Idol Soundscan Year-End Sales for 2009

USA Today’s Brian Mansfield just posted Soundscan 2009 year-end numbers for Idol albums. Note: Unlike the Billboard numbers, which cut off in November, these figures are for all of 2009

via Idol Chatter

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Here’s how the numbers shook out:

Best selling album of 2009 – Taylor Swift, Fearless 3.217M
Best selling album released in 2009 – Susan Boyle, I Dreamed a Dream – 3.104M.

Idol Soundscan Top 200

19. Carrie UnderwoodPlay On 0n – 1.183M
31. DaughtryLeave this Town – 862K
33. Kelly ClarksonAll I Ever Wanted – 815K
73. David CookDavid Cook – 464K
74. Carrie UnderwoodCarnival Ride – 461K
81. Adam LambertFor Your Entertainment – 434K
144. DaughtryDaughtry – 267K
158. Carrie UnderwoodSome Hearts – 251K
166. Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson -239K
183. Kris AllenKris Allen – 228K
191. Kellie PicklerKellie Pickler – 218K

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35 Comments

  1. Why is Kris Allen ahead of Kellie Pickler when she has 218K and he has 183K? Is that an error?

    Also, where’s Jordin? Or Archie for that matter? (Archie’s Christmas CD sold around 200K I thought. Don’t know how his debut CD did after the 2008 holiday season though.)

  2. I think the 183K is a typo. Brian’s blog posts 228K for Kris’s number.

  3. Also, where’s Jordin?

    ETA: I guess she didn’t sell enough to crack into the top 200, as I’m assuming that Brian doesn’t have numbers for the over 200s.

  4. I think the last known sales for Battlefield, the album was around 155K. So she wouldn’t have made it.

    Yeah, I’m curious about Archie’s Christmas CD because last I checked, it had sold around as much as Kris’s album.

  5. Also, where’s Jordin? Or Archie for that matter? (Archie’s Christmas CD sold around 200K I thought. Don’t know how his debut CD did after the 2008 holiday season though.)

    If Kellie came in at #191 with 218K, Jordin and Archie probably didn’t quite make the Top 200 cut-off. Archie’s Christmas from the Heart sold ~209K in 2009, so may have just barely missed the list. His debut album sold roughly 185K in calendar year 2009 (he had sold 566K by the close of the 2008 holiday season, and 751K total at the end of 2009).

    The most recent estimates for Jordin’s Battlefield are ~155K total, so she wouldn’t have made the chart either. And her debut album, released in 2007, crossed the million-sold mark in February of 2009, but I believe since then only added another 20K or so to her total.

  6. I was thinking that the numbers on the right are total sales, not just for 2009? (so if album was released in 2008 or earlier, it would include those).

    But after re-thinking it, some of the numbers just look off. First of all, Kris has sold 228K, not 183K, while Adam is around 470K

  7. Su Bo – unbelieveable – As has also been mentioned in prior posts, I also don’t know anyone here at my office or any of my friends who purchased the CD or downloaded Su Bo from I-Tunes!! 3 mil peeps that I don’t know sure did!!! Hope Adam makes Gold by his birthday!!

  8. I clicked on the link and it looks like Brian may have edited the article, because he now lists Kris at 228K, not 183K

  9. First of all, Kris has sold 228K, not 183K, while Adam is around 470K

    Wait, Adam is around 470K? I thought the last sales update brought him to 434 or thereabouts?

    But yeah, the Kris number is way off if he’s going for total sales.

  10. I was thinking that the numbers on the right are total sales, not just for 2009? (so if album was released in 2008 or earlier, it would include those).

    No, the numbers listed are just the units sold in calendar-year 2009. Any sales in 2008 or prior years are not listed here (see the platinum/multi-plat releases by Carrie, Daughtry, and Cook which all racked-up the majority of their sales in prior calendar years, but continued to sell enough in 2009 to chart again).

    And as noted up-thread, MJ just has a typo in her OP (Brian’s post is correct) – Kris’s 2009 rank is indeed #183, but his total for the year is 228K. Adam’s 2009 total is correct at 434K.

  11. It’s nice to see all those familiar and loved names in the top 200 albums sold in 2009. He’s looking for more from them in 2010.

  12. Yay! Go Idols! 11 albums in the Top 200. Not bad.

    But, oh my gosh. Jordin! I had no idea her album wasn’t selling. Battlefield was played constantly during the summer. What in the world happened?

  13. It’s truly amazing how many Idols are scattered not only on this chart, but on the Mediabase & Billboard charts across many, many formats. The show has had a remarkably significant impact on the music biz, for sure.

