Idol Sales News – Week Ending 08/26/12

Updated: Now with Album Numbers!

What will the charts bring us this week? Can Carly Rae extend her stay in the top 10 of the Hot 100 to 22 weeks? How will the Walmart albums sell this week? Which Idols are still on the BB200?

This is the weekly sales thread. Please post numbers as you find them. Thanks!

Albums (Idol Chatter)
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (15,000, +44%, 915,000) (#19 Billboard 200)
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (15,000, -17%, 722,000) (#21 BB200)
Scotty McCreery, Clear as Day (4,000, +5%, 1.106 million) (*#129 BB200)
Phillip Phillips, American Idol (4,000, -31%, 70,000) (#132 BB200)
Daughtry, Break the Spell (3,000, +34%, 469,00) (#184 BB200)
Mandisa, What If We Were Real (2,000, +40%, 204,000)
Daughtry, Daughtry (1,000, -1%)
Hollie Cavanagh, American Idol (less than 1,000, -22%, 11,000)
Casey Abrams, Casey Abrams (less than 1,000, +17%, 13,000)

Idol-related albums
3 “Now 43” 45K (-40%) (2)
7 Owl City “The Midsummer Station” (NEW) 30K (features Carly Rae Jepsen)
One Direction, Up All Night (25,000, -15%, 1.158 million) (#10 Billboard 200)
Soundtrack, Sparkle (14,000, -11%, 49,000) (#25 BB200)
Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party (8,000, -5%, 2.732 million) (#53 BB200)
Various, Now That’s What I Call Music! 42 (7,000, -7%, 422,000) (#64 BB200)
Tyga, Careless World (6,000, +13%, 290,000) (#69 BB200)
David Guetta, Nothing but the Beat (5,000, +34%, 372,000) (#103 BB200)
Jennifer Lopez, Dance Again…The Hits (3,000, -15%, 35,000) (#152 BB200)
The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow (3,000, +1%, 498,000) (#154 BB200)

Download Numbers (Billboard):
7 Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” 122K (-10%) (7)
5 Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen “Good Time” 144K (+13%) (8)
8 Phillip Phillips “Home” 109K (-33%) (5)
9 Cher Lloyd “Want U Back” 107K (down 14%) (9)


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  • jpfan2

    Good sales this week. Looks like Stronger is headed for platinum and Daughtry may eventually sell gold. Scotty is a stealth major success for the franchise.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    Jepsen’s own “Call Me Maybe” is also steady at No. 7 with
    122,000 (down 10%) while Phillip Phillips’ “Home” is down 5-8 with
    109,000 (down 33%)

    Also, Adele’s 21 fell out of the Top 10 for the first time since its release on March 12, 2011. It spent 78 consecutive weeks in the Top 10.

  • jpfan2

    With those numbers Home is now at 1.326 million sold.  Two million is coming but it might take 6-9 weeks to get there.

  • Larc

    Scotty’s CAD just keeps on chugging along.  He should generate even more sales on the windup leg of Brad’s tour from September 13 until it ends at the Hollywood Bowl on October 20.

  • Lexie O’Neill

     This week really is a great surprise!  He did promo this past week, but it was mostly Raleigh area and then a private show at the Opry…and no major sales that we know of?  Wow.  And yay!!

  • Hazehel

    Last number we have for David Cook’s TOML is 1,459,000, so if Phillips sells another ~135K this week, he should overtake David Cook as the winner with best selling coronation single.  He should do ~140-150K if he can stay at #5 in the iTunes chart, so it is possible (as long as TOML hasn’t sold extra 15K copies or so since).

  • tripp_ncwy

    CD Releases: Contemporary Christian 10/9

    It’s Christmas (2012 Edition)

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    Wow. Clear As Day is one tough cookie. 

  • OffLeash

    Scotty’s still selling! Nice!

    I wonder why we didn’t get Joshua’s numbers this week. Was he on a different chart too before like Hollie?

    Home will surpass TOML for sure, it’s just a matter of when now. Double platinum will totally depend on radio and/or the Clint Eastwood movie soundtrack.

  • elliegrll

    Joshua and Skylar fell out of the BB 200 last week.  As we realized last week, Brian can get Hollie’s numbers, because her album never made the top 100 on Billboard, so that makes it eligible for the Heatseekers chart.  Joshua and Skylar may be selling more, but they can’t appear on that chart.

