Lauren Alaina may not have finished first, but the recent 'American Idol' runner-up is quickly establishing herself as a formidable contender on the music charts. Her debut single, 'Like My Mother Does,' entered Billboard's all-genre Hot 100 chart at No. 20, in addition to No. 9 on the trade's Digital Songs chart, with an 121,204 single downloads sold.

This impressive feat marks the highest debut for a second place finalist in six years. "This is so awesome!" Lauren exclaims. "'American Idol' has changed my life, so I'm excited that the songs I performed on there are doing so well. I can't believe that I have a song out on country radio, much less that so many stations started playing it right away. I can't wait to get out and meet everybody and thank them personally for playing my song."