SONG OF STEEL: Add comic book fan Chris Daughtry to the list of artists -- including Donovan, Barbra Streisand, Eminem and Five for Fighting -- who have recorded songs with the Man of Steel’s name in the title. Daughtry, who has been known to dress as Batman at Comic-Con, is a co-writer of the first single from his group’s forthcoming album, Baptized. “Waiting for Superman” makes multiple Billboard chart debuts this week, including a No. 70 bow on the Hot 100.
OUT IN FRONT: For the third week in a row, the grand total of Billboard No. 1s achieved by American Idol contestants increases. This week, new chart-toppers by Phillip Phillips and Mandisa up the figure to 405.
With his band’s vocalist and former American Idol vocal coach Dorian Holley out this week for a family emergency, Rickey Minor needed to find a singer who could fill in on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. So he turned to season eight Idol alum Allison Iraheta.
Mandisa made her Billboard debut shortly after competing on the fifth season of American Idol in 2006. Seven years later, she is enjoying the biggest chart success of her career, with a No. 1 album and a single that has spent 18 weeks on top. That title track from her album, Overcomer, is poised to bring the Christian music star to the Hot 100 for the first time, as the single rockets from No. 24 to No. 3 on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 list.
LEADERS OF THE PACK: The grand total of No. 1s by Idols on the Billboard charts continues to grow. Contestants from 12 seasons of the series are now responsible for 403 chart-toppers, with the latest titles to achieve pole position coming from Phillip Phillips, Kelly Clarkson and Colton Dixon.