Idol Sales News – Week Ending 05/25/08

Idol Related Sales Numbers after the jump (Billboard issue date 06/07/08)

LOTS and LOTS of Download numbers….

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Digital Download Numbers
1 David Cook “Time of My Life” 236, 024 (NEW) Total: 236, 024
7 David Cook “Dream Big” 111, 052 (NEW) Total: 111, 052
9 David Cook “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” 97, 868 (NEW) Total: 97, 868
10 Jordin Sparks “No Air” 87, 518 (2%; lw 85, 455) Total: 1, 866, 343 (7)
14 David Cook “The World I Know” 79, 907 (NEW) Total: 79, 907
16 David Archuleta “Imagine” 71, 178 (NEW) Total: 71, 178
19 Carrie Underwood “Last Name” 64, 143 (193%; lw 21, 915) Total: 181, 373 (54)
21 David Cook “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” 59, 571 (NEW) Total: 59, 571
24 David Cook “Billie Jean” 56, 344 (NEW) Total: 56, 344
26 David Archuleta “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” 50, 653 (NEW) Total: 50, 653
28 David Archuleta “In this Moment” 49, 134 (NEW) Total: 49, 134
29 David Cook “Always Be My Baby” 46, 577 (NEW) Total: 46, 577
32 David Cook “Hello” 42, 254 (NEW) Total: 42, 254
41 David Cook “Music of the Night” 35, 753 (NEW) Total: 35, 753
51 David Cook “Eleanor Rigby” 28, 397 (NEW) Total: 28, 397
60 David Cook “I’m Alive” 25, 206 (NEW) Total: 25, 206
66 David Cook “Little Sparrow” 23, 512 (NEW) Total: 23, 512
68 David Cook “Hungry Like the Wolf (American Idol Studio)” 22, 875 (NEW) Total: 22, 875
69 David Cook “Innocent (American Idol Studio)” 22, 785 (NEW) Total: 22, 785
76 Jordin Sparks “One Step at a Time” 19, 793 (446%; lw 3, 627) Total: 74, 065 (OFF)
81 Jason Castro “Hallelujah” 19, 312 (NEW) Total: 19, 312
82 David Cook “Day Tripper” 19, 073 (NEW) Total: 19, 073
84 David Archuleta “Longer (American Idol Studio Version)” 18, 992 (NEW) Total: 18, 992
90 David Cook “All Right Now” 17, 948 (NEW) Total: 17, 948
92 David Archuleta “Think of Me (American Idol Studio)” 17, 653 (NEW) Total: 17, 653
96 David Archuleta “Angels” 16, 893 (NEW) Total: 16, 893
97 David Cook “Happy Together” 16, 853 (NEW) Total: 16, 853
102 Jason Castro “Over the Rainbow” 16, 484 (NEW) Total: 16, 484
107 David Archuleta “When You Believe (American Idol)” 15, 863 (NEW) Total: 15, 863
110 David Archuleta “Love Me Tender (American Idol)” 15, 108 (NEW) Total: 15, 108
128 David Archuleta “Long and Winding Road” 13, 675 (NEW) Total: 13, 675
136 Brooke White “Let it Be” 12, 254 (NEW) 12, 254
149 David Archuleta “Sweet Caroline (American Idol)” 11, 050 (NEW) Total: 11, 050
161 David Archuleta “You’re the Voice (American Idol)” 10, 279 (NEW) Total: 10, 279
171 David Archuleta “Another Day in Paradise (American Idol” 9, 756 (NEW) Total: 9, 756
187 Michael Johns “Dream On (American Idol Studio) 9, 079 (NEW) Total: 9, 079

Idol Related Download Numbers:
5 Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” 126, 318 (-12%; lw 143, 039) Total: 2, 217, 693 (2)
31 OneRepublic “Stop and Stare” 43, 888 (36%; lw 32, 332) Total: 1, 178, 903 (32)
67 Collective Soul “World I Know” 23, 419 (1732%; lw 1, 278) Total: 196, 981 (OFF)
71 George Michael “Praying for Time” 21, 488 (12109%; lw 176) Total: 41, 880 (OFF)
109 Bryan Adams “Summer of ’69” 15, 256 (138%; lw 6, 411) Total: 462, 647 (OFF)
111 ZZ Top “Sharp Dressed Man” 14, 960 (359%; lw 3, 258) Total: 346, 245 (OFF)
139 Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” 12, 030 (98%; lw 6, 083) Total: 740, 159 (OFF)
146 Michael George “Freedom ’90” 11, 336 (620%; lw 1, 574) Total: 240, 922 (OFF)
148 U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m” 11, 281 (440%; lw 20, 89) Total: 427, 047 (OFF)
152 Michael George “Father Figure” 10, 840 (830%; lw 1, 166) Total: 203, 262 (OFF)
175 John Lennon “Imagine” 9, 614 (101%; lw 4, 782) Total: 299, 848 (OFF)
194 George Michael “Faith” 8, 768 (383%; lw 1, 816) Total: 293, 088 (OFF)

