Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” featuring Kimbra, spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. As it maintains its reign, the song becomes the first to tally three weeks of digital sales of at least 400,000.
“Somebody” sold 414,000 downloads (down 11%) in the April 23-29 tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and rebounds 2-1 on the Digital Songs chart. The track registered sales of 463,000 the previous week and 542,000 the week before that.
Previously, three other songs logged two weeks each of digital sales of more than 400,000: Flo Rida‘s “Right Round” (Feb. 28, March 7, 2009), Bruno Mars‘ “Grenade” (Jan 8, 15, 2011) and Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” (Feb. 26, March 5, 2011).
Radio helps fuel the sustained stratospheric sales of “Somebody,” as the song adds top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a second week. It rises 6-3 on the Radio Songs chart with 106 million in all-format audience (up 24%), according to Nielsen BDS. It spends a ninth week at No. 1 on Alternative Songs and charges 11-7 on Pop Songs. The cut, meanwhile, tops the On-Demand Songs list for a third week, with 1.4 million on-demand streams and a 1% increase in overall streaming, according to BDS.
The Hot 100’s top three remains static from last week, with fun.‘s “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, holding at No. 2 for a third week after logging six weeks atop the Hot 100 and Maroon 5‘s “Payphone,” featuring Wiz Khalifa, remaining at No. 3 after soaring onto the chart last week.
“Young” leads Radio Songs for a fourth frame with 137 million audience impressions (up 1%). The cut crowns Pop Songs for a fourth week and takes over atop Adult Pop Songs. On Digital Songs, “Young” dips 3-4 (207,000, down 18%). Despite its drop in rank and sales, the song passes 4 million sold to date. On On-Demand Songs, it holds at No. 2 (1.1 million, down 1%).
Following its grand entrance last week, “Payphone” experiences a 33% decrease in digital sales to 330,000. The decline is not entirely unexpected, given that last week’s sales were buoyed by Maroon 5 and Khalifa having performed the song on NBC’s “The Voice” April 16. Still, radio is quickly warming to “Payphone,” which bounds 36-19 in its second week on Radio Songs (48 million, up 46%). Streaming for the song is likewise building rapidly, as it blasts onto On-Demand Songs at No. 13 (501,000, up 139%).
The Wanted‘s former No. 3-peaking hit “Glad You Came” reverses course, rising 5-4, while Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” enters the Hot 100’s top five (7-5), gaining in sales, airplay and streaming. “Maybe” moves 5-3 on Digital Songs (221,000, up less than 1%) and 35-25 on Radio Songs (41 million, up 23%) and stays at No. 3 on On-Demand Songs (978,000, up 3%).
Flo Rida‘s “Wild Ones,” featuring Sia, remains at No. 6 on the Hot 100 for a third week, while Justin Bieber‘s “Boyfriend” tumbles 4-7. After its strong start, including a massive opening digital sales frame of 521,000 four weeks ago, “Boyfriend” experiences a setback in airplay, dipping 13-14 on Radio Songs (55 million, down 3%), while continuing its descent (4-5) on Digital Songs (192,000, down 18%). Streaming for “Boyfriend,” however, continues to build, with the song earning the top Streaming Gainer award on the Hot 100. It pushes 6-5 on On-Demand Songs with a 9% gain to 804,000.
Despite the song’s slide on the Hot 100, Radio Songs and Digital Songs, Island Def Jam is continuing to promote “Boyfriend” to radio, owing its overall audience loss to some stations having backed off from spinning it especially heavily upon its arrival. Also in the song’s favor going forward: its highly-anticipated video is set to premiere on MTV tomorrow (May 3) at 7:50 p.m. ET. It will be available on VEVO directly after.
Filling out the Hot 100’s top 10, which is devoid of any new entries this week, Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships” lifts 9-8; One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful” drops 8-9; and, Kelly Clarkson‘s former three-week No. 1 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” is a non-mover at No. 10.
Check billboard.com tomorrow (May 3), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 and On-Demand Songs in their entirety and Digital Songs and Radio Songs, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.