As we sprint past the halfway point in 2012, Adele’s 21 and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring Kimbra) are the biggest selling album and digital song of the year in the U.S. respectively, Billboard reports.
21 has continued its amazing run a year after its initial release, selling 3.69 million copies through the sales week that ended July 1, the mid-year point for tracker Nielsen SoundScan.
This is the first time in record tabulator SoundScan’s 21-year history that the same record has been the top seller in the first halves of any two years. If 21 continues to sell at this rate, it could be the first record in the SoundScan era to top the year-end charts twice. Talk about rolling in the deep.
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” has been downloaded a whopping 5.50 million times so far. Odds are looking good that the song will be the first to cross six million downloads in a year. “Somebody” also marks the first time a song has sold over 5 million in the first half of a year, though Gotye’s smash wasn’t alone in that feat, joined by Fun.’s “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae), which has sold a not too shabby 5.09 million itself.