The accolades keep pouring in for “our Wally,” old mate Gotye. With Neilsen Soundscan releasing their mid-year music sales data, he officially has the biggest digital single and the third biggest digital album of 2012 in the USA.
Billboard reports that his Kimbra collab ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ has been sold an astonishing 5.5 million online copies. That’s of course not including physical sales, and illegal downloads; just legit, online sales. Five and a half million.
It’s another history-making moment for Gotye, with Billboard reporting that no other song has ever sold 5 million copies in the first half of a year. It is apparently also “the 15th best-selling digital song of all time.”
His album ‘Making Mirrors’ also hasn’t done too badly, making it to number 11 on the mid-year album charts (538,000 sales). The Adele juggernaut keeps rolling, with her album ’21’ selling a ridiculous 3,368,000 copies in the first half of 2012 alone. To put it in perspective, the #2 album (Lionel Richie with ‘Tuskegee’) has sold just 912,000. Even One Direction fever couldn’t unseat the Brit, with the boy band coming third so far with 899,000