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Ask Billboard: The Most-Played Former Hot 100 No. 1s

Can you guess which past Hot 100 leaders were played the most in the past week? If you can't say "Yeah!," click for the answer.

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Hi Gary,

Thank you so much for thehere’s how I could see this season’s voting playing out:

13, Ashthon Jones
12, Karen Rodriguez
11, Naima Adedapo
10, Stefano Langone
9, Jacob Lusk
8, Scott McCreery
7, Haley Reinhart
6, Thia Megia
5, Paul McDonald
4, Pia Toscano
3, James Durbin
2, Casey Abrams
And … 1, Lauren Alaina


(Any joy in being right so far is tempered, however, by Jones’ – and judge Jennifer Lopez‘s – emotional reaction to her dismissal. While Jones is 24, add in similar nerves by teens Alaina and Megia and it’s apparent that the inclusion of younger competitors this year is bringing a different level of endearing heart to the series).

This season’s “Idol” impact is also already evident on Billboard charts.

Jovany Barreto’s wild card performance March 3 wasn’t enough to propel him into the top 13, but the original song he sang – Jon Secada‘s “Angel” – flies 23-6 on Latin Pop Digital Songs (3,000, up 208%, according to SoundScan).

Stefano Langone also needed to impress the “Idol” judges to make the top 13, and his wild card take on Smokie Norful’s “I Need You Now” did the trick. The original re-enters Gospel Digital Songs at No. 2 (6,000, up 1,737%).

Two 2011 “Idol” singers also see their own recordings chart this week.

Ousted hopeful Chris Medina’s “What Are Words” enters the Hot 100 at No. 83. Proceeds of the song’s sales benefit a fund established to assist his fiancee, Juliana Ramos, who suffered a brain injury.

And, the Grand Magnolias heat up Heatseekers Albums with their self-titled set, a debut at No. 16. Contestant Paul McDonald is no longer in the band, but the album, featuring his vocals, charts with 2,000 copies sold (up 145%). Billboard associate director of charts/retail Keith Caulfield points out that 85% of the November release’s sales have occurred in the last two weeks.

In all, it was a musical week for several Fox shows. While “Idol” provided three hours of tunes, including an impressive Michael Jackson group tribute last night, and “Glee” rocked out with Holly Holliday, the most creative singing may have come courtesy of the “House” cast.

In Monday’s episode, Hugh Laurie led a trippy take on “Get Happy” (including perhaps Lisa Edelstein’s most fun performance since she told George Costanza how much she liked the risotto).

Have a great weekend!

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