Happy New Season of Idol Day! Woo. Let’s see what kind of sales these guys can rack up in the coming years.

This week’s top album is the “Frozen” soundtrack. The music biz constantly surprises itself. 85K in sales is impressive at this point in January. One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” is expected to be top 6th while their previous album “Take Me Home” is in the top 40. Daughtry is also estimated to be in the top 50.

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

 
  • Kirsten

    >11 CASSADEE POPE Wasting All These…4902 -38 46 -118

    Looks like her label was aiming for top 10. Have they identified her next single?

    Top 10 is awesome for a new Country artist – especially a female one. Country radio can be a tough nut to crack.

  • Madilo

    Isn’t it I Wish I Could Break Your Heart ?

  • springboard2

    Mediabase – Wednesday update:

    AC:
    4 6 PHILLIP PHILLIPS Gone, Gone, Gone 1701 1864 -163 11.948
    -32 Spins
    -49 Bullet
    +0.163 AI
    27 24 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 126 110 16 0.884
    +6 Spins
    +1 Bullet
    +0.028 AI
    24 25 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman 126 116 10 0.424
    +3 Spins
    +4 Bullet
    -0.008 AI
    Country:
    10 11 CASSADEE POPE Wasting All These Tears 4902 4856 46 39.396
    -38 Spins
    -118 Bullet
    +0.349 AI
    17 16 DANIELLE BRADBERY The Heart Of Dixie 3502 3366 136 27.393
    +50 Spins
    +29 Bullet
    +0.732 AI
    20 19 SCOTTY MCCREERY See You Tonight 3051 2892 159 25.459
    +35 Spins
    -7 Bullet
    +0.301 AI
    49 49 KELLIE PICKLER Little Bit Gypsy 538 530 8 3.154
    -1 Spins
    -4 Bullet
    +0.095 AI
    HAC:
    14 13 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman 2764 2653 111 16.658
    +12 Spins
    -29 Bullet
    +0.202 AI
    18 16 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 2592 2125 467 19.999
    +78 Spins
    +30 Bullet
    +0.717 AI
    41 41 LEE DEWYZE Fight 247 243 4 0.324
    0 Spins
    0 Bullet
    +0.008 AI
    POP:
    9 8 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 9474 8563 911 62.823
    +118 Spins
    -156 Bullet
    +1.718 AI
    Urban AC:
    3 3 FANTASIA Without Me f/Kelly Rowland 1651 1693 -42 9.697
    -28 Spins
    -76 Bullet
    -0.575 AI
    12 12 JENNIFER HUDSON I Can’t Describe (The… f/T.I 857 861 -4 5.848
    +28 Spins
    +12 Bullet
    +0.082 AI
    23 23 FANTASIA Side Effects Of You 312 219 93 1.877
    +36 Spins
    +35 Bullet
    +0.381 AI
    27 24 CANDICE GLOVER Cried 193 137 56 0.621
    +9 Spins
    0 Bullet
    +0.061 AI
    Canada-Country:
    30 28 CASSADEE POPE Wasting All These Tears 372 337 35 1.069
    +1 Spins
    -3 Bullet
    +0.016 AI
    Canada-Hot AC:
    6 6 HEDLEY Anything 839 868 -29 4.93
    -4 Spins
    -19 Bullet
    -0.146 AI
    17 17 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 607 502 105 3.893
    +11 Spins
    -5 Bullet
    +0.12 AI
    57 50 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman 115 76 39 0.466
    Spins
    Bullet
    AI
    Canada-Main AC:
    9 7 HEDLEY Anything 255 261 -6 1.829
    +1 Spins
    +2 Bullet
    -0.001 AI
    41 22 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 84 52 32 0.749
    +6 Spins
    +6 Bullet
    +0.097 AI
    54 29 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman 71 43 28 0.273
    +2 Spins
    0 Bullet
    +0.021 AI
    Canada-Top 40:
    6 8 HEDLEY Anything 1239 1328 -89 6.516
    -16 Spins
    -32 Bullet
    -0.196 AI
    18 14 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 1011 861 150 5.781
    +21 Spins
    -3 Bullet
    +0.22 AI
    Christian AC:
    2 3 MANDISA Overcomer 1248 1204 44 6.741
    -8 Spins
    -20 Bullet
    -0.001 AI

