Jordin Sparks Album Debut Opens at 119K

Lot’s of chatter on the blog today, about why Jordin Sparks debut album opened with the lowest Soundscan numbers of any winning Idol to date.   She’ll chart this week  at #10 on the Billboard 200, selling a total of  119, 000 albums.   For more numbers, check out Kirsten’s Idol Sales  post.

1. Did a lackluster season begat a lackluster Idol?  

2. Did the producers spend so much time last year pimping guest hosts and their charity event, instead of the contestants, that their winning Idol never had a chance to make an impression on the viewing audience?  

3. Does Jordin’s record just flat out suck?   Well, I finally got a chance to listen to her debut on Rhapsody, and I found most of it pretty bland…

I think it’s a combination of all three, with extry special emphasis on 2. and 3.    

How did Jordin stack up against her fellow Idol winners?    Deets, after the jump…

Kelly Clarkson – “Thankful” –   297, 400
Ruben Studdard – “Soulful” –   416, 569  
Fantasia – “Free  Yourself”  –  239, 389  
Carrie Underwood “Some Hearts” – 315, 000
Taylor Hicks – “Taylor Hicks” – 298, 000

There’s a bit of a silver lining here, for Jordin.   Her single, “Tattoo” is doing well.   It’s #8 this week on Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, selling 77, 247 (that’s a 55% increase from last week) for a total of 372, 198.   It’s getting radio play, and has been inching its way up all the charts since it was released last month.

Unfortunately, in Jordin’s case, having a hit song has not translated into a hit album.   At least not yet.

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