singles debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 early; Clay at 19, Ruben at 22.

singles debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 early; Clay at 19, Ruben at 22.
The first two singles from American Idol 2‘s winner and runner-up go debut on Billboard early this week. According to Billboard, “[s]treet date violations, which occur when retail outlets sell records before their release dates, result in … Clay Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard debuting prematurely on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.” Clay’s This Is The Night debuts at number 19, and Ruben’s Flying Without Wings/Superstar debuts at 22. However, the “singles are expected to sell between 200,000 and 300,000 copies each, which would be enough to bring them on to the chart at No. 1 and No. 2, … It would be the first time that new entries would occupy the top two positions on the Hot 100,” Billboard reports (last item).
+ also: Clay doesn’t care that his single is selling more copies than Ruben’s.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.