'American Idol' on the Charts: Kelly Clarkson Wraps Up Two More No. 1s
The season one winner shares victory with her mother-in-law, Reba McEntire. Also: season four champ Carrie Underwood adds to her total of chart-toppers.
‘WRAPPED’ ATTENTION: Kelly Clarkson is having the kind of chart week most artists can only dream about and it’s all thanks to her new seasonal release, Wrapped in Red. The set bows at No. 1 on Top Holiday Albums and 12 of the 14 tracks make their debut on the Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs chart, including “Silent Night,” which opens in pole position, replacing Clarkson’s version of “White Chrstmas.” That Christmas classic spent the last two weeks in the penthouse.
Joining Clarkson at No. 1 are two featured artists on “Silent Night” -- her mother-in-law, Reba McEntire, and Trisha Yearwood.
By securing first place on both the holiday albums and singles charts, Clarkson brings her total number of chart-toppers to 89. She maintains her lead as the Idol with the most Billboard No. 1s.
Wrapped in Red debuts on three other lists. It’s No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and Top Internet Albums and it’s No. 7 on Top Digital Albums. Red is Clarkson’s eighth album to appear on The Billboard 200 and the sixth to reach the top three. Clarkson’s chart span expands to 10 years, six months and two weeks, counting back to the debut of Thankful the week of May 3, 2003.
Clarkson’s 12 debuting tracks on the Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs chart dominate the list, holding down six of the top seven positions. After “Silent Night,” here are Clarkson’s 11 other new entries:
No. 2, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
No. 4, “Underneath the Tree”
No. 5, “Wrapped in Red”
No. 6, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” [featuring Ronnie Dunn]
No. 7, “My Favorite Things”
No. 12, “Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song)”
No. 14, “Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)”
No. 22, “Run Run Rudolph”
No. 27, “Blue Christmas”
No. 30, “4 Carats”
No. 35, “Just for Now”
Clarkson sold a lot of product last week, and it wasn’t all holiday-related. Her Greatest Hits: Chapter One rockets 184-72 on The Billboard 200. It’s the highest position for this collection in five months, since it ranked No. 71 the week of June 15. And the studio album Stronger returns to the tally at No. 84.
‘BLOWN,’ TWO BITS: Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only Idol collecting a new No. 1 (or two) this week. Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away is old enough to make its debut on the Top Country Catalog Albums chart and it enters right at the top, giving Underwood her 69th Billboard No. 1. Also charting on the Catalog survey is Underwood’s first album, Some Hearts, which is up 25-24 in its 324th week.
Meanwhile, Blown Away surges on The Billboard 200, where it’s up 40 rungs to No. 128 in its 79th week on the chart.
MORE HOLIDAY TUNES: In addition to Kelly Clarkson’s seasonal success, three other Idols are spreading some Christmas cheer. Fantasia and Jordin Sparks both have tracks on the soundtrack to The Best Man Holiday. The album debuts at No. 188 on The Billboard 200 and No. 5 on Top Soundtracks.
Fantasia sings “What Christmas Means to Me” and Sparks vocalizes on “Christmastime to Me.”
Over on the Holiday Airplay chart, Carrie Underwood’s “Do You Hear What I Hear” re-enters at No. 46.
BITS AND PIECES: Mandisa’s “Overcomer” is No. 1 for the eighth week on Christian Songs and for the seventh week on Christian Adult Contemporary…Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” rebounds 36-26 in its 199th week on the Christian Digital Songs chart… Daughtry’s current single, “Waiting for Superman,” advances 21-19 on Adult Top 40… Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” reverses course and travels 6-3 on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it was previously No. 1… Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight” climbs 30-29 on Hot Country Songs and debuts at No. 24 on Country Streaming Songs.