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'American Idol' on the Charts: For Scotty McCreery, 'See'-ing Is Believing

The season 10 winner is the latest recipient of the post-show Billboard pump with his latest single, "See You Tonight."

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'TONIGHT' TAKES OFF: It’s been happening all season, so it’s no surprise that following his return to American Idol, Scotty McCreery is having a great week on the Billboard charts. The season 10 champ introduced his new single, “See You Tonight,” on the April 11 results show, and now that track has debuted on a number of different tallies.

McCreery’s new single makes its highest bow on Country Digital Songs, where it enters at No 14. On Hot Country Songs, “See You Tonight” is new at No. 28. On Hot Digital Songs, the single enters at No. 43. And on the Hot 100, “See” comes on at No. 94.

McCreery already has 10 Billboard No. 1s to his credit, including his debut single “I Love You This Big” and his first album Clear as Day. We’ll see if “See You Tonight” and his forthcoming sophomore album run that total up even higher.

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DOUBLE VISION: Scotty McCreery isn’t the only Idol with a new single that starts with the words “See You.” The fourth single from Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away is “See You Again,” which is on the rise on the Country Airplay chart with a healthy move of 51-42. On Hot Country Songs, “See You Again” debuts at No. 45.

‘PEOPLE’ WHO NEED PEOPLE: Kelly Clarkson also introduced her latest single on last week's show, and, like McCreery, she benefits from her return appearance. “People Like Us” debuts at No. 34 on the Adult Top 40 Audience chart. They watch American Idol north of the border, too, and to prove it, “People Like Us” is a new entry at No. 66 on the Canadian Hot 100.

AFTER THE ACMs: It isn’t just American Idol that is giving a boost to the show’s alumni on the Billboard charts. Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson see their chart positions improve after appearing on The Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Underwood’s Blown Away rebounds in a big way on The Billboard 200, up 44-28. On Top Country Albums, that same title jumps 16-11. Clarkson’s Greatest Hits: Chapter One re-surges 46-31 on The Billboard 200. On Country Digital Songs, Clarkson’s collaboration with Vince Gill, “Don’t Rush,” leaps 28-19.

AND TELL NABOKOV THE NEWS: Here’s a novel move on the Hot Dance Club Play chart -- “Lolita” by season three’s Leah LaBelle waltzes 35-28. On that chart’s “Breakout” list of songs poised to debut in the coming weeks, Kelly Clarkson’s “People Like Us” is in first place and “Feel the Love” by Cahill featuring Kimberley Locke ranks fifth.

BITS AND PIECES: Fantasia’s “Lose To Win” returns to No. 1 on Bubbling Under the Hot 100 and climbs 22-18 on R&B Songs… Casey James’ new single, “The Good Life,” debuts on Country Airplay at No. 60… Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” continues its ascent on the Adult Top 40 chart, climbing 13-12… On Christian Songs, Colton Dixon’s “You Are” rebounds 13-10 and makes the greatest airplay gain of any song on the list. On Top Christian Albums, Dixon’s A Messenger moves back up, 3-2.

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