  • Chrissie H

    Oh wow, another 4.000 albums and reaching 1.106 million total. Scotty´s album sales are amazing and the more impressive that it does so with little to no radio support. Makes me wonder what his sales would look like had he gotten lots of radioplay. In any case, to me CAD´s sales is one more example that radio (inspite of the power it sadly seems to have) is luckily not the only way to get music exposed and it´s not the make or break of sales or a career.

  • standtotheright

    Also, Adele’s 21 fell out of the Top 10 for the first time since its release on March 12, 2011. It spent 78 consecutive weeks in the Top 10.

    [tolls the bells] 21 est mort (ou est en train de mourir). Vive le 25!

  • fairlyoften

    I don’t know, still 30,000 to go for gold for Daughtry. I think it would take years for Break the Spell to sell another 30,000 unless something big happened. I am curious how his next album will do.

  • Don Thompson

     Actually at his present Sales level it will take ten more weeks. I think he will be there by Christmas.

  • Tinawina

    So do what was the last count for Josh and Skylar? Around 30K or so?

  • Troy Mccoy

    I really dont understand the logic that Scotty had no radio support. Didnt Scotty have one top 15 and one top 20. How is that no radio support? I say most new artist would be happy to get that. He has only struggled with one single. Radio did help him early on to get him to where he is as well as his fan base, who voted for him in award shows that help expand his popularity.

    I think WTT not selling like Scotty other singles prove radio still has power. They didnt support it, so it didnt sell like the other two song Scotty released.

    I think for long term success an artist is going to need radio. AI folks were blessed with instant fanbases early in their careers, but it has been proven without radio play, they will struggle somewhere down the line, if they dont establish themselves with radio.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I actually like the first part of your perspective…Scotty did get radio support for the first two singles (even though there is argument that there are other songs that could have gone even higher:).  Hopefully, they just didn’t like WTT.  

    Radio definitely has power.  That’s why he’s scheduled for quite a few radio shows over the next months, in addition to the Brad Paisley shows.  Hopefully, it will help with the next single (which will be a better choice, I have faith Mercury, don’t let us down).

    But, I guess the other side is that he’s still selling even though he’s getting minimal radio play right now (albums rather than WTT).  And that’s good, too.

    By the way, in an interview with QDR (talk about radio support–wow–they’re great), this morning, Scotty said there will be several originals on his Christmas cd and he’s excited to get them out there:))

  • fantoo1

    Scotty’s first era reminds me a lot of Kellie Pickler’s-It wasn’t until her 2nd album where she had a top 10 hit. The ones from her first album peaked at 15, 14, and 16. Scotty’s were at 15, 17, and 38. I think WTT was just a weak single. They should have released Walk In The Country or Write My Number On Your Hand instead.

  • fantoo1

    It will depend on how his single does IMO.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    The upcoming Christmas EP doesn’t give me a lot of hope. This soon, it feels like milking the fanbase a la Clay and Archie and we know how that ended… The labels didn’t have Carrie or Kelly record albums of covers or holiday music this soon into their careers. OTOH, Taylor Swift’s holiday EP was released a year after her first album and obviously it didn’t stop her momentum long-term, but Taylor’s Taylor and Big Machine doesn’t play around. So maybe this Scotty Christmas album situation will be all right. All bets are off, however, if they announce the upcoming release of a Scotty autobiography…

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I hope not about that autobiography thing.

    Forgive me, not about fan comparison, but I’m hoping the difference between Scotty’s Christmas (not sure if it’s an EP or an album, actually, since he said he has “a few originals” and the rest traditionals) album and the other two mentioned is that Scotty is squarely in a particular music genre.  I believe, from reading on here, that Archie was a big success with a certain kind of pop music but that wasn’t what he wanted to do and not sure about Clay…

    I do feel like it’s soon, but hope that Taylor’s example means it’s okay…

  • NoCalGirl

    Additionally, ILYTB is on the 1st ever NOW country double CD that goes on sale 9/5 or somewhere close to that date! Another great exposure opportunity for Scotty. Hoping he’ll garner some new fans as a result!

  • DoesMonaKnow

    Forgive me, not about fan comparison, but I’m hoping the difference
    between Scotty’s Christmas (not sure if it’s an EP or an album,
    actually, since he said he has “a few originals” and the rest
    traditionals) album and the other two mentioned is that Scotty is
    squarely in a particular music genre.

