Ke$ha Makes Digital Sales History as "TiK ToK" Explodes

December 31, 2009 12:00 AM ET

Ke$ha made digital sales history last week when her debut single "TiK ToK" was downloaded 610,000 times, the highest digital total for a female artist in one week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking the figures. The current record holder for most downloads in a week, Flo Rida's "Right Round," also happens to feature Ke$ha on the hook, meaning the up-and-coming singer has a hand in the top two most downloaded songs in one week in digital history. Pretty impressive for an artist who hasn't even released her debut album yet.

Ke$ha's seems to have a stranglehold on the digital realm: her debut album Animal, out January 5th, has already managed to infiltrate the Top Five of iTunes Albums chart. It's as if everyone who received an iTunes music store gift card in their stocking on Christmas immediately ran to their computers and downloaded "TiK ToK" or pre-ordered Animal. It appears Ke$ha is being positioned as 2010's Lady Gaga, and she's off to a solid start: "TiK ToK" finished atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the second consecutive week, and the track recently surpassed two million downloads total on iTunes.

Wondering what all the fuss is about? If you've somehow managed to escape "TiK ToK," hear it here:

Look back at the year's other big singles in our list of the 25 Best Songs of 2009.

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