Chartbreaker: Gotye and John Mayer spend yet another week at the top of the charts
Another strong week for Gotye, who held on to number one with "Somebody That I Used To Know." If you haven't kept track, that's a tally of eight weeks at the top now. However, that could change next week, as strong pushes from both Rihanna and Katy Perry, not to mention Carly Rae Jepsen, who could very well challenge "Somebody" with her "Call Me Maybe," as the former finally begins to lose some steam.
If anybody has reason to smile these days, it's Gotye.
This week, Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" enters the top ten at number nine, becoming her 22nd top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 -- not too shabby for a singer's who has only been around almost seven years. Likewise, Katy Perry looks to shoot for another number one with "Wide Awake," the second single from the deluxe edition of her record-breaking album Teenage Dream, called Teeange Dream: The Complete Confection. "Wide Awake" lands at number nineteen for its second week on the chart, which is pretty good for a single that has yet to receive a music video treatment.
The biggest threat to Gotye's reign, especially lately, has been Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" -- it's currently stuck at number two for another week, but it continues to make gains on Billboard's Radio Songs airplay chart and its On-Demand Songs chart based off music subscription streaming services.
The majority of the Hot 10, however, looks about the same as last week. "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khaifa holds at number three, "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae at number four, "Starships" by Nicki Minaj returns to its chart peak, number five, and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" switch spots, now at six and seven, respectively. Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" lands at number eight, followed by "Where Have You Been" and The Wanted's "Glad You Came" at number ten.
On the Billboard 200 albums chart, John Mayer's Born and Raised edges out competition from Regina Spektor's new release, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, which debuts at number three. Sitting at number two, unsurprisingly, is Adele's 21.
It's predicted that next week 21 could overtake John Mayer's set for a 24th week atop the chart, according to Billboard. It will be the first time an album has sat at the top for 24 nonconsecutive weeks since Purple Rain by Prince did it in 1984 and 1985.
One Direction also saw a good week for album sales as Up All Night moves up one to number four and tops the Music Video Sales chart with its live DVD, Up All Night: The Live Tour.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros follow 1D with Here, selling 25,000. The group's first album, Up From Below, peaked at number seventy six. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood falls three spots to number six, followed by Sigur Ros's Valtari at number seven. Now 42, Tailgates and Tanlines by Luke Bryan and Tuskegee by Lionel Richie round out the chart at numbers eight, nine and ten.
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