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    Here are the stats for the past week.

    Idol Chatter: American Idol News, Rumors & Information – USATODAY.com

    Steep sales drops for J-Hud, Pickler


    It was tough going for last week's two debuting Idols in their second weeks on the Billboard album chart. Jennifer's first album sold 63,000, down 71% from her first week, to total 280,000. A sluggish overall sales week mitigated her potential chart drop; she fell just two notches, from No. 2 to No. 4.

    Meanwhile, Kellie's second album plunged more drastically, from 9 to 34, selling 16,000, a 63% drop, for a two-week total of 59,000. The prospect of a second-album slide (something only Kelly has really been able to avoid) looms.

    Last week's Billboard chart was rerun subsequent to my posting the Idol chart numbers, so the "last week" numbers I'm about to cite for Carrie, Daughtry and Jordin differ from the ones I posted last week, sliding down two or three places. This week's are official, if you're keeping score.

    Carrie's Carnival Ride climbs two places, 64-62 (instead of staying even), but sales were down 11% to slightly more than 8,000, for a total of 2.37 million.

    Daughtry drops 82-85, selling in the mid-6,000s, down 10%, for a total of 4.25 million.

    And Jordin climbs 112-109, despite dropping 7% to 5,000 for a total of 932,000.

    Off-chart Idols were also mostly down. The figures follow directly.

    Carrie's Some Hearts dropped to 4,800 from 5,400, for a total of 6.56 million.

    Bucky bucks the trend, selling 2,000, up from 1,800, to reach 372,000, just a whisker behind his season-mate Katharine.

    Kristy Lee sold 1,700, down from 2,500, for a three-week total of 18,000.

    Kellie's first album sold 900, down from 1,200, for a total of 790,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway stayed at 900 for a total of 6.02 milion. My December dropped from 400 to 300 for a total of 776,000, while Thankful slipped from 300 to 200 for a total of 2.71 million.

    Josh stayed at 600, total 66,000.

    Mandisa held at 300, total 98,000.

    Chris S. held at 300, total 12,000. (Usual added, but unavailable to me, Christian bookstore sales apply.)

    Clay's On My Way Here sold 300, down from 500, total 153,000. A Thousand Different Ways (528,000 total) and Measure of a Man (2.78 million) each stayed at 100.

    Blake climbed from 100 to 200 for a total of 303,000.

    Elliott stayed at 200, total 517,000.

    Fantasia stayed at 100, total 517,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 61,000.

    Phil stayed at 100, total 36,000.

    Brooke stayed at 100, total 10,000.

    Ace stayed at 100, total 8,600.

    Taylor's Early Works stayed at 100, total 3,900.

    And the downloads:

    Idol downloads: David C.'s 'Light' dims; Bucky's back

    For the second straight week, Idols make up 5% of the top 200 digital songs chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Heading the list of 10 is David A.'s Crush, which inches up 16-15 on the chart, though dropping 9% insales to 60,000 for a total of 694,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time moves up 28-26, though its sales are nearly flat (it's up 205 downloads) at 43,000. Total is 833,000. No Air is down a tad, 95-96, selling 12%, down 4%, for a total of 2.52 million. Tattoo, by the way, now stands at 1.79 million, though it remains off the chart.

    David C.'s new Light On tumbles 8-43, selling 31,000, down steeply (72%), for a two-week total of 140,000. The Time of My Life is also down, 71-86, selling 13,000, off 27%, for a total of 946,000.

    Jennifer's Spotlight is down 38-49, selling 25,000, a drop of 23%, for a total of 202,000. Last week's 195 entrant by Jennifer, If This Isn't Love, falls off the chart.

    Carrie's Just a Dream is down a peg, 56-57, selling 20,000, a drop of 4%, for a total of 270,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now is up 76-73, but down a tad in sales, 1%, to 17,000, for a total of 409,000. Odd to see just one track apiece on the chart for Carrie and Chris, who enjoyed multi-track status for so long.

    Kellie's Don't You Know You're Beautiful is down 133-147, selling 8,000, down 12%. It's now jumped into six figures with 103,000 sold.

    And Bucky's current country hit, I'll Walk, enters the chart at 194 with 6,000 downloads sold, up 5%, for a total of 77,000.

