Its first-week sales are the eighth highest achieved across a week for a download in history, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and this has occurred in the same month Justin Bieber's Boyfriend and Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know similarly achieved notable tallies.
The Bieber track three weeks ago opened with 521,000 sales, the second biggest first-week total for a download of all time, while last week Somebody That I Used To Know accumulated 542,000 sales, a total bettered previously only by Flo Rida's Right Round (636,000), Ke$ha's Tik Tok (610,000) and Bruno Mars' Grenade (559,000).
Despite Payphone's big opening-week numbers, it has to settle for a debut at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, which is compiled from a mixture of sales, airplay and streaming data. Ahead of it, the Gotye single spends a second week at number one after selling another 463,000 downloads, while moving 8-6 on the separate Radio Songs airplay chart and again topping the On-Demand streaming chart, and fun featuring Janelle Monae's We Are Young remains at two.
UK boy bands The Wanted and One Direction's bids to top the Hot 100 appear to be over with Glad You Came dropping this week 3-5 as its cumulative US sales surpass 2 million and What Makes You Beautiful falls 4-8, while the follow-up One Thing slips 62-71. However, One Direction's album Up All Night is now up to around half a million US sales after selling another 55,000 copies to hold at five on the Billboard 200 chart. This is an 18% week-on-week fall.
Having just missed out on topping the UK artist albums chart last weekend, Jason Mraz now suffers the double misfortune of being piped to the Billboard 200 crown. His Love Is A Four Letter Word has to settle for a number two debut with 102,000 sales, 12,000 behind Lionel Richie's Tuskegee, which spends a second week at number one with sales dropping 11%.
Sales of the Richie album are the lowest for a number one for 13 weeks and Tuskegee and Mraz's efforts are the only ones to achieve a six-figure weekly retail total. Behind them Adele's 21 drops 2-3 after selling another 90,000 copies, a week-on-week fall of just 2%, while rock band Train claim their highest position yet on the chart with California 37 debuting at four with 76,000 sales.
Below One Direction, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded drops 3-6 as sales decline 40% to 48,000 and Gotye's Making Mirrors stays at seven with sales down 18% to 44,000. Rapper Future arrives in eighth position with Pluto on the back of 41,000 sales as Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream ascends 6-9 with sales down 45% to 35,000 and Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines climbs 13-10, despite sales dropping 11% to 28,000.
Spiritualized score their fourth Billboard 200 hit with Sweet Heart Sweet Light debuting at number 60, nearly four years after its predecessor Songs In A&E got as far as 157. The band's peak on the chart is 26, achieved by Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space in 1997.
After debuting at 51 last week, Florence + The Machine's MTV Unplugged now tumbles to 118, but the first Florence album Lungs makes a significant 83-54 leap as Ceremonials drops four notches to 62.
Ellie Goulding's single Lights is in the top half of the Hot 100 for the first time this week on what is its 18th non-consecutive week on the survey. With more than 1 million cumulative US sales, the track climbs 54-49, while its parent album of the same name slips 165-192.
London singer-songwriter Alex Clare looks like breaking into the Top 10 of the Official UK singles chart this weekend with Too Close, which was up to eight in the Official Charts Company Sales Flashes on Thursday. It is also progressing nicely on the Hot 100, rising 73-63, while his album The Lateness Of The Hour is up 86-82 on the Billboard 200.
Adele's Rumour Has It is also continuing to rise, now up 20-16 on the Hot 100 to place it ahead of her last hit Set Fire ToThe Rain, which drops a place to 18. However, progress is stalled for Calvin Harris's Feel So Close, which falls 12-14.