Chartbreaker: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Adele's 21 claim the top spots
It was a big week for a certain Canadian this week, as the import's song finally overtook Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." And no, we're not talking about Justin Bieber, but she is his protégé.
Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable viral and radio hit, "Call Me Maybe," conquers the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week after coming up short for weeks against the Gotye hit. The new charting reinforces what other pop stars in the industry, like Bieber, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry -- all of whom posted covers of the song on YouTube -- already knew: "Call Me Maybe" is definitely catchy.
The song overtakes Gotye with a big push from a more recent viral YouTube cover, this time by the Harvard Baseball team. Watch it below if no one has posted it on your Facebook wall yet.
"Somebody That I Used To Know" comes in at number two this week. Maroon 5 and fun. follow with "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa and "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae, respectively. Meanwhile, "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction switches with "Starships" by Nicki Minaj for spots five and six on the chart. "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia continues at number seven for another week. Rihanna climbs one, to number eight, with "Where Have You Been." Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," however, drops two spots, to number ten.
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The biggest jump on the Hot 100 comes from Katy Perry, whose new single, "Wide Awake," moves ten spots, from nineteen to nine, on the chart. "Wide Awake" marks Perry's eighth song sent to radio from a single album, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.
On the Billboard 200, Adele took over, too, sending 21 to the top for a 24th nonconsecutive week, thereby joining Prince's Purple Rain and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack for albums that topped for 24 weeks. Only eight other albums ever have sat at number one on the Billboard 200 chart for as long or longer.
Adele will have to hit 31 weeks on top before surpassing her next closest competition, Harry Belafonte's Calypso, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and the South Pacific soundtrack, each of which boasts 31 weeks at number one. However, Adele's 21 is the only album of the 21st century to place in the list of albums with 20 or more weeks at the summit.
The Beach Boys also return to the chart this week with That's Why God Made The Radio, the group's first album since 1974. Radio lands at number three this week, just after Alan Jackson's Thirty Miles West, which debuted at number two. Neil Young follows the Beach Boys with Americana at number four.
Big K.R.I.T.'s debut studio release, Live From The Underground, comes in at number five. One Direction's Up All Night drops two to number six. John Mayer's Born And Raised plummets six spots, from number one last week to number seven this week. Curren$y's The Stoned Immaculate comes in at number eight. Carrie Underwood and Brandi Carlile complete the top ten with Blown Away and Bear Creek at numbers nine and ten, respectively.
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