Album Numbers
16 Carrie Underwood “Carnival Ride” 24, 932 (58%; lw 15, 810) Total: 2, 120, 734 (24)
19 Jordin Sparks “Jordin Sparks” 20, 264 (15; lw 17, 642) Total: 778, 240 (23)
20 Daughtry “Daughtry” 19, 731 (31%; lw 15, 106) Total: 4, 079, 650 (30)
48 Clay Aiken “On My Way Here” 12, 221 (-40%; lw 20, 527) Total: 126, 869 (18)
64 Carrie Underwood “Some Hearts” 9, 610 (9%; lw 8, 791) Total: 6, 432, 588 (84)

Idol Related Album Numbers:
6 Leona Lewis “Spirit” 50, 117 (-20%; lw 62, 321) Total: 667, 905 (5)
17 Donna Summer “Crayonw” 22, 573 (NEW; lw 124) Total: 22, 697 (NEW)
24 OneRepublic “Dreaming Out Loud” 17, 255 (107%; lw 8, 324) Total: 639, 920 (88)
33 DisneyMania (Elliott) “DisneyMania 6” 15, 607 (NEW; lw 29) Total: 15, 636 (NEW)
108 Bryan Adams “11” 6, 095 (-32%; lw 9, 020) Total: 15, 115 (80)
123 Reba McEntire “Reba Duets” (Kelly) 5, 240 (-3%; lw 5, 396) Total: 1, 373, 868 (127)
47 Jonas Brothers “Jonas Brothers” 12, 659 (6%; lw 11, 961) Total: 1, 290, 478 (52)

From Billboard:
¢ Album units, current chart week: 7.2 million units
¢ DOWN 3.1% from last issue’s charts: 7.43 million units
¢ DOWN 13.3% from same week, 2007: 8.31 million units

Download stats from here
Season 7 Idol contestants sold 1.5 million downloads last week (pretty impressive when pretty much every song was only available for 4 days)
That amounted to almost 25% of all downloads sold in the US

David Cook: 942, 000 (60% of S7 downloads, 15.7% of all US downloads).
David Archuletta: 323, 000 (21.5% of S7 downloads, 5.4% of all US downloads)
Jason Castro with 64, 000
Brooke White with 47, 000
Michael Johns with 40, 000
Carly Smithson with 33, 000
Syesha Mercado with 18, 000
Kristi Lee Cook with 10, 000
Chikezie with 5, 000

Please post the numbers as you find them.

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  1. Is there a way to find out the actual number of copies sold? I am curious to see how the sales number relates to the AI viewership number or vote counts.

  2. Wow! So the songs that are no longer on iTunes now I guess a lot of people grabbed them before they were gone.


  3. Holy cow! I did some quick and dirty math – Cook has sold just under a million, all told – in just one week! (My math might be off, I didn’t use a calculator, but whatever the number, it’s impressive!)

    Thanks, Kirsten, for the numbers – I also hope we eventually get to know the season totals.

  4. Holy cow! I did some quick and dirty math – Cook has sold just under a million, all told – in just one week!

    I’m not sure it’s in one week. They may have just rolled all the numbers out for the entire season there. I’m just not sure that some of those older songs would have moved so many units in half a week. We’ll have to hope that Ken Barnes over at Idol Chatter gives us a complete rundown at some point.

    In any event, moving that many units is very impressive.

    Spiidey over at Pulse ran the numbers and here is how the top of the Hot 100 is shaping up:

    Pos/Artist …. AI … Sales .. Total
    1 Lil Wayne. 153.0 plus 166.0 = 319.0
    2 Leona…… 131.8 plus 126.3 = 258.1
    3 David C……. 6.2 plus 236.0 = 242.3
    4 Rihanna….. 60.6 plus 145.2 = 205.8
    5 Usher…….. 118.8 plus 83.9 = 202.7
    6 Jordin…….. 114.8 plus 87.5 = 202.3

    AI = Audience Impressions which means number of listners.

