Idol Billboard Update for Issue 1/10/09 – Digital Tracks Set New Weekly Record

Here’s this week’s Idol Billboard Update for y’all right HERE.

The bit news this week is the post-Christmas digital download buying spree that went on this week.   All those peeps with iTunes gift cards had a field-day purchasing downloads.   The result was huge increases across the board for Idol downloads.

According to Billboard, 47.7 million digital tracks were sold in the U.S. between Dec. 22 ‘ Dec. 28.   It’s a 126% spike from the week prior.   As an FYI, total digital tracs this year were 1, 070, 000, 000 ‘ up 27% from 2007, based on full year-end data.

Some Highlights:

  • David Cook, David Cook, the album, moves back into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week, and sells another 101K for a total of 812K. It’s the album’s 5th week in the top 10 and the fifth time in 6 weeks that the album’s weekly sales have exceeded 100, 000 copies. (yahoo)
  • The Cook single, “Light On” also benefited from the download bonanza, moving 82K units, for a 206% increase from 27K last week, for a total of 429K.   Chart positions vs. last week: Hot 100 40-40, Hot 100 Airplay 58-52, Pop 100 slipping 29-31, Pop 100 Airplay 30-30, Mainstream Top 40 23-22, Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 11-11, Hot Digital Tracks 43-41, Hot Digital Songs 46-42, Hot Canadian Digital Singles 70-59, Canadian Hot 100 slipping 31-36.   “Time of My Life” regains the #1 spot on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
  • David Archuleta, David Archuleta, the album, slips 22-33 on the Billboard 200, selling 56K for   a total of 566K.   He officially reached gold status last week, but we didn’t have the official numbers to prove it.   Now we do. Congrats, David.
  • Archie’s “Crush” had a massive increase in sales this week. A whopping 315% to be exact.   It sold 128K vs. 31K last week, for a total of 1, 305M.   So Jive, when are you going to officially certify “Crush” platinum? *waiting*.   “Crush” had a good week on the charts: Hot 100 45-27, Pop 100 37-28, Pop 100 Airplay slipping 40-41, Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 12-9, Mainstream Top 40 slipping 35-36, Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 17-17, Hot Digital Tracks 33-21, Hot Digital Songs 39-22, Hot Canadian Digital Singles 64-42, Canadian Hot 100 38-37.
  • David Archuleta’s new single, “A Little Too Not Over You” makes its first chart appearance at #93 on the Pop 100 and #73 on the Pop 100 Airplay.   May the chart ascension begin!
  • Carrie Underwood’s single, “Just a Dream” had a 327% sales increase, selling 82K this week, vs. 27K last week.   The total of 516K puts the song in gold territory. Congrats Carrie!   It’s currently #80 on Digital sales chart.   A fun fact:   Carrie currently has 5 Christmas songs on the Hot Country Songs chart: “O Holy Night” debuts at #39. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” at #41, “The First Noel” debuts at #50, “What Child is This” at #51 and her duet with a very dead Elvis Presley, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” at #55.   “Hark” is also #23 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
  • Kristy Lee Cook’s album Why Wait re-enters the Top Country Albums chart at #75.

More amazing digital download numbers via Kirsten:

85 Jordin Sparks …No Air 46, 614 (248%; lw 13, 406) Total: 2, 677, 114 (104)
97 Jordin Saprks …One Step at a Time 41, 198 (293%; lw 10, 472) Total: 1, 085, 180 (141)
120 Carrie Underwood …All-American Girl 33, 310 (447%; lw 6, 089) Total: 844, 302 (OFF)
178 Carrie Underwood …Before He Cheats 23, 987 (379%; lw 5, 005) Total: 2, 572, 168 (OFF)
179 David Cook …Time of My Life 23, 976 (231%; lw 7, 241) Total: 1, 044, 940 (OFF)

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