Idol Sales News – Week Ending 10/24/10

There are three Idol albums still in the top 100 and 5 in the top 200. Find out who they are after the jump…

Albums
46 Fantasia “Back to Me” 9K (-14%; lw 11K) Total: 282K (36)
69 Carrie Underwood “Play On 6K (-5%; lw 7K) Total: 1.768M (64)
98 Daughtry “Leave This Town” 4K (-2%; lw 5K) Total: 1.171M (105)
125 David Archuleta “The Other Side of Down” 4K (-38%; lw 6K) Total: 34K* (70)
187 Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment” 3K (-3%; lw 3K) Total: 746K (172)
Mandisa “Freedom 1K (-31%) Total: 126K
Danny Gokey, “My Best Days” <1K (-11%) Total: 189K
Chris Sligh “The Anatomy of Broken” <1K (+63%) Total: 3K


Downloads

Daughtry “September” 20K (-6%) Total: 285K
Adam Lambert “If I Had You” 20K (-21%) Total: 589K
Carrie Underwood “Mama’s Song” 11K (-3%) Total: 129K
Carrie Underwood “Undo It” 8, K (-8%) Total: 873, K
Carrie Underwood “Cowboy Casanova” (4K (-7%) Total: 1.503M
Carrie Underwood “Temporary Home” 3K (-3%) Total: 598K
Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” 3K (+34%) Total: 3.091M
Kelly Clarkson “Already Gone” 3K Total: 1.47M
Daughtry “Life After You” 3K Total: 849K
Fantasia “Bittersweet” 3K Total: 78K
Kris Allen “Live Like We’re Dying” 2K Total: 1.569M
Fantasia “I’m Doin’ Me” 2K Total: 12K
David Archuleta “Something ‘Bout Love” 1K Total: 53K
Jim Brickman “Thank You (feat. Matt Giraud)” Total: 1K

Rounded numbers from Brian at Idol Chatter.

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45 Comments

  1. Idol Chatter has been corrected — now says this:

    David Archuleta, The Other Side of Down (4,000, -38%, 34,000) (#125 BB200)

    Ummmmm……the typo has been copied on the Web. It was posted on Wiki but corrected. But the Archie Wiki pages are not reliable anyway. Someone likes to post bonus info on them. The same for Daughtry’s pages. The other day Daughtry’s new second album was 4X Platinum in France on his wiki.

    On iTunes — Lee SS is up to #51 and Glee is having its “worst” iTunes sales night of the season. 8 in Top 200 but only 2 in Top 100 and highest is at #48.

    Taylor Swift has 17 songs in the Top 200, 16 in the Top 100 and is holding #2, #5, #10, #12, #16, #19, #20, #21, #28. Plus, she owns the Country track sales #1-#8, #10, #11, #13, #16-#18, #21-#22. Really unprecedented, and ranks has been moving up not down.

    ETA: I totally missed the Glee album! Thanks Cindy. Still the “lowest” iTunes week for Glee this year. It is just insane. They are close to knocking off Elvis for all time most hit singles and the show is still relatively new.

  2. Update for Pop

    25 22 DAUGHTRY September 2519 2314 205 10.633

    +24 Spins
    -15 Bullet
    +0.154 Audience

    IIHY could be out of the Top 40 on Pop by the end of the week making this the only Idol song on that chart

    I see Lee’s single at #51 at iTunes. Factor in all the TS songs and maybe it’s on track to sell 25K or so downloads this week. It’s hard to predict because the key info is where the song ends up on iTunes on Sunday.

  3. The amazing thing about Taylor is that she’s moving all those singles AND a crapload of albums. I actually find it fun to watch *someone* selling a lot of music considering the depressing era we’re in. Even Idol isn’t the way it use to be.

    Did SS drop to 60 then go back up to 50? I know I saw it drop at one point. If he does manage even 20,000 I’ll consider that good considering the song is getting hardly any airplay.

