Taylor Swift Sold Two 'Red' Albums Every Second; Already 3rd Biggest Album of 2012
Taylor Swift Sold Two 'Red' Albums Every Second; Already 3rd Biggest Album of 2012

Hot 100

As previously reported, Bruno Mars spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Locked Out of Heaven." The song holds off Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble," which bounds 4-2 as the chart's top Digital Gainer for a third week.

Who else makes headlines on the Hot 100 and other singles charts?

-- Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Mumford & Sons: Thanks to heavy holiday-fueled consumer activity last week, several songs mark notable sales achievements. Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (No. 17 on the Hot 100) passes three million downloads sold to date, while "Trouble" breaks the two million-sold barrier, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rihanna's "Diamonds" (No. 3) and Ke$ha's "Die Young" (No. 7) also each pass two million in sales to date.

Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat" (featuring Nicki Minaj) (No. 5), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (No. 10) and Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" (No. 46), meanwhile, each ring past 1 million in digital sales since their releases.

-- A$AP Rocky: The rapper's "F**kin Problems" (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) claims top Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100, despite descending 24-26. The track vaults 24-13 on On-Demand Songs (553,000, up 11%), according to Nielsen BDS. It also gains by 106% to 152,000 downloads sold.

-- Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen: In addition to PSY's "Gangnam Style" benefiting from nostalgia-powered year-end airplay and sales, soaring 19-6 on the Hot 100, the top two songs of 2012 likewise rebound. Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra), last year's top Hot 100 title, rises 49-48 (in its 52nd week) with top Airplay Gainer kudos, roaring 45-24 on Radio Songs (up 63% to 41 million, according to BDS). It also increases thanks to AC radio reverting to regular programming after the majority of the format's stations had played all-holiday music throughout much of December. "Somebody" re-enters Adult Contemporary at No. 1 (for a 17th total week on top), blasting from 530,000 to 6.2 million in AC audience.

2012's runner-up title, Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," charges 43-27 on the Hot 100, up 65-36 on Radio Songs (33 million, up 61%).

-- Anne Hathaway: As "Les Miserables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack" blasts 33-2 on the Billboard 200, the actress sends a third version of the film's ballad "I Dreamed a Dream" onto the Hot 100 at No. 69. Susan Boyle's interpretation reached No. 62 in 2009 and the "Glee" cast's cover rose to No. 31 in 2010. Hathaway's version starts with 95,000 downloads sold and 91,000 on-demand streams.

-- Anna Kendrick: More movie music debuts on the Hot 100, as "Pitch Perfect" bounds 45-10 on the Billboard 200. The film's lead sings "Cups," her first Hot 100 entry (No. 93), in the movie accompanied only by her inventive percussion performed with a plastic cup. The movie's headline a capella troupe, the Barden Bellas (which include Kendrick), also debut at No. 96 with its film-closing medley "Bellas Finals: Price Tag/Don't You (Forget About Me)/Give Me Everything/Just the Way You Are/Party in the U.S.A./Turn the Beat Around." The tracks bow with sales of 43,000 and 49,000, respectively. "Cups" charts higher on the Hot 100, however, due to greater streaming totals (238,000 vs. 137,000 on-demand streams).

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