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‘HOME’ IS WHERE THE CHART IS: Future coronation songs on American Idol will want to take a lesson from the Season 11 champion. Phillip Phillips “Home” moves to the lead position on the Adult Top 40 chart this week; it’s the sixth Billboard tally where “Home” has captured the No. 1 spot. In the last six months, “Home” has achieved pole position on Rock Digital Songs, Hot Digital Songs, Hot Digital Tracks, Triple A and Triple A Audience.
With a new single on the way (“Gone, Gone, Gone”), and “Home” already just over half-a-year old, it seems like it might be time for Phillips’ first single to begin its descent on the charts, but “Home” isn’t ready for that move yet. The song is still No. 2 on Rock Songs and Rock Digital Songs, and is just one notch down from its No. 7 peak on The Hot 100, sliding to No. 8 this week. “Home” even makes its debut on another chart this week, bowing at No. 39 on Modern Rock.
With six No. 1s, how does “Home” compare to all previous Idol victory tunes? Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” topped three charts (The Billboard Hot 100, Hot Singles Sales and Adult Contemporary Recurrents), Fantasia’s “I Believe” ruled four charts (Hot 100, Hot 100 Singles Sales, Pop 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales), Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven” reigned over four charts (Hot Country Singles Sales, Hot 100, Pop 100 and Hot 100 Singles Sales), Taylor Hicks’ “Do I Make You Proud” led three charts (Hot 100, Hot 100 Singles Sales and Pop 100), David Cook’s “The Time of My Life” set a new record by topping five charts (Hot Digital Songs, Hot Digital Tracks, Adult Contemporary, Adult Contemporary Audience and Adult Contemporary Recurrents), Lee DeWyze’s “Beautiful Day” went to No. 1 on one chart (Rock Digital Songs) and Scotty McCreery’s “I Love You This Big” held first place on one chart (Country Digital Songs). That means “Home” has held sway over more Billboard charts than any other coronation song, breaking the record established by Cook four years ago.
‘TWAS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS: And all through the charts, holiday songs are moving up. One of the biggest jumps this week for a seasonal single is the 13-2 leap for Mandisa’s “It’s Christmas” on the Christian Adult Contemporary chart.
If the track can advance just one rung next week, it will become Mandisa’s 16th Billboard No. 1, tying her with Ruben Studdard for fifth place among all Idol finalists with the most chart-toppers.
Mandisa is the only Idol who has reached the No. 1 spot on the Christian Adult Contemporary chart and she has done it three times. In January 2008, “Christmas Day” by Michael W. Smith featuring Mandisa spent a week in the penthouse. In May 2011, “Stronger” led the list for four weeks. And last April, “Waiting for Tomorrow” was No. 1 for two weeks.
THE YEAR IN MUSIC: The third week in December always brings the year-end Billboard charts, and ever since American Idol has had a presence on the weekly tallies, finalists have regularly shown up on these annual summaries. Since 2012 is no exception, lets check out how the Idols fared this year.
When it comes to Top Female Artists, Kelly Clarkson is No. 7 and Carrie Underwood is No. 10. On the list of top artists on The Billboard 200, Underwood is No. 17, Scotty McCreery is No. 24 and Clarkson is No. 26. Ranking albums on The Billboard 200, Underwood’s Blown Away is No. 14 for the year, Clarkson’s Stronger is No. 24, McCreery’s Clear As Day is No. 32, Daughtry’s Break the Spell is No. 53 and Adam Lambert’s Trespassing is No. 188. For top female artists on The Billboard 200, Underwood is No. 5 and Clarkson is No. 7. On the male list, McCreery is No. 8.
On the recap of the Hot 100, the highest-ranked song by an Idol is “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Clarkson, at No. 7. Phillip Phillips’ “Home” is No. 49, Underwood’s “Good Girl” is No. 66 and her “Blown Away” is No. 70. The top female artists on the Hot 100 include Clarkson at No. 7 and Underwood at No. 9. On the Hot 100 Airplay summary, Clarkson’s “Stronger” is No. 6 and on the annual Hot Digital Songs list, “Stronger” is No. 8 and Phillips’ “Home” is No. 29.
When it comes to top country artists, Underwood is No. 5 and McCreery is No. 18. Underwood is the No. 2 country female artist and the No. 7 country albums artist. McCreery is No. 8 on that recap. For top country albums, Underwood’s Blown Away is No. 5 for the year, McCreery’s Clear As Day is No. 8 and Lauren Alaina’s Wildflower is No. 34. McCreery is also No. 48 with Christmas with Scotty McCreery.
The Adult Contemporary chart has been very hospitable to Idols, so it’s no surprise that Clarkson’s “Stronger” is the No. 1 AC song of the year. Her “Mr. Kniow It All” is No. 13 and she is the No. 2 AC artist of the year. “Stronger” is the No. 2 Adult Top 40 song of the year and Mr. Know It All is No. 20. Clarkson is the No. 1 Adult Top 40 artist.
Phillip Phillips is the No. 20 rock artist of the year, the No. 7 Rock Digital Songs artist and “Home” is the No. 8 song on the Rock Digital Songs recap.
And finally, Mandisa is the No. 10 Christian artist of the year and her What If We Were Real is the No. 8 Christian album.
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