After American Idol

Carrie Underwood wins Super Bowl on music charts

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Carrie Underwood during the taped opening to Sunday's Super Bowl.

Carrie Underwood during the taped opening to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl.

Carrie Underwood won the Super Bowl matchup on the music charts.

Carrie’s new song “Champion,” featuring Ludacris, opened NBC’s Super Bowl coverage.

The song quickly zoomed to number one on the iTunes singles chart.

And 24 hours afterwards, it was still entrenched at number one on that chart.

Justin Timberlake, the Super Bowl halftime performer?

He was sitting at number two (“Say Something” with Chris Stapleton), number three (“Filthy”), number four (“Can’t Stop the Feeling”) and number 10 (“Man in the Woods”) on iTunes.

Carrie has sang the opening for NBC’s Sunday night games for the past five seasons.

That led to Sunday Night Football executive producer Fred Gaudelli asking Carrie to write “The Champion” for use in this year’s Super Bowl.

The song was actually released in mid-January; it soared to number one on iTunes then too.

But here’s betting sales following Sunday’s performance topped downloads of “The Champion” back then.

And you haven’t heard the last of the song on NBC. It will also be used during the network’s upcoming coverage of the Winter Olympics. That kicks off Thursday night.

In case you missed Sunday’s kickoff performance, here it is.




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