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Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

With Lee DeWyze bowing atop the Rock Digital Songs chart, all nine "American Idol" champions have scored No. 1s on Billboard surveys.

LEE LEADS: Fox TV’s “American Idol” continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series’ ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart.

The newly-crowned champ bows atop Billboard’s Rock Digital Songs survey with his cover of U2‘s “Beautiful Day.” With the coronation, all nine “Idol” winners have now tallied at least one No. 1 on a Billboard ranking.

On the Billboard Hot 100, DeWyze continues the streak of each “Idol” winner reaching the top 25 with a victory single. Should it not rise higher than its No. 24 bow, however, “Beautiful Day” will rank as the lowest-charting debut single by an “Idol” victor.

Here is a look at the chart performances of each “Idol” first-place finisher’s introductory song since the series launched in 2002:

Peak Pos., Year, Title, Artist
No. 1 (two weeks), 2002, “A Moment Like This,” Kelly Clarkson
No. 2, 2003, “Flying Without Wings,” Ruben Studdard
No. 1 (one week), 2004, “I Believe,” Fantasia
No. 1 (one week), 2005, “Inside Your Heaven,” Carrie Underwood
No. 1 (one week), 2006, “Do I Make You Proud,” Taylor Hicks
No. 15, 2007, “This Is My Now,” Jordin Sparks
No. 3, 2008, “The Time of My Life,” David Cook
No. 11, 2009, “No Boundaries,” Kris Allen
No. 24, 2010, “Beautiful Day,” Lee DeWyze

DeWyze sends three additional songs onto the Hot 100: “Hallelujah” (No. 44), “Falling Slowly,” with 2010 “Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox (No. 66) and “The Boxer” (No. 88). Bowersox also debuts at No. 57 with “Up to the Mountain.”

This season’s top-two contestants’ five debuts fall short of the nine combined new titles placed on the chart by last year’s winner and runner-up, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, respectively, following the 2009 “Idol” season finale. In 2008, the haul was even higher, when David Cook and second-place finisher David Archuleta followed Cook’s assumption of the throne with a combined 14 new entries.

( As previously reported, since 2008, “Idol” contestants’ weekly sales have been withheld from Nielsen SoundScan, and from appearing on the iTunes Store’s rankings, during the season, so as not to influence viewer voting).

DeWyze and Bowersox place a combined eight titles in the top 25 of the Rock Digital Songs chart, where U2’s original version of “Beautiful Day” blasts in at No. 27. Poison‘s 1988 Hot 100 No. 1 “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” enters at No. 13 after the band’s Bret Michaels performed the ballad with third-place “Idol” finalist Casey James on last Wednesday’s (May 26) season finale.

There is one chart on which Bowersox’s highest-placing title outranks DeWyze’s. On Heatseekers Albums, both artists bow with compilations entitled “American Idol Season 9 Favorite Performances.” Bowersox’s edition starts at No. 6, DeWyze’s at No. 9. Bowersox’s set also holds off DeWyze’s independent album “Slumberland,” which charges 17-7 on the list.

‘FACE’ UP: The cast of fellow Fox force “Glee” logs the second-greatest positional gain from the Hot 100’s anchor spot, as its cover of Lady Gaga‘s 2009 No. 1 “Poker Face” rockets 100-20. The troupe also soars 86-54 with “Bad Romance,” its other last week-debuting Lady Gaga remake, or “Glee-make,” as Gleeks have dubbed “Glee” remakes. (By Gleeks, I mean me, in this space last week, hoping the term will catch on …)

Here is a look at the songs to make the largest weekly leaps from No. 100 in the Hot 100’s 52-year history:

Chart Jump, Title, Artist, Chart Date
100-15, “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny),” A R Rahman & the Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger, March 14, 2009
100-20, “Poker Face,” “Glee” Cast, June 12, 2010
100-23, “Get’cha Head in the Game,” Andrew Seeley, Feb. 11, 2006
100-28, “Elevator,” Flo Rida featuring Timbaland, March 8, 2008
100-42, “Hi, Hi, Hi,” Wings, Dec. 23, 1972
100-43, “Wont’cha Come Home,” Lloyd Price and His Orchestra, Nov. 21, 1959
100-50, “Teen Angel,” Mark Dinning, Jan. 2, 1960

Of the “Glee” cast’s 54 chart entries – tallied in a span of 54 weeks – “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” are two of just four titles to rise in their second chart weeks. Like “Somebody to Love” (85-28, Oct. 17, 2009) and “Defying Gravity” (99-31, Nov. 28, 2009), the act’s Lady Gaga updates were made available digitally the week before the episode that featured the songs.

