumps from #51 to #39 in its 12th week…Miranda Lambert's "Over You" jumps from #52 to #40 in its seventh week…Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" jumps from #64 to #52 in its ninth week. The song has climbed as high as #8...Beyonce's "Love On Top" jumps from #57 to #54 in its 16th week. The song is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week.
Kirko Bangz's "Drank In My Cup" leaps from #96 to #68 in its fourth week…"Roman Reloaded" by Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne debuts at #70. It's the second single from Minaj's upcoming sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is due April 3…Brantley Gilbert's "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" jumps from #94 to #76 in its sixth week…George Strait's "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" jumps from #93 to #77 in its seventh week.
"Faded" by Tyga featuring Lil Wayne leaps from #100 to #82 in its seventh week…Montgomery Gentry's "Where I Come From" jumps from #98 to #83 in its ninth week…"Ayy Ladies" by Travis Porter featuring Tyga debuts at #88. It's the third Hot 100 single for the hip-hop trio…Melanie Fiona's "4 AM" re-enters the chart at #90 (its highest ranking to date). The song is from Fiona's upcoming sophomore album, The MF Life, which is due March 20. (Great title.)
R.I.P.: Robert Sherman had a "super" year in 1964. He and his brother Richard Sherman wrote the score for the Disney classic Mary Poppins and also knocked off a little ditty for the New York World's Fair. Surely you remember "It's A Small World." Mary Poppins topped The Billboard 200 for 14 weeks in 1965, longer than any other album that year. The score brought the Shermans two Oscars and a Grammy. The Shermans also created pair of top 10 hits in 1959-1960. "Tall Paul," which they co-wrote for Annette Funicello, is long-forgotten, but "You're Sixteen," which they wrote for Johnny Burnette, has endured. (Ringo Starr took the song to #1 in 1974.) Robert Sherman died on Monday. He was 86.
Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her third song to reach this plateau…Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week, one week after "Jar Of Hearts" topped the 3 million mark.