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Kris Allen? Adam Lambert? Got nothing on Journey


Those unhappy with Wednesday night's "American Idol" results shouldn't be in mourning for too long. Adam Lambert and Kris Allen aren't going anywhere, and next week they'll be rocketing to the top of Billboard's digital singles chart.

Lambert boosters should also take solace in the fact that winning "Idol" doesn't always equate to success outside of reality television. Just look at fourth-place finisher Daughtry. But if early results are any indication, "Idol" voters seem to have chosen the singer with the greatest shot at mainstream pop appeal.

Already, crooner Allen has three songs in the iTunes Top 10, compared with  Lambert's one. Go beyond the Top 10, and the results don't necessarily get prettier for the would-be glam-rocker Lambert. Allen has five songs currently in the Top 30, and Lambert has just two -- his takes on Tears for Fears' "Mad World" and Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."

Meanwhile, "Idol" fans are definitely gravitating toward Allen's rendition of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and "No Boundaries," the Kara DioGuardi-co-penned rewrite of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb." Fans may remember last year, when songs sung by "Idol" contestants racked up about 1.5 million digital downloads after the finale, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

But the real winner in all this? Fox --  this despite the fact that the finale "Idol" ratings were down slightly. The top-selling song this morning on iTunes is not from an "Idol" contestant, but from another Fox show in the "Glee" edition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."

The original is one of the most consistent sellers in the digital music era, thanks to a bevy of recent pop-culture placements, be it "The Sopranos" or the theme song to the 2005 Chicago White Sox. It was used as the selling point for Fox's new musical comedy, whose debut  this week propelled it back to the top spot on the iTunes chart.

But we'll have to wait until the fall to find out if the Fox series ultimately goes the way of Carrie Underwood or Bo Bice.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Kris Allen by Associated Press

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I can listen to Kris's smooth vocal all day. I can't wait to download all his idol performances on iTunes!

This sudden surge in Kris"s itunes success is due entirely to his win. He had been trailing Lambert for months in number of songs in the top ten. And there is nothing smooth about Kris's vocals, smooth would describe being able to move fluidly from high to low notes, which he has never been able to do with out strain. The American public is not entirely deaf and stupid though I wonder sometimes. This temporary surge in interest in the winner of idol is natural. But just give it time and the cream will rise to the surface as it should naturally.

Um, check your facts. Itunes has updated their info and now Adam is ahead of Kris in every category

ADAM was cheated of AI title.
How can 1 person in Arkansas vote 45,000 times??? Arkansas which has a population of only 2.8 million generated 38 million votes excluding votes placed through other time zones. Means, it could be more than 60 million votes cast by Arkansas alone??? AT&T supplied the facts which was announced by a TV station in Arkansas but they’re now retracting. Now, it’s CLEAR how ADAM was robbed of winning. Is that acceptable to AI???

Check your facts!! Kris is now at #2 among iTunes top 100 and Adam is at #7 only!

LOS ANGELES, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Less than 24 hours after the eighth season finale, "American Idol" winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert have taken unprecedented control of the iTunes sales charts, holding down a history-making 26 positions on the top 100 chart as of 4pm PDT on Thursday, May 21. All 26 tracks are released by 19 Recordings, giving the label one of the biggest shares since iTunes first introduced its charts. The victorious Allen has moved up to No. 2 with his first single, "No Boundaries," and is also No. 5 with his acoustic version of Kanye West's "Heartless," while Lambert's impressive take on "Mad World" has soared to No. 7.

On the iTunes top 100 album chart, Adam's season eight performances collection is No. 3, Kris' season eight performances collection is No. 6, and an iTunes pass for Kris, which includes his forthcoming debut album, is No. 7. David Cook, who performed "Permanent" on the season finale, rebounds to No. 9 with his debut album.

Kris occupies 14 positions on the iTunes top 100 singles chart:
No. 2, "No Boundaries"
No. 5, "Heartless" (single)
No. 9, "Ain't No Sunshine (single)
No. 19, "Heartless" (track from season eight performances collection)
No. 27, "Apologize" (single)
No. 33, "What's Going On" (single)
No. 34, "Ain't No Sunshine" (track from season eight performances
No. 51, "Falling Slowly" (single)
No. 56, "Apologize" (track from season eight performances collection)
No. 68, "To Make You Feel My Love" (single)
No. 72, "What's Going On" (track from season eight performances
No. 83, "Falling Slowly" (track from season eight performances
No. 88, "Renegade" (Kris Allen & Danny Gokey)
No. 93, "To Make You Feel My Love" (track from season eight performances

Adam has a hold on 12 positions on that same chart with his "Idol" songs:
No. 7, "Mad World" (single)
No. 11, "A Change Is Gonna Come"
No. 20, "No Boundaries"
No. 32, "A Change Is Gonna Come" (track from season eight performances
No. 37, "Mad World" (track from season eight performances collection)
No. 40, "One"
No. 44, "Slow Ride" (Adam Lambert & Allison Iraheta)
No. 50, "Cryin'"
No. 81, "The Tracks Of My Tears"
No. 87, "Ring Of Fire"
No. 90, "Feeling Good"
No. 98, "Whole Lotta Love"

The "American Idol" chart domination continues on iTunes' Music Videos
chart, where Kris and Adam have a combined 29 videos in the top 100,
including eight of the top 10.