The “Glee” cast, which spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with “Glee: The Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers,” ups its Hot 100 title count with the debut of “Beth” at No. 72. Kiss‘ original version of the song reached No. 7 in 1976, marking the band’s highest-charting Hot 100 hit.

HERE COMES THE JUDD: Wynonna collects her 11th consecutive top 10 on Country Albums, encompassing her entire solo discography, as “Love Heals” begins at No. 7. The set starts on the Billboard 200 at No. 32.

Dating to the entrance of Wynonna’s self-titled debut album on the Country Albums chart dated April 18, 1992, here are the female artists with the most top 10 titles:

14, Reba McEntire
11, Wynonna
10, LeAnn Rimes
10, Trisha Yearwood
8, Mary Chapin Carpenter
8, Faith Hill
8, Martina McBride

DANCING MACHINES: Two dance music veterans return to Billboard charts.

Erasure‘s Andy Bell enters Dance/Club Play Songs at No. 48 with “Will You Be There?,” setting up his second solo album, “Non-Stop,” due Tuesday (June 8). Bell’s prior charted solo single, “Crazy,” reached No. 3 in 2006. Erasure has banked 21 songs on the list between 1986 and 2007.

On Hot Dance Airplay, Kylie Minogue arrives at No. 25 with “All the Lovers,” the lead single from her forthcoming 11th studio album, “Aphrodite.”

PANIC ATTACK: Charting on the Billboard 200 since April 10, 1993, rock act Widespread Panic enjoys its first placement in the top 40, as “Dirty Side Down” debuts at No. 27.

Of its 14 previous entries, the Athens, Georgia-based band had peaked as high as No. 48 with “Earth to America” in 2006.

CHART BEAT BITS: Two of Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop genre charts sport new leaders, including Rap Songs, where Drake posts his fourth No. 1, “Over.” He scored his first No. 1 with “Best I Ever Had,” which began a 15-week reign a year ago this week. No other artist has more than two No. 1s in that span. On Adult R&B, Alicia Keys earns her record-extending ninth leader, as “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” rises 2-1. In the chart’s 16-year history, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Brian McKnight and Luther Vandross rank second with six toppers apiece …

Bettye LaVette, who earned her first Billboard chart ink on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 1962, makes her first appearance on the Billboard 200, as “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook” debuts at No. 56. The set becomes the soul legend’s second No. 1 on Blues Albums; “The Scene of the Crime” led in 2007 …

John Prine first appeared on a Billboard survey when his self-titled debut album entered the Billboard 200 the week of Feb. 26, 1972. This week, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart, as “In Person & On Stage” arrives at the summit of Folk Albums. The release boards the Billboard 200 at No. 85 …

Marc Anthony opens atop Latin Albums with “Iconos,” his seventh No. 1 dating to his first, “Contra La Corriente,” in 1997. With six of his leaders having entered at the apex, Anthony ties Los Temerarios for most No. 1 debuts in the chart’s 17-year history …

The 2009-10 season of network TV may be coming to a close, with “American Idol” having wrapped and the “Glee” first season finale airing Tuesday (June 8), but HBO’s buzz-worthy dark comedy/drama “True Blood” returns June 13. Ahead of its third season premiere, fans send the “True Blood: Volume 2” soundtrack onto the Billboard 200 at No. 84. The show’s first companion album, “True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series,” peaked at No. 105 last June. The program has already yielded a No. 1 on a Billboard chart: “True Blood: the Complete First Season” spent three weeks in charge of Top TV DVD Sales beginning a year ago this week.