  5. I’m confused. Is that the total for the week for the older songs or the total for the whole season. Jason’s Halleluhah numbers seem too low for the entire season. Interesting. If that’s the season, I can’t see TPTB signing anybody but the two Davids.

    The numbers for Cook’s single are excellent but I wouldn’t say they were OMG AMAZING considering 30 million people watched the finale and 95 million votes came in. Predictions at Pulse had him pegged for 300-400K.

  6. Someone calculated DC’s total downloads as 941,999. I don’t think the numbers for the whole season were included, since Billie Jean and ABMB were both #1s for a few days (no way did the Aerosmith song sell more than Billie Jean)

    Actually, I guess the earlier Idol recordings weren’t even available for a full week – weren’t they taken down on Wednesday?

  7. I love the Idol related hits — Brian Adams and ZZ Top must be dancing with glee. I’m sure they haven’t seen numbers like *that* in a while.

    Cook’s so obviously the King.

  8. i d really like to know about archie’s total numbers for Imagine. it s been about 13 weeks since it was released after all

  9. Someone calculated DCà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s total downloads as 941,999. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think the numbers for the whole season were included, since Billie Jean and ABMB were both #1s for a few days (no way did the Aerosmith song sell more than Billie Jean)

    I wonder if having songs on the iTunes Top 100 helped a lot. Maybe they moved so many units of the last songs because they were more visible? Maybe people wanted souveniers when they realized that the rest of the songs were gone? I just don’t know why “Dream On” would sell 9K in 4 days.

    “Billie Jean” numbers do seem low considering how well it seemed to sell for a while. “Imagine” also seems odd. It was one of the bigger sellers of the year and it did quite well on the iTunes chart last week. It would also have had 7 days to sell (they would roll together the two versions).

    We may never know the true answer.

  10. Interesting—Cook moved pretty close to 1,000,000 digital downloads this week. Do you know if there is any intention to reveal total number of sales of the performances from the semifinals through Top 3? If some of the older items were moving this many copies in their last 4 days of availability, you’ve got to think that some songs may have sold a lot of copies during their run.

  11. Cook is the leader in dls with Archie coming in second and nobody else is even in the game. But I’m sure Hallelujah sold a ton more than is shown on this chart. So I don’t think the list is complete.

  12. Yeah some of the big songs like SOTR, Billie Jean , etc had to sell a whole lote more than that for the whole season. Those numbers are insane. And they’re only for 4 days of sales, right?

    Where does David stack up in terms of coronation single numbers? I know he had to beat Jordin at least.

  13. I don’t have the exact number for Jordin handy, but I think she sold less than 80,000 during her first week.

    I think the numbers for previous Idols (pre-Jordin) might have been for a whole week’s worth of sales, because they had a CD single with a Tuesday release. So, considering that DC had only 4 days to sell the Magic Rainbow, his numbers are pretty good.

  14. Here are the debut totals for previous Idol coronation songs:

    1 Clay Aiken à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This is the Nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ : 393,000
    2 Ruben Studdard à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Flying Without Wingsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  : 286,000
    3 Kelly Clarkson à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Moment Like Thisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  : 236,000
    4 Taylor Hicks à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Do I Make You Proudà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ : 228,418
    5 Carrie Underwood à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Inside Your Heavenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ : 170,528
    6 Fantasia à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Believeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ : 142,141
    7 Bo Bice: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Inside Your Heavenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ : 121,423
    8 Katharine McPhee à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Somewhere Over the Rainbowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ : 74,965
    9 Jordin Sparks à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This is My Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  74,303
    10 Diana Degarmo à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dreamsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ : 65,000
    11 Blake Lewis à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You Give Love a Bad Nameà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  70,133 *

    * Some may not consider this the coronation song.
    Justin and Archie did not get coronation songs released.

    So, Cookie slots in around where Kelly is (I just have rounded numbers for her so we can’t tell who is higher than whom)

  15. Amazing for David Cook! But still thrilled for Jason! He is still the 3rd place finisher in my mind! I hope that someone will sign him!

  16. When are the debut totals calculated? After one week? (Sorry if it’s a stupid question.)

  17. Thanks so much Kirsten. Do you have the total sales numbers for the singles?
    I think all the winners’ coronation singles have gone gold but I could be wrong.

    As far as I know downloads are for one week beginning with Tuesday (again I could be wrong).

