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GOING INTO ‘BATTLE’: Nine years after he was named the winner of the first season of Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard charts in the U.S.
Sebastian is currently on top of the singles chart in Australia with his sixth No. 1 on that survey, “Battle Scars.” Down under, the single is credited to Guy Sebastian featuring Lupe Fiasco. In America, the song is billed to “Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian” and is released through Atlantic Records. The track debuts at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart, just three months after Canadian Idol finalist Carly Rae Jepsen collected her first No. 1 in the U.S. with “Call Me Maybe.”
“Battle Scars” debuts on other Billboard charts as well. It’s new at No. 2 on Rap Digital Songs, No. 23 on Hot Digital Songs and No. 73 on the Hot 100. Sebastian, familiar to U.S. viewers from his participation in the one-off “World Idol” competition in 2003, is making his first appearance on all of these charts.
Although it won’t affect his success in the U.S., it should be noted that Sebastian is now one of the judges on the Australian edition of “The X Factor.”
BLOWN BACK: In May, Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and remained in pole position for five weeks, finally yielding the top position just before summer began. Now, with summer coming to a close, Blown Away recaptures the No. 1 spot, for a sixth week on top.
Underwood’s first album, Some Hearts, had a 27-week run at No. 1. Her sophomore release, Carnival Ride, reigned for one week and her third album, Play On, ruled for three weeks. That means Blown Away is already Underwood’s second-longest running No. 1 album.
Over on The Billboard 200 album chart, where Blown Away spent two weeks at No. 1, the album rebounds 21-8 with a bullet.
The title track from Blown Away is also doing well. A 12-10 move on Hot Country Songs means that the single is Underwood’s 16th top 10 hit on this chart. If it goes all the way, it will be her 13th No. 1.
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: After tumbling down The Billboard Hot 100 last week, Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side” reverses course and moves back up, 50-47 with a bullet. The problem that “Dark Side” is having is that its predecessor, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” has been making a very slow exit. Radio stations playing “Stronger” may be reluctant to move on to “Dark Side.”
But “Stronger” might be about to disappear from the Hot 100 — it’s down 47-49 this week, so if “Dark Side” can continue its upward trajectory, it could turn out to be a worthy successor after all.
“Dark Side” is making more progress on the Canadian Hot 100, where it makes a healthy 40-30 jump this week.
‘HOME’ AGAIN: It’s a very good week for Phillip Phillips’ “Home” on the charts. The song continues at No. 2 on Rock Digital Songs, where it was No. 1 for three non-consecutive weeks. On the Adult Contemporary chart, “Home” is a new entry at No. 29. And it moves up on the Hot 100 (23-21), Hot Digital Songs (8-6), Adult Top 40 (14-11) and Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) (29-22).
BITS AND PIECES: Following her appearance on Good Morning America, Mandisa gets a boost up the Christian Digital Songs chart, as her “Good Morning” single (featuring tobyMac) returns to its peak position of No. 4… Casey Abrams’ “Get Out” rises 26-23 to a new peak position on the Adult Contemporary chart.
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