  4. Glee has become the music selling machine that Idol used to be.

    I don’t think this is a real complement to Glee…it kind of puts it in the same category as SuBo…ya know, purchasing for every imaginable reason except that the music is good.

    Even though I have some Idols that I really like I do think that the initial purchase for an Idol is more about awarding them for being on the show rather than being attracted to their music. It’s only after a couple of albums and some tours that we can really say whether an Idol is selling on their own.

    Without the stupid TV show these Glee songs and albums would have absolutely no market. Their covers are, for the most part, pretty atrocious from singers who can’t really sing but are fairly decent mimics of the originals. Record buyers are always into the latest fad…whether it be Glee, SuBo or an Idol finalist.

  5. Glee has become the music selling machine that Idol used to be.

    So you remind us every week, lol. While it’s true, I do think if the Idol studio songs were able to chart the week the episode aired, we would see a pattern like Glee. Especially the big ‘moment’ songs over the years, those would shoot up to the top temporarily just like Glee.

  6. Wikipedia having inaccurate information, especially on the pages of AI alums is shocking.

    Glee has become the music selling machine that Idol used to be.

    Not really. These songs shoot up the chart, but they usually fall off by Saturday. For the most part, nobody buys the songs a week or two after the show airs, I don’t think that this is what AI wants in the long run, even though I’m sure the same phenomenon happens after AI performance nights. In both cases the sales are do to sentimentality that fades rather quickly.

  7. I do think if the Idol studio songs were able to chart the week the episode aired, we would see a pattern like Glee. Especially the big ‘moment’ songs over the years, those would shoot up to the top temporarily just like Glee.

    I agree. Okay, maybe not as much in S9, but definitely S7 and S8, which were not that long ago. Assuming S7 and S8 Idol tracks had some Glee-like patterns (had we been privy to their iTunes tracking), a single season blip in AI’s selling power does not mean a regime shift to Glee has necessarily taken place. I’m hoping S10 has some buzz-y contestants and showstoppers that go viral…

  8. AI’s selling power does not mean a regime shift to Glee has necessarily taken place. I’m hoping S10 has some buzz-y contestants and showstoppers that go viral…

    This ^^

  9. I agree. Okay, maybe not as much in S9, but definitely S7 and S8, which were not that long ago. Assuming S7 and S8 Idol tracks had some Glee-like patterns (had we been privy to their iTunes tracking), a single season blip in AI’s selling power does not mean a regime shift to Glee has necessarily taken place. I’m hoping S10 has some buzz-y contestants and showstoppers that go viral…

    We can actually see AI’s effect by watching how the original songs do on itunes. Even last year songs that weren’t selling at all shot up the itunes chart after they had been performed on AI.

  10. Without the stupid TV show these Glee songs and albums would have absolutely no market. Their covers are, for the most part, pretty atrocious from singers who can’t really sing but are fairly decent mimics of the originals.

    That’s not a fair or correct statement. A lot of the Gleeks have strong voices, even you don’t like their covers.

  11. It looks like X Factor judge Cheryl Cole will have #1 single in the UK on Sunday evening:
    Cheryl Cole set to explode on to Singles Chart

    Cheryl Cole’s new single Promise This is set to record one of the biggest first week sales of any single this year.
    Promise This has already sold 100,000 copies so far this week, according to today’s Official Singles Update, with half of the week still to run – leaving Cole on course to score the fastest selling non-charity single of the year so far.

    In leading the singles chart, Cole is also ahead of Rihanna’s new single Only Girl (In The World) – which is also selling extremely well and is on course to become one of only a handful of singles to exceed 100,000 sales in a week during 2010.

  12. AI’s selling power does not mean a regime shift to Glee has necessarily taken place. I’m hoping S10 has some buzz-y contestants and showstoppers that go viral…

    Things would have an easier time going viral if the show weren’t so intent on snatching everything off the Internet before it gets a chance to viralize. … just sayin…

    Don’t expect that they *will* do this, though. They seem to be kind of stupid in that regard.