  18. I think Jason will get signed. He’s too talented not to get a deal. There’s got to be label execs out there who saw Jason’s amazing performances and liked him as much as the millions who voted him into 4th place. It just takes time and I can’t wait for his cd. I will buy Jason’s, DC’s, and KLC’s.

  19. Thanks so much Kirsten. Do you have the total sales numbers for the singles?
    I think all the winnersà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ coronation singles have gone gold but I could be wrong

    LOL. This is where I pay for things with my sloppy record keeping. Nevada always had those numbers at her finger tips, so I didn’t bother to keep them up to date. Tsk!

    Fantasia was never certified Gold. Bo was despite selling less than her. There is much debate about whether Taylor was ceritified. There was a plaque, but it never made it to the RIAA database.

    Here is a list of numbers posted by Ken in August 2006 (Season 6 at the bottom of the post):

    Rank Artist/Titles Sales Downloads Sales Downloads

    1. Clay/This Is the Night/Bridge Over T. Water 1.01 million 960,000 52,000

    2. Kelly/A Moment Like This/Before Your Love 814,000 626,000 188,000

    3. Ruben/Superstar/Flying Withoug Wings 769,000 737,000 32,000

    4. Carrie/Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day 741,000 455,000 286,000

    5. Taylor/Do I Make You Proud/Takin’…Streets 600,000 417,000 183,000

    6. * Fantasia/I Believe/Summertime/Chain…Fools 501,000 405,000 96,000

    7. Bo/Inside Your Heaven/Vehicle 426,000 346,000 80,000

    8. * Diana/Dreams/Don’t Cry Out Loud/I Believe 237,000 201,000 36,000

    9. Katharine/My Destiny/Over the Rainbow 231,000 117,000 114,000

    He later published this summary of Commercial Single sales (but I believe that some of those contestants did release more than just one commercial single):

    1. Clay Aiken: 1.3 million

    2. Ruben Studdard: 751,000

    3. Kelly Clarkson: 636,000

    4. Carrie Underwood: 457,000

    5. Taylor Hicks: 449,000

    6. Fantasia: 409,000

    7. Bo Bice: 347,000

    8. Diana DeGarmo: 201,000

    9. Katharine McPhee: 144,000

    Taylor did eventually outsell Carrie on commercial singles because there was much celebration.

    ETA: Okay, I found some numbers for Blake and Jordin (these were from July 17th of last year and it’s the last set of numbers I saw):

    Blake “You Give Love a Bad Name” 192,000
    Jordin “This Is My Now: 177,000

  20. dfc, I’m with you. I might buy DA’s and MJ’s too and most def. will buy Alex Lushington’s when she releases! But can’t wait for Jason, DC and KLC!
    Oh, if Chikezie releases, I might buy to set the mood LOL.

  21. As far as I know downloads are for one week beginning with Tuesday (again I could be wrong).

    The download week begins on after midnight Sunday (or when your song is released. Songs are typically released to iTunes on Tuesday).

  22. MJ, I think you saved the day! Thanks for the numbers!

    No, that would be Kirsten who saved the day. Hooray!

  23. I wonder how much royalty will the idol pocket? 0.99 for a song and maybe 0.2? I am just counting how much quick cash each contestant might get from the sales.

    Also, why did itunes pull out the other contestants’ songs and DC’s and DA’s older songs? I heard that Jason’s Hallelujah was actually pulled very quickly from Itune once it hit number one (like within one week after he sang on Idol) “for fairness issue” (I got that from wiki). But what about others?

  24. The way I’m looking at this, if, for example, Archie’s Imagine is charting with sales of 71,178, and that sales figure puts him at number 16 on THIS WEEK’s download chart — then surely that means he sold 71,178 just this week….

    But, I don’t know anything about it really, just having fun with guessing. I also believe that Jason surely has sold more than 19 K of Hallelujah. I don’t think these are cumulative numbers.

    But Kirsten is right, we may never know.

  25. Idolbeat, I forgot Michael Johns. I’ll probably buy his cd, too. I think he could also put out a comedy cd. From what I’ve seen in some interviews, he’s very funny.

  26. At one point Jason was showing up in the top 10 at itunes, before they realized he got through their filter and was removed. I’m guessing these are this weeks stats. Perhaps lots of peeps rushing to buy while they still had the chance?

  27. At one point Jason was showing up in the top 10 at itunes, before they realized he got through their filter and was removed.

    Is this another Jason conspiracy theory?

