Speaking of Debuts...

This week was full of new debuts (most of them from 'American Idol' alumni -- I guess it still does have punch) on the Hot 100, and considering I haven't checked that chart out in detail in quite a while, and considering my latest "special" if you'd like to call it that, let's have a look see...

-The highest debut went to Linkin Park. Their new song "New Divide", set to be featured on the Transformers sequel soundtrack was introduced to the Hot 100 at #6.

-While I was under the impression that Adam Lambert was the one to watch from this season of 'AI', Kris Allen, the winner, is proving his popularity. His Kara DioGuardi-penned single "No Boundaries" makes its debut bow just outside the Top 10 at #11, while his covers of "Heartless" and "Ain't No Sunshine" land him at #16 and #37 respectively. Don't count Lambert out though - his cover of "Mad World" lands him at #19.

-Another 'Idol' alumni, and last year's winner, David Cook, also debuts this week with "Permanent" landing at #24.

-Rob Thomas debuts with his latest solo single, "Her Diamonds" reaching #42.

-We also see an interesting debut from Charice, covering JoJo's "Note To God", an album track that should have been a single from her sophomore record, the underpromoted The High Road. The cover is quite good, but I prefer JoJo's version.

-The followup single to the Black Eyed Peas surprising summer smash "Boom Boom Pow", dubbed "I'mma Be", makes its first run at the charts this week as well at #50.

-Still no V Factory in the Top 50. Sigh.

-The Airplay Gainer of the Week belongs to Ms. Keri Hilson. Her Kanye West/Ne-Yo featured new single, "Knock You Down" lands at #13 to a new peak, after nine weeks on the chart.

- FYI - Despite spending an entire year on the chart, Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" (just under a year) and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" (just over a year) sit back to back well within the Top 30 at #26 and #27 respectively.

-Kristinia DeBarge hits a new peak with "Goodbye" breaking the Top 30 barrier at #30 after five short weeks.

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