'American Idol' on the Charts: Daughtry Returns with 'Super'-Sized Debut
New single "Waiting for Superman" brings the season five finalist back to the Hot 100. Also: "Idol" alums' hot streak of No. 1s continues.
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.
The new single, which also name checks Lois Lane, is the 11th by the band Daughtry to chart on the Hot 100. Their run began the week of Dec. 9, 2006, when “It’s Not Over” bowed. That song is their biggest hit to date, with a peak of No. 4. With the debut of the new single, Daughtry’s chart span stretches to six years and 10 months.
“Waiting for Superman” is the group’s first title to appear on the Hot 100 since “Crawling Back to You” in the fourth quarter of 2011.
“Waiting for Superman” also debuts on Hot Digital Songs at No. 26, on Hot Digital Tracks at No. 25, and the Canadian Hot 100 at No. 93.
WINNING STREAK: For the fifth week in a row, there are new No. 1s by Idols to report. It is the longest consecutive run of new chart-toppers since April-May 2012. During the five weeks beginning April 27, 2012, there were six new No. 1s. In the last five weeks, there have been 10.
The latest additions to the list of No. 1s are from Mandisa and Fantasia. Last week, Mandisa’s single “Overcomer” took over the lead position on Christian Songs and remains there for a second week. The track now claims first place on Christian Adult Contemporary and is Mandisa’s 21st Billboard No. 1.
“Without Me,” the latest single from Fantasia (featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott), debuts at No. 1 on the Urban/R&B-Hip Hop Recurrents chart. This is the first tally where “Without Me” has achieved pole position, giving Fantasia her 35th Billboard No. 1.
These two new No. 1s bring the total of Idol chart-toppers to 407.
BITS AND PIECES: Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight” makes a big move on Country Digital Songs. After re-entering last week at No. 48, the song rockets to No. 30. On Hot Country Songs, the single jumps 42-37… Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” is No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the fifth week. The song returns to No. 1 on Adult Contemporary Audience and holds at No. 5 on Rock Songs. On Mainstream Top 40, “Gone” rises 20-18… "Wherever Loves Goes" by Kristy Lee Cook and Randy Houser is up 58-57 on Country Airplay…On that same chart, Kellie Pickler’s “Little Bit of Gypsy” re-enters at No. 58… Colton Dixon’s “Never Gone” climbs 26-24 on Christian Songs.