GOING, GOING, ‘GONE’: American Idol has the magic touch, not just for a season’s current contestants, but for former Idols who return to perform their newest hits. The latest example: Phillip Phillips’ live performance of his current single “Gone, Gone, Gone” on the March 14 results show causes the track to move up on a number of Billboard charts this week, including Rock Digital Songs, where the follow-up to “Home” leaps 15-4, the first instance of this song breaking into the top five of any Billboard tally.
On the Hot 100, “Gone” debuted last week in the anchor position, and now soars 100-59. On Hot Digital Songs, “Gone” re-enters at No. 21 and on Rock Songs, the track is up 15-12. North of the border, “Gone” is the highest new entry on the Canadian Hot 100, debuting at No. 52. Meanwhile, “Home” hasn’t given up the ghost. The coronation song is No. 1 for the ninth consecutive week on the Adult Contemporary chart. And in other good chart news for Phillips, his album The World from the Side of the Moon rebounds 14-9 on Top Rock Albums and re-enters Top Digital Albums at No. 18.
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DOUBLE DOSE OF CHART-TOPPERS: The Idol franchise adds two more Billboard No. 1s to its total, thanks to new No. 1s by the winners of seasons three and four.
Fantasia’s latest single, “Lose to Win,” jumps 7-1 on Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. This is the first time the song has been No. 1 on any chart. On Adult R&B, where “Lose” held tight at No. 11 for four weeks in a row, the song has finally made its top 10 breakthrough, rising 11-8.
Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” moves off of the Hot Country Songs survey and debuts at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Recurrents.
This is Fantasia’s 32nd Billboard No. 1 and the 381st for American Idol. Underwood collects her 66th Billboard No. 1 and the 382nd for Idol. Her total could increase again next week, as “Two Black Cadillacs” drives 4-2 on the Country Airplay list. “Cadillacs” will have to put the pedal to the metal to overtake the current No. 1, Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool if You Did.”
Fantasia and Underwood are both in the top four among Idols with the most No. 1s. Here’s how the top 10 shapes up:
Kelly Clarkson 81
Carrie Underwood 66
Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) 39
Ruben Studdard 16
Jennifer Hudson 15
Clay Aiken 12
Phillip Phillips 11
Adam Lambert 10
Scotty McCreery 10
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THE DEVIN EFFECT: Just as Angie Miller, Curtis Finch, Jr. and Amber Holcomb did last week, season 12 top 10 finalist Devin Velez has made an impact on the Billboard charts, even before he sees his own name in print.
Velez sang Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” on the March 13 show. As a result, the original version rockets back up the Christian Digital Songs chart, 50-15. Two other Underwood songs on the same tally also improve: “Jesus, Take the Wheel” rises 22-21 and “How Great Thou Art” re-enters at No. 49.
BITS AND PIECES: “Don’t Rush” by Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill is still moving up the Hot Country Songs chart. This week the track advances 38-36, while Clarkson’s “Catch My Breath” holds at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart… Season three’s Leah LaBelle is working on her next hit. “Lolita,” released on Epic Records, is the first song listed on the breakout tracks for the Hot Dance Club Play chart, which means the song should be debuting on that survey in the next couple of weeks… After four weeks of moving back up the Top Country Albums chart, Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day slipped last week, but now it rebounds again, with a move of 41-36. On that same list, Casey James’ self-titled debut is also moving back up, climbing 70-66.