  28. If these are the totals for the whole season, I’m a little sad that a lot of people seem to have missed out on the studio versions of the songs, many of which are really nice.

  29. Thanks so much Kirsten. Great info!

    think Jason will get signed. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s too talented not to get a deal.

    Absolutely! So, what are Jason’s TOTAL numbers for the season?

  30. Thanks for the numbers, Kirsten.

    It was mentioned by Ryan on AI and on the AI site that the recordings would be removed from iTunes midnight on Wednesday, after the finale. I think that a lot of people wanted to buy the singles while they were still available. Hence, the high download numbers for older songs. I bought the songs that I wanted before they were removed.

  31. Is this another Jason conspiracy theory?

    No, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a fact.

    OK……I am confused. What I-Tunes filter? Why would would I-Tunes or Idol not want to sell songs and make money?

  32. Idol didn’t want the contestants’ songs to chart with everyone else’s…. Somehow, Jason’s slipped through.

  33. LOL, no conspiracy. Idol announced they didn’t want the Idols’ iTunes songs to show up on the iTunes chart to keep the competition fair. Somehow, one of Jason’s songs got through the filter set up to prevent AI songs from charting. They didn’t remove his song from iTunes, but they took it off the chart. I’m sure many other Idol songs charted. They just didn’t slip through the filter.

    Anyway, my point has little to do with Jason. It’s more about the numbers as a whole. I think they would be higher if they were cumulative rather than one week’s worth.

  34. That is absolutely unbelieveable. Nearly 1 million in itune sales for David for only 4 days from Wednesday to Sunday evening. Also the previous idols had physical sales included and International fans were able to purchase from Amazon whereas now one cannot buy on itunes in Spain, Portugal, Israel etc. Only in Canada, and London. That would have been even higher.

  35. So if I understand all of this correctly, DC did rather well since his single wasn’t released until Thursday and the standard is a Tuesday release…that’s good news!

  36. Are these debut totals for prior idols for digital sales only or do they include CD sales? I think the CDà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all had B-sides. I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even know they had digital downloads available in the early season. Also, I wonder how many folks wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even purchase a digital download or even want to open an iTunes accountà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦like some older folks.

    If the debut totals include CD sales with the B-sides Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a fair comparison. But Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure how these things work so Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m probably just being stupid.

    Is there any real chance that we will get iTunes sales numbers for the entire season for each of the contestants?

  37. So…yeah. Billboard is saying 888,000 digital downloads for 14 of Cookie’s songs…this week? Yikes….

  38. When you add Cook’s numbers up, he had quite a week. He will def be the most commercial male idol winner. He’ll be extremely easy to market compared to Ruben and Taylor.

    I don’t think we’ll see a repeat of S5 though where 19 signs additional idols. They got the top 2 they wanted this season. With Cook selling 800K plus and Archie at around 300K for the week, the rest of the pack falls way, way behind. Not saying the others won’t get signed, I just don’t think 19 will pick them up.

  39. Not saying the others wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get signed, I just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think 19 will pick them up.

    Yeah, I doubt 19 will pick them up, too, especially considering the industry is slumping.

  40. I agree that the numbers are for this week only and not cumulative. All the contestant’s songs were taken down
    after the finale so for Jason to sell as much as he did
    is actually pretty amazing. I imagine that most of
    his fans had downloaded his version a long time ago and
    these numbers were just the last minute people trying not
    to lose out.

    I bet the total numbers for Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah would somewhat indicate what the total downloads for
    Jason’s were:
    139 Jeff Buckley à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Hallelujahà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  12,030 (98%; lw 6,083) Total: 740,159 (OFF)

    Now of course there were downloads of Buckley’s version before all of this but even if Jason accounted for 1/2 of the total it would be awesome. And I’ll bet the total for Jason’s version of the song is really high as well. Sure wish we could find out the actual total sales for the entire AI season for all the contestants.

    Cookie is doing great with the Magic Rainbow song for only four days!

    Interesting to read! Thanks for all the info from everyone!

  41. Simon Fuller said in an interview they might be signing one more idol this year. They thought another person had potential. Im wondering maybe MJ or Brooke. However, since MJ has been in Las Vegas doing something he apparently can’t talk about, since he wouldnt tell Larry King why he was there, that maybe another label is interested. I would think if Clive were signing him he wouldve been with the other idols on Larry King.

  42. I’m guessing David Foster will sign MJ. It’s hard out there for male solo artists, and I can’t see 19 investing in him as a front man for a band, especially since they have Cookie to promote. My guess would be Brooke. Her vibe is hot right now.

