Idol numbers guy, Brian Mansfield of USA Today’s Idol Chatter, ended his week of Idol blogging with some bonus numbers from Soundscan:
For this week’s Random Friday Memo, I picked up a few bonus numbers from the Nielsen SoundScan folks that I figured you might enjoy: the cumulative track downloads for three of this past American Idol season’s top finishers. (If I had realized Danny Gokey would debut his single this week, I would’ve gotten his, too.)
Kris Allen: 1.1 million
Adam Lambert: 923,000
Allison Iraheta: 31,000
I’m assuming these are total single sales for each Idol so far, including the sale of Idol downloads during the season? Not sure though, Brian needs to clarify. If he does, I’ll append this post.
UPDATE: Brian has clarified: The numbers do not include downloads sold during the season–those numbers were never reported to Soundscan.
Just for kicks, Brian added that the Adam Lambert/Allison Iraheta version of “Slow Ride” had 42,000 downloads, while the Kris Allen/Danny Gokey “Renegade” sold 20,000 copies.
I’m surprised Allison’s numbers aren’t higher. But, Kris and Adam’s numbers look about right, considering how the contest turned out.
The numbers are interesting, but I don’t think they have much bearing on the Idols now, as they face selling their music beyond the so-called Idol bubble.