In what is traditionally a high-volume download week thanks to shiny new MP3 players under the tree and download cards stuffed in stockings, a sales mark falls by the wayside as Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" shifts 610,000 digital tracks for the week ending Dec. 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the highest weekly sum by a female artist since tracking began in 2003, and the second-best overall after Flo Rida's "Right Round" sold 636,000 on the chart dated Feb. 28, 2009. Coincidentally, Ke$ha can be heard on "Right Round" as she provided non-credited vocals on the track.
"TiK ToK" eclipses the female mark set by Lady Gaga with "Just Dance" a year ago this week (419,000).
Ke$ha's hefty download sum will ensure "TiK ToK's" place atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week when that chart is released tomorrow (Dec. 31). The song previews her debut album "Animal," which is set to hit retail on Tuesday, Jan. 5.