'American Idol' on the Charts: Candice Glover's 'Music Speaks' Debuts in Top 20
Also: Where is the "Love, Love, Love?" Ruben Studdard charts with a remake of a Donny Hathaway hit and Danny Gokey returns, in a new genre.
‘MUSIC’ SPEAKS LOUDLY: Her debut album may have been delayed, but that didn’t hinder the debut of Candice Glover’s Music Speaks on the Billboard charts. The album is a new entry on six different surveys and blasts straight into the top 10 on two of those charts.
Glover’s first release bows at No. 3 on To R&B Albums and No. 4 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. On the former, she is in excellent company, joining a top three that includes Beyoncè and Toni Braxton.
Music Speaks opens on The Billboard 200 at No. 14, the same debut position it holds on Top Digital Albums and Top Current Albums. On Top Internet Albums, the set enters at No. 11.
Glover’s multiple debuts keeps the American Idol Billboard streak intact, with every winner for 12 years seeing their name garner chart ink.
WHOLE LOTTA ‘LOVE’: When Ruben Studdard was competing on American Idol 11 years ago, it was no secret that he was a major fan of Donny Hathaway, the legendary R&B singer who died on Jan. 13, 1979, one day before Studdard turned six months old. On his new album, Unconditional Love, Studdard has recorded one of his favorite Hathaway songs, “Love, Love, Love.” This week, that track becomes the first individual song from the album to chart, as it debuts on the Adult R&B tally at No. 26.
It’s Studdard’s 12th song to chart on the Adult R&B survey and is his highest-debuting title to date. His chart run began with “Superstar,” which bowed on June 4, 2003. That gives the second person to win Idol a chart span of 10 years and nine months. “Superstar” peaked at No. 6 in September 2003. The next single to chart, “Sorry 2004,” spent four weeks at No. 1. In 2006, Studdard earned another No. 1 with “Change Me,” which reigned for eight weeks.
“Love, Love, Love” is Hathaway’s highest-charting solo single on Billboard’s R&B chart, peaking at No. 16 in 1973 (Hathaway had two No. 1s on this chart; both were duets with Roberta Flack. “Where Is the Love” spent one week on top in 1972 and “The Closer I Get to You” ruled for two weeks in 1978).
NEW GENRE: Danny Gokey returns to the Billboard charts this week, but not as a country artist. That was the genre he explored after his run on season eight of Idol and he did well, with his album My Best Days peaking at No. 3 on Top Country Albums and No. 4 on The Billboard 200 in March 2010.
Gokey last appeared on the Billboard charts in 2011 with his single “Second Hand Heart. Three years later, Gokey is back with a new single, “Hope in Front of Me,” which debuts at No. 35 on Christian Songs and No. 47 on Christian Digital Songs. The song shares a title with a book Gokey wrote about his life. The tome was published in October 2013.
BITS AND PIECES: Last week, Scotty McCreery’s single “See You Tonight” broke through to the top 10 on two charts. Seven days later, the song makes a move into the top 10 on a third chart, Country Songs Detections. On the Hot 100, the single achieves a new peak position climbing 57-54. It also sports a new symbol on the charts, indicating it has been certified gold for 500,000 sales… Mandisa’s Overcomer rebounds 18-13 on Top Christian Albums and 190-136 on Top Current Albums…Daughtry’s single “Waiting for Superman” continues to advance, with a move of 19-15 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song makes an even bigger move on the companion Adult Contemporary Audience chart, where it jumps 27-18. It is also up on the Hot 100 (81-79) and Pop Digital Songs (28-21). And on Mainstream Top 40, the single debuts at No. 40… Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” spends a second week at No. 1 on Adult Contemporary Recurrents and his previous single, “Home,” holds at No. 6 on that same chart… Guy Sebastian’s “Like a Drum” advances 48-44 on Hot Dance Club Play… Lee DeWyze’s “Fight” returns to the Adult Top 40 survey at No. 40, the same position is held a few weeks ago… Carrie Underwoods Blown Away storms 9-7 on To Country Catalog Albums… Keith Urban’s “Cop Car” breaks into the to 10 of Hit Country Songs with a move of 12-10 and gets closer to No. 1 on Country Digital Songs, where it travels 5-3.