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It started as a internet viral sensation months ago, and now Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra has found its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
Propelled by Gotye’s performance on “Saturday Night Live” on April 14 and Darren Criss and guest Matt Bomer’s remake of the song on April 11’s “Glee,” the song rocketed in digital downloads last week, soaring to 542,000 copies. That was enough to send it past the 521,000 tally that Justin Bieber hit just two weeks ago with “Boyfriend.” The highest weekly total still belongs to Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” according to Billboard, at 636,000 in 2009.
That means that Gotye stops fun.’s six-week run at No. 1 with “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae, which drops to No. 2. It makes the first time that two rock songs (and we use that term loosely based on their also charting on Billboard’s Rock Songs chart) have scored consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2000. We’ll herald rock’s return when the Foo Fighters get a No. 1 on the Hot 100.
The rest of the top 5 remains as it was last week: The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” holds at No. 3, One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” at No. 4 and Bieber’s “Boyfriend” at No. 5.
As for the rest of the Top 10, there’s a few rearranging of the lawn chairs, but no new entries. Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia switches places with Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” as “Wild” moves to No. 6 and “Starships” drops to No. 7. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” skips No. 10-8, Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” falls No. 8-9 and Katy Perry’s “Part Of Me” drops from No. 9 to No. 10.
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