published Friday, May 10th, 2013

'American Idol' appearance boosts Lauren Alaina into Top 20

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Lauren Alaina's performance of her new single, "Barefoot and Buckwild" on Thursday night's episode of "American Idol" helped boost the song into iTunes' country Top 20 overnight.

The new single was released Tuesday and climbed to No. 26 by day's end on the country digital downloads chart. It is now ranked No. 18.

The national exposure also helped the Rossville singer crack iTunes Top 100 for all genres, which she did not chart on during Tuesday's release. She is No. 71 on that Top 100.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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