Matt Bomer talking about the “Somebody That I Used To Know” controversy. [x]
The Aussie newcomer laughs off headlines that claim he hates the Fox show, telling a crowd gathered for an intimate performance at Hollywood’s Sayers Club that “it was a great idea.”
Australian newcomer Gotye has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks thanks to his chart-topping hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” but not all of it has been positive.
Taking on the Glee cover of his song in last week’s episode — performed by Darren Criss and Matt Bomer — Gotye told his home country paper theSunday Mail that he found the show’s recording style “dry” and that it sounded “like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box.” He goes on to describe portions of the tune as “dinky and wrong.”
With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox’s “Glee”ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the sum in less than three years.
The cast first appeared on the Hot 100 the week of June 6, 2009, led by the No. 4 arrival of its cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The act’s highest charted entry to date even bested the peak of the original version, which rocked to No. 9 in 1981.
This week, the “Glee” cast hits an even 200 career Hot 100 appearances, as its remake of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” - the original of which becomes the new No. 1 song on the Hot 100 - debuts at No. 26 and its mash-up of Duran Duran’s ’80s smashes “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Rio” enters at No. 98. (“Somebody” marks the 61st charted remake of a Hot 100 No. 1 with which the “Glee” ensemble has charted.)
Closing out the top 10 is a new entry from the Glee Cast, with its cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” at No. 10 (152,000)
With six weeks in a row on top the charts, and its numbers still sitting somewhere in the stratosphere—it currently leads Billboard in all three Triple Crown categories, digital sales, radio airplay and online streams—Fun. and Janelle Monae’s “We Are Young” looked to be the single to beat for some weeks to come. Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” had been gradually creeping up behind it, but looked to still be a little overmatched, its slow climb to the top standing in stark contrast to Fun.’s near-meteoric rise to pole position.
Now, though, the game has changed. After being featured on this week’s episode of Glee, “Somebody” has surged in front of “Young” on iTunes, currently residing at #1, with the Gleeversion of the song not far behind at #7 and even Walk Off the Earth’s viral cover of the song recharting at #67. With Gotye gaining in both airplay and streams last week before the Glee bump, and Fun.’s numbers finally starting to taper off a little (despite being #1 in all three categories, “Young” was down in both digital sales and streams), it’s not inconceivable that the song’s recent added exposure might be enough to vault it to the chart’s summit.
As of 9:40am, STIUTK is at #6. It seems to be holding up very well. I have no idea what its sales numbers are looking like but this is the Top 5 on the Digital chart for Apr. 2-8, with #7 also thrown in there so you can get an idea. Last week was a VERY strong sales week. I don’t expect Glee’s version of STIUTK to have numbers nearly this high but the fact that it’s hanging in there is a very good sign and the sales should be quite nice.
1. We Are Young (390,000)
2. STIUTK (311,000)
3. Boyfriend (295,000)
4. What Makes You Beautiful (294,000)
5. Starships (232,000)
7. Glad You Came (209,000)