Which TV reality singing competition made a bigger impact with music consumers this season, Fox's venerable American Idol or NBC's upstart The Voice?
Let's look at the numbers logged by both Idol contestants and judges and Voice singers and coaches.
Following the Voice season finale June 29, inaugural winnerJavier Colon's "Stitch by Stitch" starts at No. 17 as this week's Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with 145,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Runner-upDia Frampton's "Inventing Shadows" opens at No. 20 with 137,000.
The debuts (on Universal Republic) mark the first Hot 100 appearances for each artist this season with original music after each had placed cover songs from the series on the tally. (Colon's Billboard chart history dates to 2003, when the R&B singer was signed to Capitol; Frampton has graced multiple surveys as half of rock duo Meg & Dia). Read More...