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'American Idol' on the Charts: Angie Miller, Curtis Finch Jr. and Amber Holcomb Make Their Initial Billboard Impact

Their performances send original versions hurtling up the charts. Also: Blake Lewis returns to the dance chart with his latest single.

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Angie Miller


SEASON 12 IMPACT: The current crop of top 10 finalists won’t see their names on the Billboard charts until season 12 comes to an end, but three of this year’s contestants make an impact this week, thanks to their performances on the first live shows that aired from Las Vegas.

Angie Miller should be receiving a large bouquet of flowers from Colton Dixon after performing his hit “Never Again.” Dixon’s original blasts back onto the Christian Digital Songs chart at No. 3. There is even a residual effect on his current single, “You Are,” which jumps 15-9. Meanwhile his album, A Messenger, rebounds 10-3 on Top Christian Albums.

Curtis Finch, Jr. sang “I Believe I Can Fly,” and that’s why the R. Kelly original soars 11-3 on the Gospel Digital Songs chart and re-enters the Christian/Gospel Digital Songs chart at No. 28.

Amber Holcomb won praise from the judges for her rendition of “I Believe in You and Me,” a song originally recorded by the Four Tops and then later turned into a bigger hit by Whitney Houston when she sang it in the film The Preacher’s Wife. The Houston track re-enters the Gospel Digital Songs chart at No. 20.

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Miller, Finch and Holcomb can look forward to seeing their own names on the charts sometime after May, but for now they can be content knowing that they have already had an impact on this week’s charts.

TOUCHING STORY: Season six runner-up Blake Lewis returns to the Billboard charts with his latest single, his first for Universal’s Republic label. “Your Touch” debuts at No. 19 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs survey. Lewis was last on the Billboard charts with “Heartbreak on Vinyl,” which went to No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay charts in 2010.

‘WIN’ STREAK: For the fourth week in a row, Fantasia’s “Lose to Win” stands pat at No. 11 on the Adult R&B chart, frustratingly held out of the top 10. It’s still likely that this latest single will break into the upper elite portion of the chart, as it jumps 10-8 this week on the companion Adult R&B Audience chart, a good indication of its strength.

“Lose to Win” is also up 8-7 on Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and makes a debut at No. 23 on the R&B Songs tally.

BITS AND PIECES: Phillip Phillips’ “Home” is No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the eighth week. The song has topped 10 different Billboard charts but this is its longest run in pole position on any chart. On the Adult Contemporary Audience chart, “Home” leads for the seventh week. The parent album, The World from the Side of the Moon, makes a big rebound on The Billboard 200, up 48-33. On the Hot 100, “Home” slips just one place, down 36-37, while the follow-up, “Gone, Gone, Gone” debuts at No. 100. “Gone, Gone, Gone” is already a top 10 hit on the Triple A chart, where it climbs 12-8…Two other albums make nice rebounds on The Billboard 200. Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” storms 44-40 and Kelly Clarkson’s “Greatest Hits: Chapter One” lifts 49-42.