Lee DeWyze's Debut Single Stumbles Onto Charts

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    Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze became a hometown hero when he was named the ninth American Idol.

    Lee DeWyze's debut single as the new "American Idol" had a not-so-"Beautiful" chart landing.

    His cover of U2's "Beautiful Day" arrived at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week.

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    The star did better on the Digital Songs chart, where he notched 95,000 downloads to land at No. 12. "Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox sold 49,000 downloads of her cover of Patty Griffin's "Up To the Mountain," earning the No. 32 spot on the digital chart.

    The numbers marked a downward trend from the chart debuts of last year's "Idol" stars.

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    Season 8 winner Kris Allen notched 134,000 downloads of "No Boundaries" last year in that track's debut week, while runner-up Adam Lambert sold 115,000 copies of the Tears for Fears cover "Mad World" – with both landing in the Hot 100 top 10.

    The week's chart hits came instead from more established singers, with Usher and Will.i.am's "OMG" at No. 1 and Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg's "California Gurls" at No. 2.

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