More impressively, in only three days of release (beginning Tuesday, June 10), Idol finalist Clay Aiken cracked the Top 20 with his rendition of "This Is the Night", which checked in at number 19. And, unlike the Dixie Chicks, who ranked right above him with their revived hit "Landslide", he didn't have to take his clothes off to achieve his success.
This week's chart will include a full week of sales for Clay's single, as well as for Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" b/w "Superstar" and Justin Guarini's debut album. Neither Ruben nor Justin could equal Clay's success in three days, but this week they'll have a full opportunity to take aim at him. We'll see if they're firing blanks.