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Thursday, April 19, 2012

US Chart Roundup: Gotye Goes From Down Under To On Top

It's a pretty flat week on the Hot 100, save for the fact that Gotye and Kimrba's "Somebody That I Used To Know" has become the seventh single of the year to top the chart. Strangely, we're well into April, but only one of those seven singles — Katy Perry's "Part Of Me" — wasn't released last year.

"Somebody That I Used To Know" got an added boost last week after being covered by Darren Criss and Matthew Bomer on Glee and performed by Gotye and Kimbra on Saturday Night Live.

At any rate, Gotye, who was born in Belgium but relocated to Australia when he was 2 years old, is now the first artist from Down Under to reach #1 since Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You" climbed to the top in 2000.

He's also only the second Belgian artist (technically) to do so, and the first since this poor broad, The Singing Nun (aka Jeanine Deckers), in 1963:

The Singing Nun, who was also known as Sœur Sourire, or Sister Smile, committed suicide in 1985 with her lesbian partner after she was unable to cough up unpaid taxes owed to the Belgian government. So invest your cash wisely, Gotye.

Over on the Top 200 album chart, Madonna's MDNA has flopped out of the Top 10 after only two weeks, as it falls from #8 to #18.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra *1 week*
2. "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae
3. "Glad you Came" - The Wanted
4. "What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction
5. "Boyfriend" - Justin Bieber
6. "Wild Ones" - Flo Rida feat. Sia
7. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj
8. "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
9. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson
10. "Part Of Me" - Katy Perry

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  • At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    I hope Gotye follows up this single with "Save Me". It is a brilliant track off the "Making Mirrors" album.

  • At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Dominique Q. Zexy said…

    I love how, immediately following the tragic and bizarre tale of the The Singing Nun, the response from the Internet is "I like Gotye."


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