  14. But, oh my gosh. Jordin! I had no idea her album wasn’t selling. Battlefield was played constantly during the summer. What in the world happened?

    People buy her singles rather than her whole album. I think her songs are more popular than she is. Although I don’t quite know how that happened!

  15. People buy her singles rather than her whole album. I think her songs are more popular than she is. Although I don’t quite know how that happened!

    Jordin is in a format (CHR) where fans tend to buy a lot of singles but not very many albums. But on top of that, she also has not been able to translate the popularity of her songs in a way that people became invested in her as an artist (unlike, say, Kelly Clarkson when she dominated pop in the Breakaway era). We keep talking about how Jordin broke out of the AI bubble because of the success of her singles on CHR, but unfortunately (IMO) she’s never been able to develop enough of a “personal brand” as an artist to get people invested. I remember when Kelly became a big pop sensation, personality-wise she gave off that grrl power “don’t mess with me” vibe that was so big a few years back. In addition, she also came off as one of the girls which made her beloved. In contrast, Jordin, as an artist, has failed to project any kind of consistent public persona that resonates with the buying public. Therefore, she’s had to sell her music song by song by song. Accordingly, once SOS died on the airplay charts, it seems her album died along with it. (Though I never realized that it died at around 155k sold. Wow.) It’s actually amazing how lucky she’s been that it took her this long to finally have a single that’s a dud (which is not to say that she’s not talented and the songs haven’t been good), but that’s quite a track record she’s amassed, without having developed much of a fanbase.

  16. Although it’s been indicated the # for Kris is a typo, I do wish the actual number were higher. Slow and steady! I just hope Jive doesn’t let him go before he gets to tour in support of the album.

  17. Wow, not alot of cds sold over 500k last year. Pretty sad for the industry as a whole.

  18. “I just wish Jive doesn’t let him go before he gets to tour in support of the album”.

    Why would they let him go? He is the 2nd highest album seller on their label for last 2009, his single is doing great, he has more than four other singles on the album that are potential hits, He co-wrote most of the songs on his album – less cost, he’s been doing some gigs lately and has been scheduled for another two in the Phillipines which is going to bring in more money. They’re planning his tour schedule already. I don’t see Jive letting Kris go any time soon, may be 19E, well nobody knows.
    But so far, I think Jive see lots of potential in Kris and are happy with him, in the end it is going to be the profit they make off him that will matter to them.

  19. I just hope Jive doesn’t let him go before he gets to tour in support of the album.

    Considering they are planning his tour right now that’s not exactly a likely thing to have happen.

  20. Jive won’t let Kris go anytime soon. His album isn’t selling great, but his single has got a chance to go platinum (it goes gold this week). And they wouldn’t be sending him to do shows overseas or planning his tour if they were thinking of dropping him anytime soon.

  21. i wonder if Taylor’s Fearless will catch up to Carrie’s Some hearts.

    and DC selling 464K in 09, must be mostly downloads cause i have not seen his cd in stores for a long time.

    as for Jordin, well, her 1st album went platinum and her singles also went platinum, but her sophomore effort seems to have fizzled except for her single ‘Battlefield’. too bad.

    hmm, i hope that David Cook wont have the same fate on his sophomore album.

  22. considering adam’s FYE will go gold most likely in the next month or so (esp helped by oprah hopefully), it looks like his numbers are really good considering WWFM is still climbing up the charts and he FYE has not even been out for 2 full months yet….the music industry is horrible right now….i think anyone going over gold these days is going to keep a record contract if only 10 or so peeps a year are doing platinum

  23. “Su Bo – unbelieveable – As has also been mentioned in prior posts, I also don’t know anyone here at my office or any of my friends who purchased the CD or downloaded Su Bo from I-Tunes!! 3 mil peeps that I don’t know sure did!!!”

    Well I know you don’t know me Scorpio but as I’ve said on many threads on here – I was given 2 copies for Christmas. So now you can’t say that you haven’t heard of someone who received the album!!

    I think its great that the idols are still selling quite well even though this year has been a struggle economically . Hopefully the economy picks up a bit this year to have a positive impact on sales of singles & albums!!

  24. and DC selling 464K in 09, must be mostly downloads cause i have not seen his cd in stores for a long time.

    Nope. Of Cook’s 1,280,000 total sold, only ~160K have been digital albums. And 58,713 of those digital copies were sold his very first week. He moved a ton of albums through iTunes during the holiday season 2008. In 2009 he’s maybe sold 40-50K digitally?

