With her debut at #1 with Inside Your Heaven, Carrie Underwood becomes the third American Idol season winner to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at #1. The other two were initial season champ Kelly Clarkson (A Moment Like This) and third season winner Fantasia Barrino (Believe). The only hiccup? Velvet soul teddy bear and season two winner Ruben Studdard could only manage a #2 entry with Flying Without Wings, when Clay Aiken pipped him to debut at #1 with This Is The Night.
As Fred Bronson points out in his online version of Chart Beat, a record will most likely be set next week, when Underwood's runner-up, Bo Bice, releases his version of Inside Your Heaven. Most likely, Bice will debut at #1, making it the first time since the Hot 100 was introduced in 1958, that a song was replaced at #1 by the same song, albeit a different version by a different artist. How exciting!
Meanwhile, one of my current worship tracks, Miracle by John David Webster, is #12 with a bullet on the Christian Singles chart. Give this track a listen, it's awesome.