Okay, so maybe American Idol Season Five fourth placer Chris Daughtry didn’t literally kick season winner Taylor Hicks where the sun don’t shine, but it sure feels like it. Daughtry’s band’s self-titled debut album topped the Billboard 200 this week with a 130-copy lead over the original soundtrack of Dreamgirls, selling over 65,000 copies, according to Soundscan. Where is Hicks’ debut album? Moved up three notches to #50.

In its ninth week on the chart, Daughtry’s RCA album has established two records of sorts: it is the fastest-selling debut by a rock artist in history, and it is the first album by an American Idol non-Top Two finalist to top the Billboard 200. Idols who have topped the Billboard 200 are Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, and his runner-up Clay Aiken; all remaining Idol winners and runners-up, including Justin Guarini, Fantasia, Diana DeGarmo, Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks, and, for now, Katherine McPhee, have not topped the albums chart.

Of course, there are some factors to take into consideration here. It is the third week in a row that the #1 album on the Billboard 200 has sold less than 100,000 copies. You’d have to go back to the early 1990s to see those kinds of relatively low sales figures. You could also take into consideration that Daughtry has a hit single, It’s Not Over, that’s burning up the modern rock and Top 40 formats; RCA continues to hedge on sending a Hicks single to radio, which will continue to hurt Taylor’s chances of long-term success on the album charts.

Meanwhile, in other American Idol Season Five alum news, Bucky Covington‘s new Lyric Street single A Different World has been serviced to country radio and is now #47 on the Radio and Records country chart; Paris Bennett has a new 306 Entertainment single, Ordinary Love, that’s being serviced to R&B formats; and Mandisa Hundley has signed up with Sparrow Records for a gospel album to be released late this year or early next year (her MySpace page features the delightful light acoustic toe-tapper Redeemer, a track on the album Beth Moore Presents: Songs of Deliverance.

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