Those videos are:
No. 1, Kris Allen, "Heartless"
No. 3, Adam Lambert, "A Change Is Gonna Come"
No. 4, Adam Lambert, "Mad World" (top two performance)
No. 5, Adam Lambert, "Mad World"
No. 6, Kris Allen, "No Boundaries"
No. 8, Adam Lambert, "No Boundaries"
No. 9, Kris Allen, "Ain't No Sunshine" (top two performance)
No. 10, Adam Lambert, "The Tracks Of My Tears"
No. 13, Adam Lambert, "One"
No. 15, Adam Lambert, "Ring Of Fire"
No. 16, Adam Lambert & Allison Iraheta, "Slow Ride"
No. 17, Adam Lambert, "Cryin'"
No. 18, Kris Allen, "What's Going On"
No. 20, Adam Lambert, "Whole Lotta Love"
No. 21, Adam Lambert, "Feeling Good"
No. 22, Kris Allen, "Apologize"
No. 23, Kris Allen, "If I Can't Have You"
No. 24, Kris Allen, "Ain't No Sunshine"
No. 25, Adam Lambert, "Born To Be Wild"
No. 26, Adam Lambert, "Play That Funky Music"
No. 30, Kris Allen, "Falling Slowly"
No. 36, Adam Lambert, "Black Or White"
No. 39, Kris Allen, "To Make You Feel My Love"
No. 43, Kris Allen, "She Works Hard For The Money"
No. 54, Kris Allen, "Come Together"
No. 61, Kris Allen & Danny Gokey, "Renegade"
No. 65, Kris Allen, "The Way You Look Tonight"
No. 70, Adam Lambert, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
No. 85, Kris Allen, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"

There are other Idols appearing on the charts, making the domination of the iTunes tallies even more impressive.

On the singles chart, David Cook is No. 6 with "Permanent" and No. 70 with "Come Back To Me." Carrie Underwood's "Home Sweet Home," which she performed on "American Idol" this week, is No. 35. Kelly Clarkson is No. 38 with her new single, "I Do Not Hook Up." Daughtry is No. 49 with "No Surprise," the first single from their sophomore CD. Danny Gokey is No. 55 with "You Are So Beautiful." Jordin Sparks ranks No. 62 with "Battlefield." Kellie Pickler comes in at No. 76 with "Best Days Of Your Life." Adding these songs to the total rung up by Kris and Adam, there are 34 "Idol"-related titles in the top 100.

On the video chart, David Cook is No. 29 with "Come Back To Me" and No. 60 with "Light On." A season eight group performance of "Don't Stop Believin'" is No. 32, and a finale group performance of "I'm Yours" with Jason Mraz is No. 82. Jordin Sparks' "American Idol" performance of her new single, "Battlefield," is No. 47. Kellie Pickler is No. 50 with "Best Days Of Your Life." Season eight's Danny Gokey is No. 63 with "You Are So Beautiful." The very first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, is No. 93 with "I Do Not Hook Up" and season eight's Allison Iraheta is No. 94 with "Alone." That gives a grand total of 38 "Idol"-related titles on the iTunes Music Video top 100.

SOURCE 19 Entertainment

The information in this article is incorrect. An update was published which shows Lambert was leading in EVERY CATEGORY. He was leading in sales all seaon long. I guess Allen's voice is more "current", if you like second rate versions of Jason Mraz and John Mayer. Good luck to him. Lambert will be more interesting and has the ability to docrossover into acting, sing all different genres, do product endorsements, modeling, etc. Let's see what happens.

I have purchased 5 of Kris' songs so far.

Not one of "Screech" Lambert's.

All of his good songs he ripped off from other artists-
Mad World? i ALREADY OWN the version Adam ripped off from Gary Jules.
Feelin' Good? Muse did that version better 7 years ago.

I'd rather pay to hear the creativity and soulfulness of Kris than the screeching of Adam, thank you.

How about the fact that 38 million votes came from Arkansas (a state with less than 3 million people) - that is almost 40 percent of the votes, as reported by AT&T. Just over 1 per cent of votes separated Lambert and Allen. This means that without the insane amount of votes coming from Arkansas (courtesy of a variety of multi-texting software programs), Lambert was actually the overwhelming choice of America by many millions of votes. This is the perfect illustration of why the voting system as it currently stands is so inherently flawed.

Kris is super lame. Without stupid little girls text voting for him, he would have been eliminated weeks ago.


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