Blurred Lines is... number two?
Avicii – the Swedish DJ and producer who sometimes goes by the name of Tim Bergling – has done the unthinkable and knocked Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines off the top of the singles charts, and beaten the R&B/Pop tune’s weekly sales record, too.
Here's Avicii at the House of Hunger event at Terra Veritatis
Wake Me Up sold nearly 267,000 copies in its first week on sale, which trumps Blurred Lines by about 76k – the biggest single week since The Justice Collective's He Ain't Heavy topped 2012's Christmas chart with nearly 267,000 sold.
This isn’t the first time U.K audiences have been subjected to a dose of his Scandinavian style, though; in February he topped the charts with I Could Be The One and was previously a hit in 2011 when he collaborated with Leona Lewis and Levels, and sampled on Flo Rida's 2012 number one.
Thicke won’t be too upset though, his album – the one that shares a name with his controversial top-selling single – nudged past Jay Z to take the album #1 spot. Magna Carta Holy Grail had one glorious week at the top despite lots of privacy issues with the associated app, but Thicke’s 1-million selling week took care of that.
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower
It’s been a huge year for music sales. 2013 has already seen Daft Punk’s get lucky storm the charts and rake in over £1m, and soon after that, Thicke’s Blurred Lines got in on the act, but that had more to do with the controversial video and less to do with the actual song.