Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Take Over the Charts

ETA: Billboard is reporting that Adam Lambert and Kris Allen have, combined, 9 tracks on the Billboard Hot 100:

11. Kris Allen, No Boundaries
16. Kris Allen, Heartless
19. Adam Lambert, Mad World
24. David Cook, Permanent
37. Kris Allen, Ain’t No Sunshine
66. Kris Allen, Apologize
94. Kris Allen, Falling Slowly

The article doesn’t list the chart positions of all of Adam’s 4 entries. (I’ll have that later.)

For comparison, David Cook’s “Time of My Life” debuted at #3 last year. Billboard attributes the discrepancy partly   to other purchasing options offered to fans that were not available a year ago for Cook’s followers, including the iTunes Pass and the digital “Season 8 Favorite Performances”

Billboard also notes that Adam outpaces David Archuleta’s 3 Top 100 entries last year.

Kris and Adam’s iTunes “Season 8 Favorite Performances” both chart on the Billboard 200 album’s chart:

33. Adam Lambert, Season 8 Favorite Performances
50. Kris Allen, Season 8 Favorite Performances


Make sure to check out today’s weekly Idol Sales post. Chart maven, Kirsten, is running the numbers on this week’s Season 8 download numbers which became available last Wednesday after Kris Allen was crowned the Season 8 winner.

Kirsten’s Stats: (Only numbers for the past week are available. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Idol to release the numbers for the entire season)

Total Sold by Season 8 (out of the Top 200 – Duets not included):
Kris Allen: 468, 101 (10 Songs) Top 100: 438, 727 (7 songs)
Adam Lambert: 358, 912 (13 songs) Top 100: 254, 246 (5 songs)
Danny Gokey: 24, 977 (2 songs)
Allison Iraheta: 8, 666 (1 Songs)

Check out the Top 50 download numbers leaked from Nielsen Soundscan:

4 Kris Allen, NO BOUNDARIES – (tw)134, 458 (Total)134, 458
5 Kris Allen, HEARTLESS (tw)125, 344 (Total)125, 344
7 Adam Lambert, MAD WORLD -(tw)114, 763 (Total)114, 763
10 David Cook, PERMANENT -(tw)102, 595 (Total)126, 905
17 Kris Allen AINT NO SUNSHINE – (tw)72080 (Total)72, 080
30 Kelly Clarkson I DO NOT HOOK UP – (tw)50633 (Total)285, 499
32 Adam Lambert, CHANGE IS GONNA COME – (tw)48068 (Total)48, 068
38 Kris Allen APOLOGIZE (AMERICAN IDOL STUDIO) – (tw)40173 (Total)40, 173
43 Adam Lambert, NO BOUNDARIES – (tw)35984 (Total)35, 984
46 Daughtry, NO SURPRISE – (tw)33684 (Total)206, 051

Stats from last year by comparison:
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

  • Check out the Top 200 download numbers in this week’s Idol Sales thread right HERE.
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