Taylor Swift’s new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” may just sell the most downloads ever! ever! ever! in its first week.
Released on Monday night, the song is reportedly heading to first-week downloads in the 600,000 range, which would make the breakup anthem the fastest selling song ever by a female artist. (Lady Gaga currently holds that record with “Born This Way,” which was downloaded 448,000 times in its first frame.)
There’s one song Taylor probably will probably not outsell, though: “Right Round” by Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha, which sold 636,000 songs in a single week in 2009. Still, if she climbs past Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which moved 521,000 editions in its first week, she’ll have the second-best sales week in digital history. Not too shabby.
We’ll see how high “Never,” which hit No. 72 on this week’s Hot 100, soars next week, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers:
Flo Rida: The rapper’s “Whistle” jumped past Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” and dethroned summer queen Carly Rae Jepsen from the top spot of the Hot 100, where “Call Me Maybe” had reigned for nine straight weeks. The song is Flo Rida’s third No. 1, following 2007’s “Low” and 2009’s “Right Round.” His previous single “Wild Ones” peaked at No. 5.
Mumford & Sons: The London quartet with an affinity for banjos, kickdrums, and lovelorn balladeering debuted at No. 23 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 following 153,000 downloads (they hit No. 4 on the Hot Digital Songs chart) of their new single “I Will Wait.” The song is their first from their forthcoming Babel.
fun.: The Brooklyn rock band, who spent six weeks at No. 1 with “We Are Young” in March and April, scored a second Top 10 hit with their anthemic followup “Some Nights,” which flew from No. 11 to No. 8 in its 25th week on the chart. Their album of the same name (which increased 34 percent to 19,000 copies this week) has sold 480,000 copies this year.
Neon Trees: Here’s another rock band that’s taken its time climbing the chart. Neon Trees, whose double platinum single “Animal” reached No. 13 on the Hot 100 in 2010, officially have a second hit in “Everybody Talks,” which climbed from No. 19 to 17 in its 22nd week on the chart.
The Lumineers: You know that great song from the Bing commercial? Well, it’s by a band called The Lumineers, who are quickly becoming the latest indie Americana/folk act to inconspicuously tear up the charts. Their gold-certified single “Ho Hey” is making week-to-week gains (it climbed 55-49 this week), and their self-titled album continues to post impressive increases. This frame, it jumped to 15th place on the Billboard 200 following a 29 percent gain to 17,000 copies.
Nicki Minaj: “Starships” was a huge hit. “Beez in the Trap” was not. But Ms. Minaj looks to be back on track with “Pound The Alarm,” which soared from No. 50 to No. 29 in its third week following the release of her all-around-the-world music video.
Elle Varner: The buzzy R&B songstress surprised prognosticators when her debut Perfectly Imperfect sold 33,000 units, good for a No. 4 bow on the Billboard 200. We feel all smart for recommending Varner back in January.
Phillip Phillips: The American Idol‘s “Home” stayed put at No. 9 on the Hot 100, but thanks to 212,000 more downloads, it breezed past the 1 million mark in sales. Will it thrive without Olympic support? We’ll see.
Mariah Carey: Response was lukewarm to the diva’s snoozy new single “Triumphant,” and that was reflected in first week sales, which totaled only 23,000. Perhaps the forthcoming remixes will give the song a second life.
No Doubt: The 90s stalwarts haven’t taken off with their comeback single “Settle Down.” After a No. 34 debut, the track fell far down the chart. In this, its fourth week, it hopped 58-55, and although it still has time to climb, we’re sure Gwen Stefani and co. are accustomed to quicker ascents.
Katy Perry: Despite a 69 cent sale on iTunes (where pop songs typically sell for $1.29), “Wide Awake” dropped from 5-6 after selling 136,000 digital copies. The song will likely become Perry’s first ever to reach No. 2 and then not claim the top spot. Still, Perry’s not losing sleep over it. (She’s wide awake, after all!) The song is a huge hit.
Check back next Thursday for another roundup of chart winners and losers!
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