Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion” Hits #1 On US iTunes; Justin Timberlake Songs Rising

Songs featured during Super Bowl LII are rising on US iTunes.

Carrie Underwood - The Champion | Photo Courtesy of UMG & NBC

Super Bowl LII will undoubtedly rank as America’s biggest television event this year.

Given that reality, it should come as no surprise that songs featured during the big game are making big moves on the US iTunes sales chart.

Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion (featuring Ludacris),” which opened the pre-game coverage (and served as the official anthem), rocketed to #1 on the chart shortly after appearing in the broadcast. It remains in that position as of press time at 12:15AM ET.

Songs by halftime show performer Justin Timberlake are also moving into prominent spots on the chart.

Interestingly, his highest-charting song was not part of the halftime show setlist. “Say Something (featuring Chris Stapleton),” which appears on his newly released album “Man Of The Woods,” is #2 on iTunes.

As for songs performed at halftime, “Filthy” is currently the highest-charting track. Benefiting from that exposure, the release of “Man Of The Woods” and a discounted price point, “Filthy” is currently #4. It was #9 when he took the stage.

“Can’t Stop The Feeling,” which closed the halftime show, is up to #7. It was #60 when the halftime show began.

Here is how the other halftime songs are positioned:
17) Mirrors (up from 362)
22) Rock Your Body (up from 234)
32) SexyBack (up from 280)
38) Cry Me A River (up from 440)
77) My Love (was not in the Top 1000)
80) Suit & Tie (up from 608)
86) Until The End Of Time (was not in the Top 1000)
137) Prince’s I Would Die 4 U (was not in the Top 1000)

— Other Super Bowl-related movers include Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble’s “This Is Me.” The song, which was featured in a spot for NBC’s Winter Olympics, is up to #14. It was outside the Top 30 when the commercial aired.

Featured in a Monster commercial, Iggy Azalea’s “Savior (featuring Quavo)” is up to #20. The song was outside the Top 30 when the commercial aired.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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