This was likely the best selling week of the year and how did the Idols fare? Let’s see.
There are 5 Idols that make the BB200. Crystal leads the pack with a 35% drop in her second week. Carrie, Fantasia, Lee and Daughtry not only stay on the chart with double digit increases, they all move up the ordinals on the chart.
Outside of the BB200, there are more mixed results. We still see huge gains from people like Danny (who hit the 200K mark), but the Christmas albums took a hit and saw declines. These are just the intial numbers (please see disclaimer).
Please note that Crystal’s manager leaked her numbers early so the discussion of her numbers is being held here. Please avoid splitting the conversation over the two threads.
Update: Added some sales stats from Billboard
Disclaimer: We do not have access to the full SoundScan stats each week. We are dependent on leaks from a variety of sources. The primary source of these leaks is Brian at Idol Chatter. He can have up to 3 updates a week for albums alone. The first set of numbers features those albums in the top 200 and some Nashville based artists. The second release features albums in the top 200 for the year and perhaps more Nashville based artists. The final release may include some special requests he gets from his users. At no point should anybody conclude that albums that are not listed sold fewer albums than the least selling album listed. All that one can conclude is that the album is not likely in the top 200 for the week or the year (Brian is human and does make the odd mistake which he later fixes). We have seen several times that the third release of special request numbers features albums that have sold more than the least selling album listed. We are grateful for any numbers we can get.
47 Crystal Bowersox “Farmer’s Daughter” 37, 710 (-35%; lw 57, 804) Total: 95, 566 (28)
61 Carrie Underwood “Play On” 31K (+22%; lw 25k ) Total: 1.917M (63)
114 Fantasia “Back to Me” 16K (35%; 12K) Total: 376K (123) (doesn’t quite add up (last week 362K))
125 Lee DeWyze “Live It Up” 14K (+13%; lw 12K ) Total: 98K (133)
161 Daughtry “Leave This Town” 11K (+37%; lw 8K) Total: 1.221M (179)
Danny Gokey “My Best Days” 2K (+24%; lw 2K) Total: 200K
Jason Castro “Who I Am” 2K (+3%; lw 2K) Total: 10K
Mandisa “True Beauty <1K (-3%; lw <1K) Total: 218K
Chris Sligh “The Anatomy of Broken” <1K (+6%; <1K) Total: 7K
Mandisa “Freedom” <1K (+5%; <1K) Total: 132K
Clay Aiken “Merry Christmas With Love” <1K (-10%; lw <1K) Total: 1.414M (somehow less than last week?)
Rounded numbers from Brian over at Idol Chatter.
Total albums sold this week: 15.08M, up 21% from last week (12.49M) down 12% compared to 2009 (17.14M)
YTD Album Sales : 319.01M (down 13% from 2009: 336.13M)
Digital Tracks sold this week: 43.96M, up 108% compared to last 233k (21.18M) and down 2% compared to 2009 (44.75M – note that Christmas was one day earlier last year).
YTD Track Sales: 1.129B (up 1% from last year, 1.122B)