  43. With these numbers, I hope the press stops calling David’s win “shocking” and suggesting that DA was somehow the rightful winner, notwithstanding the 12 million vote difference. I might have voted hundreds of time each week, but I certainly only have one copy of Magic Rainbow. I count 17 DC songs on the Top 100, but Billboard mentioned 14 – I wonder which ones don’t count and why?

    I think 19E might sign MJ, but I really wish they would sign Jason instead. I think he’s much more marketable.

  44. 19E takes more than their fair share of the artist’s income, but, they do promote them very well. Kelly C, Clay and Fantasia all fired them, and, went with other promoting companies. So, I’m not sure if I want Jason signing with them or not.

  45. My guess would be Brooke. Her vibe is hot right now.

    that would make me happy :) I’d love to see Brooke turn into the little engine that could like Pickler did.

    I assume some of the contestants will get picked up by smaller labels and then some will try to do their own independant type thing. I mostly wish for a cd from Brooke & Jason, and fear that I’ll probably be like PJ waiting for an Ace cd. Of course, since after they were gone I converted to Cooktardism, I’ll buy his cd too.

    For the rest of the contestants, I don’t really have an interest in buying their cd, but I’d probably download a song or two if they were good.

    I don’t know much about the music business, but I do know how they love to fit their acts into some type of niche. I have no idea what niche MJ fits into. To me, he works best as a band front man. I have no idea if they’ll sign him or not – but in this climate – if I were a record exec, I wouldn’t sign anyone who finished that low.

    I don’t think Carly finished high enough to overcome her previous major-label flop. Speaking strictly from a profit perspective, not as commentary on her talent, I have no idea why a major label would take a second chance on her.

  46. Thanks for these numbers…I’ve been waiting to see how DC would do. Very well, apparently!

    Okay Sony/BMG, there’s your #1 chart placement…put out that label announcement already! :D

  47. I read before that Kelly did love 19 but she decided to move on because she wanted someone to be able to provide more focus on her needs (maybe cuz they were too busy with all their other artists) so she went to the firm. She fired The Firm (I think because of the conflicts with the label over her last album) and is now with Reba’s husband. I’m sure 19 is good only because Carrie, Daughtry, etc are there and they are making a ton of money.

  48. Are these debut totals for prior idols for digital sales only or do they include CD sales?

    The debut numbers include sales of physical Commercial Singles, digital Commercial Singles and downloaded tracks of the A side (Kat had a double A side, so her more popular one is used in the total which is also what BB did)

    I think the CDà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all had B-sides. I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even know they had digital downloads available in the early season.

    Digital Download numbers really only start in S4. Even then, they were not all that significant in the market. 100K worth of downloads would have gotten you Gold. It was upped to 500K in 2006. Downloads go up an astronomical amount every year.

    Also, I wonder how many folks wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even purchase a digital download or even want to open an iTunes accountà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦like some older folks.

    That was the excuse used last year for the poor showing of Jordin and Blake. Given that their CDs debuted with low numbers as well, it as probably more indicative of their popularity with general AI fans. Cook certainly proved this year that one can move a boatload of singles even when you are only on iTunes (and certainly, other artists have similar success on iTunes).

    If the debut totals include CD sales with the B-sides Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a fair comparison.

    Some (like Ken Barnes) would argue that it’s unfair for those with B-Sides. Cook’s song cost 99 cents which can be a total impulse buy. The Idol CD singles have run from $4-$7 (S3 was quite expesensive, it might have even be $8) which is a lot to pay for a couple of songs. Plus, then you are stuck with a stupid CD that only has two songs on it. Finally, you have to haul your butt off to a physical store that actually still sells CD singles (few and far between) or order it from an on-line vendor, pay shipping and wait a few days for it to arrive.

    BTW Somebody else mentioned international buyers buying from Amazon. Amazon accounts for a very small part of the CD market and buying international is expensive due to shipping charges. I imagine that most people would buy from their local version of Amazon (e.g. or and those would not count in the SoundScan totals.

    There are so many variables, it’s difficult to argue which seaons have the sales advantage.

  49. Hmmmmmmm, Where is Syesha in the downloads? I don’t even see her name. And you all really think she came in 3rd? I don’t think so! Jason should have been there. Syesha’s so called fans don’t even download a song of hers!

