'American Idol' on the Charts: For Daughtry This Could Be The 'Start Of Something' Big
It’s a "Good" week for season five finalists, as Bucky Covington returns with his sophomore album. Plus: Phillip Phillips' "Home" run continues.
THEY’RE INTO ‘SOMETHING GOOD’: The latest single from Daughtry makes its debut on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart this week. “Start of Something Good” enters at No. 39 on a survey for a radio format that has been very hospitable to Daughtry for the last six years.
The band, featuring season five’s fourth-place finalist Chris Daughtry, made its first appearance on the Adult Top 40 in December 2006 with “It’s Not Over,” a song that Daughtry co-wrote with fellow season five top 10 competitor Ace Young. “It’s Not Over” went to No. 1 and remained there for nine weeks. The follow-up, “Home,” performed even better, moving into first place in June 2007 and staying there for 10 weeks. Daughtry has had two more No. 1s on the Adult Top 40 chart: “Feels Like Tonight” ruled for three weeks in 2008 and “No Surprise” reigned for two weeks in 2009.
Only one other Idol has occupied the penthouse of the Adult Top 40 survey. Kelly Clarkson has also had four chart-toppers: “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (No. 1 for five weeks in 2005), “Already Gone” (No. 1 for eight weeks in 2009), “Mr. Know It All” (No. 1 for six weeks in 2011) and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (No. 1 for eight weeks in 2012). That gives Clarkson a total of 27 weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Top 40 chart, just ahead of Daughtry’s 24 weeks in pole position.
“Start of Something Good” from the album Break the Spell is the 11th Daughtry song to appear on the Adult Top 40 chart. The group’s first nine entries all made the top 10; with the exception of 2012’s “Crawling Back to You,” which peaked at No. 6, eight of the nine reached the top four.
“Start of Something Good” is the follow-up to “Outta My Head,” which peaked at No. 22 in June 2012. If “Start” can go all the way on the Adult Top 40 tally, it will be Daughtry’s 40th Billboard No. 1. The only Idols who have earned more chart-toppers are Clarkson (79) and Carrie Underwood (63).
Here is a chronological recap of Daughtry’s first 10 Adult Top 40 hits, including a Chris Daughtry solo track that preceded the release of the band’s first album. Chris had performed a cover of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” during his run on American Idol.
No. 34: “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (2006) [Chris Daughtry]
No. 1 for 9 weeks: “It’s Not Over” (2007)
No. 1 for 10 weeks: “Home” (2007)
No. 3: “Over You” (2007)
No. 1 for 3 weeks: “Feels Like Tonight” (2008)
No. 3: “What About Now” (2008)
No. 1 for 2 weeks: “No Surprise” (2009)
No. 4: “Life After You” (2010)
No. 2: “September” (2010)
No. 6: “Crawling Back to You” (2012)
No. 22: “Outta My Head” (2012)
‘GOOD’ VIBRATIONS: Daughtry isn’t the only season five contestant making chart news this week. Bucky Covington, who finished in eighth place that year, returns to the Billboard charts with his first album for the eOne imprint. Good Guys debuts at No. 30 on the Top Country Albums list and No 177 on the Billboard 200.
Covington made his first appearance on the country albums chart five years ago with a self-titled set, which debuted at No. 1 in May 2007. The album peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200. Covington also charted with an EP, “I’m Alright,” which only reached No. 73 on Top Country Albums. Both the album and EP were released on the Disney-owned Lyric Street imprint. When the company was shut down, Covington found himself without a label. But the Rockingham, N.C. native had enough fan support to keep going, and was one of the first Nashville artists signed to eOne.
‘HOME’ IS WHERE THE CHART IS: Phillip Phillips’ “Home” is moving in the right direction on several Billboard charts. The single makes its biggest jump on the Adult Contemporary list, where it’s up 27-17 with a bullet. On the Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) survey, “Home” is up 22-19. That may be a smaller jump, but the song earns “Greatest Gainer” honors on this chart, meaning it has the biggest increase in airplay over last week of any song on the list. On the Adult Top 40 chart, “Home” reached the top 10 last week and now improves 10-8 with a bullet. And on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, “Home” breaks through to the top 30 with a rise of 32-29 with a bullet.
Despite all of this increased airplay in multiple formats, “Home” is forced down 22-23 on The Billboard Hot 100, but with a bullet, acknowledging the increase in airplay over last week.
It’s a different story North of the border, where “Home” surges 93-66 on the Canadian Hot 100. Impressive, eh?
BITS AND PIECES: Don’t count “Celebrate” out yet. The Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks song from the Sparkle soundtrack rebounds 17-16 on the Adult R&B chart. ... Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” could still be a No. 1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart. The single continues its upward journey with a 9-7 move (with a bullet). ... Casey James’ “Crying on a Suitcase” makes its first appearance on the Country Digital Songs chart, debuting at No. 39.