Daughtry Rides 'Idol' Fever to No. 1

Chris Daughtry, fourth place finisher on last season's "American Idol," continues to rewrite the popular show's standards for success.

Already the most successful post-"Idol" contestant not to finish as winner or runner-up on the FOX series, Daughtry's self-titled debut CD grabbed the No. 1 position on the Billboard album charts in its ninth week in release.

According to Nielsen SoundScan figures, "Daughtry" sold 65,000 copies for the week, edging the soundtrack for "Dreamgirls" (featuring fellow "Idol" "loser" Jennifer Hudson) by fewer than 150 copies, reportedly the smallest margin ever between the top two albums on the chart.

Daughtry's album was likely boosted by the return of "American Idol" on FOX and also by his performance before the NFC championship game between the Bears and Saints. That increase helped push his sales slightly higher than the 60,000 figure posted by "Dreamgirls" last week, the lowest total to top a Billboard album chart.

"Daughtry" premiered at No. 2 with sales of 259,000 and, buoyed by the success of the single "It's Not Over," the disc has remained in the Top 15 ever since.