  50. See… this is what leaves me wondering…. of the four songs of final week, how is it possible that the order for downloads is TOML – Dream Big – SHFWILF and only last TWIK?!?
    Dream Big is a good song, sure, but TWIK is in a different league completely.
    Who’s driving the downloads???



    Cook’s takeover of the Hot 100 shatters the mark for debuts set by Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana) in the Nov. 11, 2006, issue, when she placed six new titles on the list. The 11 songs on the chart are the most in a week by any artist in the Nielsen Music era, which began in December 1991 when the chart converted to Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan data.

    His haul also marks the most placements on the list since the Beatles charted 14 songs on the Hot 100 in the week of April 11, 1964.

    The 14 tracks on Hot Digital Songs also gives Cook a record for debuts and total songs on that three-year-old chart, besting Hannah Montana’s total output (8) on the Nov. 11, 2006 chart, and Bon Jovi’s six debuts in the May 19, 2007, issue.

  52. IMO, a rose by any other name is still a rose.
    DC’s numbers are impressive, I don’t think anyone can argue that point.
    Seeing these numbers makes the “upset” look like not so much of a surprise victory at all, as those who were paying attention knew all along.
    Also, the 99cent single download may be seen as an advantage by some when compared to previous seasons but it certainly didn’t benefit last year’s finalists. And, the industry is constantly changing, and this is a good way of seeing who is coming out of the gate with the greatest potential in the industry as it is today (with the right material, of course).
    DA’s numbers aren’t that bad but they aren’t good either, especially considering that his highest charting track had an entire week on the chart as opposed to 4 days.
    It’s also rather impressive that DC still sits at #1 today, a week later. While his airplay is decent for one of these songs, he certainly isn’t breaking any radio records (yet). Either his fan base is a lot larger than any of us ever realized or the general public is taking a liking to him (which is entirely possible – my local pop radio station has added TOML to their playlist, something they haven’t done since Clarkson’s MLT).
    I also do not believe that the dl numbers for all of the contestants are complete. A small common sense observation: Jordin’s OSAAT is new to the top 200 dl chart this week but it does not say new, it says off because the track was already available for download and its previous figure carried over into this week’s additions. All of the AI performance tracks say NEW. It will be a while before we see the total dl’s from this group (if we ever do). I have no doubt, however, that DC sits right on top. But, if they had shown that to the general public all along, his win wouldn’t have been such a “shock”, now would it? I am also sure that a couple of DA’s and JC’s songs (especially Hallelujah) have done a lot better than it shows on this listing.
    Just my two cents. Feel free to take it or leave it.
    Congrats to DC. May he ride that magic rainbow out of the ashes and find his wings so he can deliver me some awesome music to buy!

  53. Re: Archie’s “Imagine”

    That’s not the one from the beginning of the season, is it? That’s his performance from Tuesday night, right?

  54. For those of us who have been avid viewers of AI for many seasons now, some just don’t realize that what we may term, “conspiracy theories,” is in fact, more along the lines of manipulations. However, none of us really know what goes on behind the scenes. But, this year in particular, that curtain has been pulled back a little further, and, even those who believe this show is on the up and up, are questioning some things.

    For example, how do people relate the fact that Syesha had only one song, “One Rock & Roll Too Many,” to ever be downloaded on ITunes this season. She has virtually no representation on any of the message boards, and, came in 3rd? These are things that make you go, huh? It seems that Jason was truly in 3rd place, and, some weeks on ITunes, he matched Archie’s sales.

    Call it what you want, but, if it looks like a duck, talks like a duck, then………………

  55. Help the slow girl here… Are these performances along with songs because I thought some of these songs weren’t done in the studio? I haven’t bought any songs from anyone so I’m not in the loop on this.

  56. Yay! imo RCA >>> the rumored J Records, for Cookie anyway. Single, album, let’s go, I’m ready!

  57. Trina
    May 28th, 2008 at 11:53 am
    3 Doors Down And à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Winner David Cook Rule Charts

    3 Doors Down — My Homeboys!!! Glad to see they are back!
    Very nicely done, Mr. Cook!

  58. I also do not believe that the dl numbers for all of the contestants are complete. A small common sense observation: Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s OSAAT is new to the top 200 dl chart this week but it does not say new, it says off because the track was already available for download and its previous figure carried over into this weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s additions. All of the AI performance tracks say NEW.

    Just to be clear, the “NEW” and “OFF” are conventions that I follow to make it simpler for people to understand. I take the SoundScan numbers and try to make them a little easier to read (SS numbers look like something sent via Telex and the columns can be cryptic to new readers). Plus, depending on the source for the SS numbers, they columns are different. So, I standardize things.

