Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” rockets to No. 2 on this week’s Hot 100, narrowly missing out on the top spot thanks to the almighty Adele and her latest monster hit “Set Fire to the Rain”.
Much like the infamous Susan Boyle chart reign of 2009 –which saw the Scottish diva stop the likes of Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige from bagging No. 1 albums– Adele has effortlessly cockblocked every chart challenger in her path for months.
The power of Adelegend just stopped Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die from topping the Billboard 200, and now Kelly is suffering the same fate, but unlike Lana, Kelly still has a fighting chance at nabbing that No. 1 spot.
The biggest wedge between Kelly and that No.1 right now is airplay. While “Stronger” was the top selling digital song this week with 225,000 copies, “Set Fire to the Rain” still managed to cling to the top off of strong airplay. Kelly’s making rapid gains at radio, but so is Adele, and she’s already much further ahead, so Kelly’s going to need those big digital sales if she wants “Stronger” to become her third chart topping single.
Adele may be tough competition, but according to Billboard, Kelly’s still in with a chance.
“Stronger” has now been the top selling single on iTunes for over a week, and on February 5th, Kelly will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. With the mammoth TV audience expected, the exposure could give Kelly the boost she needs to topple Adele.
She better make it quick, though, because on February 12th Adele will deliver her first performance in months live at the Grammy Awards. Sure, Kelly is performing there too, but she’ll be singing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean, and with the inevitable Adele Grammy sweep that we all know is coming, there won’t be much room for anybody else on iTunes for at least a week after the show.
I love you Adele, but c’mon Kelly — snatch that No. 1!
BTW: Did anybody else notice that RCA changed the name from “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” to “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”? Much better, but they should have just called it that in the first place...