'American Idol' on the Charts: New Album 'Hope' Brings Danny Gokey First Billboard No. 1
Plus: Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood's duet "Somethin' Bad" rides the streaming wave to the top of two country tallies.
'HOPE' IN FRONT: When Danny Gokey competed on American Idol, he was pulled aside by one of the season eight mentors, Randy Travis. Travis, a country superstar, made a strong suggestion that Gokey should consider a career in country music — that country was missing the soul in Gokey's voice. Shortly after the season finale, Gokey signed with Sony Music in Nashville. His debut release, My Best Days, peaked at No. 3 on Top Country Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
That success notwithstanding, Gokey knew he had to follow his heart and change genres. He has since signed to BMG as a Christian artist. "I love country music and I still listen," Gokey tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But I always felt my message of faith was important. Not much has changed, just my sound."
That change is suiting Gokey very well. After a successful country album that reached the top five in 2010, his new Hope in Front of Me debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, giving him his first Billboard chart-topper. Fueled by the title single, the set also debuts on four other Billboard tallies, coming in at No. 9 on Top Internet Albums, No. 10 on Top Independent Albums, No. 39 on Top Current Albums and No. 40 on The Billboard 200.
The title single continues to rise, rebounding 26 to 6 on Christian Digital Songs and improving 11 to 9 on Hot Christian Songs, while holding at No. 18 on Christian Adult Contemporary.
STREAMING TO THE TOP: A huge boost in streaming leads Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood to the top of two Billboard charts, bringing the grand total of Idol No. 1s (counting all national, domestic music charts compiled by Billboard) to 424. Lambert and Underwood’s duet "Somethin' Bad" leaps 18 to 1 on Hot Country Songs and 11 to 1 on Country Streaming Songs. "Bad" is Underwood's 13th No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, a run that began with "Jesus, Take the Wheel" in January 2006. She was last on top with “Good Girl” in June 2012. It is her 28th week in pole position and she has spent a total of 504 weeks on this list. "Somethin' Bad" is her 32nd chart entry.
"Bad" is Lambert's 24th title to appear on Hot Country Songs. It is her fifth No. 1, a streak that started in June 2010 with "The House That Built Me." She was last on top with "We Were Us," a collaboration with Keith Urban, in November 2013. This is Lambert's 10th week in first place and she has now spent 461 weeks on this tally. "Somethin' Bad" also excels on the Billboard Hot 100, where it soars 84 to 19 and makes the greatest gain in streaming of any song on the list.
'MORE' ON THE CHRISTIAN CHARTS: There’s great chart news for Colton Dixon. The season 11 alum has a new single, "More of You," a preview of his sophomore set, Anchor. While the song has been garnering airplay for three weeks, sales kick in this week in a major way, allowing the track to debut at No. 2 on Christian Digital Songs.
This is Dixon’s fourth title to register on this chart. "Never Gone" and "You Are" were both No. 1 in 2012 and "Love Has Come for Me" peaked at No. 28 in April 2013.
On Hot Christian Songs, "More" benefits from the healthy sales week and vaults from 44 to 10. This is Dixon's second top 10 hit on this chart.
"You Are" peaked at No. 10 in April 2013. That means "More of You" only needs to inch up one rung to become Dixon's biggest hit on this list.
On Christian Airplay, "More" takes a giant hike from 41 to 26. Over on Christian Hot AC, "More" jumps 22 to 14.
BITS AND PIECES: Phillip Phillips' Behind the Light moves back up the Billboard 200, from 59 to 57. His single "Raging Fire" reenters Pop Digital Songs at No. 42… Scotty McCreery's summertime single "Feelin' It" continues at No. 36 on Hot Country Songs and No. 39 on Country Airplay, while the parent album See You Tonight rebounds 49 to 42 on Top Country Albums… Daughtry's "Battleships" is in a holding pattern, repeating at No. 35 on Adult Top 40… Same story for Jennifer Hudson's "Walk It Out" (featuring Timbaland), spending another week at No. 24 on Adult R&B.