PSY is slowly but surely becoming the next big phenomenon in music with the growing popularity of “Gangnam Style,” which climbed the charts due to its viral YouTube hit. Despite the song’s success it couldn’t ease its way pass Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. In the closest race between Nos. 1 and 2 since February, “One More Night” kept its No. 1 spot for the third week in a row. “Gangnam Style” was nearly 500 overall chart points away from the coveted head position. Considering how close it was we think PSY should still honor his promise to perform “topless in a place where everyone can watch.”
In other chart news, Mumford & Sons score big with Babel as the biggest debut album of the year. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts with 600,000 units sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Not to shabby for the group’s second effort. Babel far surpasses Justin Bieber‘s Believe (374,000) and Madonna‘s MDNA (359,000), which are the second and third best selling debut week sales of the year. Babel is making a namesake for itself in a few other categories such as biggest sales week for a rock album since 2008 and second largest sales week of 2012. Swerve!
[Photo: Getty Images]