Week Ending Jan. 22, 2012. Songs: The Idol With The Most
Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" jumps from #21 to #8 in its fifth week on the Hot 100. It's Clarkson's 10th top 10 hit, which is more, by far, than any other contestant that has ever walked across the American Idol stage. In fact, it's more than the next two contestants (in terms of their top 10 tallies) combined. Carrie Underwood has had four top 10 hits. Jordin Sparks has had three. And both of their top 10 tallies include a collabo. Underwood teamed with Randy Travis on a remake of Travis' "I Told You So." Sparks teamed with Chris Brown on "No Air." By contrast, Clarkson has achieved every one of her 10 top 10 hits on her own.
For you Idol geeks, the list continues with Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard and Daughtry, each with two top 10 hits; and Fantasia, Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks, David Cook, David Archuleta and Adam Lambert, each with one.
"Stronger" is Clarkson's follow-up to "Mr. Know It All," which reached #10. This is the first time that she has had back-to-back top 10 hits since 2004-2005, when she had four straight top 10 hits from her Grammy-winning Breakaway album.
I admire artists who persevere, especially in a field as tough as the music business. You may remember that Clarkson had a bruising battle with her record company over her artistic direction. That was five years ago. Clarkson's still here.
Adele lands her third #1 hit on the Hot 100 as "Set Fire To The Rain" follows "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You" into the top spot. All three songs have topped the Hot 100 in weeks that Adele's album, 21, has headed The Billboard 200. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that only one other album, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, has ever achieved this feat. That 1978 blockbuster was #1 while three songs from the album topped the Hot 100. (But not all of those songs were by the same artist, as is the case with Adele. The Fever hits that reached #1 in weeks that the soundtrack was #1 were the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever" and Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You.")
"Set Fire To The Rain" reaches the top spot in its 21st week on the Hot 100, which makes it the slowest-rising #1 on that chart since "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis, which topped the chart in its 22nd week in January 2009.