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DEC
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3 YEARS

'American Idol' on the Charts: Kelly Clarkson's 'Underneath the Tree' Scores Double No. 1

The season one winner is the first "Idol" alum to amass Over 90 chart-toppers, while Fantasia scores her third hit in a row from "Side Effects of You."

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Kelly Clarkson

WHAT LIES 'UNDERNEATH': Kelly Clarkson will be the first Idol to score 100 No. 1s on the Billboard charts. She's well on her way as her grand total increases by two this week, to 91.

Her single “Underneath the Tree” moves to No. 1 on two charts. The seasonal song leaps 16-1 on Adult Contemporary and 15-1 on the companion Adult Contemporary Audience chart. This is Clarkson's third song to achieve pole position on the Adult Contemporary tally. “Breakaway,” from the soundtrack to The Princess Diaries 2, spent 21 weeks on top in 2005 and “Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)” had an eight-week reign in 2012.

Clarkson is only the second Idol to lead the Adult Contemporary list with a holiday song. The first was Kimberley Locke, who did it three times. “Up on the Housetop” ruled for four weeks in 2005, “Jingle Bells” was on top for one week in 2006 and “Frosty the Snowman” occupied the penthouse for one week in 2007.

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“Underneath The Tree” is also appearing on other Billboard charts. It debuts at No. 34 on the new Holiday 100 survey and No. 44 on Holiday Airplay. On Holiday Digital Songs, “Tree” grows 22-17 (and Clarkson's 2003 recording of “My Grown Up Christmas List” re-enters at No. 46).

Clarkson's album Wrapped in Red continues at No. 2 on Top Holiday Albums and rebounds 9-6 on The Billboard 200. On Top Digital Albums, Red re-surges 16-9 and on Top Internet Albums, the holiday release also bounces back into the top 10, 14-9. All of this action on her Christmas album seems to be helping her Greatest Hits: Chapter One, which re-enters The Billboard 200 at No. 141.

EFFECTIVE: Fantasia's album Side Effects of You has now yielded three hit singles on the Adult R&B chart. First, “Lose to Win” peaked at No. 3 in May, then “Without Me,” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott, went to No. 4 in November (and remains in that peak position). Now, the title track is moving up this list, with a climb of 30-25.

Fantasia has charted 18 songs on Adult R&B, starting with “I Believe” in July 2004. That gives her an Adult R&B chart span of nine years and five months.

Fantasia has had three No. 1 hits on Adult R&B, “Truth Is” for 13 weeks in 2005, “Free Yourself” for three weeks that same year and “Bittersweet” for five weeks in 2010.

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“Without Me” and “Side Effects of You” are both on this week's chart along with “Love & Sex,” a track by Joe featuring Fantasia that holds at No. 16.

The Side Effects album re-enters the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at No. 35.

'AWAY' ONCE MORE: It will be interesting to see if NBC's The Sound of Music Live, which attracted 18.47 million viewers in the 18-49 demo, will have an effect on Carrie Underwood's chart fortunes. Something had an effect this week, as her album Blown Away makes a remarkable rebound, from 33-4 on Top Pop Catalog Albums and 157-33 on The Billboard 200. On Top Country Catalog Albums, Blown Away returns to No. 1 for a third frame on top out of its five weeks on this chart. One thing certain about next week: look for a high debut for the TV Soundtrack to The Sound of Music Live.

BITS AND PIECES: Daughtry's “Waiting for Superman” rises 36-32 on Pop Digital Songs…Mandisa's “Overcomer” spends another week at No. 1 on Christian Airplay and Christian Adult Contemporary…Phillip Phillips' The World from the Side of the Moon moves back up The Billboard 200, 196-161…On Top Soundtrack Albums, Black Nativity: Music from the Motion Picture bows at No. 47. The album features six tracks by Jennifer Hudson...Colton Dixon's A Messenger re-enters Top Christian Albums at No. 35…Scotty McCreery's See You Tonight rockets back up The Billboard 200, 63-39.

Twitter: @fredbronson