Flo Rida Topples Single-Week Download Mark

Flo Rida breaks his own record for most weekly digital song downloads as « Right Round » debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart with 636,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The total smashes the mark he set with « Low » (467,000) in the January 12, 2008, issue, which took into account sales from that season’s post-Christmas week. The tally for « Round » also surpasses the opening-week download record set just last week by « Crack a Bottle » from Eminem, 50 Cent & Dr. Dre (418,000).

On the heels of its record-breaking sum, « Round, » which is based around Dead Or Alive’s 1985 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit « You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), » will move 58-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart to be posted tomorrow (Feb. 19) on Billboard.com.

The track will be Flo Rida’s second to top that list, following « Low » which spent 10 consecutive weeks at No. 1. « Round » precedes Flo Rida’s second Poe Boy/Atlantic album, « R.O.O.T.S., » due April 7.

Meanwhile, Atlantic Records labelmate T.I. is one of many artists to parlay a Grammy Awards performance into increased sales as his collaboration with Justin Timberlake, « Dead And Gone, » will rise 9-2 on the Hot 100 with the chart’s largest week-to-week digital download spike (up 118,000).

While Atlantic Records recently held the top two slots on the chart for six weeks this past fall with a pair of T.I. tracks, this is the first time two different artists from the label have occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 slots in 20 years. In the March 18, 1989, issue Debbie Gibson’s « Lost In Your Eyes » led the list followed by Mike + The Mechanics « The Living Years. »

By Silvio Pietroluongo, N.Y.


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