Everything's coming up Gotye this April, huh? (And also Kimbra.) Hot off a high-profile Glee cover and an appearance on SNL that included his own digital short, Gotye gets himself over the hump this week on the Billboard Hot 100, unseating Fun. and Janelle Monae's "We Are Young" after that song's six-week run on top. "Somebody" makes the jump on the back up of a download boom (542,000 mp3s sold) that gives it the fourth-best week of digital sales in chart history—higher, even, than that of Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" in its first week of release earlier this month. It's also up to #8 on radio songs and has unseated "We Are Young" on top the chart tracking digital streams. Impressive, Australian one.
Of course, a chart-topping like this doesn't come without a ton of "First #1 by a ____ since ____" type stats, so here they are. It's the first #1 from an Australian artist since Savage Garden topped the charts in 2000 with "I Knew I Loved You," the first from an Aussie solo artist since Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" in '82, and the first from an Aussie solo male since Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" in '81. Combined with ex-#1 (and current #2) "We Are Young," it's the first back-to-back alt-rock #1s ever, and the first back-to-back ones of any rock stripe since Matchbox 20's "Bent" and Vertical Horizon's "Everything You Want" went consecutive back in 2000. And (our personal favorite), since Gotye was technically born in Belgium, he becomes the first Belgian-bred artist to top the charts since—you guessed it—Jeanine Deckers, a.k.a. Soeur Sourire, a.k.a. The Singing Nun went to #1 back in 1963 with "Dominique." We see you, Jeanine!!
Nothing else of note really happens in the top ten this week—no new entries, and the biggest gainer is our girl Carly Rae Jepsen jumping from #10-8 (get yourself a Glee cover, gurrrrrrrl)—but with Gotye/Kimbra and Fun/Janelle as the top two tracks and now back-to-back #1s, that's about all the craziness the Hot 100 can handle in one chart period. Have yourselves a victory cigar, guys.