  13. Things would have an easier time going viral if the show weren’t so intent on snatching everything off the Internet before it gets a chance to viralize. … just sayin…

    You’d think they would create an Idol channel on YouTube to take advantage of viral buzz. But no.

  14. 187 Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment” 3K (-3%; lw 3K) Total: 746K (172)

    Awww… this might be the last week on the chart. I was hoping it could hang on for the 52 week mark. :-(

  15. I do think if the Idol studio songs were able to chart the week the episode aired, we would see a pattern like Glee.

    I agree completely.

    These songs shoot up the chart, but they usually fall off by Saturday.

    And I believe this is prolly what happens to all those studios as well.

    Taylor is such a beast. I can’t stand her music but you’ve got to give mad props to someone who can clog the single sales and still sell as many albums as she does.

    I’m optimistic about SS. It really hasn’t gotten much radio play or much promo yet and still might manage 20k in sales. Maybe once he starts perfoming it and the video comes out, it can take off *fingers crossed*

  16. Brian’s got single numbers up….same 3 suspects as usual

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/10/daughtrys-september-tops-the-weeks-idol-track-sales/1

    Top sellers

    Daughtry, September (20,000, -6%, 285,000 total)
    Adam Lambert, If I Had You (20,000, -21%, 589,000)
    Carrie Underwood, Mama’s Song (11,000, -3%, 129,000)
    Carrie Underwood, Undo It (8,000, -8%, 873,000)

    Additional country tracks

    Carrie Underwood, Cowboy Casanova (4,000, -7%, 1.503 million)
    Carrie Underwood, Temporary Home (3,000, -3%, 598,000)
    Carrie Underwood, Before He Cheats (3,000, +34%, 3.091 million)

  17. lorismile:
    10/27/2010 at 1:28 pm
    187 Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment” 3K (-3%; lw 3K) Total: 746K (172)

    Awww… this might be the last week on the chart. I was hoping it could hang on for the 52 week mark.

    FYE was #193 and sold 3K last week as well. Depends on what other albums do around it on the chart, it could maintain around 3K a week and hang in the BB200 for a bit longer.

    Taylor Swift. Amazing that someone who can’t deliver a good live performance on TV to save their life can move so many albums and singles.

  18. Dang! I hope she hits a million! Proof right there not everyone steals music and she certainly has a lot of young fans.

    I feel fairly confident if AI singles were allowed to chart during the show some tracks would have given Glee a run for their money (e.g. Billie Jean, Mad World) probably others.

  19. Assuming S7 and S8 Idol tracks had some Glee-like patterns (had we been privy to their iTunes tracking),

    Well, we were privy to a look, both in Season 7 and Season 8 – when iTunes left a peephole open.

    There’s a post right here on MJ’s about “Season 7 iTunes Top 10 – David Cook “Billie Jean” Still #1
    March 31st, 2008 “
    MJ, Kirsten and some other posters spent some little time trying to decipher it – and follow the methodology – because we had visible popularity bars…and several weeks worth of performances were charting.

    The chart linked here on mj’s wasn’t the only one – the rest are at Rickey’s – where the Fluke was discovered. The “passed Mariah Carey” chart is also there.

    It happened again in Season 8 – briefly, in August of ’09 – there’s an article here about “iTunes popularity bars are back.” – I didn’t follow this one.

    If I am understanding the explanations – songs aren’t falling off the chart right away – the opposite is happening. But NumberNerds, which I am not, would have to look at it more closely – and it’s not an exact science, by any means – just a window for a base of extrapolation. Which is always a little better than just conjecture, IMO..Of Course.

  20. Idol has the bigger challenge of selling original music months after the show has finished. I think the Glee albums are going to outsell the S9 albums dropping before Xmas.

    Holy crap, HDD has Taylor possibly selling one million albums her first week.
    I thought her career had peaked and this album wouldn’t do all that well. I guess I was wrong.

  21. Holy crap, HDD has Taylor possibly selling one million albums her first week.
    I thought her career had peaked and this album wouldn’t do all that well. I guess I was wrong.

