'American Idol' on the Charts: Phillip Phillips Earns His Fifth No. 1 in Almost Record Time
Phillip Phillips Earns Gold, Will Perform On 'American Idol'
BRINGING IT ‘HOME’: There is no place like “Home” on the Billboard charts, especially when “Home” is a song by American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. The coronation song has conquered its fifth chart, moving to No. 1 on the Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) survey. The single’s sweep began the week of June 9, when it topped the Rock Digital Songs tally. That means it has taken five months and two weeks for Phillips to run up his total of five No. 1s. How does that compare to the six other Idol winners who have five No. 1s or more? Let’s find out.
The first Idol to earn five No. 1s was, appropriately, the first Idol. Kelly Clarkson started her run of chart-toppers the week of Oct. 5, 2002, with “A Moment Like This.” Her fifth No. 1, “Miss Independent,” topped the Mainstream Top 40 chart the week of June 28, 2003, eight months and three weeks later.
Season two’s victor, Ruben Studdard, first went to No. 1 that same week, June 28, 2003, with the single “Superstar.” His album Soulful gave him a fifth turn at No. 1 the week of Jan. 31, 2004, seven months after his first visit to the top.
Season three’s winner, Fantasia, spent her first week on the Billboard charts at No. 1, when her single debuted in pole position on the Hot 100 (and three other charts) the week of July 10, 2004. Fantasia’s fifth No. 1 was “Truth Is,” the week of Jan. 8, 2005, six months after her first time occupying the penthouse.
The following year, Carrie Underwood also started her career with a No. 1 when “Inside Your Heaven” debuted on top of the Hot Country Singles Sales chart the week of June 25, 2005. And like Fantasia, she earned her fifth No. 1 six months later, when her album Some Hearts ruled Top Country Albums.
A new record was set two years later when Jordin Sparks only needed four months and four weeks to run up a total of five No. 1s. She started with “No Air” the week of April 26, 2008 and had a quintet of chart-toppers by Dec. 23, 2005, when that same song reigned on the Hot 100 Recurrents chart.
The shortest time on record for an Idol to collect five No. 1s is four months and one week. The record-holder is Scotty McCreery, who quickly went from “I Love You This Big” heading up Country Digital Songs the week of June 11, 2011 to his album Clear as Day topping four charts the week of Oct. 22, 2011.
Joining this elite club of Idols with five No. 1s is not the only chart achievement for Phillips this week. The album track “Where We Came From” makes its first appearance on a Billboard chart, debuting at No. 21 on Rock Digital Songs. Look for it to show up on other charts next week, and two weeks from now, his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon will be making its mark on the Billboard charts.
One final note on “Home”: by heading up the Triple A chart, it gives the Idol franchise its 369th No. 1, counting all national, domestic charts compiled by Billboard.
AN IDOL AND A VOICE: Way back in season two of Idol, there was a top 30 contestant named Frenchie Davis, who was eliminated from the competition not by public vote, but because of a controversy over revealing photos taken years before. We’ll never know how well Davis would have fared on Idol, but she did get to compete on a TV talent competition years later when she made the finals of the first season of The Voice.