    I think Scotty might naturally be a little less pop/rock country than what is popular on radio at the moment… I wonder if this Christmas project is just something they are throwing out there for the fans while they regroup and decide on what direction to take his sound for the next regular studio album.

  • ptebwwong

    Clay & Archie I think were in different situations than Scotty. Clay & Archie were both in the pop genre where most successful artists don’t do Christmas albums in general let alone early in there career. So both of them doing a Christmas album probably didn’t help them in their genre when they didn’t want to be known as being Idol contestants. It probably didn’t help that after Clay did his Christmas album his next album was mostly cover songs. Scotty’s 2nd album is definitely not an album filled with cover songs.

    Scotty is in the country genre where basically every successful artist has put out a Christmas album. It’s actually rare if an artist with a long career in country hasn’t done a Christmas album.

    IMO I think Scotty will sell more of the Christmas album than people expect. He has a dedicated fanbase, his singles/albums have sold well, & I think he still has more buzz from the public than Archie & Clay did when they released their Christmas albums. (This is not a diss on Archie or Clay. I actually have both of their albums & a fan of both.)

    Also, Christmas albums are usually bought as gifts. I can see many people gifting this album for parents & grandparents because of his voice & it’s a gift that they would probably like. That’s not counting all the Scotty fans who will be buying the album. Scotty’s still selling out his own solo concerts just in the last few months in different cities (some of them 10,000+). I doubt these fans will just abandon him now.

    I feel like a broken record. But from all accounts his 2nd album will be out spring 2013. Many people think the Christmas album is to have something out for the fans while waiting for the 2nd album. IMO this is a good strategy by the label so people don’t forget you especially if there is no singles out on radio. The only way I see the Christmas album as a bad thing is if the 2nd album is pushed back & it doesn’t come out until late 2013 or later which right now doesn’t seem to be happening.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    Clay’s Christmas album was actually a big seller, maybe not Buble numbers but a million albums in one Christmas season is excellent. If Scotty’s Christmas project sells 30 to 40 percent of what his debut album did I’ll be very impressed. I think Scotty was more of a success in his genre on radio than Clay ever was, and so that might be the incentive for them to take Scotty’s career to the next level with album number two, even if they tweak his sound a bit. While with Clay, I think the label just didn’t have any idea what to do with him as a pop star so they threw a Christmas album out there and then the covers album almost two years later. I know that things won’t be that bad with Scotty, but until they announce a firm date for the second album…I’ll worry.

  • DorkAngel-GBW

    I love David’s Christmas From the Heart album. Glad he did it. Listen to it year round. Nope. Don’t feel milked at all. Thank you.

    “and we know how that ended…”

    Yep. David is currently serving a 2-year church mission AND is still putting out new music. Hmmm, guess I missed your point.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    And, as optimistic as I try to be, I’ll worry, too.  And I’ll worry about radio success, too, while I’m at it.  It’s who I am:))

  • ptebwwong

    I know Clay’s Christmas album was a big seller. I’m not saying Scotty sells as much as Clay did. Clay sold almost 1.5 million albums. I don’t think many artists currently can sell that much with a regular album let alone a Christmas album. The music industry is much different than it was in 2004. Clay did a cover album right after his Christmas album which really IMO hurt him. He put out albums every year so it’s not like he waited a long time in between albums.

    All I’m saying is that I think Scotty is in a better position than both Clay & Archie was. He’s in a genre that has mostly accepted him & his chart, radio, & sales success has been good. If his 2nd album has the right material, I think he could be one of the Idol alums with long-term success. Even some country critics see this. They have stated that Scotty with the right songs could be a star. He has an IT factor.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    Not here for “well at least my Idol still gets to make music and do what he loves even if the big record deal didn’t work out!” Maybe after 10 years at it, okay, but I like it when everything clicks with the label/management/artist/radio and they have mainstream success. I watch these Idol careers start with all the potential in the world, but then the label makes a bad decision with a single, the marketing is misguided, and before you know it a promising major-label career has gone down the tubes, followed by the obligatory “well, I wasn’t totally happy with the label anyway!” interview. Sorry, I don’t watch these people make the finale and hope that within a few short years, well, maybe they’ll still be releasing indie albums and third-billed at the Chicken Feather Festival. I never see fans, when their Idol is going platinum with a single or having a 200K opening week saying, “Oh no, why does he/she have to be so popular? What’s it going to do to his/her quality of life?” Maybe a few do but most are very thrilled with the success and hopeful the ride will continue. And when it doesn’t, you have to come to terms with it in your own way. So I can make peace with an Idol’s big career turning smaller but am I completely happy about it? Nope. That’s just how I feel.

