'American Idol' on the Charts: Taking a New 'Look' at an Old Carrie Underwood Song
A viral wedding video propels the country singer's 2009 track onto the digital songs tally. Also: Scotty McCreery's very long journey continues into the Country Airplay top 10.
HERE COMES THE BRIDAL HIT: Carrie Underwood’s 2009 album Play On was full of big hit singles, including “Cowboy Casanova,” “Undo It,” “Mama’s Song” and “Temporary Home.” Track number 10, “Look at Me,” wasn’t released as a single but it is having a delayed impact on the Billboard charts, thanks to Arianna Pflederer.
Pflederer was married in July 2013. When she walked down the aisle, she surprised her groom, Ryan, by singing a song -- “Look at Me,” originally recorded by Alan Jackson and covered by Underwood on Play On. The video has only recently gone viral and is up to 1.4 million views. This newfound popularity has propelled Underwood’s version onto the Billboard charts, where it debuts at No. 22 this week on Country Digital Songs.
LONG TRIP: After 44 weeks on the Country Airplay chart, Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight” has landed in the top 10. It’s the second-longest journey into this elite region. The only song that had a longer trip into the top 10 was “Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice. That tune took 46 weeks to reach the upper shelf.
“See You Tonight” moves 12-10, not just on Country Airplay but on Hot Country Songs, where the track is in its 35th week on the list. The song is also up on the Hot 100 (62-57) and Radio Songs (44-38). The success of the single is fueling sales of the parent album, which rebounds 133-107 on The Billboard 200 and 23-20 on Top Country Albums.
EXTRA-STRENGTH HALPERIN: Just last week, season nine alum Andrew Garcia became the 71st Idol finalist to appear on the Billboard charts. But you don’t have to be a finalist to chart in the magazine, as a handful of contestants have proven. Although it helps to be in the top 12 (or 10 or 13, depending on the season), those competitors who have made their mark on the Billboard charts without being a finalist include Frenchie Davis, Josiah Leming, Chris Medina and of course, William Hung, whose debut album went to No. 1 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Back on March 1, 2011, the top 12 boys of season 10 performed, all hoping to join the ranks of Idol finalists. That night,Scotty McCreery sang “Letters from Home,” Casey Abrams performed “I Put a Spell on You,” James Durbin gave us his rendition of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” Paul McDonald delivered “Maggie May” and Tim Halperin took a turn on Rob Thomas’ “Streetcorner Symphony.” The first four all made it through but Halperin did not.
That didn’t keep him away from the Billboard charts. His debut album, Rise and Fall, debuted at No. 14 on the Heatseekers chart. This week, Halperin returns to that same survey, bowing at No. 21 with Heart Tells Your Head.
‘GONE’ AGAIN: Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” falls off the Adult Contemporary chart, as forecast in this column last week, and debuts at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Recurrents list. This is the eighth chart where Phillips’ second single from The World from the Side of the Moonhas achieved pole position.
It is Phillips’ 20th Billboard No. 1. The only Idols with more chart-toppers are Kelly Clarkson (91), Carrie Underwood (69), Daughtry (40), Fantasia (35) and Mandisa (21).
BITS AND PIECES: Guy Sebastian from Australian Idol debuts at No. 48 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with his new single, “Like a Drum”… Daughtry’s “Waiting for Superman” rises 22-19, a new peak position on Adult Contemporary. It’s the first single from Baptized, which jumps 24-21 on Top Rock Albums… Keith Urban’s “Cop Car” drives 16-12 on Hot Country Songs.
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