A 'BAD' DEBUT: In a very newsy chart week for American Idols, Carrie Underwood makes headlines with twin debuts, including a new entry in pole position. After premiering their first-ever collaboration on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, the season four Idol winner and Miranda Lambert see their duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” open at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs. This gives Underwood her 70th Billboard chart-topper.
“Bad” has a great start on five other tallies, bowing at No. 5 on Hot Country Songs, No. 10 on Hot Digital Songs, No. 10 on Hot Digital Tracks, No. 48 on Hot Country Airplay and No. 58 on Country Detections. North of the border, “Bad” is new at No. 33 on the Canadian Hot 100.
Just two days after the Billboard Music Awards aired on ABC, Underwood introduced a new, original song on the CBS special, ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops. “Keep Us Safe,” composed for that two-hour show, also debuts on the Billboard charts this week, with a No. 20 start on Country Digital Songs and a No. 36 opening on Hot Country Songs.
“Somethin’ Bad” is by far Underwood’s highest debut on Hot Country Songs. Of her 32 titles to appear on this tally, “Bad” is the first to debut in the top 20. Before this week, Underwood’s highest-ranking new entry was “So Small,” which opened at No. 20 the week of Aug. 18, 2007. “Bad” is Underwood’s 18 song to reach the top five on this chart.
Two older Underwood singles are seeing new action on the Christian Digital Songs list. “Jesus, Take the Wheel” rebounds 41 to 33 in its 227 chart week and the live recording of “How Great Thou Art” moves from 48 to 46 in its 147 week.