Idol Sales News – Week Ending 12/15/13

It’s official. Apple announces that Queen Bey is the Queen of Everything with her release of her self-titled album last week. Worldwide, she sold 828,773 in just 3 days. She shattered US records selling 617,213 albums and went number one in 104 countries. Billboard reports that as 617K, but they have to round the numbers while Apple can do what it likes with its own numbers. The previous record holder of the most digital albums sold via iTunes in a week was Taylor Swift with 465K. Of course, Gaga sold the most digital albums in a week (662K), but most of those were for 99 cents at Amazon. Congrats Beyonce on the coup!

In other news, HDD predicts that Kelly Clarkson will have the top Christmas album (and I didn’t even have to sacrifice a duck!) and One Direction remains in the top 5. Also in the top 50 should be Susan Boyle, Sound of Music (Carrie Underwood), Pentatonix and Danielle Bradbery.

On the single front, I can’t help but notice that the ancient songs sung by Tessanne rocketed up the chart and two are still in the top 10, but the hip new song written by Tedder is limping along at 89th. Lots of fodder for arguments there. Was Idol correct all these years having the kids sing ancient old songs because clearly they are popular with the buying public? How popular exactly is iTunes voting on The Voice and are people buying their maximum 10? Why does a song that counts as a vote fly up to top 10 while one that does not languishes? Was Lee DeWyze really screwed over by being given a coronation song that was a cover or did that boost sales? Does the fact that Tessanne is struggling with selling her official single bode ill for her future as an artist? Even freakin’ “No Boundaries” went to number one on iTunes for a while. And finally, was Tedder wise to give Tessanne a single from the recycling bin because he knew it wasn’t going anywhere anyway or is he the reason it isn’t going anywhere? Or do Voice viewers need to just wake up? (and just for the record, Cook’s “Time of My Life” was also first heard on the results show).

From Roughstock (thanks windmills!)

Christmas albums:
Kelly Clarkson, Wrapped In Red: 136k (578k)
Duck Dynasty: 108k (575k not 581k as reported elsewhere? EDIT: Based on last week’s total, 581k is more likely)
Scotty McCreery, Christmas With Scotty McCreery: 7k (382k)
Blake Shelton, Cheers It’s Christmas: 18k (506k)

Non-seasonal albums from talent show alums:
OneDirection, Midnight Memories 123K (787K total) (from BB)
Danielle Bradbery, Danielle Bradbery: 15k (68k)
Scotty McCreery, See You Tonight: 11k (148k)
Cassadee Pope, Frame By Frame: 10k (119k)
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away: 7k (1.611 million)

Albums from talent show judges:
Blake Shelton, Based On A True Story: 18k (1.068 million)
Blake Shelton, Cheers It’s Christmas: 18k (506k)


The Sound Of Music-Live! cast album: 29k (67k)
The Music Of ‘Nashville,’ Season 2, Vol 1.: 18k (18k)

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