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THE CELEBRATION
MOVES TO iTUNES

The musical fare on Celebrating America, the 90-minute inauguration-night special that aired on the major networks (except Fox) and cable-news channels (except Fox News), made an immediate impression on viewers, as seven songs performed on the show shot to the Top 10 of the iTunes Songs chart, where they remain this morning.

Leading the way is Ant Clemons & Justin Timberlake’s “Better Days,” performed on the show at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, at #1. It’s followed by Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard’s “Undivided” (#2), Black Pumas’ “Colors” (#4), New Radicals’ “You Get What You Give” (#5), Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” (#6), Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day”—performed by Demi Lovato on the show (#7)—and Katy Perry’s “Firework” (#9).

Foo Fighters’ Greatest Hits (Roswell/RCA) and New Radicals’ lone album, Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too (originally MCA, now UMG), are in the Top 5 at albums.

By the way, an “inauguration version” of “Better Days” on which Clemons and JT are joined by gospel star Kirk Franklin is being released on A. Blessing/Human Re Sources.

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