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Week Ending May 27, 2012. Songs: Bieber’s Transitional Hit

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Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales in just its ninth week. It's by far Bieber's fastest-selling hit. "Baby" (featuring Ludacris) took 20 weeks to top the 2 million mark in June 2010. "One Time" took more than 13 months to top the 2 million mark in August 2010.

"Boyfriend" has appeared in the top 10 on the Hot 100 for all nine of its weeks. It regains its bullet this week for the first time in four weeks.

Even more impressive than the sales has been the well-executed stylistic shift from the bouncy bubblegum of "Baby" to the slinky and sexy "Boyfriend." Female singers can get away with sounding younger than their years (it's hard to believe that Carly Rae Jepsen is 26, given the giddy, breathless nature of "Call Me Maybe"), but guys in pop need to act their age.

All of this bodes well for the release of Bieber's upcoming album, Believe, which is due June 19. It's only his second full-length, regular pop album, following 2010's My World 2.0. That album logged four weeks at #1 and wound up as the year's #4 best-selling album.

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"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra holds at #1 for the seventh straight week. That's the longest run at #1 by any song so far this year. It pulls ahead of "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae, which logged six weeks on top. "We Are Young" is still the best-selling song so far in 2012, but this is probably the last week that that will be true. "We Are Young" has an 85K lead over "Somebody…," but "Somebody…" sold 115K more copies than its arch-rival this week, which shows you how fast it's closing the gap. Both are blockbuster hits. "We Are Young" has sold 4,596,000 copies so far this year. "Somebody…" has sold 4,511,000.

The last song to remain at #1 for more than seven weeks was "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, which logged 10 weeks on top in late 2011 and early 2012.

The top nine songs on the Hot 100 hold their positions from last week. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that this is the first time that that has happened since the entire top 10 stayed static on the chart in the Jan. 10, 2004 issue of Billboard.

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" holds at #2 for the second week. It has a good chance of hitting #1 next week. It is in its second week at #1 on Hot Digital Songs.

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Maroon 5's "Payphone" logs its sixth consecutive week in the top three on the Hot 100. Only one Maroon 5 hit has spent as many weeks in the top three: "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera), which spent 10 weeks in the top three last year. "Makes Me Wonder" spent five weeks in the top three in 2007.

The aforementioned "We Are Young" holds at #4 for the second week. The song also jumps to #1 in the U.K. this week. It's the third song to appear at #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. so far this year. It follows "Somebody That I Used To Know" and Katy Perry's "Part Of Me."

Nicki Minaj's "Starships" holds at #5 (its peak to date) for the third non-consecutive week. This is its 15th week in the top 10, which equals the mark set by Minaj's 2011 smash "Super Bass."

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Phillip Phillips' "Home" debuts at #10. It's the first American Idol coronation song to crack the top 10 since David Cook's "The Time Of My Life," which debuted and peaked at #3.four years ago. "Home" sold 278K digital copies in its first week, more than any other coronation song in American Idol history. The old record was held by Cook's hit, which sold 236K copies in its first week in 2008.

Looking beyond coronation songs, of the hundreds of songs that have been released by artists who rose to fame on American Idol, only one has sold more digital copies in one week than "Home" did this week. That's Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," which opened with sales of 280K in January 2009.

"Home," which is reminiscent of Mumford & Sons, has already climbed higher on the Hot 100 than any of that band's hits. "The Cave" reached #27. The band's previous release, "Little Lion Man," hit #45.

Phillips' hit is the sixth different song titled "Home" to crack the Hot 100. The biggest is Daughtry's "Home," which reached #5 in 2007.

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Phillips has a second song on this week's Hot 100. His cover of Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's "We've Got Tonite" opens at #97. It's the third version of that prized song to make the chart. Seger's original reached #13 in 1979. A cover by Kenny Rogers with Sheena Easton hit #6 in 1983.

The first five Idol winners' coronation songs all reached #1 or #2 on the Hot 100: Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This," Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings," Fantasia's
"I Believe," Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" and Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud." The latter song set an inglorious record: It spent the fewest weeks on the Hot 100 (just eight) of any #1 hit in the chart's 54-year history.

Since then, Idol coronation songs (with the exceptions of the Cook and Phillips hits) have stopped short of the top 10. Jordin Sparks' "This Is My Now" peaked at #15, Kris Allen's "No Boundaries" reached #11, Lee DeWyze's cover of U2's "Beautiful Day" hit #24 and Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" hit #11.

Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra holds at #1 for the seventh week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (264K)… Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" holds at #2 for the second week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10.  Digital sales rank: #1 (301K)… "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #3 for the second week in its sixth week on the chart. It has been in the top three the entire time. Digital sales rank: #3 (265K)… "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae holds at #4 for the second week in its 23rd week on the chart. This is the 16th week in the top 10 for the former #1 song. Digital sales rank: #6 (149K)… Nicki Minaj's "Starships" holds at #5 for the second week in its 15th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #5 (153K).

The Second Five: "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia holds at #6 for the second week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (135K)…One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" holds at #7 for the third week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (130K)…The Wanted's "Glad You Came" holds at #8 for the third week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (90K) … Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" holds at #9 for the third week in its ninth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #9 (144K)… Phillip Phillips' "Home" debuts at #10. This is Phillips' first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #2 (278K).

Train's "Drive By" drops from #10 to #12, ending a two-week run in the top 10.

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Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" jumps from #13 to #11 in its sixth week. It's vying to become Rihanna's 22nd top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #8 (146K)…Usher's "Scream" jumps from #15 to #13 in its fifth week. It's vying to become Usher's 18th top 10 hit. It will be the second song titled "Scream" to make the top 10. Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson scored with a different song by that title in 1995. Usher's other hit, "Climax," drops from #27 to #32 in its 14th week. It's #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the seventh week.

Pitbull's "Back In Time" jumps from #16 to #14 in its eighth week. It's vying to become Pitbull's eighth top 10 hit. The song is from the movie Men In Black 3, which was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The movie is set in 1969, but the song is built around the hook of a song from 1957, Mickey & Sylvia's classic "Love Is Strange." Digital sales rank: #7 (147K).

Karmin's "Brokenhearted" jumps from #23 to #16 in its 12th week…Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #22 to #17 in its 23rd week…"Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia jumps from #30 to # 25 in its seventh week. The song reached #1 in the U.K. in February...Kip Moore's "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" jumps from #31 to #29 in its 16th week. It's #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week.

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Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" is the week's second highest new entry at #35. The song, from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, is vying to become Perry's 11th top 10 hit…Gloriana's "(Kissed You) Good Night" jumps from #72 to #44 in its eighth week. It's the country group's highest-charting Hot 100 hit to date. It tops the #53 peak of the group's 2009 hit "Wild At Heart." The song jumps to #13 on Hot Country Songs…Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" jumps from #54 to #46 in its 11th week. The song jumps to #9 on Hot Country Songs…

"We Run The Night" by Havana Brown featuring Pitbull jumps from #65 to #56 in its ninth week…"The Fighter" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Ryan Tedder jumps from #95 to #61 in its second week…Dierks' Bentley's "5-1-5-0" jumps from #73 to #66 in its third week. The song jumps to #12 on Hot Country Songs…"Let's Go" by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo jumps from #89 to #75 in its third week.

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Lupe Fiasco's "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free) is the week's third highest new entry at #76. The song is vying to become the hip-hopper's third top 10 hit. "Superstar" (featuring Matthew Santos) hit #10 in 2008. "The Show Goes On" hit #9 last year. The new song is from the artist's upcoming fourth studio album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, which is due Sept. 25.

"Both Of Us" by B.o.B featuring Taylor Swift jumps from #91 to #81 in its fourth week. The song has climbed as high as #18…Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" debuts at #89. It's from Brown's fifth studio album, Fortune, which is due June 29… Jason Derulo's "Undefeated" debuts at #90...Rita Ora's "How We Do (Party)" debuts at #96.

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Drake's 2009 smash "Forever," featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem, tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Drake's first 3 million-seller. His breakthrough hit "Best I Ever Had" has sold 2,288,000 copies.

Pitbull's 2009 smash "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Pitbull's second best-selling hit as a lead artist. His 2011 smash "Give Me Everything" (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer) has sold 4,308,000 copies.

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Bee Gees' 1978 classic "Stayin' Alive" sold 14K copies in the wake of Robin Gibb's death last week. This pushed the song's digital sales over 1 million. "Stayin' Alive" topped the Hot 100 for four weeks in February 1978. It received Grammy nominations for Record and Song of the Year.

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