  • springboard2

    1/15/2014 – Itunes Top 1500 Singles and Albums (from LivePopBars)

    Singles:
    14. One Direction – Story of My Life
    74. Cassadee Pope – Wasting All These Tears
    76. Daughtry – Waiting for Superman
    105. Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight
    148. Danielle Bradbery – The Heart of Dixie
    175. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone
    212. Alex & Sierra – Say Something (The X Factor USA Performance)
    238. Phillip Phillips – Home
    274. Josh Krajcik – Let Me Hold You
    280. One Direction – Best Song Ever
    290. One Direction – Best Song Ever (from “This Is Us”)
    329. Mandisa – Overcomer
    332. Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
    341. One Direction – Midnight Memories
    348. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
    385. Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
    463. Little Mix – Move
    481. Carrie Underwood – See You Again
    489. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
    492. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
    542. One Direction – Happily
    566. Carrie Underwood – How Great Thou Art
    596. Fifth Harmony – Miss Movin’ On
    615. One Direction – Little Things
    620. One Direction – Kiss You
    622. One Direction – You & I
    642. Little Mix – Stand Down
    658. One Direction – Half a Heart
    689. Carrie Underwood – Two Black Cadillacs
    711. One Direction – One Thing
    717. Cher Lloyd – I Wish (feat. T.I.)
    732. Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath
    768. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (feat. Flo Rida)
    781. Fifth Harmony – Me & My Girls
    783. Mandisa – Good Morning (feat. TobyMac)
    796. Alex & Sierra – Gravity (The X Factor USA Performance)
    832. One Direction – Diana
    834. Pentatonix – Daft Punk
    850. Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats
    851. Carrie Underwood – Good Girl
    861. Cher Lloyd – Want U Back
    871. One Direction – One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
    873. One Direction – Through the Dark
    886. Home Free – Wake Me Up
    890. One Direction – Story Of My Life
    907. Little Mix – Wings
    932. One Direction – Little White Lies
    939. One Direction – She’s Not Afraid
    986. Pentatonix & Lindsey Stirling – Radioactive
    1041. One Direction – Strong
    1048. Cher Lloyd – Swagger Jagger
    1128. Carrie Underwood – Jesus, Take the Wheel
    1169. Carrie Underwood – Cowboy Casanova
    1170. Cher Lloyd – Oath (feat. Becky G)
    1221. Jennifer Hudson – I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) [feat. T.I.]
    1236. Pentatonix – Royals
    1264. One Direction – Live While We’re Young
    1321. One Direction – Better Than Words
    1356. One Direction – Does He Know?
    1382. Matthew Schuler – Hallelujah (The Voice Performance)
    1413. Little Mix – These Four Walls
    1427. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
    1432. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us

