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'American Idol' on the Charts: Fantasia Returns for the 'Win'

The season three winner debuts on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with her latest single. Also: Is Phillip Phillips having the best week of his career?

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HERS TO 'LOSE': Fantasia is back. Nine years after she claimed victory in season three of American Idol, her new single, “Lose to Win,” debuts at No. 35 on the Adult R&B chart. This is Fantasia’s twelfth entry on this Billboard tally, a run that began the week of July 17, 2004, with her very first single, “I Believe.” That gives Fantasia an Adult R&B chart span of eight-and-a-half years.

It’s too early to tell if “Lose to Win” will reach No. 1 on this chart, but if it does, it will be Fantasia’s fourth Adult R&B chart-topper. Her first, “Truth Is,” reigned for 13 weeks in 2005. That same year, “Free Yourself” was on top for three weeks. In 2010, “Bittersweet” was in pole position for five weeks.

Fantasia is one of three Idols to spend time in the penthouse of the Adult R&B chart. Ruben Studdard has collected two No. 1s, “Sorry 2004” (four weeks in 2004) and “Change Me” (eight weeks in 2006). Jennifer Hudson has earned three No. 1s on Adult R&B, “Spotlight” (eight weeks in 2008), “If This Isn’t Love” (three weeks in 2009) and “Where You At” (one week in 2011).

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'HOME' KEEPS BUILDING: It would be easy to make the argument that this is Phillip Phillips best chart week yet in his nascent career. “Home” improves on a number of charts, and the album The World from the Side of the Moon rebounds to its previous peak position on The Billboard 200, thanks in part to a temporary sale price of $6.99 at iTunes.

On The Billboard Hot 100, “Home” rebounds 9-6, besting its previous peak position of No. 7. The track reclaims the No. 1 spot on Rock Digital Songs, jumps 10-5 on Hot Digital Songs, advances 6-4 for a new peak on the Adult Contemporary chart, and inches up 9-8 on the Mainstream Top 40 list. “Home” is also doing well north of the border, jumping 14-7 to land in the top 10 of the Canadian Hot 100. That beats the single’s previous peak of No. 9, which is where it debuted in June 2012.

The World from the Side of the Moon debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart the week of Dec. 8, 2012; this week the set rebounds 11-4. On the Rock Albums chart, World moves back up 4-2, and on Top Digital Albums, the debut release races 19-2.

In other Phillips’ news, the new single “Gone, Gone, Gone” returns to the Rock Digital Songs chart at No. 22.

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BITS AND PIECES: Kelly Clarkson’s “Catch My Breath” is building steam. This week, the single breaks into the top 30 of the Hot 100 with a jump of 36-30. The song is already a top five hit on Hot Dance Club Play, where it leaps 9-3. On Hot Digital Songs, “Breath” takes a 39-26 hike. Clarkson’s Greatest Hits: Chapter One also has a great chart week, surging 62-35 on The Billboard 200…Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” is gaining traction, advancing 22-15 on the Country Digital Songs chart. On that same tally, “Blown Away” is still a top-10 hit, slipping just two rungs to No. 6…Colton Dixon’s “You Are” jumps 29-22 on the Christian Songs chart, which is based on airplay, and holds at No. 40 with a bullet on Christian Digital Songs, which is based on sales.

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