Two versions of ballad “Burning House” are heating up the top five of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart (dated Jan. 2).
Cam‘s original “House” rises to a new peak on the survey (3-2), while former finalist on NBC’s The Voice Emily Ann Roberts‘ cover debuts at No. 4. Roberts performed the song on the show’s season finale Dec. 14. (The following night, Jordan Smith was crowned champion.)
Roberts’ remake of “House” bows at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs with 83,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 17, according to Nielsen Music, while Cam’s vaults 6-3 (47,000, up 108 percent).
Despite Roberts’ almost 2-to-1 lead in sales, Cam’s “House” ranks higher on Hot Country Songs, as the chart measures sales, airplay and streaming. While Roberts’ version is new from The Voice, Cam’s, in its 28th week on Hot Country Songs, pushes 4-2 on Country Airplay (45 million in audience, up 11 percent) and 10-7 on Country Streaming Songs (2.2 million U.S. streams, up 23 percent). It also sweeps the chart’s top Airplay, Digital and Streaming Gainer awards. (Almost all of Roberts’ charts points for “House” are from sales.)
The two versions of “House” sharing space in the Hot Country Songs top five mark the first time that two takes of a composition have ranked in the top five simultaneously. The chart’s closest such prior pairing? In 1959, Buck Owens and Ray Price spent four weeks in the top 10 together (Nov. 30-Dec. 21) with versions of the Owens-penned “Under Your Spell Again.”
(On the Billboard Hot 100, a top five double-up of the same composition, also related to a TV music reality competition, occurred in 2005: American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and runner-up Bo Bice ranked in the region simultaneously on July 9 and 16 that year with “Inside Your Heaven.”)
Cam makes more news on Billboard‘s country charts, as her first full-length LP Untamed debuts at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with 37,000 sold. The bow is the biggest for an artist’s first full-length album since Sam Hunt’s Montevallo opened with 70,000 (Nov. 15, 2014). The last female to debut with a higher sum for a first full album? Jennifer Nettles, whose That Girl arrived with 54,000 (Feb. 1, 2014). Prior to Untamed, Cam’s EP Welcome to Cam Country debuted and peaked at No. 31 on Top Country Albums in June.
Upon hearing the news of her new chart start, Cam told Billboard, “I am just in awe and so grateful. I’ve been working on this album for five years but I never could have dreamed it would debut like this. The support makes it incredibly humbling.”