    Albums:
    16. Home Free – Crazy Life
    26. One Direction – Midnight Memories (Deluxe)
    43. Avicii – True
    80. Josh Krajcik – Blindly, Lonely, Lovely
    86. Pentatonix – PTX, Vol. 2
    117. Daughtry – Baptized (Deluxe Version)
    145. Alex & Sierra – The X Factor USA Season 3 Live Performances
    155. Pentatonix – PTX, Vol. 1
    161. One Direction – Midnight Memories
    188. One Direction – Up All Night (Deluxe Version)
    218. One Direction – Take Me Home (Yearbook Edition)
    235. Little Mix – Salute (The Deluxe Edition)
    237. Cassadee Pope – Frame By Frame
    337. Various Artists – The Sound of Music – 45th Anniversary Edition
    352. One Direction – Take Me Home
    379. Fifth Harmony – Better Together – EP
    380. Danielle Bradbery – Danielle Bradbery (Deluxe Edition)
    382. Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight
    534. Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
    537. Pentatonix – PTXmas (Deluxe Edition)
    552. Phillip Phillips – The World From the Side of the Moon (Deluxe Version)
    566. Colton Dixon – A Messenger (Expanded Edition)
    573. One Direction – Up All Night
    698. Glee Cast – The Quarterback (Music From the TV Series) – EP
    699. Little Mix – DNA (The Deluxe Edition)
    746. Kelly Clarkson – Greatest Hits – Chapter One
    778. Ruben Studdard – Unconditional Love (Deluxe Edition)
    835. Candice Glover – Music Speaks
    850. Daughtry – Daughtry
    994. Emblem3 – Nothing To Lose (Deluxe Version)
    1003. Olly Murs – Right Place Right Time (Deluxe Edition)
    1032. Daughtry – Baptized
    1041. Phillip Phillips – The World From the Side of the Moon
    1060. Cher Lloyd – Sticks & Stones
    1109. Mandisa – Overcomer (Deluxe Edition)
    1111. Tessanne Chin – The Complete Season 5 Collection (The Voice Performance)
    1167. Fantasia – Side Effects of You
    1242. Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts
    1342. Danielle Bradbery – Danielle Bradbery
    1442. Michelle Chamuel & Arjun Singh – The Drift (EP) – EP

  • springboard2

    Monitored Adds per format:

    AC:
    5 JOSH KRAJCIK Let Me Hold You BMG
    4 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life Columbia
    Canada-Country:
    1 CASSADEE POPE Wasting All These Tears Republic Nashville
    Canada-Hot AC:
    2 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life Columbia
    1 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman RCA
    Canada-Main AC:
    2 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life Columbia
    1 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman RCA
    Country:
    1 CASSADEE POPE Wasting All These Tears Republic Nashville
    HAC:
    4 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life Columbia
    POP:
    7 DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman RCA
    2 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life Columbia
    Urban:
    2 JENNIFER HUDSON I Can’t Describe (The… f/T.I RCA
    Urban AC:
    3 CANDICE GLOVER Cried 19/Interscope

    Monitored Adds per song:

    US
    10 Story Of My Life ONE DIRECTION
    AC: 4
    HAC: 4
    POP: 2
    7 Waiting For Superman DAUGHTRY
    POP: 7
    5 Let Me Hold You JOSH KRAJCIK
    AC: 5
    3 Cried CANDICE GLOVER
    Urban AC: 3
    2 I Can’t Describe (The… f/T.I JENNIFER HUDSON
    Urban: 2
    1 Wasting All These Tears CASSADEE POPE
    Country: 1
    Canada
    4 Story Of My Life ONE DIRECTION
    Canada-Hot AC: 2
    Canada-Main AC: 2
    2 Waiting For Superman DAUGHTRY
    Canada-Hot AC: 1
    Canada-Main AC: 1
    1 Wasting All These Tears CASSADEE POPE
    Canada-Country: 1

  • DCAIfanHelsinki

    In early December there was news here on Bo Bice touring with Blood, Sweat & Tears, the legendary horn rock band which was really big from 1968/1969 until mid-1970′s and still exists (after countless personnel changes). Here is a new article on their collaboration as Bice is now their official new lead singer:
    http://www.ticketfly.com/event/307779-blood-sweat-tears-9pm-annapolis/

    Bice sang one of the band’s biggest hits, ‘Spinning Wheel’ on American Idol. I never saw AI when Bice was in it, but I became a huge B, S & T fan at the age of 12 and continue to be one. I even know several members from the peak years, which I couldn’t believe would ever happen.

  • Baptized

    Daughtry gets another 7 radio adds on Pop? This song seems to be doing really well! :)

  • girlygirl

    They’ve sent “Everybody Sings” to Radio Disney, but I don’t know if that’s supposed to be her next official single or if they just sent it there to test her tween appeal.

