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'American Idol' on the Charts: Kelly Clarkson's 'Red' Brings Early 'White Christmas'

The season one winner tops the Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs tally, while Daughtry's "Waiting for Superman" gains strength.

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HOLIDAY WIN: There aren’t a lot of songwriters on this week’s charts who can claim a span of hits that stretches out over 102 years. In fact, there is only one. In 1911, some 39 years before there was a weekly Billboard pop singles chart, the most popular tune of the day in the autumn of that year was “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” recorded by Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan. The composer was a newcomer whose first song had been recorded just four years earlier. Irving Berlin would have many more hits, including “I Love a Piano,” “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody” and “Blue Skies.”

In 1942, Berlin wrote a song for the film Holiday Inn. Leading man Bing Crosby, who starred in the movie with Marjorie Reynolds, performed “White Christmas” and sent it to No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

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Crosby’s recording became the best-selling single of all time and one of the most recorded songs in history. The latest version is by Kelly Clarkson, who recorded the classic for her new album, Wrapped in Red. While the album won’t debut until next week, “White Christmas” is No. 1 for the second week in a row on the Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs chart. That makes Clarkson only the second Idol to top this survey, following Scotty McCreery, who spent one week at No. 1 in November of 2012 with “Christmas in Heaven.” By holding on to pole position for two weeks, Clarkson is now the Idol with the longest run at No. 1 on this Billboard chart.

'SUPERMAN' PICKS UP SPEED: Daughtry’s “Waiting for Superman” gains new energy this week, re-entering two Billboard charts. On Pop Digital Songs, “Superman” returns at No. 23 and on Hot Digital Songs, the track reappears at No. 63.

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There’s more Daughtry action on Pop Digital Songs, where another cut from the forthcoming Baptized album, “Long Live Rock & Roll,” debuts at No. 38.

BITS AND PIECES: Mandisa’s “Overcomer” is No. 1 for the seventh week on Christian Songs and for the sixth week on Christian Adult Contemporary. The song also jumps two spots to No. 14 on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart ... Jennifer Hudson’s latest single, “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” makes a big jump on the Adult R&B tally, from 27 to 19… Scotty McCreery’s current single, “See You Tonight,” continues to advance. It’s up 30 to 29 on Country Airplay … Phillip Phillips’ third single, “Where We Came From,” holds at No. 17 on the Triple A chart and ups three spots, 22 to 19, on Triple A Audience.

Twitter: @fredbronson