As previously reported Carly Rae Jepsen leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week with "Call Me Maybe." With yet another week atop the Hot 100 podium, the song passes the chart's prior champ, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (eight), for most frames at No. 1 in 2012.
-- Gotye: The singer's former No. 1, "Somebody That I Used to Know," holds at No. 6 on the Hot 100 and becomes the first track to surpass 6 million download sales (6.046 million) in the 2012 calendar year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The title also adds another chart-topping feat under its belt, as it rises to No. 1 on Adult Contemporary. In May, it became the first song to hit No. 1 on Alternative Songs, Dance Club/Play Songs and the Billboard Hot 100. Thus, "Somebody" is now the only tune to have topped all four of the above-mentioned tallies. It's one of the most crossed-over hits in Billboard history, having also climbed to No. 1 on Triple A, Rock Songs, Mainstream Top 40, Adult Top 40 and Dance/Mix Show Airplay.
-- Ellie Goulding: The blindingly successful "Lights" by Ellie Goulding continues to barrel up the chart track, motoring 5-2. Meanwhile, on the Adult Top 40 chart, the song makes the longest climb into the top 10 by a woman in a single chart run as it motors 11-8 in its 28th week. (Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You [Live]" took 29 weeks, but in two separate chart runs.)
Among all acts, "Lights'" rise is the slowest to the region since One Republic's "All the Right Moves" also took 28 frames on April 24, 2010. The all-time most-leisurely route to the top 10 is owned by Augustana's "Boston," which waited 32 weeks (Jan. 27, 2007).
-- Maroon 5: The group's "Payphone" has seemingly tied for the single with the most weeks in the top three -- that never went to No. 1 -- as it dips 3-5. The tune spent 15 weeks bouncing between Nos. 2 and 3 on the chart.
If "Payphone" does not receive a call back to the top three, it will have equaled the top three runs of these non-No. 1s: LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live," Shania Twain's "You're Still the One" and Timbaland featuring OneRepublic's "Apologize." All four songs peaked at No. 2.
-- Nicki Minaj: Sound the alarm for "Pound the Alarm." The diminutive (sometimes) rapper's latest dance/pop confection soars 92-50 on the Hot 100. The Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded track shifts 47,000 downloads, a gain of 239%, which is the largest percentage improvement among titles on Hot Digital Songs (where it debuts at No. 35) after the 472% jump by Phillip Phillips' "Home," which scoots 47-1 on that list (228,000; up 472%).
-- 50 Cent: The rapper arrives as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 79, instantly earning his best chart ranking as a lead artist since "Baby By Me" peaked at No. 28 in 2009. The new song, which features Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys, shifts 51,000 in its first sales week and previews his November release Street King Immortal. The song activity adds to a busy week for 50 Cent who co-stars with Forest Whitaker and Robert De Niro in Freelancers, which hits theaters on Aug. 10.