    I wonder if they are going to try and cross WATT over to HAC

  • windmills

    Though WATT has kind of looked flat for a bunch of updates in a row, this morning’s update is arguably a function of the rolling chart effect. Last Wednesday’s update for WATT was an unusually large +81 spins combined with a -0.060 million AI update. This Wednesday’s update reverses that with a loss of spins but an AI gain (a pretty strong AI gain, actually). WATT’s been resurrected from a series of weak updates before and I’ve learned never to count out a Borchetta label no matter what a song’s natural peak would be.

    On the other hand, WATT is now dropping at Itunes and its sales have been the main basis of its chart run at radio, especially with meh callout for the majority of its chart run. The fatigue scores on WATT are quite high now. So, it does appear to me the song’s run its course. We’ll see. CRS (in about a month’s time) would be a natural time to get a new single going.

  • Amy Beth

    I don’t know when or what the next single is, but her label is teasing her next tour (as an opener) big time! Calling it HUGE, but refusing to say who it is.

    She has a Canadian tour next, the song is at #28 on that chart, so they’ll probably work on moving it up there in the meantime.

  • Madilo

    “I wonder if they are going to try and cross WATT over to HAC”

    That’s what they should do and even Pop.

  • CanadianLady

    Has Scotty had any Cdn country adds? If he has, I don’t recall seeing them. That has been baffling me. (Not that I don’t kind of prefer the adds to be given to Cdn singers, but snce they do incldue Americans, why not him?)

  • Amy Beth

    Do you know if his label has made the song available for adds in Canada?

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I was curious how WFS could have 26 Pop adds so far, yet not be charting at all. It turns out the biggest station to add the song is in the #31 market (Salt Lake City) and hadn’t even given the song a test spin yet.

    More than half of the stations adding over the history of the song (15 of 26) are in markets of smaller than #100. The biggest supporters of the song are stations in Appleton, WI (#147, 45 spins lw), Beaumont, TX (#141, 33 spins lw), Wilkes-Barre, PA (#71, 31 spins lw), and Tyler. TX (#142, 30 spins lw).

    The good news is that none of this week’s adds are likely auto-adds (lw spins < 7 in every case, and for most of last week's adds, too), so if the stations are serious about the song, spins should start picking up. Less good is that two of the 12 stations adding last week then didn't play the song at all in the week after adding it, and 9 of the 12 played it five or fewer times, which is VERY low rotation.

  • CanadianLady

    I just assumed it had. Hmm. Maybe not. I expect Kirsten or Windmills would know.

  • tripp_ncwy

    What’s up with James Durbin’s single “Parachute” is it getting any spins on radio & go to adds soon?

  • Germanlady23
  • Madilo

    I saw his song under cool new music (HAC) on allaccess.

  • Madilo

    How much has Adam sold ?

  • ptebwwong

    The last official sales of Adam’s “Trespassing” was 183K.

  • DBfan

    There are 3 stations that added WFS when HAC did and have been playing it since. 4 more stations added in December before it officially went for adds and those are the ones that are giving it the most spins. So looking at station rankings for current spins, is not the real picture. The stations that added it last week and this week haven’t really begun to play it yet. Which is often the case. It got 8 adds from stations ranked in the 30s and 50s. IMO it’s a good start for an artist that hasn’t been played on pop in over two years and hasn’t had a hit on pop in over four years. It’s too early to tell at this point, but it’s a good start for Daughtry on pop. Hopefully fans and listeners will support…

  • Madilo

    Thank you.

  • Lollygaggin

    “TV singing shows fail to create stars”
    Bill Keveney, USA TODAY http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/01/14/tv-singing-shows-stars-story/4478095/

    “The top 20 album sellers from recent reality TV singing competitions all hail from American Idol. The following chart lists singers, the year they appeared on Idol and their career sales.”

