WHETHER HE WINS OR PLACES SECOND, LEE DeWYZE IS FIRST SEASON 9 CONTESTANT TO APPEAR ON A BILLBOARD CHART
By Fred Bronson, IdolsNow
Exclusive to MJ’s Big Blog
We don’t know yet if Lee DeWyze will be the winner of Season 9 of “American Idol” or the runner-up, but one thing is certain: he is the first finalist from the current year to show up on a Billboard chart. “Slumberland,” a pre-Idol CD recorded by Lee and released in January 2010, debuts at #32 on the Heatseekers chart, a survey designed to highlight breaking artists. To be eligible to appear on Heatseekers, an artist must not have previously charted in the top half of The Billboard 200, the magazine’s official album chart.
Artists can remain on the Heatseekers tally until they break into the top 100 of The Billboard 200, at which time they “graduate” off of Heatseekers.
Lee is the 48th Idol finalist to appear on a Billboard chart. The season with the highest number of charted Idols is Season 5, with nine of the top 10 making at least one appearance on a Billboard survey. Season 3 and Season 7 are tied for second place, with seven charted Idols each.
Counting all Idol contestants, the number of charted Idols jumps to 51. The three non-finalists to see their names listed on a Billboard chart are William Hung, Josiah Leming and Frenchie Davis.
Here is a list of Idol finalists who have charted in Billboard, season by season:
List after the JUMP…
Season one: (five)
Season two: (four)
Season three: (seven)
La Toya London
Season four: (four)
Season five: (nine)
Season six: (six)
Season seven: (seven)
Kristy Lee Cook
Season eight (five)
Season nine (one)
Fred Bronson is the creator of the IdolsNow app for the iPhone (www.getidolsnow.com) and the author of “The Billboard Book of Number One Hits” and “Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits.” He appeared on “American Idol” during seasons 2, 4, 7 and 9.