'American Idol' on the Charts: Colton Dixon Joins the Christmas Hit Parade
The season 11 finalist debuts on Christian Adult Contemporary with "Jingle Bells." Also: "The Sound of Music" continues to climb ev'ry chart.
THE 'BELLS' ARE RINGING: Over the last 12 years, American Idol alumnae of all genres have come together on the holiday charts. This year, the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson, has dominated the Christmas lists with her album Wrapped in Red. While that set spends a third week at No. 1 on Top Holiday Albums and the track "Underneath the Tree" leads the Adult Contemporary tally for a third week, another Idol makes a first appearance on a seasonal chart. Season 11's Colton Dixon debuts at No. 30 on the Christian Adult Contemporary survey at No. 30 with "Jingle Bells," a holiday classic that was No. 1 for Kimberley Locke on the AC chart in 2006.
Clarkson's Christmas titles continue to do well on multiple Billboard charts. Wrapped in Red spends another week at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and rises 6-2 on Top Internet Albums. "Underneath the Tree" is up 92-80 on the Hot 100 and breaks into the top 10 of the Holiday 100 with a move of 12-9. On Holiday Digital Songs, "Tree" grows 6-3. Clarkson is also charting with "Silent Night" (featuring Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood), up 18-14 on Holiday Digital Songs and 100-86 on the Holiday 100. Another Tree track, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Run Run Rudolph," re-enters Holiday Digital Songs at No. 49. On the Adult Contemporary list, Clarkson is up 7-5 with "Blue Christmas," while "Please Come Home for Christmas" slips 8-9 but earns a bullet for increased airplay over last week.
In other holiday news, Carrie Underwood's "Do You Hear What I Hear" leaps 95-65 on the Holiday 100 and re-enters Holiday Airplay at No. 38.
'SOUND' WAVE: In its second week on Top Soundtracks, The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood in the role of Maria von Trapp, repeats at No. 2, while debuting at No. 12 on Top Internet Albums.
SCOTTY BEAMS UP THE CHARTS: It's another great week for Scotty McCreery. His single "See You Tonight" continues to gain momentum. On Country Digital Songs, it rises 30-25, while re-entering the Hot 100 at No. 86 and Country Streaming Songs at No. 22. The song breaks into the top 20 of Hot Country Songs with a move of 24-19. The parent album, which has the same title, climbs 70-67 on the Billboard 200.
McCreery's 2012 holiday album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, holds at No. 4 on Top Country Catalog Albums.
BITS AND PIECES: Phillip Phillips' "Gone, Gone, Gone" is still in the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart in its 34th week on the survey, holding at No. 10 … Fantasia's "Without Me" (featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott) stands at No. 2 on the Adult R&B chart, still hoping for a chance to move up one rung to No. 1. Her new single, "Side Effects of You," holds at No. 23 … Mandisa's album Overcomer finds new strength this week and rockets 182-156 on the Billboard 200 … Colton Dixon's The Messenger surges in its 41st week on Top Christian Albums, jumping 43-34 … Daughtry's Baptized rebounds 8-5 on Top Rock Albums.