'American Idol' on the Charts: Phillip Phillips, Mandisa Notch New No. 1s
The season 11 champ's "Home" tops its 11th chart while the season five alum leads two digital tallies. Also: When the phone rings, it's Carrie Underwood saying she'll "See You Again."
ALUMS MAKE THEIR MARK: You can add three more No. 1s to the ever-growing total racked up by the American Idol franchise. Phillip Phillips collects another chart-topper this week and Mandisa earns two, resetting the board to a cool 395 No. 1s by Idol contestants.
Even though it made its Billboard chart debut 13 months and one week ago, Phillips’ “Home” is still going strong. This week, the quadruple-platinum single tops its 11th survey, as it is removed from the Adult Contemporary chart and finds a new home on the Adult Contemporary Recurrents tally, where it debuts in pole position.
“Home” has already spent time at No. 1 on Rock Digital Songs, Hot Digital Songs, Hot Digital Tracks, Triple A Audience, Triple A, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Adult Contemporary Audience, Mainstream Top 40 Recurrents and Adult Top 40 Recurrents, in that order. By topping the Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart, “Home” has now spent a total of 48 weeks at No. 1 on these 11 Billboard surveys.
With 15 No. 1s under his belt, Phillips is tied with Jennifer Hudson in sixth place among the Idols with the highest number of chart-toppers. He would also have been tied with Mandisa, but her two new chart-toppers give her a revised total of 17, sending her into fifth place.
Mandisa’s new single “Overcomer,” the title track of her fourth studio album, set for release on Aug. 27, debuts at No. 1 on Christian Digital Songs and Christian/Gospel Digital Songs. This is Mandisa’s first time at No. 1 on these charts. “Stronger” peaked at No. 3 in July 2011, and “Good Morning,” which features Tobymac, topped out at No. 4 in June 2012. In its 80th week on the Christian Digital chart, “Good Morning” makes a major rebound this week, jumping from 37 to 26.
With these three new No. 1s, here is a revised list of the top 10 Idols with the most Billboard chart-toppers:
Kelly Clarkson 85
Carrie Underwood 68
Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) 39
Ruben Studdard 16
Jennifer Hudson 15
Phillip Phillips 15
Clay Aiken 12
Adam Lambert 10
Scotty McCreery 10
CARRIE CALLING: One Billboard chart that doesn’t get mentioned here very often is the Ringtones chart, but it’s worth noting that Carrie Underwood debuts at No. 35 this week with “See You Again,” so don’t be surprised if your friend’s phone rings and you hear the tune. Underwood’s latest single, the fourth from her Blown Away album, is also doing well on other charts. On the Hot 100, it breaks into the upper half of the list with a move of 51 to 46. A similar upward climb finds the single advancing from 51 to 50 on the Canadian Hot 100. The highest ranking for the song can be found on the Country Airplay Detections chart, where it breaks into the top 10 with a jump of 11 to 7. The song also is new in the top 10 on Country Airplay, thanks to a hike of 11 to 8.
THE 'WORLD' GOES 'ROUND (AND UP): For the third week in a row, Phillip Phillips’ The World from the Side of the Moon moves back up the charts. On Top Rock Albums, where the set returned to the top 10 last week, the album now reclaims a berth in the top five with a climb of 9 to 5. On Top Digital Albums, “World” improves from 22 to 19. The album’s second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” is up a notch on the Hot 100, from 33 to 32. On the Canadian Hot 100, the song breaks into the top 30, rising 34 to 29. On the Mainstream Top 40 tally, “Gone” ascends from 30 to 27, and on the Adult Top 40 Audience list, “Gone” is up 3 to 2, giving the song a chance to lead this chart next week.
BITS AND PIECES: Kelly Clarkson’s Greatest Hits: Chapter One is moving up again on The Billboard 200 album chart, jumping 84 to 81… Colton Dixon’s “Never Again” rises from 34 to 32 on the Christian Songs chart… Lauren Alaina’s “Barefoot and Buckwild” climbs from 58 to 56 on Country Airplay…on that same chart, Kellie Pickler’s “Someone Somewhere Tonight” is also up, 52 to 51.