A (slightly belated yet enthusiastic!) note of congratulations is due to Gotye, our February You Oughta Know artist, for a brand new milestone he recently accomplished. Back in February, “Somebody That I Used To Know” hit #1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs chart, but last week, his duet with fellow Down Under sensation Kimbra climbed all the way #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Yes, you read that right, it’s the #1 song in the country!
Gotye got a boost from appearing on last week’s Saturday Night Live, which led to him selling an astounding 542,000 digital copies of the song last week alone, the fourth-best single week digital sales number in chart history; to date, he’s sold 4.5 million copies of it worldwide. However, he’s less-than-impressed with the way that the cast of Glee treated his song in a recent episode. In an interview with the Australian Sunday Mail, he described the hit show’s cover thusly:
They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra-dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense, like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box … It made it sound dinky and wrong.”
To be quite frank, this Glee smackdown makes us like Gotye even more!
To celebrate “Somebody That I Used To Know” hitting #1, let’s revisit his performance of the song right here in our VH1 headquarters back in April.
Gotye Says Glee’s Cover Was ‘Dinky and Wrong’ [Billboard]
[Photo: VH1/Colin Gray]