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Lauren Duski tops iTunes for The Voice; Stephanie Rice moves Kelly Clarkson to tears


Lauren Duski joined Team Blake after turning three chairs with her audition on The Voice Season 12 premiere. (NBC Photo)

Lauren Duski joined Team Blake after turning three chairs with her audition on The Voice Season 12 premiere. (NBC Photo)

Lauren Duski is leading the way on iTunes for The Voice following Monday’s Season 12 premiere.

In fact, her cover of Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me” was the only song to crack the iTunes Top 200 singles chart as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The song was sitting at number 162 on the overall singles chart and number 35 on iTunes county singles chart.

Lauren turned three chairs with her performance, then opted to join Team Blake Shelton, explaining that her “heart and soul is in country music.”

As of 8 a.m., six of the eight songs from Monday’s show were charting. Below, I’ll list where they were on genre charts as of 8 a.m.

Keep in mind that it’s difficult to compare the song rankings between genre charts. The pop and country charts, for instance, are usually tougher to scale than the rock and R&B/soul chart.

That said, Stephanie Rice has to be thrilled with the reaction to her cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece.”

First, it has already cracked the Top 10 on the rock singles chart.

Second, it drew praise from Kelly. You’ll recall her emotional performance of the song on American Idol.

Long estranged from her dad, Kelly clearly appreciated the song choice by Stephanie, who became estranged from her parents after telling them she was gay.

Tweeted Kelly: “Can’t. Stop. Crying. 😳 Her vulnerability and her story ….just wow. Steph, I hope ur parents open their hearts 2 the beautiful person u r!”

County singles chart

35 — Lauren Duski, “You Were Meant for Me”

Pop singles chart

154 — Mark Isaiah, “Mercey

R&B / Soul chart

25 — J. Chosen, “Sexual Healing”

100 — Felicia Temple, “All I Could Do Was Cry:

Rock chart

9 — Stephanie Rice, “Piece by Piece”

79 — Johnny Hayes, “Try a Little Tenderness”

Had not charted as of 8 a.m.

Anatalia Villaranda, “Runaway Baby,” on the pop chart

Brennley Brown, “Stupid Boy,” on the country chart

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