Gotye and Kiwi singer Kimbra almost No.1 in US
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Gotye and Kiwi singer Kimbra almost No.1 in US

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Apr 19, 2012 at 2:46 AM PDT
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Somebody That I Used To Know as sung by a toddler who doesn't exactly know the words

Australian music star Gotye's hit 'Somebody That I Used To Know', featuring New Zealand songstress Kimbra, has hit the big time in the United States, gaining number one in the Billboard charts.

Gotye is the first Australian musician to top the US Billboard charts in over a decade.

It is the first time a New Zealander has topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts since 1977, when Chris Thompson was lead singer of Manfred Mann's Earthband.

Billboard said the song gained momentum in the US when it was covered on the hit television show Glee on April 10, while just days later Gotye (pronounced “gore-ti-yeah”) and Kimbra performed Somebody on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

The track sold 542,000 downloads between April 9 and April 15 in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The patchwork clip for Somebody That I Used To Know has received more than 160 million views on YouTube.

It has now been number one in 18 countries, including New Zealand and Britain.

Written by Belgian-Australian Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know also peaked at number one on the Billboard's Top Rock, YouTube and MySpace charts.



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Gotye and Kimbra perform Somebody That I Used to Know at the ARIAs.
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