Just past the halfway point of 2010, who do you think has the year’s top-selling single so far? Justin Bieber? Lady Gaga? Perennial blockbuster-makers Black Eyed Peas? No. It’s Train.
Yes, Train, the fortysomething guys behind “Drops of Jupiter” and now “Hey, Soul Sister” sold 3.4 million copies of the Mister Mister name-checking track in the first half of the year according to Nielsen SoundScan, besting No. 2 Usher’s “OMG” by more than 700,000 copies.
“Who would’ve thought that a ukulele could be so well-received?” Train singer Pat Monahan said backstage at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel recently. “We didn’t think that ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ would be a bigger song than ‘Drops of Jupiter.’ It’s really cool for us.”
The success of “Hey, Soul Sister,” ukelele aside, is due in part to its cross-genre appeal on radio, as well as its usage in numerous high-profile ad campaigns, including Samsung’s 3D LED TV spot, which debuted during The Oscars, and for the new season of “Nurse Jackie.”
Other surprises in the top-selling singles Top 10 is not one, but two appearances from B.O.B., with “Airplanes,” featuring Hayley Williams at No. 7, and “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars at No. 9. Black Eyed Pea will.i.am appears twice on the list as part of “OMG” with Usher and with the Peas on “Imma Be” at No. 3. Ludacris also has two featured appearances, with “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz’s single at No. 5, and with “Baby,” the Bieber single at No. 10.
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