Kelly Clarkson is seeing numbers surging after an emotional performance on "American Idol" on Feb. 25. The tallies are in for charts refreshed March 8 and her latest single debuted at No. 8 on the Hot 100 as expected. However, across other charts "Piece by Piece" has reached the top spot and now gives the "Idol" contestant her 100th No. 1 on any given Billboard chart.
"Piece by Piece" tops the Digital Songs chart after her single sat at the top of the iTunes chart for days on end. One day after the performance, she recorded the piano ballad version of the song which has also reached the top of the iTunes overall chart that frequently updates. The song takes a leap from 35-1 on Digital Songs selling 210,000 copies of the autobiographical song. The song was charting at No. 35 due to the anticipation of Clarkson's two hour presence on the show not only as a performer but a judge. Sales tracking ends on Thursdays each week.
Along with Digital Songs, "Piece" moves 20-1 over on Pop Digital Songs, breaking down to the song's respective genre. That was enough to make Kelly Clarkson the first "Idol" contestant to reach 100 No. 1's on the charts.
Clarkson had it made from the moment she went before the original judges on the show. In 2002, she won the inaugural season of "American Idol" and became a household name overnight. Week after week, she escaped being in the bottom group to go on to become a true superstar. Her winning song "A Moment Like This" captured the hearts of America and she broke a record held by The Beatles for fastest jump to No. 1 on the Hot 100. The "Idol" souvenir jumped from No. 52 to No. 1 in just one week. That record would be broken several times by a handful of artists including Maroon 5 and Britney Spears before Clarkson would retake the title in 2009 when "My Life Would Suck Without You" nearly cleared the chart moving 97-1 in one week, strategically released with only three days of sales.
She would go on to have another No. 1 when her debut album Thankful debuted at the top of the Top 200 Albums chart in 2003. Her fourth album All I Ever Wanted also debuted at No. 1 in 2009 following up with 2015's sixth non-holiday album Piece by Piece.
Carrie Underwood is not too far behind, totalling 83 in her decade long career while Chris Daughtry and his band have scored 40 No. 1's. Surprisingly, Clarkson has landed many No. 1's from the dance charts as well. Any remix reported qualifies for charting.
Kelly Clarkson is just weeks away from giving birth to baby No. 2.