Is "Glee" Going to Push "Somebody That we Used to Know" to #1?
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Posted by Newson 04/13/2012 during 4:53 PM
The Popdust Files: fun, glee, gotye, kimbra, somebody that i used to know, we are young
With 6 weeks in a quarrel on tip a charts, and a numbers still sitting somewhere in a stratosphere—it now leads Billboard in all 3 Triple Crown categories, digital sales, radio airplay and online streams—Fun. and Janelle Monae’s “We Are Young” looked to be a singular to kick for some weeks to come. Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That we Used to Know” had been gradually creeping adult behind it, yet looked to still be a small overmatched, a delayed stand to a tip station in sheer contrariety to Fun.’s near-meteoric arise to stick position.
Now, though, a diversion has changed. After being featured on this week’s part of Glee, “Somebody” has surged in front of “Young” on iTunes, now staying during #1, with a Glee version of a strain not distant behind during #7 and even Walk Off a Earth’s viral cover of a strain recharting during #67. With Gotye gaining in both airplay and streams final week before a Glee bump, and Fun.’s numbers finally starting to finish off a small (despite being #1 in all 3 categories, “Young” was down in both digital sales and streams), it’s not improbable that a song’s new combined bearing competence be adequate to safe it to a chart’s summit.
Gotye and Kimbra removing to #1 subsequent week would be engaging for a integrate reasons. For one thing, it’d be a initial time in a chart’s story that choice stone songs were #1 in back-to-back weeks, an generally important feat in a epoch of Dr. Luke and EDM. For another, it’d be a initial time given 2009 (when Jay Sean, Owl City and Jason DeRulo went back-to-back-to-back) for dual true artists to rise during #1 with their first-ever charting singles. And it’d also be a slightest expected dual true chart-toppers given Crazy Town and a then-washed-up Shaggy strike #1 running behind in 2001, if not for far, distant longer.
Perhaps many interestingly, it would paint a sincerely vast manoeuvre for Glee as a stability informative institution. The uncover has been left for passed by many vicious types, observant that a rise is already good behind it and a days of mainstream aptitude are dwindling, if not already dead. But lest we forget, it was Glee that initial introduced many of us to “We Are Young” late final year, starting a movement for a pull to mainstream crossover status, and now if “Somebody That we Used to Know” replaces it during #1, that’d be dual songs in a quarrel that a uncover was instrumental in boosting to a tip of a charts.
With a uncover stability to take chances on left-field cover choices like Young a Giant’s “Cough Syrup,” Halestorm’s “Here’s to Us” and The Givers’ “Up, Up, Up,” it’s substantially time we start giving Ryan Murphy and association credit for being one of a many active blurb army in exposing a nation to quirky, creative, contemporary alt-rock and alt-pop that competence differently never shun college radio. And we also competence have to take behind some doom-and-gloom predictions about a show’s stream and destiny prospects.
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