Kimbra Charts 14 In The US As Gotye Equals Record

31 May 2012 | 11:52 am | Scott Fitzsimons

The only thing taking attention from Gotye this week is Kimbra's excellent performance.

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Gotye has remained atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week as Somebody That I Used To Know becomes the year's longest-leading number one track. It passes fun.'s We Are Young, featuring Janelle Monae, which spent six weeks at the top earlier this year.

It also means that the track, featuring Kimbra, equals Eminem's stint of seven weeks in 2010, which is the previous longest run at the top by a solo male artist. His track Love The Way You Lie also had a female guest, Rihanna.

Kimbra's had her own success this week, with her albumVows, released in Australia September last year, debuting at 14 on the Billboard Album Chart. Her publicity company put out a press release prematurely last night, claiming the New Zealand-born singer had reached 13, before amending their statement after "early information received was incorrect".

Kimbra said, "It means a lot to have my album recognised in America at this level, it's been an amazing experience to see it all come into fruition especially after the time, energy and effort it took to complete. I'm now really excited to be touring the US and sharing these songs with people one on one, it's cathartic to have them transcend from being my experiences to now being someone else's.”

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Mark Richardson, CEO of Kimbra's management Outpost, said, "This result reflects the effort and the undeniable quality of Kimbra, and the resources Outpost Management with WBR have committed to the VOWS album. Kimbra has had such an amazing year with her success in Australia and New Zealand, the global success of Gotye's single Somebody That I Used to Know and now with her debut release in the USA andVows' chart entry at # 14. This also highlights the talent we have in Australia and New Zealand and the impact these artists can have on the global music scene."

The full Billboard charts will be posted tomorrow.