Jan 18th 2009, 5:59 PM
I was posting this elsewhere so let's see how you guys feel about it here.
Idol album sales for the week ending Jan 11, 2009 from USAToday's Idol Chatter blog by Brian Mansfield. Brian recently replaced Ken Barnes and is only posting about Idols still on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Brian says he's working on getting sales info for those Idols off the chart.
Six Idols remain in the top 200 of the Nielsen SoundScan album charts for the week ending Jan. 11, but all see their weekly sales fall faster than overnight temperatures in the Northeast.
David Cook slips two spots from 16 to 18, his 19,000 sales a 37 percent decline from the previous week’s 31,000. He’s at 862,000 total right now, so if he plateaus soon with his sales, he might hit the million mark by spring.
Things are a little more slippery for David Archuleta, who sells only 8,000 copies of his album, a 41 percent decline from 14,000 the previous week. He’s at 62 on the chart, down from 51, with 589,000 overall sales.
Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride takes the smallest percentage dip of the five Idols, losing only a quarter of her weekly total, as she falls from around 10,000 to slightly more than 7,000. Still, she climbed six rungs on the chart, from 74 to 68. Carrie has surpassed 2.6 million in total sales.
Daughtry also moves up a half-dozen spots on the chart (110-104), but his sales drop from 6,000 to 5,000, keeping him at 4.4 million.
Jennifer Hudson loses only three places on the chart (89 to 92) but her sales drop by a third (8,000 to slightly less than 6,000) to put her total at 561,000. And Kellie Pickler takes the last spot in the top 200 (she was 199 last week), her 2,000 off from 4,000 the week before (new total: 160,000).
I think Cook will hit platinum fairly easily. The question will be, given the very bad recession, how much more will he sell than that? If he can manage to even out soon on his weekly sales, his sales might pick up more towards Spring.
I'm not sure if Archuleta will hit platinum. But, given how things have gone with Jordin Sparks and what some of Archuleta's fans have told me, Jive may not care about platinum. They don't seem to have the same mindset as RCA and its sister labels (J, Arista) even with their regular artists, so they may be happy with David selling a lot of singles like Jordin has done. I so wish Kat had been signed to Jive instead of RCA.
Kellie Pickler's first album stayed on the charts for a whole year before falling off (and bouncing on and off after that several times), but I'm not sure the same can be said for the second album. I'm not sure it's going to get half of the sales of the first album, or even reach 200k, but she surprised me before so she may do so again.
And Jennifer Hudson is doing fairly well despite not doing promotion or a tour because of her personal tragedy. I've read she's starting to do promotion for her second single so sales may pick up again.
This post has been edited by dalki: Jan 18th 2009, 6:01 PM
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Feb 26th 2009, 5:22 PM
Album sales for the week ending Feb 22, 2009:
First, the Top 10 albums from Billboard:
1 1 TAYLOR SWIFT Fearless (Big Machine ) - 62,000
2 New CHARLIE WILSON Uncle Charlie (Jive / JLG) - 58,000
3 4 THE FRAY The Fray (Epic / Sony Music) - 53,000
4 11 NICKELBACK Dark Horse (Roadrunner ) - 43,000
5 12 BEYONCE I Am...Sasha Fierce (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music) - 41,000
6 14 JAMIE FOXX Intuition (J / RMG) - 33,000
7 3 INDIA.ARIE Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (Soulbird / Universal Republic / UMRG) - 32,000
8 16 KANYE WEST 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG) - 32,000
9 2 ROBERT PLANT / ALISON KRAUSS Raising Sand (Rounder ) - 32,000
10 26 LADY GAGA The Fame (Streamline / KonLive / Cherrytree / Interscope / IGA) - 32,000
This is Taylor Swift's 10 non-consecutive week at #1.
Album sales were down 7% from this week last year.
Idol album and download sales from Idol Chatter:
With the Grammys and Valentine's Day both past, this week's Nielsen SoundScan sales numbers are largely a lackluster lot. For Idols, David Cook leads the album-sales pack, even with a 35 percent decline. After selling 24,000 units the previous week, he moved just 16,000 (2,000 of them digital sales, where the decrease was just four percent). David's release-to-date total is 994,000 (110,000 digital), by the way, so he's almost sure to pass the million mark this week.
