Wednesday, May 22, 2024

“American Idol” Presumptive Winner Chayce Beckham Still Number 2 on iTunes with Hit Single, “23”


Chayce Beckham must be pinching himself. (Do people still do that?)

The country music singer contestant on “American Idol” has had the number 2 single all week on the iTunes charts. It’s called “23” and fans are lapping it up.

The single has sold around 20,000 copies, most of them paid downloads, a small portion of it streaming equivalent.

Beckham is a finalist on Sunday’s “American Idol” finale. Winning will require votes from the public to overcome his three peers.

I can’t recall any “Idol” contestant coming into the finale with a top 3 single concurrent to the show. And the single is on a BMG distributed indie label which technically has no support. But there is it, sitting pretty at number 2, selling more than 98 famous, established singers.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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