Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Hudson has claimed her first #1 hit on a Billboard chart. Her version of And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going) tops the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in its seventh week.

According to Billboard columnist Fred Bronson, Hudson claims the 112th #1 hit for the Idol franchise, but is the first to top this particular chart. Prior to Hudson’s #1 achievement, the highest an Idol contestant could muster was #5, with Kelly Clarkson’s Walk Away in May 2006.

Also, Hudson trumps Jennifer Holliday, the original Effie White, at least on the Club Play chart. Holliday’s version – actually a version by Rosabel featuring her vocals – peaked at #6 in 2001.

Yet another feather in Hudson’s sequined cap. Congrats, Jennifer!

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