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7/6/2012

Gotye's never-going-away smash hit, "Somebody That I Used To Know," is the biggest-selling digital song of 2012 so far, according to new sales numbers released by Nielsen SoundScan. More than 5.5 million downloads of "Somebody" have been sold in the first six months of the year. The only other song to sell more than five million digital copies was Fun.'s "We Are Young," which moved just under 5.1 million. The biggest album of 2012 so far actually came out in 2011: Adele's 21 is the only record to sell more than one million copies this year, moving a total of 3.7 million through the end of June. (FMQB)

Beck has collaborated with model and singer Karen Elson on her cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman" for Just Tell Me That You Want Me, a collection of Fleetwood Mac covers coming out on August 14th. Beck produced the track and played a guitar solo on it for Elson, who is the former wife of Jack White. Other artists contributing to the set include MGMT, the Kills, Billy Gibbons, Best Coast and more. Listen to Elson's take on "Gold Dust Woman" at http://tinyurl.com/ce2kwzs (Antiquiet)

Sutro Eyewear has announced the launch of the Hetfield, a limited edition pair of sunglasses that the company designed in collaboration with Metallica frontman James Hetfield. According to the company sales pitch, the glasses feature stainless steel hinges that are 10 times stronger than traditional hinges and keep the frame tight over a long period of time, while the lenses block 100 percent of all UVA and UVB sun rays and are extra scratch resistant. Sutro eyewear is currently available through boutiques and specialty retailers in the U.S., Japan and Germany. Check out the Hetfield model at http://tinyurl.com/dx6m2pq


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