    The actual SS representation for both NEW and OFF is –. The percentage increase is limited to three digits, so it’s 999 for percentages greater than that. Because the previous week’s sales are 0, there is in a infinite increase in sales (divide by 0). For non-new singles with large increases, I calcuate the correct number.

    All of the Season 7 Idol numbers were:

    — 1 COOK*DAVID TIME OF MY LIFE 236024 999 0 236024

    There were listed as being off the charts last week, having sold 0 items last week and having AMOUNT=TOTAL. So, I noted them as NEW.

    I just didn’t want anybody to think that SS had given them that notation or that it had some sort of deeper meaning.

  59. Thank you Kirsten as always keeping us up to date on sales numbers. YOU RAWK!! :)

    Ok….I’m STUNNED. Not for DC’s Magic Rainbow numbers, but for his total DL’s this week. HOLY CRAP!!! And to think, most of the older songs, BJ, ABMB, HELLO, etc are for this week only. I would kill to know the total numbers for all of his songs throughout the season. TPTB at RCA and 19( pick a letter) have to be giddy right about now. They got themselves one hell of a winner this year.

    Hope like hell DC has one great accountant working for him.

    Congratulations David Cook….Well Done!!!

  60. Thanks for the stats Kirsten, as always! :)

    My jaw hit the floor when Bax emailed me these numbers earlier today. Just wow.

    I am going to beg and plead Ken Barnes, when he gets back from his vacation, to request the overall sales of the tracks from iTunes, like he got last year. I am REALLY curious about how the tracks did throughout the season. I can understand why TPTB didn’t want the tracks to chart during the season, but what can it hurt now, right?

    Congrats to DC. May he ride that magic rainbow out of the ashes and find his wings so he can deliver me some awesome music to buy!

    :laugh_tb: Love it!!!

  61. Okà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m STUNNED. Not for DCà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Magic Rainbow numbers, but for his total DLà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this week. HOLY CRAP!!! And to think, most of the older songs, BJ, ABMB, HELLO, etc are for this week only.

    And that’s not even for a full week. Magic Rainbow’s figures reflect four days of sales and the others were for three days before they were removed from sale. Very impressive indeed.

  62. Album sales (non Cook related) from Billboard:

    16 UNDERWOOD*CARRIE CARNIVAL RIDE 24,932 58 15,810 2,120,734
    19 SPARKS*JORDIN JORDIN SPARKS 20,264 15 17,642 778,240
    20 DAUGHTRY DAUGHTRY 19,731 31 15,106 4,079,650
    48 AIKEN*CLAY ON MY WAY HERE 12,221 -40 20,527 126,869
    64 UNDERWOOD*CARRIE SOME HEARTS 9,610 9 8,791 6,432,588

  63. I just wanted to weigh in here about the d/l’s. I was one who downloaded quite a few of JC’s songs and a couple of videos.

    Thanks Kirsten for your number crunching. I’m from the world of engineering and numbers are something I know. I’m sure Kirsten knows this, when doing comparisons you need to compare apples to apples and not oranges. But I’m glad for DC that he has done so well. Good for him

  64. I don’t usually follow sales but it is interesting to see. I would have added another sale for DC and Jason but they had cut them off by the morning after the finale. That suprised me since they had given an extra few days last season. I’m happy to see Michael’s “Dream On” get a flurry at the end which is one of my favorites of his studio mp3s.

  65. One thing these numbers show is how consistently great DC’s performances were on the show.
    Almost ALL his songs are in the top 100- I count out only Baba and All I Really Need — but were they available to download at all? can someone tell me? i would be surprised if they were because they were two good ones and they’re not on the chart.
    (sorry but I can’t access iTunes US so don’t know)

    It’s crazy. DC fanatic madness going on!!!

  66. From the numbers above, I would guess that David Cook would probably have the following figures for overall download tally:

    over a million:
    Time of My Life (eventually)
    Billie Jean
    Always Be My Baby

    over 500K
    I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing
    I’m Alive
    Little Sparrow
    Hungry Like A Wolf
    Eleanor Rigby
    Day Tripper
    Music of The Night

    500K and below
    I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
    The World I Know
    Dream Big

    I think Baba O Riley and All I Really Need Is You was not available for downloads.

    So all the performances and studio versions are no longer available except from Time Of My Life, what is the logic of not making them available, when they are selling?

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