    Artist (Year on American Idol) | downloads | album sales

    Carrie Underwood (Winner, 2005) | 28,580,000 (additional 1,043,000 featuring Randy Travis) | 14,578,000

    Kelly Clarkson (Winner, 2002) |30,158,000 | 13,369,000

    (Chris) Daughtry (2006) | 13,720,000 | 7,062,000

    Clay Aiken (2003) | 674,000 | 5,019,000

    Fantasia (Winner, 2004) | 1,856,000 | 3,176,000

    Ruben Studdard (Winner, 2003) | 438,000 | 2,584,000

    Scotty McCreery (Winner, 2011) | 2,738,000 | 2,012,000

    Kellie Pickler (2006) | 4,189,000 | 1,514,000

    David Cook (Winner, 2008) | 4,571,000 | 1,478,000

    Jennifer Hudson (2004) | 2,605,000 | 1,347,000

    Jordin Sparks (Winner, 2007) | 7,005,000 (additional 3,580,000 with Chris Brown) | 1,297,000

    Phillip Phillips (Winner, 2012) | 7,472,000 | 1,255,000

    Adam Lambert (2009) | 5,235,000 | 1,242,000

    David Archuleta (2008) | 3,497,000 | 1,156,000

    Josh Gracin (2003) | 1,432,000 | 804,000

    Taylor Hicks (Winner, 2006) | 387,000 | 768,000

    Bo Bice (2005) | 555,000 | 757,000

    Katharine McPhee (2006) | 1,612,000 | 475,000

    Lauren Alaina (2011) | 998,000 | 424,000

    Kris Allen (Winner 2009) | 3,317,000 | 393,000

    Top-selling singing-competition artists ranked by career sales in single-track downloads and albums (physical and digital). Source: Nielsen SoundScan

  • gclay

    Honestly I’m surprised Daughtry is getting any pop adds at all. even if this song does ok on pop radio itll be a huge step for him compared to his last album.

  • gclay

    did not realize Lauren Alaina sold that much good for her

  • ptebwwong

    Here’s Roughstock’s album sales for the week of 1/15/14

    LW TW Artist Album TW Total

    29 84 Danielle Brabery Danielle Bradbery 4,000 106,000
    134 112 Scotty McCreery See You Tonight 4,000 187,000
    120 131 Cassadee Pope Frame By Frame 3,000 147,000

    http://www.roughstock.com/blog/country-album-chart-news-the-week-of-january-15-2013-with-news-on-latest-albums-from-luke-garth-cassadee-danielle-and-scotty

  • Corrine43180

    What a weird comparison, they’re not in the same genre and Scotty won Idol lol. I would expect Scotty to sell more, he sold more of his debut album too. Still a huge drop from album #1. Interesting to me that Danielle is selling more per week than Scotty right now, maybe because her single is doing better on radio.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Lauren Alaina (2011) | 998,000 | 424,000

    did not realize Lauren Alaina sold that

    She didn’t.

    The album number is about 19,000 high, even if all post-show compilations are included (which is fair enough if it’s done that way for everybody). I could believe the Wikipedia numbers lack an update or six for her debut album, but…

    The singles total is simply wrong. It should be about 604,000 unless USA Today somehow has inside information, never released to the public or put on Soundscan, on how Alaina’s singles during Idol sold.

    I don’t feel up for fact-checking the whole list, but this adds to my lack of being impressed with USA Today’s faux “only the shows we feel like including” list.

  • ptebwwong

    I think the comparison was due to Scotty surpassing the recent sophomore albums of Idol alums. He had previously surpassed Kris, Cook, Archuleta, etc. sophomore album sales. The next Idol alum on the list to overtake album sales was Adam.

  • Sicola789

    Edit: never mind

  • Sicola789

    They both sold 4000.

  • Amy Beth

    The numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand, but listed in order of sales. Obviously, the #84 album sold more copies than the #112 album.

  • Corrine43180

    That is a rounded number, Danielle sold more based on her billboard ranking which is 28 places higher than his.