    The pr campaign is pretty amazing. They’ve got her romantic life and her identify-with-me-girls story all over the place, compellingly told, the tv ad is brilliant, I think. I guess when you pull out all the stops for somebody who already has high popularity, you actually do rack up the Benjamins still. Plus, she’s still got some crossover stuff going on, I’d bet, selling still a bit to country fans alongside her pop princess appeal.

    I wonder how long she can go on like this? She’s going to need to adjust her myth pretty soon into the more grownup realm, altering her image and her songs to suit, I would think. Because her voice isn’t going to do it for her.

  22. Well, Country sells a lot of albums. Taylor has that locked up along with pop at this point. How many people play on Country/POP/HAC/AC? Plus they have spent tons on her promo—but, they can spend tons on Taylor. She will make it all back and then some.

  23. Sleepwalker got it’s first add :)
    CKOI-FM Pub 0 Canada-Top 40 Montreal 19/RMG Corus Entertainment Inc. 2 10/27/2010 1:34:00 PM

  24. If I am understanding the explanations – songs aren’t falling off the chart right away – the opposite is happening.

    What’s the opposite? With Glee, we can clearly see that a song is sliding down the itunes chart, which means that on Saturday it is not selling the volume that it was on Wednesday. Since we have access to the top 1000 downloads, we can easily see the songs’s positions as the buying decreases the further we get away from the initial airing of the Glee episodes. As far as the season 8 sneak peak, we saw one release, which didn’t mean much since we don’t know what time period it covered, and since itunes popularity bars cover a period of a few days. But we can see the phenomenon that we see with Glee by watching what happens with the AI studio songs once the season is over. The winner and runner up are usually the only ones who have multiple songs that are selling in the top 200 songs, while those who finished 12th to 5th place usually don’t have any.

  25. Are they really not going with a radio edit in Canada? I love SW and think it could be a big hit, but it isn’t going to go far on radio without an edit. Isn’t it almost 4 and a half minutes long? Why RCA??

  26. Are they really not going with a radio edit in Canada? I love SW and think it could be a big hit, but it isn’t going to go far on radio without an edit. Isn’t it almost 4 and a half minutes long? Why RCA??

    I’m not sure I understand it either, but maybe Canada will play a longer song? If the song is altered too much from the album track, does it have to be offered separately for sale? I’m guessing there is a monetary reason behind it, that’s the only reason I can think of. It can’t cost much to do an edit.

    And a Top40 add from Montreal. interesting.

  27. Taylor Swift will sweep everyone with this album and it will be the top selling album of 2010. Junior High girls are, more than likely, buying it “unheard”…and are waiting breathlessly to find out all the guys Taylor is mentioning per her ad (talk about a well conceived campaign). But, alas, schtick (or however you spell it) is just that and this phenomenon won’t continue beyond this album unless the music and songs are really good (and from what I have heard I think the album is mediocre to good, at best).

    Reputation can carry any singer for a bit…but in this day and age you have to be able to deliver each and every time. You may get one hiccup but that is pretty much the limit….(Jordin and Archie will be facing that if they record another album). I don’t think Taylor will sweep many legitimate award shows this time around…people are now tuned into the fact that her voice is pretty under whelming live. But I do believe that with a little maturity Taylor could develop into a damn great songwriter and her material if not her voice could well be around for a long time.

  28. What’s the opposite?

    Elliegrll I still maintain my strong disclaimer – I’m not a numbernerd. I’m not even a Gleek. The ability to look after the season, sure – but this was a look ‘during’ the season, and the reasoning, as I understood it, was that the Idol covers ‘perhaps’ behaved as the Glee covers do, rise up and fall off just as quickly – but there were no parameters available to know for a fact.

    What I saw in the Mariah Carey chart, and the one that I linked previously, was indicative of a longer shelf life, even some upward movement of some covers past the performance week. Also, perhaps, this requires songs with Buzz, as someone else was hoping for – but both examples had that.

    This one has even more. The partial chart shown is Weekly Sales -Idols mixed with other artists – the list is broken out from that to just Idols.

