Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips Finds His 'Home' At No. 1
Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips Finds His 'Home' At No. 1

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PHILLIP PHILLIPS GOES 'HOME' TO TOP 10

Dear Gary,

America's "Idol," Phillip Phillips, proved last week that you can go "Home" again. His song "Home" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 at No. 9, blasting 84-9 after its usage in NBC's coverage of the Olympics.

The song debuted at No. 10 in June following Phillips' victory on "American Idol" and then slipped to Nos. 41 and 99 before completely dropping off the chart - twice, as it then re-entered at No. 96 the week of July 28. On Aug. 11, it re-entered at No. 84 before vaulting back to the top 10.

"Home," thus, becomes the first song to reach the Hot 100's top 10 in separate chart runs in a single calendar year (over a span of just 11 weeks). It also becomes the sixth recording ever to hit the top 10 in separate chart runs. Here's the updated list:

"The Twist," Chubby Checker
No. 1 (one week), 1960
No. 1 (two weeks), 1962 (after its original popularity, the dance craze eventually caught on with celebrities, causing renewed interest in the song)

"Monster Mash," Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Cryptkickers
No. 1 (two weeks), 1962
No. 10, 1973 (one of the song's multiple annual reissues)

"Stand By Me," Ben E. King
No. 4, 1961
No. 9, 1986 (re-issued alongside the movie of the same name)

"Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen
No. 9, 1976
No. 2, 1992 (re-issued alongside the movie "Wayne's World")

"I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston
No. 1 (14 weeks), 1992
No. 3, 2012 ( Editor's note: returned following her death, as Hot 100 rules now allow catalog songs to re-emter once ranking above No. 50)

"Home," Phillip Phillips
No. 10, 2012
No. 9 (to-date), 2012 ( Editor's note: the only song to reach the top 10 in separate chart runs although in the same release schedule, as Interscope has been promoting the song since its release following Phillips' "Idol" victory)

Once again, "Home"'s popularity was fueled by heavy television exposure, as its latest success was largely assisted by exhaustive airplay on NBC's Olympic telecasts, particularly in its coverage of USA gymastics, which also establishes "Home" as the latest entry in the list of Olympic-themed hits.

I'm already getting psyched for this week's chart debut of "Hava Nagila," even if it will be under its new title, "Aly's Theme." ;)

Jeff Lerner
Long Island, New York

Hi Jeff,

Great info.! And, Phillips' song is a major example of the power of TV in today's music consumption, as he's translated exposure from both "Idol" and now the Olympics into top 10 Hot 100 visits.

(My favorite part of the Olympics this year? Easily, seeing double-amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa becoming the first athlete to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics.)

In Olympic-relay style, I'll take the baton and add that radio is likewise finding that "Home" is where its heart is. Having bubbled under the chart for weeks, the track looks likely to debut on Pop Songs next week, as it makes a 54% gain to 600 plays (up 210) this week, according to Nielsen BDS.

On Adult Pop Songs, "Home" lifts 20-17 in its ninth week with the chart's second-greatest plays gain (up 27%).

When highlights of the new Hot 100 are released tomorrow morning on Billboard.com, we'll see if "Home" registers another week of Olympic-flamed heat.

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