Gotye Is Top Single Seller For 2012

Singer beats Carly Rae Jespen in UK top 10.

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"Somebody That I Used To Know", the mega selling single from New Zealand based Gotye, has been revealed as the UK's biggest selling track for 2012. The Official Charts Company has released their top ten for this year. Gotye's track, which entered the UK singles chart at #1 back in February, has so far sold 1.28 million copies. "Somebody That I Used To Know" is one of just 123 songs to have scored over a million sales in the chart's 60 year history. The current top ten list is as follows:

1. Gotye ft. Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used To Know" 2. Carly Rae Jespen - "Call Me Maybe" 3. Fun. ft. Janelle Monae - "We Are Young" 4. Davd Guetta ft. Sia - "Titanium" 5. Nicki Minaj - "Starships" 6. Jessie J - "Domino" 7. Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa - "Payphone" 8. Flo Rida ft. Sia - "Wild Ones" 9. Psy - "Gangnam Style" 10. Emeli Sandé - "Next to Me"

There is no guarantee that these figures will remain unchanged for the rest of the year, as December is traditionally a month for record breaking sales.

This week's UK singles chart has seen a surprise re-entry from Aussie rockers AC/DC, whose back catalogue was re-released on iTunes last week. "Back in Black", which was first a single for the band in 1980, re-entered the chart at at #53.