    It seemed useful at the time as a comparison tool to the end of season lists – but it also seems to show that strong songs stay around, and continue to sell throughout the season, not just the week they are performed. And that’s the opposite of the posts I read here about Glee.

    But – a Numbernerd would have to say if that’s so.

  29. Chicagolaw:
    10/27/2010 at 5:14 pm

    Are they really not going with a radio edit in Canada? I love SW and think it could be a big hit, but it isn’t going to go far on radio without an edit. Isn’t it almost 4 and a half minutes long? Why RCA??

    I have been wondering that since Monday. It’s 4:24, has 0:50 of instrumental music including a 0:24 instrumental intro and a 0:30 rock guitar break, and no lead out.

    I have no idea what RCA is thinking — but I really doubt that any song like this has been a hit in — well maybe not since “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”.

    Maybe they have it still coming? Or maybe they have some other secret plan?

  30. I don’t want to defend the popularity of Glee songs because I’m actually not very interested in their covers BUT doesn’t the show put out albums containing a bunch of songs. And the albums are doing fine with one going platinum so the songs do have more than a shelf life of a day or two.

    Idol probably does (or used to) dominate iTunes but we won’t know because they don’t make that info public except for the last week of the show.

  31. Interesting thing about Canada getting SW as a single…someone mentioned it to Adam during a M&G in Hawaii and Adam didn’t even know that they released it to be a single in Canada…he had no clue

    granted this was all via twitter but the person who asked isn’t prone to tall tales….but it was twitter LOL so who really knows

  32. I don’t think Taylor will sweep many legitimate award shows this time around…people are now tuned into the fact that her voice is pretty under whelming live.

    But it’s not as though she is alone in this era. Her contemporaries are Rihanna, Katy, and Kesha, none of whom are known for their singing prowess. And even though Gaga can sing some, it’s her shtick that made her, and might possibly break her. They all have to reinvent themselves to stay relevant. They all have a ‘shtick’. None of them could make it on their singing ability alone. So to single Taylor out as vulnerable to change in a way that the others aren’t is off the mark, imho. Will she be selling like this in 5 years time? Probably not. Will the others? I am certainly not gonna hate on the young lady because she seems to have the ability to move units in a way that others can’t.

  33. eywflyer:
    Taylor Swift. Amazing that someone who can’t deliver a good live performance on TV to save their life can move so many albums and singles.

    She should fall to her knees and give thanks for Auto-Tune each night before she goes to bed. :lol:

  34. larc:
    10/27/2010 at 11:42 pm
    She should fall to her knees and give thanks for Auto-Tune each night before she goes to bed.

    She alone with quite a few supposed “singers”, would need knee pads for all those nightly prayers.

  35. Just saw Letterman’s performance of Taylor from last night – the song was not as catchy as some of hers before and her singing was painful.

  36. I’m not sure I understand it either, but maybe Canada will play a longer song? If the song is altered too much from the album track, does it have to be offered separately for sale? I’m guessing there is a monetary reason behind it, that’s the only reason I can think of. It can’t cost much to do an edit.

    In fact, someone on twitter did a few radio edits that sounded really good, on their own, in very little time. So really no excuse not to do one. Heck, RCA should just use one of hers. She sped it up slightly, and made a few instrumental cuts at the beginning. It worked really well.

    Interesting thing about Canada getting SW as a single…someone mentioned it to Adam during a M&G in Hawaii and Adam didn’t even know that they released it to be a single in Canada…he had no clue

    IIRC it was later clarified that he wasn’t just finding out about SW when the fan told him at the M&G, but he did find it out in passing when talking with RCA peeps, just after the decision to formally release it to Canada had been made.

  37. All this talk of Taylor and I went over to see her rank on Amazon. Lo and behold – Amazon has the 14 track “Speak Now” digital download for only $3.99. So I bought it. I already had purchased the single “Mine” at the request of my 17 year old daughter. Even though Taylor can’t really sing live, she does has the knack for writing good tunes. She should be rewarded.

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