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David Cook Sets Billboard Record of 11 Songs Debut in the Hot 100

The winner of American Idol season 7, David Cook, has already broke several Billboard chart records even before the release of his sophomore album.


For the Billboard chart week ending May 25, 2008, David Cook established a feat of having eleven songs debut on the Hot 100 beating the previous record set by Miley Cyrus of Disney’s Hannah Montana in 2006 when the teen star had six songs that debuted on the chart.

David’s American Idol single, “The Time of My Life” which is also the winning song in the Idol songwriting competition, debuted at no. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The remaining 10 are the following:

No. 15 – “Dream Big” (from the American Idol Songwriting Competition)
No. 22 – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (Original by U2)
No. 28 – “The World I Know” (Original by Collective Soul)
No. 42 – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Original by Aerosmith)
No. 47 – “Billie Jean” (Original by Michael Jackson)
No. 67 – “Always Be My Baby” (Original by Mariah Carey)
No. 73 – “Hello” (Original by Lionel Richie)
No. 77 – “The Music of the Night” (Song from The Phantom of the Opera)
No. 92 – “Eleanor Rigby” (Original by The Beatles)
No. 99 – “I’m Alive” (Original by Neil Diamond)

David’s eleven charting songs also gave him the most songs by one artist on the Hot 100 of any week in the Nielsen SoundScan era (which began in 1991), and the most of any era since The Beatles placed 14 songs on the chart the week of April 11, 1964.

In addition, that same week David also broke the record for the most debuts on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs category, where he placed 14 debut entries, the record of which was previously six set by Bon Jovi in 2007. Cook’s 17 entries had a combined total of 944,000 digital downloads in the first week of selling.

David is currently working on his upcoming album (his first as American Idol) with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Jesse McCartney.

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