Monday, January 7, 2013

'Gangnam Style' In Top 10 Songs In US, UK In 2012

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style" is in the Top 10 biggest selling singles in the US and UK in 2012.
The viral hit sold 3.59 million downloads in the US last year, according to Billboard.

Psy with MC Hammer at the New Year's Eve event in the US. (Photo courtesy of Psy's Twitter account)

The music chart said 1.33 billion digital songs were sold in the US last year, compared to 1.27 billion downloads in 2011.
Topping the Top 10 digital songs in the US are Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" with 6.8 million copies sold followed by Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" with 6.47 million.
Third is fun.'s "We Are Young" with 5.95 million followed by Maroon 5's "Payphone" with 4.76 million, Nicki Minaj's "Starships" with 3.98 million, One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" 3.89 million, Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" with 3.82 million), Psy's "Gangnam Style" 3.59 million and Maroon 5's "One More Night" with 3.46 million.
"A total of 108 songs sold more than 1 million downloads in 2012 -- down slightly from the 112 that did it in 2011. 41 moved 2 million in 2012 vs. 38 in 2011," Billboard said.
In the UK, "Gangnam Style" sold 878,000 copies to become the sixth bestselling single in 2012.
The Official Charts Company released the UK's Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of 2012. It said total singles sold in 2012 reached an all-time high of 186.6 million, up from 177.9 million in 2011.
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Fun.'s "We Are Young" also topped the list with 1.31 million, 1.14 million and 986,000 copies sold in 2012, respectively.
David Guetta's "Titanium" sold 922,000 copies to place fourth followed by James Arthur's "Impossible" with 897,000, Psy's "Gangnam Style" with 878,000, Nicki Minaj's "Starships" with 864,000, Jessie J's "Domino" with 749,000, Maroon 5's "Payphone" with 725,000 and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" with 695,000.
On the latest Billboard charts, "Gangnam Style" re-entered the top 10 on the Hot 100 "benefiting from nostalgia-fueled year-end airplay and sales surges."
"Gangnam Style" leaped to sixth place from 19th last week. The song peaked to No. 2 in 2012 on the Hot 100 chart.
The song is also No. 1 on Rap Songs and Ringtones, No. 3 on Digital Songs, No. 4 on On-Demand Songs, No. 26 on Latin Airplay and No. 34 on Pop Songs.
Psy made his final "Gangnam Style" performance in the US during the "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."
"The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period. I'm really working hard on a new single right now, and I'm not saying ['Gangnam'] is ending on 'Dick Clark' — I still have a lot of invitations to perform it ... I'll be in Paris, and in February I got invited to perform in China, and I've still got to do promo. So let me say that in America I need a new single because 'Gangnam Style' got too popular, so I've got to write a new single," Psy told MTV News.
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