  • TheOther

    Home has sold over 1.3M copies within 3 mos.  It is currently #5 on Itunes.  The song still has long shelf life.  Phillip has the the Live With Kelly performance next week, on the show where she announces her new co-host. 

    Every time Phillips makes a TV performance, he gets rewarded in a jump on Itunes.

  • kamican

    Well I hope you’re prepared yourself for disappointment then because fyi unless your favorite idol’s name is Kelly or Carrie you’re not gonna be following a superstar. That time has come and gone for idolettes. Things will be pretty nice for some 1 year out, ok 2 years out, hopeful 3 years out, rebuilding 4 years out. The ones that are still making a living 5 years out have a chance.

    I hear the chicken’s pretty tasty at the Chicken Feather Festival.

  • fantoo1

    Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson fit the superstar bill too. Just because Daughtry’s current album isn’t doing as well doesn’t mean he isn’t one of idol’s big success stories. His two albums before that sold over a million and he is the highest selling male contestant. Everybody talks about how only Kelly and Carrie are the only superstars, but will they still be saying that when the time comes that they are selling Gold records/singles instead of platinum?

  • ptebwwong

    If you really feel that way, whose Idol career has really been successful to you? It’s really only Kelly & Carrie that’s achieved this. Even Daughtry’s career is not as good as it was before. J-Hud has done everything, but she’s more known for being an actress to most people than her music. 

    Most Idols like you’ve said had a couple of years of success & then they go away. Sophomore slumps with albums, dropped from labels, lack of radio airplay, lack of marketability, etc. Kellie Pickler, Daughtry, Cook, Kris, etc. have all experienced this. 

    Based on what you said, Kelly & Carrie has only achieved this. Everyone else has experienced at some point one or all of the bad things you stated.

    IMO many Idol alums would consider themselves happy and successful. I think many of them consider themselves lucky to be doing what they’re doing whether they’re on Broadway, singing on tours, in Vegas, acting in movies, or just singing at the local bar.

  • DorkAngel-GBW

     I’m happily thankful for ALL the music that my “Idol” has put out and take exception to reading that as a fan I was “milked”. And who cares what you like or think is the acceptable level of success. Cheers.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    I know that. Getting dropped/”parting ways” from a label doesn’t mean one’s life is over but I am not going to act like it’s the ideal scenario or what anyone truly wants for their Idols when they’re first starting out. It is what it is but I’m not going to be all indignant if someone suggests that my Idol’s career has had its bumps in the road and/or letdowns, if it in fact it has had those kinds of setbacks.

    And yes I can admit that most Idols fall short of lasting superstardom…I still enjoy their careers though even if I feel they could have had it all, but for this or that. But if someone else points out that things aren’t as hot as they used to be, or as hot as some other Idol’s career, I’m cool with that. They’re still making a living a music and that’s nice for them but I can admit that their peak years might be past, and won’t be defensive if someone else suggests the same. I never said I could only be a fan of a super popular Idol. I don’t know why people are getting that idea.

  • girlygirltoo

    Is J-Hud really a music superstar? Seems to me more of her fame has come through winning the Oscar for Dreamgirls, although she did win a Grammy for Best R&B album with her debut cd. 

    According to wikipedia: “Hudson has sold 1,280,000 albums and 2,237,000 tracks in the United States as of February 2012.”  

    Those numbers are certainly solid, but wouldn’t put her in the superstar category.

  • standtotheright

    Clay & Archie I think were in different situations than Scotty. Clay & Archie were both in the pop genre where most successful artists don’t do Christmas albums in general let alone early in there career

    IMO, they weren’t ever mainstream pop, although they at least tried to get that grafted onto Archuleta. They were David Foster, “beautiful music” pop, and it’s totally consistent with their personas to have released Christmas albums. I actually think that stopped their sales slides from being as dramatic as they would have been otherwise.

    As for McCreery, I think the same will be true. I know people have said T20 is a big deal in country, but I still never saw some huge groundswell of support for the singles. Without that, he needs whatever he can get to stay top-of-mind, and a Christmas album is appropriate for his persona, too.