Gotye and Kimbra keep UK number one and smash 2012 sales record

Gotye reaches 500,000 mark for 'Somebody That I Used to Know' as Marcus Collins struggles into the top 10.

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Posted 12th March 2012 in News, Gotye | By Clickmusic News Desk

Gotye and Kimbra have kept hold of the UK singles number one for a third consecutive week.

‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ has now managed to sell in excess of 500,000 copies, making it the first single to sell over half a million copies in 2012.

Emeli Sandé continued her chart successes with second position on the UK chart as ‘Next to Me’ refuses to budge from behind Gotye.

Nicki Minaj rose up to number three this week with ‘StarShips’ as the single gets a boost in airplay and approaches its physical release.

Stooshe found success this week with their first major chart release. ‘Love Me’ featuring Travie McCoy lands down at number five, showing that the UK might just be wising up to the churn of reality TV winners.

The next highest new entry comes courtesy of Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott, who reach number seven with 'Bright Lights'.

Marcus Collins manages to score himself a UK top ten placing at nine with ‘Seven Nation Army’. While in the top ten, the chart placing falls short of where the label had thought he would land. Midweek charts had Marcus 250 copies behind Stooshe, but the X Factor runner-up slipped to the lower end of the top.

This week’s album release from Marcus will show whether or not the singer has a shot at a career beyond The X Factor. The doomsayers are already predicting that he’s been kissed by the infamous curse. Slow week for the charts this week really, but an interesting situation for the fledgling popstar.