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'American Idol' Finalists MacKenzie Bourg & Dalton Rapattoni Debut on Rock Charts

MacKenzie Bourg
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MacKenzie Bourg photographed for 'American Idol.' 

Fourth-place finisher Bourg's "Roses" hits No. 4 on Rock Digital Songs, the best rank on the chart for an "Idol" contestant there since Phillip Phillips in 2012.

Sure, he finished fourth on the 15th and (supposedly) final season of Fox's American Idol, but MacKenzie Bourg is having the last laugh now.

The 23-year-old Louisianan, whose often acoustic renditions of popular songs catapulted him deep into the Idol season, released "Roses," an original song he performed in his audition and again during the wild-card round, as a single (on the Big Machine label) timed to his elimination April 7. The track sold 22,000 downloads in its first week, according to Nielsen Music, good for a No. 4 start on Rock Digital Songs and the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Rock Songs at No. 13 (almost purely on sales numbers alone on the latter list).

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Bourg scores the best ranking on either chart for an Idol contestant since season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' coronation single "Home" spent five weeks at No. 1 on Rock Digital Songs and reached No. 2 on Hot Rock Songs in 2012.

Bourg isn't the only Idol contestant to make either chart. Third-place finisher Dalton Rapattoni's "Strike a Match," intended to be the 20-year-old's winning single should he have emerged victorious, launches at No. 38 on Rock Digital Songs and No. 25 on Alternative Digital Songs (6,000 sold). It enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 46, completely via its sales.

As for the other top-four finalists, newly-minted Idol champion Trent Harmon's coronation song "Falling" sold 24,000 and opens at No. 16 on Country Digital Songs and No. 33 on Hot Country Songs (which, like Hot Rock Songs, encompasses sales, airplay and streaming). Runner-up La'Porsha Renae's "Battles" moved 7,000 downloads and enters at No. 22 on R&B Digital Songs.