See which artists have reached 2 million downloads per song the most times.
It's hard to imagine now, but it was just four years ago that Daniel Powter's mopey ballad "Bad Day" became the first song to sell 2 million digital copies. Selling 2 million is now a common occurrence. Seven songs hit that mark this past week alone, bringing the total of 2-million sellers to 206. For the first time, Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the 200 songs with the most paid downloads doesn't include every 2-million seller..
It's a good time to take stock of the artists and songs that have fared best in the digital universe. Who's on top? Fergie has amassed 11 songs that have topped the 2 million mark. This tally combines five hits from her solo debut album, The Dutchess, with six songs she recorded with the Black Eyed Peas..
Rhianna has topped the 2-million mark with 10 songs, counting her featured roles on Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," T.I.'s "Live Your Life" and Jay-Z's "Run This Town.".
Kanye West and will.i.am have each amassed eight 2-million sellers. West's total counts his featured roles on Jay-Z's "Run This Town," Drake's "Forever," Estelle's "American Boy" and Keri Hilson's "Knock You Down." will.i.am's total combines his six Black Eyed Peas hits with his featured roles on Usher's "OMG" and Fergie's "Fergalicious.".
Though she first charted less than 2-1/2 years ago, Lady Gaga has already topped the 2 million mark with seven songs. She has two of the three best-selling songs in digital history: "Just Dance" (featuring Colby O'Donis) and "Poker Face." Both songs are closing in on 6 million in sales..
Fergie and will.i.am aren't the only artists who have topped the 2 million mark both in a group and separately. Hayley Williams has hit that mark with Paramore's "Misery Business" and as a featured artist on B.o.B's "Airplanes." (Cee Lo Green will join this short list within a month. His current smash "F*** You (Forget You)" has sold 1,688,000 copies. He also made the grade with Gnarls Barkley's 2006 hit "Crazy.").
The oldest song that has topped 2 million in digital sales is Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1974 hit "Sweet Home Alabama." Eleven other songs that were released prior to the opening of the iTunes store in April 2003 have topped 2 million in digital sales. In chronological order, they are: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1976) and "We Will Rock You" (1977), Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" (1981), Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" (1982), Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" (1983) and "Thriller" (1984), Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" (1986), Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" (1988), Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"/"What A Wonderful World" (1993), Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (2002) and Coldplay's "Clocks" (February 2003)..
Kamakawiwo'ole's entry is the only 2-million seller that was never a Hot 100 hit. The medley was the key track on his 1993 album Facing Future. The tender piece has been featured in several movies, including Meet Joe Black and 50 First Dates, and TV shows, including Glee and ER. The singer and ukulele player died in 1997..
Akon has had six 2-million sellers, which is more than any other R&B artist. (This counts Rihanna as pop.) Akon's biggest seller is "Smack That" (featuring Eminem). His tally also includes his featured roles on David Guetta's "Sexy Chick" and Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape.".
T-Pain, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Eminem, Ludacris and Fergie have all had five 2-million sellers (combining lead and featured credits)..
Taylor Swift has had four 2-million sellers, which is more than any other country artist. Rascal Flatts is in second place among country artists, with three. Swift's top-seller is "Love Story," which is the only country hit among the top 10 digital hits of all-time..
Nickelback has also had four 2-million sellers, which is more than any other rock artist. The All-American Rejects are in second place, with three. Nickelback's biggest hit is the witty "Rockstar.".
Other artists with four 2-million sellers are Ke$ha, Timbaland, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Bruno Mars (again, combining lead and featured credits). Mars' appearance on this list is remarkable considering he first cracked the Hot 100 in February 2010..
Fifty-five of the top 206 songs in digital history are billed collaborations involving two or more artists. Four of these collaborations feature three artists: "Yeah!" by Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon; "Like A G6" by Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev; "Run This Town" by Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West; and "Knock You Down" by Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo..
The most star-studded 2-million seller is the four-way collaboration "Forever" by Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem..
Powter's "Bad Day" became the first song to top the 2 million mark on Dec. 31, 2006. A little more than a year later, on Jan. 6, 2008, Soulja Boy Tell'em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" became the first song to top the 3 million mark..
On June 29, 2008, "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain became the first song to top the 4 million mark. Nearly one year later, on June 21, 2009, "Low" became the first song to top the 5 million mark..
On July 25, 2010, the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" became the first song to top the 6 million mark. The insanely catchy song will probably also become the first song to top 7 million. Its sales currently stand at 6,627,000..