'American Idol' on the Charts: Phillip Phillips' 'World' Keeps Getting Bigger
"Gone, Gone, Gone" picks up speed, fueling a rebound for the season 11 winner's debut album. Also: No wedding bell blues for Kelly Clarkson as "Tie It Up" makes its mark on four charts.
'MOON' RISE: It's been a great chart week for Phillip Phillips, as the 11th American Idol sees big gains for both his single “Gone, Gone, Gone” and his debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon.
World makes a big move on The Billboard 200 album chart, returning to the top 40 for the first time in three months with a rebound of 76-39. Last week’s ranking at No. 76 is the set’s lowest chart placing to date, and the leap to No. 39 gives the album its highest position since the week of April 20, when it sat at No. 38.
World entered The Billboard 200 the week of Dec. 8, 2012, at No. 4, which remains its peak position so far. The album has spent seven weeks in the top 10 and has been on the chart for a total of 32 weeks.
The long-term success of World is due to the strength of the album’s first two singles. Moe than a year after its release, “Home” continues its ride in the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart, where it holds at No. 9. On Rock Digital Songs, the track stands pat at No. 13.
The follow-up, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” makes chart news of its own by dropping off the Triple A chart and moving over to the Triple A Recurrents chart, where it debuts at No. 1. This is Phillips 14th Billboard chart-topper. That includes 10 charts led by “Home,” three by “Gone, Gone, Gone” and one by World.
“Gone, Gone, Gone” is also performing well on a number of other Billboard charts this week. On the sales-based Hot Digital Songs tally, the track leaps 41-27. That helps boost the single from 36-31 on the Hot 100. The single is also selling well north of the border, as evidenced by a 37-35 move on the Canadian Hot 100. On Rock Digital Songs, the track is up 4-3. “Gone, Gone, Gone” is also up on airplay-based charts, including Adult Contemporary (13-12) and Mainstream Top 40 (38-32). On Adult Top 40, the song maintains at No. 3.
MARRIED WITH HITS: Kelly Clarkson doesn’t have the wedding bell blues, thanks to the second-week success of her new nuptially themed single, “Tie It Up.” As reported here, the song debuted on just one chart last week, entering Country Airplay at No. 52. This week, “Tie It Up” rises to No. 49.
At the same time, “Tie” blasts onto four other Billboard charts. Most impressive is its bow at No. 18 on Country Digital Songs. The single is also new on Hot Digital Songs, at No. 63. On Hot Country Songs, “Tie” enters at No. 33, and on the Canadian Hot 100, the single is new at No. 79.
Meanwhile, Clarkson’s other current single, “People Like Us,” climbs 73-65 on the Hot 100, 31-28 on the Canadian Hot 100, 71-61 on Hot Digital Songs, 60-56 on Hot 100 Airplay and 25-24 on Adult Contemporary.
GAIN ‘OVER’: On the Christian Adult Contemporary chart, Mandisa’s current single “Overcomer” jumps 21-18 in its second week on the survey and makes the greatest airplay gain of any song on the list. In its fifth week on the Christian Songs chart, “Overcomer” ascends 19-16.
BITS AND PIECES: Fantasia’s “Lose to Win” spends another week in its peak position of No. 3 on the Adult R&B chart, while the follow-up, “Without Me,” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott, improves 29-24. “Without Me” takes a healthy 18-11 hike up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and lifts 45-40 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. …”The Way,” co-written by Jordin Sparks and recorded by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller bounces back into the top 10 of the Hot 100 with a move of 11-10. … Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” re-enters the Country Digital Songs chart at No. 41. Her current hit, “See You Again,” is up 54-49 on Hot Digital Songs and 46-43 on Hot 100 Airplay. … Lauren Alaina’s “Barefoot and Buckwild” travels 60-57 in its second week on the Country Detections chart.