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Ashland Craft scored highest charting blind audition song for The Voice


Ashland Craft of Team Miley Cyrus on  The Voice scored the highest charting song of the Season 13 blind auditions. (NBC Photo)

Ashland Craft of Team Miley Cyrus on The Voice scored the highest charting song of the Season 13 blind auditions. (NBC Photo)

Which of the 48 contestants on The Voice charted highest on iTunes during the blind auditions?

Here’s a hint: It wasn’t one of the singers who turned four chairs.

The honor actually went to country singe Ashland Craft, of Piedmont, S.C., a member of the all-female Team Miley Cyrus.

Back on the second night of the bind auditions, Ashland performed “You Are My Sunshine,” prompting Miley, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine to turn around.

By noon the next day, Ashland’s cover hit number 115 on the iTunes overall singles chart. That’s the highest chart ranking for any Season 13 blind audition song. In fact, it’s the highest since Season 11.

In Season 12, the best blind audition chart performance came courtesy of eventual champ Chris Blue, who hit #131 on iTunes with “Tracks of My Tears.”

Ashland, 21, also hit number 32 on the iTunes country singles chart.

You might remember her as the young woman who performed regularly at a honky tonk called Wendell’s Dippin Branch back home. Since her audition aired, she’s also performed a highly successful Ashland Craft kickoff show in Greenville, S.C.

Ashland was one of just four Season 13 cast members who cracked the Top 200 on the iTunes overall singles chart during the blinds. The others: Jon Mero of Team Adam and Brooke Simpson and Karli Webster, both also from Team Miley.

Here’s where all the blind audition songs landed on the charts. All of these rankings were taken at noon the day after the blind audition aired because that’s when voting typically ends following a live show on The Voice. Some songs might have eventually climbed higher.

Also, remember that it’s impossible to compare a performance on one genre chart to another. The country and pop charts are far more difficult to climb than some of the others, for instance.

See also …
A pre-Voice discography and playlist for Season 13
Profiles of the Season 13 contestants

Overall singles chart

#115 — Ashland Craft, “You Are My Sunshine”

#148 — Brooke Simpson: “Stone Cold”

#184 — Jon Mero, “Versace on the Floor”

#193 — Karli Webster, “You’re So Vain”

Alternative singles chart

#27 — Noah Mac, “Way Down We Go”

#42 — Dave Crosby, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”

#45 — Dylan Gerard, “Say You Won’t Let Go”

#172 — Stephan Marcellus, “Take Me to Church”

Blues singles chart

#2 — Shilo Gold, “Stay with Me Baby”

Country singles chart

#32 — Ashland Craft, “You Are My Sunshine”

#102 — Adam Cunningham, “Midnight Rider”

#147 — Megan Rose: “Ode to Billy Joe”

#182 — Anna Catherine DeHart, “I Could Use a Love Song” *

did not chart — Kristi Hoopes, “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love,” Natalie Stovall, “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” *, Red Marlow, “Swingin’,” Ryan Scripps, “Body Like a Dirt Road” *

Pop singles chart

#45 — Brooke Simpson: “Stone Cold”

#45 — Karli Webster, “You’re So Vain”

#56 — Michael Kight, “Sugar”

#57 — Addison Agen, “Jolene”

#60 — Gary Carpentier, “Home”

#105 — Emily Luther, “Summertime”

#174 — Illianna Viramontes, “New Soul”

#177 — Hannah Mrozak, “Starving”

#190 — Esera Tuaolo, “Rise Up”

#193 — Jeremiah Miller, “Slow Hands”

#195 — Whitney Fenimore, “Hold On We’re Going Home”

did not chart — Alexandra Joyce, “Wildest Dreams” *, Brandon Showell: “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me,” Janice Freeman, “Radioactive,” Kathrina Feigh, “Big White Room,” Maharasyi, “Tell Me Something Good,” Rebecca Brunner, “Believer,” Sophia Bollman, “Invincible”

R&B/ Soul singles chart

#12 — Jon Mero, “Versace on the Floor”

#15 — Anthony Alexander, “Redbone”

#19 — Davon Fleming, “Me and Mr. Jones”

#21 — Ignatious Carmouche, “Latch”

#27 — Chris Weaver, “Try a Little Tenderness”

#42 — Brandon Brown, “Georgia On My Mind”

#51 — Lucas Holliday, “This Woman’s Work”

#55 — Keisha Renee, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”

did not chart — Eric Lyn, “Ooh Child” *, Meagan McNeal, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Rock singles chart

#69 — Moriah Formica, “Crazy On You”

#76 — Chloe Komanski, “The Chain”

#127 — Mitchell Lee, “Hold My Hand”

#180 — Dennis Drummond, “She Talks to Angels”

did not chart — Adam Pearce, “Hot Blooded,” Katrina Rose, “Kozmic Blues” *

* Audition was montaged. Cover songs from montaged auditions face a major disadvantage on the iTunes charts.

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