'American Idol' on the Charts: Fantasia's Latest Lands a No. 1
The season three champ scores her 33rd chart-topper with "Side Effects of You" and gives the franchise its 386th. Plus: an 80s remake gets a recurrent bump, thanks to "Idol."
CAUSE AND ‘EFFECTS’: Fantasia’s fourth studio album is her most successful Billboard chart set to date on two surveys and equals her highest mark on two others. Side Effects of You bows at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, giving the season three winner her second chart-topping title on this tally and her 33rd Billboard No. 1 (and the 386th No. 1 for the Idol franchise). Back to Me spent one week at No. 1 in September 2010. Fantasia’s first two albums were big but not quite as big as her two most recent releases. Free Yourself went to No. 2 in 2004 and Fantasia reached No. 3 in 2006.
On The Billboard 200 album chart, Side Effects is a new entry at No. 2. That is the same peak position achieved by Back to You three years ago. Free Yourself peaked at No. 8 on this list and Fantasia stopped at No. 19.
Side Effects is Fantasia’s highest-charting album on Top Internet Albums and Top Digital Albums, entering at No. 5 on the former and No. 4 on the latter. On the Internet chart, Free Yourself peaked at No. 15 and Back to Me at No. 8. On the Digital chart, Fantasia went to No 13 and Back to Me to No. 6.
Side Effects is also new at No. 2 on Top Contemporary Albums and the Tastemakers chart, giving it a total of six debuts this week. The album is being fuelled by the popularity of two singles. “Lose to Win” achieves a new peak position on Adult R&B (up 6-4) while the follow-up, “Without Me,” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott, debuts at No. 47 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and No. 3 on Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Side note: This is not the first time Fantasia has worked with Elliott. The rapper wrote the title song from the Idol’s debut album. “Free Yourself” was released as the fourth single from that set.
REMAKE REMINDER: One of the songs performed in the Burt Bacharach-Hal David group medley on a Thursday results show a couple weeks back was the classic “Always Something There to Remind Me,” a Hot 100 chart single for Sandie Shaw in the ’60s. The 1982 remake by Naked Eyes re-enters the Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart, a fact we attribute to its airing on American Idol.
IN COUNTRY: Four Idols are garnering airplay with their latest singles and are thus charting on Country Airplay. Carrie Underwood jumps 30-24 with “See You Again.” Kelly Clarkson is teamed with Vince Gill on “Don’t Rush,” which is up 28-27. Casey James’ new single “The Good Life” has a slight decline, 57-58, while Scotty Mcreery’s “See You Tonight” holds at No. 59.
DANCE TO THE MUSIC: Idols are also doing well on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Season three’s Leah LaBelle’s new single, “Lolita,” breaks into the top 20 with a leap of 25-18. Making an even bigger jump and also breaking into the top 20 is the new one from Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us.” That single rockets 32-19.
BITS AND PIECES: Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” breaks into the top 10 of the Adult Top 40 chart, where it rises 11-9. At the same time, it enters the Adult Contemporary chart at No. 30. Elsewhere on that survey, “Home” holds at No. 3 after reigning at No. 1 for 12 weeks… Colton Dixon’s “You Are” holds at No. 13 on Christian Digital Songs… Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” debuts at No. 17 on Bubbling Under the Hot 100… Kelly Clarkson’s “Catch My Breath” spends a third week atop Hot 100 Singles Airplay Recurrents. It is her 83rd Billboard No 1.