Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

Scotty and Lauren smile and chat about facing each other in the season 10 finale

THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100's top 15.

Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" blasts in at No. 11, making the country singer the ninth of the Fox series' 10 winners to launch their debut track at No. 15 or higher. Lee DeWyze snapped the streak last year when his cover of U2's "Beautiful Day" debuted and peaked at No. 24.

Here is a recap of how each "Idol" victor has fared on the Hot 100 with their introductory singles:

Year, Peak Pos., Artist, Title
2002, No. 1 (two weeks), Kelly Clarkson, "A Moment Like This"
2003, No. 2, Ruben Studdard, "Flying Without Wings"
2004, No. 1 (one week), Fantasia, "I Believe"

2005, No. 1 (one week), Carrie Underwood, "Inside Your Heaven"
2006, No. 1 (one week), Taylor Hicks, "Do I Make You Proud"
2007, No. 15, Jordin Sparks, "This Is My Now"
2008, No. 3, David Cook, "The Time of My Life"
2009, No. 11, Kris Allen, "No Boundaries"
2010, No. 24, Lee DeWyze, "Beautiful Day"
2011, No. 11, Scotty McCreery, "I Love You This Big"


As previously reported, McCreery scores the highest debut on Country Songs for a new artist since the chart converted to Nielsen BDS data in 1990. The 17-year-old also manages his first Billboard No. 1, as "Big" begins atop Country Digital Songs.


ADORIN' LAUREN: 2011 runner-up Lauren Alaina likewise translates her "Idol" exposure to residence on multiple charts, as her "Like My Mother Does" enters the Hot 100 at No. 20 and Country Digital Songs at No. 2.

Alaina logs the highest Hot 100 arrival since 2005 for a runner-up's single released alongside an "Idol" finale:

Year, Peak Pos., Artist, Title
2002, n/a, Justin Guarini (no single released)
2003, No. 1 (two weeks), Clay Aiken, "This Is the Night"

2004, n/a, Diana DeGarmo (no single released)
2005, No. 2, Bo Bice, "Inside Your Heaven"
2006, No. 60, Katharine McPhee, "My Destiny"
2007, n/a, Blake Lewis (no single released)
2008, No. 60, David Archuleta, "In This Moment"
2009, No. 72, Adam Lambert, "No Boundaries"
2010, No. 57, Crystal Bowersox, "Up to the Mountain"
2011, No. 20, Lauren Alaina, "Like My Mother Does"


(Lambert, Archuleta and McPhee each charted higher on the Hot 100 with tracks other than their official finale singles, while DeGarmo started at No. 14 with "Dreams," the lead single from her first album, "Blue Skies," shortly after the 2004 "Idol" season).


'YOUNG' LOVE: As Lauren Alaina scores her own chart success, the 16-year-old adds an assist on the continued chart path of the Band Perry's "If I Die Young."

Six months after topping Country Songs, "Young" debuts on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart at No. 36. While Universal Republic has been promoting the song to pop stations since the beginning of the year, Alaina boosted its profile when she sang the ballad on "Idol" May 16.

"Young," which concurrently bows on Adult Contemporary at No. 29, is the 15th former Country Songs leader to cross to Pop Songs and just the fifth by a group. Lonestar reached No. 7 with "Amazed" in 2000, followed by Bon Jovi's "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (No. 30, 2006), Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most" (No. 22, 2006) and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (No. 2, 2010).

'1+1' + '1': Two titles sporting the numeral 1 debut on the Hot 100.

Beyonce bows at No. 57 with "1+1," from her album "4," due June 28, while Reeve Carney, star of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," debuts at No. 74 with "Rise Above 1," featuring U2's Bono and the Edge.

Excluding titles featuring 1 combined with other numbers ("1-2-3," "1999," "1, 2 Step") and songs with a "Part 1" subtitle, Beyonce and Carney's tracks are the 13th and 14th such "1"-derful songs to grace the Hot 100.

Here is a chronological look at each "1" (none of which have reached No. 1):

Year, Peak Pos., Title, Artist
1961, No. 66, "Back Beat No. 1," the Rondels
1961, No. 3, "Fool #1," Brenda Lee
1976, No. 65, "Lookin' Out for #1," Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1978, No. 82, "#1 Dee Jay," Goody Goody
1979, No. 6, "Every 1's a Winner," Hot Chocolate

1979, No. 99, "When You're #1," Gene Chandler
1995, No. 71, "1-Luv," E-40 featuring Leviti
1995, No. 14, "1st of Tha Month," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
2002, No. 22, "#1," Nelly
2003, No. 22, "Love at 1st Sight," Mary J. Blige featuring Method Man
2005, No. 8, "1 Thing," Amerie
2007, No. 82, "1st Time," Yung Joc featuring Marques Houston & Trey Songz
2011, No. 57, "1+1," Beyonce
2011, No. 74, "Rise Above 1," Reeve Carney featuring Bono & the Edge


EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: The "Glee" cast heads toward its summer vacation by sending five songs onto the Hot 100 from its May 24 second-season finale. The Fox TV troupe extends its record to 156 Hot 100 appearances dating to its arrival two years ago.

As the cast's "I Love New York/New York, New York" (a mashup of songs from Madonna's 2005 album "Confessions on a Dance Floor" and the '40s musical and film "On the Town," respectively) enters at No. 81, a name synonymous with the Big Apple starts directly above: "Donald Trump," by rapper Mac Miller (No. 80).

(The competitive Trump might not be pleased to know that a song paying tribute to a predecessor Gotham tycoon charted higher. Fatboy Slim's "The Rockafeller Skank" reached No. 77 in 2000).


CHART BEAT BITS: As Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" blasts in atop the Billboard 200 with the highest sales frame since 2005, Brad Paisley begins at No. 2 with "This Is Country Music." The set equals Paisley's best showing on the survey, first established with "Time Well Wasted" (2005) and "American Saturday night" (2009). "Music" launches as Paisley's sixth No. 1 on Country Albums ...

New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys team for their fifth and eighth Billboard 200 top 10s, respectively, as the boy bands' "NKOTBSB" bows at No. 7. The album features 10 fan-voted favorites (five by each act), two new songs by all nine singers - first single "Don't Turn Out the Lights" and "All in My Head" - and the set-closing "NKOTBSB Mash Up" ...

Charting on the Adult R&B airplay chart since Dec. 24, 1994, gospel icon Kirk Franklin ascends to his first No. 1 with "I Smile" (2-1). The track, Franklin's 15th Adult R&B entry, is his third leader on Gospel Songs, where it reigns for an eighth frame ...

David Benoit earns his first No. 1 on Jazz Songs, as "Botswana Bossa Nova" lifts 2-1. The pianist/composer had last led a Billboard survey when his "Waiting for Spring" reached the Traditional Jazz Albums summit the week of Dec. 9, 1989 ...

As "Born" becomes her first Billboard 200 No. 1, Lady Gaga concurrently scores her first leader on Comedy Digital Songs, where the Lonely Island's "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," on which she and Justin Timberlake guest, starts at No. 1. ("We're two Jack Trippers and a Chrissy / the new Three's Company," Timberlake and Andy Samberg explain in the song, unveiled on the May 21 "Saturday Night Live" season finale).