The Voice 2016 iTunes Charts: Sundance Head Is #1, Five Others Crack Top 10
The Voice 2016 is finally picking up momentum on iTunes after weeks of so-so sales, as Team Blake Shelton crooner Sundance Head has scored the first No. 1 of Season 11 with his version of “Me and Jesus” by Tom T. Hall. This comes just one week after Sundance became the first artist of the season to crack the Top 10 in iTunes sales for the live shows.
Hot on Sundance’s heels is a member of Team Adam Levine, albeit not the teammate you might expect: Brendan Fletcher lands at No. 3 on the overall singles chart with his version of “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper, a song that is seeing a pop culture resurgence thanks to its inclusion in the movie Trolls. Granted, I’m not sure how much you can credit the movie, and the version by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, with the track’s sudden revival. But I’d like to think this high placement wasn’t all about song choice, since I don’t think this song would have sold as well if just anybody had done it. Brendan did a hell of a job on last night’s show, and I think he’s being well-rewarded for it with this placement.
Of course, if you think this puts a dent in the Billy Gilman “March to Victory” narrative…well, yeah, it does. But Billy isn’t exactly out of this race, as he’s the third of five artists to crack the Top 10, after Sundance and Brendan. His version of “Anyway” by Martina McBride finished just below Brendan’s track, coming in at No. 4 on the overall singles chart. While Billy’s chart performance suggests he’s not the frontrunner many expected him to be, Alisan Porter’s iTunes sales were all over the map last season. So I think Billy, much like Alisan, may have peaked too soon, meaning he’ll need to regain momentum towards the end of the competition, as the herd begins to thin out.
The fourth artist to crack the Top 10 is Team Alicia Keys soul singer Christian Cuevas, who took Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” to No. 7 on the overall singles chart. Rounding out the Top 10 is fellow Team Alicia artist, We McDonald. Her take on Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” earned her a spot at No. 10, solidifying the likely safety of Team Alicia this week, provided that iTunes votes weren’t the only ones this team received.
Team Miley Cyrus was represented at No. 15 by Ali Caldwell, who delivered with Badfinger’s “Without You”, her best showing to date in the live shows. From there, it’s a nearly thirty-spot drop to the next Voice artist, as Team Adam’s Josh Gallagher comes in at No. 44 with “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw, followed at No. 45 by Team Blake’s Austin Allsup with “Missing You” by John Waite.
Coming in at the bottom of the list is Team Miley’s Aaron Gibson, who struggled to rack up the votes with his take on Elton John’s “Rocket Man”, which comes in at No. 73. Still, he fared better than Team Blake’s Courtney Harrell, who didn’t chart at all in the Top 100 with her version of “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher. Aaron has been in the Bottom 2 the past two weeks against female singers, and he’s come out on top both times thanks to the Instant Save. However, with TWO artists going home this week, Aaron’s safety net might be gone if he finds himself competing in the sing-off against a third singer whom America simply likes better. He might have survived a one-on-one battle with Courtney thanks to America, but if, say, Josh or Austin lands in the Bottom 3 with him, I could see this being the end for Aaron, unless there’s some kind of vote split that benefits him. Either way, this double elimination promises to at least be more interesting than the past two.
But will the iTunes rankings accurately reflect the results this week? Or are we in for a surprise? Check out the full rankings below:
The Voice iTunes Top 200 Singles Chart: 11/29/2016
1. Sundance Head, “Me and Jesus”
3. Brendan Fletcher, “True Colors”
4. Billy Gilman, “Anyway”
7. Christian Cuevas, “Million Reasons”
10. We McDonald, “God Bless the Child”
15. Ali Caldwell, “Without You”
44. Josh Gallagher, “Real Good Man”
45. Austin Allsup, “Missing You”
73. Aaron Gibson, “Rocket Man”
74. Billy Gilman, “All I Ask”
77. Sundance Head, “No One”
What do you think of the rankings? Who do you think will land in the Bottom 3 this week? Who will likely go home? Sound off in the comments!
And if you missed last night’s show, watch full videos of every performance from the Top 10 show!