Fantasia’s ‘Idol’ Performance Leads to Big Sales

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  • Fantasia’s powerhouse performance of her current single, “Lose to Win,” on last Thursday’s “American Idol” has literally paid off.

    Before her return to the “Idol” stage, the season three winner had been garnering airplay with this first single from her new album, “Side Effects of You,” according to Billboard. “Lose to Win” had reached No. 7 on the airplay-based Adult R&B chart, and this week it rebounds 8-6, achieving a new peak position.

    But this week, the single also makes moves on a number of sales-based charts. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, “Lose to Win” is a new entry at No. 33. On the main Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which is based on sales and airplay, “Lose to Win” bows at No. 38. And on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart, the song debuts at No. 2, indicating a forthcoming debut on the Hot 100 itself.

    “Lose to Win” is bound to move up next week, thanks to the release of the parent album, which will make its debut on a number of charts, possibly upping Fantasia’s total of Billboard No. 1s (at the moment she has 32, good enough for fourth place among Idols with the most chart-toppers. The only Idols who have more are Kelly Clarkson (82), Carrie Underwood (66) and Chris Daughtry (39 for his group Daughtry).

    Billboard is predicting that “Side Effects of You” will enter The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 2. That gives the set an excellent chance of debuting at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

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