    Remember that the in-store reconnaissance missions that Idol fans like to do to prove that their favorites are either a) selling so well, or b) getting gyped out of sales because of restocking/distribution issues, are highly anecdotal. Cook’s album is not only still stocked at my local Target but he’s still on the Rock bestseller display there. I’m sure, however, that’s not the case everywhere.

    Nonetheless, DCTR still sells the vast majority of its weekly units at the big-boxes. Digital sales only account for roughly 10% based on the occasional leaks that we get.

  25. and DC selling 464K in 09, must be mostly downloads cause i have not seen his cd in stores for a long time.

    He’s in stores still here in the DC area ’cause I had to go buy a new one, I played the crap out of my old one and it decided to no longer work on Come Back to Me or Light On. Which isn’t so bad for *me* since they aren’t my favorites, but my kids love those songs. Ha!

    It’s truly amazing how many Idols are scattered not only on this chart, but on the Mediabase & Billboard charts across many, many formats. The show has had a remarkably significant impact on the music biz, for sure.

    I’m always impressed at how many Idols are on the charts, and how well many are doing. I don’t know about other areas but around here it seems like you can’t have the radio on for 5 minutes without hearing an Idol. The other day when I was driving I got Cook, Daughtry, Kelly, Jordin, Carrie, Archie and Kris, lol. And I wasn’t even in the car that long!

  26. hmm, i hope that David Cook wont have the same fate on his sophomore album.

    Exactly. It’s Cook and Archie who will be tested next to see whether they can escape the dreaded sophomore curse.

  27. In the comments section of the Idols Chatter article, Brian Mansfield wrote:
    “Number 200 was Pearl Jam’s “Ten,” at slightly more than 211,000. David A’s Christmas album didn’t quite make the cut.”

    “Christmas from the Heart” sold 210,000.

  28. Keel
    01/11/2010 at 5:46 pm

    hmm, i hope that David Cook wont have the same fate on his sophomore album.

    Exactly. It’s Cook and Archie who will be tested next to see whether they can escape the dreaded sophomore curse.

    So Archie’s Christmas album is a “get out of jail free” card? Why isn’t it considered his 2nd album because it is, after all, his 2nd album.

  29. So Archie’s Christmas album is a “get out of jail free” card? Why isn’t it considered his 2nd album because it is, after all, his 2nd album.

    Because Christmas albums are different. Certain parts of an artist’s fanbase will never buy Christmas albums in the first place, because they don’t like/need more Christmas music, for one thing. They’re usually used to keep an artist in the spotlight and drum up a few easy sales while waiting for the next serious album, with promoted singles and music videos, etc.

  30. Exactly, Sherena, and there is unlikely to be a single released for an X-Mas album. There is less overall promotion. And, of course, they have a very limited shelf life – not gonna sell past X-mas. Alternatively they are cheaper, faster and easier to produce. Quick money makers.

  31. Nice. Glad that Brian was able to get us these numbers.

    It’s great to see Idols selling a bunch of albums after that first initial rush of sales right after the CD debuted and into the holidays. A nice sign of strength that gives some hope that they’ll continue to sell well into future albums. [Fingers crossed.]

  32. Some Christmas albums have done very well. Some artists get songs charting highly each year with cuts from their Christmas albums. I’m absolutely sure that some fans would have posted everywhere continuously had their favorite’s Christmas album done even respectably. I have to think a Christmas Album is indeed a “get out of jail free” card. It’s just an album you can’t, by definition, mess up with.

  33. Some Christmas albums have done very well. Some artists get songs charting highly each year with cuts from their Christmas albums.

    that’s not exactly correct… unless you’re a josh groban or someone like bocelli, christmas cd’s don’t usually post insane sales numbers, nor will you find songs from most new releases getting major airplay, or charting highly… this data from businesswire.com lays that truth out in black and white… the most recent christmas themed release getting significant airplay over the past holiday is 15 years old… i’d think like everything else with the labels, these cd’s are expected to make a decent return on investment, which we’re pretty certain david’s did… win/win for the artist, and the label in that instance….

    Nielsen BDS: 2009 Top 10 Holiday Songs Airplay

    1 Rockin’ Around the Christmas…/Brenda Lee
    2 A Holy Jolly Christmas/ Burl Ives
    3 The Christmas Song/ Nat King Cole
    4 Jingle Bell Rock/ Bobby Helms
    5 Feliz Navidad/ Jose Feliciano
    6 All I Want for Christmas Is…/Mariah Carey
    7 It’s the Most Wonderful…/Andy Williams
    8 White Christmas/ Bing Crosby
    9 Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)/ John Lennon
    10 Wonderful Christmas Time/ Paul McCartney

    http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20100106007077&newsLang=en

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