While Matt McAndrew did not end up winning “The Voice” this season, he still has the honor of another achievement: Having the highest-charting single from the show over the past seven seasons.
In the numbers released from Billboard this week, his single “Wasted Love,” which hit #1 on iTunes not long after the show’s finale performance show, debuted all the way up at #14 on the Hot 100. That’s a crazy-awesome achievement for Matt, and it shows that there is a big demand for his music out there. We just hope that “The Voice” gives him some proper promotion moving forward, and the same goes for some other contestants from this season.
Matt is not the only contestant to set a major milestone this week on the charts. Winner Craig Wayne Boyd’s song “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” is the second song to ever launch #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. As for the Hot 100, it debuted at #34. Basically, this is further proof that Matt beat Craig handily in iTunes sales the week of the finale; Craig made up the difference in votes online and from phones, which is something that Blake Shelton contestants seem typically have in spades.
For those curious, Chris Jamison’s debut single “Velvet” launched at #53; meanwhile, Damien’s “Soldier” was at #74. It is probably going to be hard for any of these artists for the immediate future to get upward traction with these songs, mostly because they don’t have a huge promotional platform for them now. What they really have to hope for is something similar to Phillip Phillips and what he had with “Home.” Thanks to the Olympics, this song became an enormous smash.