Jennifer Hudson settles back in after her big Grammy bump, her 12,000 sales a 52 percent decrease from 26,000, placing her in the 50th spot among Nielsen SoundScan's best-selling current albums. Total current sales: 633,000.
Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride stays at 63 on that chart, while moving into the Top 10 on the country chart despite an 18 percent sales decrease. With 10,000 sales (down from 12,000), she's at nearly 2.7 million total. Some Hearts, meanwhile, is off 27 percent from 7,000 to 5,000 (total: 6.7 million).
David Archuleta falls 36 percent to 8,000. It has sold a total of 648,000, 56,000 of them digitally. That means David C. has outsold him almost exactly 2-to-1 in the digital-album realm, and that David C. has sold a higher percentage of his albums digitally than David A. has. Personally, I had expected David A. to have the higher percentage of album downloads, figuring that a younger audience would have translated to more downloads and fewer physical sales.
Melinda Doolittle, Coming Back to You -- 6,000, off 30 pecent from 9,000 (total: 25,000)
Daughtry, Daughtry -- 5,000, off 29 percent from 6,000 (total: 4.4 million)
Kellie Pickler, Kellie Pickler -- 2,000, down 25 percent from 3,000 (total: 175,000).
And, with 2,000 sales, Jordin Sparks' album has hit the 1 million mark.
Kelly Clarkson's My Life Would Suck Without You remains the best-selling digital Idol track. Its 126,000 downloads mark a 13 percent decline from the previous weeks 144,000, bringing the track's five-week total to 941,000.
David Cook's Light On is off merely seven percent, from 31,000 to 29,000 (total: 767,000), while Time of My Life falls 23 percent, 12,000 to 9,000 (total: 1.1 million).
Crush takes a 20 percent dip for David Archuleta, from to 24,000 from 30,000, bringing its total to 1.6 million. A LIttle Too Not Over You sees a smaller drop, just 5 percent, keeping it in the 11,000 range and making its total 114,000.
Carrie Underwood bucks the downward trend with her new single, I Told You So. It takes a healthy 43 percent jump from 7,000 to 10,000 (total: 57,000)
Other track sales:
Jennifer Hudson, Spotlight -- 9,000, off 23 percent from 12,000 (total: 1.1 million)
Jordin Sparks w/Chris Brown, No Air -- 14,000, down 23 percent from 18,000 (total: 2.8 million)
Kellie Pickler, Best Days of Your Life -- 6,000 downloads last week (total: 95,000)
With Clay Aiken's departure from RCA, I figured now might be a good time to take stock of his album sales for the label.
• Measure of a Man: 2.78 million
• Merry Christmas With Love: 1.37 million
• A Thousand Different Ways: 529,000
• On My Way Here: 160,000
And, just for kicks, here are some cumulative SoundScan numbers for Bucky Covington and Josh Gracin, courtesy of the good folks at Lyric Street Records. First, the total album sales:
• Josh Gracin, Josh Gracin: 701,000
• Josh Gracin, We Weren't Crazy: 77,000
• Bucky Covington, Bucky Covington: 403,000
Now, Josh's downloads:
• Nothin' to Lose: 274,000
• We Weren't Crazy: 207,000
• Stay With Me (Brass Bed): 85,000
• I Want to Live: 77,000
• Unbelievable (Ann Marie): 26,000
• Favorite State of Mind: 20,000
Finally, here are Bucky's top-selling downloads:
• A Different World: 278,000
• I'll Walk: 171,000
• It's Good to Be Us: 86,000
Brian seems to have missed some rankings: David Cook - #36; David Archuleta - #82; Melinda Doolittle - #102; Daughtry - #129
Nice to see Jordin Sparks finally hit platinum. It obviously wasn't a priority for Jive, but at least the media won't ping on her for not reaching platinum.
I'm impressed by Melinda Doolittle's somewhat steady, albeit small, sales and relatively small decreases. She doesn't have a big fanbase, but they seem to be buying.
This post has been edited by dalki: Feb 26th 2009, 5:23 PM
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