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    electricblue2
    lol, when are you guys gonna stop trying to be cool with this whole "constantly rage against anything that isn't rock/metal" thing
    Skullivan
    So many "featurings". Can't say I know half the artists on this list, but I did buy "Somebody." If anyone mainstream song was to get this title, I'm glad it was Gotye.
    submergedpiano
    Gotye isn't New Zealand based, he's from Australia. Kimbra is from New Zealand. Damn it Ultimate Guitar, get your shit together.
    logicbdj
    Call Me Maybe has got to be one of the worst songs... it just keeps repeating and repeating. And if that's #2, then it doesn't take much to be #1. Apparently a lot of young teen girls buying records out there.
    seventh_angel
    Since I usually avoid the radio and television, especially when it comes to music, I never got tired of this song ( I've heard its airplay time is absurd ). I've got to hand it to Gotye though; it's not a song I consider shit. I actually think it's enjoyable to listen, especially compared to the ****storm that is the 2012 commercial music. I'd probably have the urge to stab my ears if I was napalmed with it everyday though.
    Camron62\m/
    i totally agree. hell the first time i heard the song, it was on a ROCK station. before it exploded. then it was annoying to hear the tween pop-lovers on my bus sing it out loud to the terrible radio station that's playing it. but it is a good song, i like it.
    tennesseehild
    This is sickening
    -xCaMRocKx-
    Yeah, it's sickening that a musician who writes and records all his own music in a studio he built in his parent's back yard can achieve international success with an independently released record. Please. You don't like something, so it's sickening? You are not the target market for everything. As a small-time local musician and an Aussie, I'm proud of Gotye, and wish him nothing but success.
    dennymcf
    Gotye deserves it big time, he plays all the instruments on his songs and has been slogging it hard in aus for ages until he got any sort of success. by the way his other songs are better, a lot less pop orientated.
    robo37
    Gotye is one of the most talented musicians around. Perhaps that song isn't his best but his other stuff is gold.
    ItMightGetQuiet
    i'll give you its better than most music these days, because he uses some real instruments.
    GloofiE
    Gotye is the only artist on this list I can respect. Then again, he's the only artist.
    nboyjn
    well Fun. is on the list and i consider them to be actual artists. their singer is actually insanely good. a lot of people compare em to queen. problem is, the band is pretty average while the lead singer shines, whereas every member in queen was great... god damn i love brian may
    EpiExplorer
    Talented programmer, probably, but his overall aesthetic and song writing is steeped in hipster-ish irony. Also, he just records dull music.
    -Retro-
    Hate him if you will, but I'm sure as hell glad that he's ahead of a long list of total fakers.
    Shread_6009
    This is a classic examPle of people hating a song simply because it's popular. It's an alright song, very Peter gabriel-y and kinda clever in it's story. You don't have to like it, but I'm sure you'd all prefer this to Carly Rae jepson. I would hope his popularity indicates a shift in pop music rather than the way things are now
    --ESTRANGED--
    the strings on that carly rae japseye track sound quite nice. this, and the fact tha it'd ruin her are the only two good things about that track.
    Jehuty
    Wow, didn't expect this guy to get so much hate. It's a very solid song if you ask me, I'd much prefer this over Nicki Minaj or Jessie J. Sure, we've all been bombarded to hell with the song but I still enjoy hearing it.
    Mr Brownst0ne
    maybe it's just me but did anybody else think that that Gotye song is incredibly overrated? how it got so much attention and praise is beyond me.
    burghUK
    Emily sande is quite a talented singer to be fair , but you guys probably don't consider vocals a talent.
    --ESTRANGED--
    you know, im so ****ing thankful for the internet giving exposure to smaller and independant artists so we dont all have to listen to trash like this on other mediums, such as tv or radio. its all pre-packaged and cliche with the sole purpose of making as much money as possible for the fat cats who are at the top of the "big three"
    robo37
    (Sorry or the spaming it keeped asking me to enter those damn "confirm you're not a robot" codes and then posted everything at once.) -_-
    ninjagayden777
    I'm ok with this. Making Mirrors is a stellar indie pop album, and that single is catchy as hell. As for anyone jumping on the Gotye hate bandwagon, check out his album Like Drawing Blood. Much more abrasive and ambitious.
    vdcp73
    gotye is not so bad!...but the rest of the list...oh my god janice!
    tyler_j
    Goddammit UG, he's Australian. His collaborator Kimbra is the kiwi. Also, if you're still complaining you don't know who he is, forget this song and check out his album 'Like Drawing Blood'. That ought to appease the hipster in all of you.
    Darth Wader
    This list isn't that surprising. It's mostly pop music (which is what makes money for record companies) and they are singles, not albums. Rock fans probably buy the entire album...or they pirate it haha
    Cheepy
    Seriously, gotye is one of the best composers out their, i'd wish somebody I used to know wasn't overplayed because people arent aware of his other great songs on Making Mirrors and his older stuff from like drawing blood
    fl0ridagat0r
    Before Call Me Maybe came into my life, I missed it so bad. I missed it so bad. I missed it so so bad.
    SFosterS
    Ah man, I genuinely hate this song. My tastes are all over the map but I really hate this song - stop being so whiny and get ****in angry!
    Shread_6009
    You do realize the song is actually about how much of a whiny douchebag the male narrator is, right? He's whiny because his girlfriend dumped him and he can't understand why she doesn't want to associate him anymore. Then his ex throws it back in his face by pointing out how he was an abusive *****.
    ctb
    Everytime I hear the Gotye song, I keep thinking it's Sting (from The Police). The song which features Kimbra is also a very attractive and brilliant singer. I thought Call Me Maybe would have been No. 1 though.
    Reddaz
    I can honestly say I only really know 2 or 3 of those, thank the lord for Planet Rock on DAB so I don't have to listen to any of that crap!
    robo37
    Gotye's a genius. If you don't believe me listen to Heart's a Mess or the Only Thing I Know. Complete genius.
    bustapr
    how the hell is niki minaj on this list? I swear everyone Ive met hates her music, even the hip hop lovers hate her songs. I understand why the other are popular but what Ive heard of her stuff, shes just so bad...
    Tarsplitter
    Only heard the top 3 + Gangnam style. And all of those are actually pretty good (= catchy). Except that Fun song, it sucks.
    SKB
    I may not like her but I respect Emili Sand, she has a very strong voice. Gotye, well at least he beat Call Me Maybe.
    Tomamo5
    It's such a shame that Fun have had such a sudden success. Their latest album is the worst any of the members of Fun have created (due to major label signing and working with Kanye producer) but they're incredibly fantastic songwriters and musicians, it's a shame they now have so much disdain and such a teeny fanase because they're popular. Have a listen to their first album, or anything by The Format, Steel Train or Anathallo. They're great.
    howyjr
    I like Kiwis, but he's definitely Australian. We went to the same high school.
    Jozef23
    NEW ZEALAND!!?!?!?!? HE'S AN AUSSIE ARTIST SAME AS KIMBRA!!!! THEY BOTH GOT ARIAS FOR FUCKS SAKE!!!! GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER UG, IT'S AS IF YOU SAY BILLY TALENT ARE US!!
    RJ13
    You aren't serious are you? I have no clue about that Gotye guy but Kimbra is from Hamilton in New Zealand. She has said it herself. I know that and I don't even pay attention to New Zealand (my country) 's current pop culture.
    Jozef23
    I know she's from New Zealand, Gotye is from Belgium. But they are signed with Aussie labels and live in Australia
    Lilr0cker
    Im sorry UG :/ The girl Kimbra is from New Zealand, Gotye is from Europe :o
    Tobester95
    Emeli Sand is actually a good musician. Haven't heard anything from her that sounded like utter bullshit.