'American Idol' winners Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina make big Hot 100 debuts
Last week, America declared Scotty McCreery the best singer of the show’s tenth season giving him the Idol title and leaving Lauren Alaina with the second-place consolation prize. So do the charts agree with the show’s voters?
Alaina’s single “Like My Mother Does” also did well, if slightly less so, coming in nine spots lower at no. 20 on the Hot 100. Both Alaina and McCreery bested season nine winner Lee DeWyze, whose first single (a cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day”) slipped onto the chart at number 24.
In fact, McCreery’s debut is the highest for an Idol alum since Kris Allen crashed the Hot 100 with “No Boundaries,” though the all-time highest debut for an Idol single is still a tie between Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven,” Fantasia’s “I Believe,” Clay Aiken’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” all of which debuted at no. 1.
McCreery also found himself at number 32 on the Billboard Country Songs chart, which marks the highest debut for the first single from a new artist in the history of that particular list—and suggests that Nashville is ready and willing to embrace the 17-year-old with the surprisingly mature voice.
As far as the rest of the chart is concerned, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” is once again the top song in the country. It’s the fourth week in a row for Adele, who has been ruling the air on a number of different radio formats and continues to sell tens of thousands of her second album 21 (which was just displaced from the top of the album chart by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way).
Speaking of Gaga, her latest single “The Edge of Glory” jumped back into the top 10 this week: It sits at number eight, buoyed by the huge digital sales of her album.
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