David Cook

Well, David Cook’s self-titled CD, released on 19 Recording/RCA, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. So he didn’t quite match his fellow “American Idol” contestant David Archuleta, whose self-titled CD debuted at No. 2 last week.

However, Cook’s No. 3 posting is the best debut from an “American Idol” winner since 2006, when fifth-season “Idol” winner Taylor Hicks’s self-titled CD bowed in at No. 2.

Cook’s single “Light On” is also the No. 1 Gainer at Adult Radio and was highlighted as this week’s breakout track on “American Top 40” with Ryan Seacrest.

It will be interesting to see how Cook and Archuleta’s respective CDs fare during the holidays.

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