  • justmefornow

    Adds date for radio is 1/27

  • Amy Beth

    Jinx!

  • justmefornow

    They just added it there last week I believe.

  • Corrine43180

    Doesn’t US today have better access to numbers than we do? Once an album is out of the top 200 ( and often before since Mansfield stopped reporting sales) we don’t get sales numbers, but often albums contine to sell. Same with downloads. They cite Soundscan as their source.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    As I said, that would take care of the 19,000 gap for albums.

    It doesn’t realistically account for a gap of over 300,000 on singles. It just doesn’t. The residual sales of singles that never got a lot of radio play and are out of the BB 100 just are not high enough to account for that over a reasonable time frame.

  • ptebwwong

    Scotty has had a total of 7 total Canadian adds for SYT in it’s history. Those are the number of monitored adds, too. They are the following stations: CHLB, CHSJ, CICS, CICX, CJKC, CJXL, & CKBY.

  • ptebwwong

    Looking at the 7 total adds in the history of SYT, it doesn’t seem like the label is making the song available for adds in Canada. Or it’s possible they’re concentrating more on his US success than internationally.

  • Leigh13

    In the U.S.

  • elliegrll

    The numbers for both sophomore albums outside of the US aren’t high enough to make a huge difference in the ranking.

  • SaSa8

    I don’t think she is outselling him by much. Also have to factor in that her CD came out Nov 25 while Scotty’s CD came out in October.

  • tripp_ncwy

    HDD 1-day Sales:

    YOUR NEW RELEASES: Bruce Springsteen has
    High Hopes to top next week’s chart with what could be the first #1
    debut of 2014. But keep an eye on Frozen, which performed strongly over the weekend. Can the soundtrack pull off another upset? Stay tuned. Here are this week’s key debuts:

    Bruce Springsteen (Columbia) 90-100k
    Kidz Bop Kids (Razor & Tie) 55-60k
    Jennifer Nettles (Mercury Nashville) 50-55k
    Switchfoot (Atlantic) 35-40k
    Jon Pardi (Capitol Nashville) 20-25k
    Rosanne Cash (Blue Note) 14-17k

    http://hitsdailydouble.com/news/rumormill.cgi

  • Corrine43180

    Oooh, you have international numbers?? Gimme gimme!!

  • Darko_5

    I think they are a little high but you are low she has sold 415k lmmd 190k GP 40k 18I 40k BB and what ever she sold of her other tracks on the album which I would guess might total 20-25k so 705-710k thats without the singles from the show which who knows is how much. Her album is most likely around 320k plus the 5EP of 85k and the full season 10 album maybe 10k so you get 415k so pretty close.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    So, I fact-checked for Scotty and the singles #s may be way off as well (I came up with a known total of 2, 190, 000 but then again some of the last dates we have #s for ILYTB and so on are 2012). The album numbers seem very close, actually.

    So, they may all be off by a certain factor–or someone gave them the numbers from singles sold during Idol? Interesting…

  • Corrine43180

    Right but single downloads aren’t always released as singles. Could be downloads cherry picked off the album.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    The problem you run into with album-track singles is that there’s no driver for sales to continue at any noticeable rate when the album’s no longer selling — how would people know about these songs?

    So logically, a massive surge of album-track song sales should occur at the time of the album release, which is when it occurs for most artists (every time a big act releases an album, lots of tracks shoot to the top of iTunes, too). Yet none of those tracks charted on the BB Hot 100, even though the necessary sales levels would have charted them.

    The only thing that would account for such a huge gap in singles numbers is having the Idol sales numbers — but singles numbers for others where we know the album-track sales clearly only include album-track sales and not the hidden Idol-season singles sales.

  • Darko_5

    The ranking seems to be based on cd sales not tracks and the cd sales seem accurate are there people from other seasons that sold more total cd’s then Kris at 393K because if not then the list order at least is accurate.

