A half hour after he performed on Monday night’s live Semifinals episode of “The Voice,” Jordan Smith’s powerful cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love” sky-rocketed into the No. 1 slot on iTunes. He had displaced the reigning Queen of Pop, Adele, whose “Hello” has dominated the iTunes Top 200 Singles Chart since its release six weeks ago.
People reported December 12 that 22-year-old Jordan Smith — after giving a roof-raising, standing-ovation-prompting, Adam-Levine-proxy-microphone-dropping performance — was “almost moved to tears” when he saw he had replaced Adele at the top of the iTunes songs chart. PopSugar.com reported that he did it in 30 minutes.
“I was actually on the red carpet doing press after the show,” Smith told People about when he found out. “We were all checking the charts anyway just to see how everybody was doing. I opened my phone and saw it and I almost was moved to tears. It was so incredible!”
“We” would have been the Top 9, all of whom had performed earlier and were vying for the Top 4 slots and a place in the show’s finale, which airs in two parts on Monday and Tuesday (December 14 and 15) on NBC Television. Remarkably, eight of the nine scored Top 10 songs, setting a new “The Voice” record. Of course, Smith was the first finalist revealed to have made the Top 4 the following night on elimination show.
Smith told People is was “a huge fan” of Adele’s. “I love her writing style and her voice is just otherworldly.” He added, “There’s just something about what she does that cannot be matched, so to see my name up there with her is an incredible compliment. I, in no way, feel I’m anywhere near her category. Just to see your name there among other artists like her is kind of a personal victory for me. It’s very special.”
According to the People article, Smith was still at No. 1 when the story was posted (before noon on December 12). But, alas, all good things must come to an end, and Smith’s “Somebody To Love,” started descending the chart Saturday afternoon.
Jordan Smith has become a musical force to be reckoned with, and not just on “The Voice,” as is now apparent. “Somebody To Love” was his fifth entry into the iTunes Top 10. But even before that, Smith was a YouTube sensation. The video of his Blind Audition on “The Voice,” a soaring rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier” went viral and has garnered over 20.6 million views to date.
The Season 9 breakout star is the embodiment of the show’s title, his clear and resonant vocals dominating a very good season of talented singers. He is the clear frontrunner to win Season 9 of “The Voice” and, where the rules state that all downloads of an artist’s song are counted in the final vote, his stay atop the iTunes Top 200 Singles Chart for days will definitely put him in a position that will be nearly insurmountable by traditional (phone and internet) voting.
Jordan Smith will join Emily Ann Roberts, Barrett Baber and Jeffery Austin on stage in the Season 9 Finals on Monday night. “The Voice” will name its season winner the following night, Tuesday, December 15.