In case there was any doubt, the 10th season "American Idol" contestants really should be listening to the judge on the left side of the panel.
After Steven Tyler's impromptu duet of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" with Lauren Alaina aired Thursday (Jan. 27), followed by a clip of the original version, the legendary rocker shows this year's hopefuls how it's done, as the ballad makes its first appearance on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, entering at No. 54.
All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (Feb. 3) on Billboard.com.
Aerosmith's top-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit - it reigned at No. 1 for four weeks in 1998 - sold 34,000 downloads in the Jan. 24-30 tracking week, a 363% increase, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
("I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" had not previously appeared on the chart, having been released prior to the advent of the digital era and the list's launch. It led the Hot Singles Sales physical singles chart for two weeks in 1998. The song has sold 557,000 physical copies and 1.1 million downloads to date).
The cut concurrently re-enters the Rock Digital Songs tally at No. 7, while Aerosmith's "Dream On" returns at No. 11 (26,000, up 319%). Contestant Alyson Jados (Jan. 26) advanced to the series' Hollywood round with her take on the latter song and a cover of the Beatles' "Come Together," which re-enters at No. 40 (8,000, up 49%).
A third Aerosmith title, "Sweet Emotion," debuts at No. 50 on Rock Digital Songs (7,000 downloads sold, up 125%). The Jan. 26 episode opened with Tyler singing the classic a capella with fellow judge Randy Jackson (who first mistook Tyler's Altoid-shaking as a cue for the band's "Love in an Elevator").
After two contestants auditioned - and received unanimous tickets to Hollywood - with songs by Dublin, Ireland, rock group the Script on the Jan. 26 airing of "American Idol," the original versions surge.
"Breakeven" re-enters Digital Songs at No. 40 and zips 17-3 on Rock Digital Songs (41,000, up 155%) after Chris Medina performed it in tribute to his financee Juliana, who, following their engagement, suffered a serious brain injury. (She received an emotional greeting from the judges panel after Medina's performance).
As also sung on the Jan. 26 episode by Steve Beghun, the Script's "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" returns to Rock Digital Songs at No. 18 (17,000, up 147%). ("Disturbingly great," Tyler praised following the Wisconsin accountant's audition).
Perhaps Aerosmith's chart renaissance will prompt fellow rookie "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez to interject her songbook in between critiquing contestants.
Her nine top-selling downloads last week all registered declines.
"I'm Real" led with 1,000 downloads sold, down 4% from the previous week.