  • rain

    Wow! Kind of surprised to see those numbers for Jennifer Nettles.

  • rain

    I think she mentioned in a few interviews that she’s pushing for I Wish I Could Break Your Heart as the next single. No announcements yet, though. If ever that’s the case, they can also send that directly to pop, it doesn’t even need a pop version, lol.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Well, the list order is “accurate” if you believe that album sales are the only important measure of sales, and singles are just something we mention in passing but don’t really count.

    That’s a bizarre and distorted view of a music industry where singles sales are much stronger than album sales. The correct way to have done the ranking would have been Track Equivalent Albums, which is a known and established way to combine album and singles sales (1 single = 1/10 album, count EPs as half an album). The math in the spreadsheet isn’t even hard.

    Combine the writer’s focus on album sales only with his omitting the successes from Nashville Star — which were after Kelly Clarkson, so qualify as “recent,” but we wouldn’t want to let facts or analysis get in the way of a click-bait article on Idol’s “rivalry” with other shows — and what you’ve got is a crappy piece of mindless listicle journalism. That it got several names into a plausible order doesn’t make it into solid analysis.

  • Corrine43180

    Maybe Interscope reported those sales to Interscope, whereas Sony didn’t. It’s only post season 9 that they seem off I think

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I could totally believe that happened. However, if it did, that makes a lot of the rankings meaningless and inaccurate, as I can’t believe that Idol-season sales were huge contributors for Alaina and McCreery but negligible for Cook and Lambert.

    If the writer used non-comparable data — rather than taking out the non-comparable bits — that’s right there the sign of a sloppy listicle-maker who doesn’t understand what the numbers mean.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Kelly’s downloads of the duet DYWS with Jason Aldean aren’t mentioned, but Carrie and Jordin’s downloads of their duets are mentioned.

  • YankeeFan08

    Oh, I want to see those numbers too!

  • Darko_5

    I agree with your math and other issues. I was just wondering since it used Cd as the main criteria if any other idol season had been left out. I thought that was what you were saying.

  • ANNIEBA

    Curious how you know this? Please share since you seem to have those international numbers.

  • ptebwwong

    Roughstock’s digital singles for the week are in.

    - Danielle Bradbery sits at #31 with “The Heart Of Dixie” It’s sold 280k sold to date.

    Top 30 Digital Singles in Country (1/15/14)

    LW TW Artist Track TW LW Total Sales

    00 04 Lucy Hale You Sound Good To Me 42K 0 42,000
    06 10 Cassadee Pope Wasting All These Tears 30K 42K 885,000
    23 24 Scotty McCreery See You Tonight 18K 22K 432,000

    FYI: I included Lucy Hale since she’s an American Juniors alum & I saw a thread about her here & her music.

    http://www.roughstock.com/blog/country-chart-news-the-top-30-digital-singles-january-15-2014-luke-bryan-lucy-hale-eric-church-cassadee-pope-scotty-mccreery#1aKEglPO1Rmma89i.99

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Country single sales for the week…http://www.roughstock.com/blog/country-chart-news-the-top-30-digital-singles-january-15-2014-luke-bryan-lucy-hale-eric-church-cassadee-pope-scotty-mccreery

    LOL. I’d started when I saw a New Comment pop up. Good for you! I’d been watching all pm. So happy for those SYT numbers.:))))

  • Madilo

    Platinum is not far for Cassedee :)
    Scotty is going gold too :)

  • jayidrocks

    Why they wrote, the ranking is by single-track downloads and albums, when they actuelly ranked them only by the album sales?
    Specially Jordin and Phillip should rank higher.

  • Karen C

    Right, because Cook’s sales are about what we have known from his post Idol sales. If it included his Idol sales, it would probably be much higher. The numbers for the week he had 11 singles in the BB top 100 should be significant enough to make a difference, in addition to what was sold before.

    Though they did release Idol compilation albums for Scotty and Lauren, so maybe that’s part of it.