Gotye scores US #1
Gotye – aka Wally De Backer – has reached the unreachable this week, becoming the first Australian artist this century to have a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart .
The Melbournian is in pretty good company, with the only other Aussies to have reached number 1 in the USA int he past 3 decades being Men At Work, INXS and Savage Garden.
The big number 1 was hit with his track Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)‘. The single recently featured on a n episode of Glee which significantly bolstered sales (those darn GLEEKS!)
Gotye’s single has now accrued over 5 million sales worldwide with over 500,000 copies sold in the U.S. last week alone. In fact “Somebody That I Used To Know” is only the sixth song in American chart history to sell more than half a million downloads in just one week.
The song has now been #1 on iTunes in 33 countries – MENTAL!