“The Voice'”s Josh Kaufman Charges Towards iTunes Bonus

Update: Team Usher contestant Josh Kaufman has scored the season’s first iTunes multiplier bonus.

“The Voice” contestant’s cover of “Stay With Me” was positioned at #5 on the overall iTunes Single Sales chart when voting closed at 12PM ET. As a result of its presence in the top ten, its sales total will be multiplied by 5 when incorporated into Josh Kaufman’s weekly vote total.

No other contestant received such a bonus. The near-final chart positions were as follow:

5. Josh Kaufman – Stay with Me
30. Kristen Merlin – Stay
39. Jake Worthington – Anymore
47. Christina Grimmie – Dark Horse
95 Kat Perkins – Magic Man
103. Sisaundra Lewis – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
111. Audra McLaughlin – Angel of the Morning
124. Delvin Choice – Unchained Melody
131. Bria Kelly – Rolling In the Deep
176. Tess Boyer – I’ll Be There For You
283. T.J. Wilkins – Waiting On the World To Change
298. Dani Moz – Just Give Me a Reason


The live shows have commenced, and so too has “The Voice'”s presence in the iTunes Single Sales Chart.

After propelling only a handful of songs into the Top 100 during the blind auditions, battles and playoffs, NBC’s reality competition series sent several songs surging up the chart after Monday’s Top 12 performance show.

Leading the charge is Josh Kaufman’s cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” Currently 19 (as of 1:30AM ET), the cover seems like the week’s strongest bet to enter the Top 10 and secure the responsible contestant the corresponding multiplier on his iTunes vote.

Affected on the live broadcast by a microphone malfunction, Kristen Merlin’s cover of “Stay” is experiencing no issue garnering purchases on iTunes. As of press time, it was number #57 on the iTunes chart. It might not have enough juice to reach the top ten, but it certainly indicates solid interest in the performance.

Other “The Voice” performances presently in the Top 100 are Jake Worthington’s “Anymore” (#64) and Christina Grimmie’s “Dark Horse” (#75).

Additional chart positions:
127 – Kat Perkins – Magic Man
142 – Sisaundra Lewis – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
165 – Delvin Choice – Unchained Melody
170 – Audra MacLaughlin – Angel of the Morning
187 – Bria Kelly – Rolling in the Deep
272 – Tess Boyer – I’ll Be There for You
468 – TJ Wilkins – Waiting on the World to Change
503 – Dani Moz – Just Give Me a Reason

Written by Brian Cantor

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