    Requests: Lucas wanted an update on three earlier Kellie tracks. Red High Heels has now sold 443,000, I Wonder has amassed 319,000 downloads and Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind is at 77,000.

    And penpal99 was curious about the Sevendust track The Past, on which Chris D. sings. It has sold 10,000 copies.

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    The stats for the week.

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    Idol sales: Jennifer stays in top 5

    A sluggish overall sales week, especially at the top of the Billboard album chart, works to Jennifer's advantage. Despite dropping 27% in sales to 46,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, she remains in the top 5, slipping from fourth to fifth. Her total for three weeks is 326,000, on her way to an almost-sure gold album.

    Kellie also benefits from weak competition; her new, self-titled album took a 26% sales hit, down to 12,000, but stays in the top 40, falling 34-40 on the chart. Her total is 71,000.

    Carrie's Carnival Ride climbs 62-58 and also notches a 5% increase in sales to 9,000 for a total of 2.38 million.

    Daughtry is also up in both chart position and sales categories, moving 85-80 in the former and 6% to 7,000 in the latter. Sales total is now 4.26 million.

    Jordin is down 109-114, with a 1% drop in sales to 5,000, for a total of 937,000.

    Following: the always-jam-packed off-chart Idol sales section.

    Carrie's Some Hearts held steady at 4,800 for a total of 6.56 million.

    Bucky stayed at 2,000 and passed his Season 5 comrade Katharine in sales, hitting 374,000.

    Kristy Lee sold 1,200, down from 1,700, for a total of 19,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway sold 1,000, up from 900, for a total of 6.02 million. Her other two albums were also each up 100, My December selling 400 (776,000 total) and Thankful selling 300 (2.71 million total).

    Kellie's first album stayed at 900 for a total of 791,000.

    Josh stayed at 600, total 67,000.

    I missed the first week for Elliott's My Kind of Holiday album, as many of you pointed out, so I'll catch up here. First week: 400 copies; this week: 500. Total 900. Eliott's first album stayed at 200 for a total of 517,000.

    Mandisa stayed at 300 for a total of 98,000. She has a new Christmas album, It's Christmas, which sold 100 in its first week.

    Clay's On My Way Here stayed at 300, for a total of 153,000. A Thousand Different Ways stayed at 100, total 528,000.
    Fantasia's back up to 200 from 100, total 517,000.

    Chris S. sold 200, down from 300, total 12,000 secularly speaking.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000.

    Blake dropped to 100 from 200, total 303,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 61,000.

    Phil stayed at 100, total 36,000.

    Brooke stayed at 100, total 10,000.

    Ace stayed at 100, total 8,700.

    Taylor's Early Works stayed at 100, total 3,700. (Previous totals given may have been slightly overstated inadvertently; this one's correct.)

    There's also a new Christmas album from Paris, A Royal Christmas, but it sold in negligible quantities.

    And the downloads:

    downloads: A downer week

    Cheeringly, there are still 10 songs by Idols on the top 200 digital songs chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sadly, just one increased in sales this week, and that by a very slim margin.

    David A.'s Crush leads the pack, slipping from No. 15 to No. 16 and selling 56,000, down 7%, for a total of 750,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time is down 26-32, selling 39,000, off by 10%, for a total of 871,000. No Air drops 96-102, selling 11,000, down 4%, for a total of 2.53 million.

    Carrie's Just a Dream slips 57-59 after selling 20,000, down just 1%, for a total of 290,000.

    Jennifer's Spotlight drops 49-61, selling 19,000, down 22%, for a total of 222,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now is up on the chart, 73-69, but down 2% in sales to 17,000 for a total of 426,000.

    David C.'s Light On drops 43-77, selling 15,000, down 51%, for a total of 155,000. I'm told there were technical difficulties on iTunes with this song this past week. Let's see how it does next week. The Time of My Life is down 86-118, selling 10,000, down 24%, for a total of 956,000.

    Kellie's Don't You Know You're Beautiful is down 147-172, selling 7,000, off by 11%, for a total of 109,000.

    Bucky's I'll Walk is the lone sales gainer, up 4% to 6,000, for a total of 83,000, and a chart climb of 194-192.

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    Thanks again to Ken Barnes at USA Today.

    Idol sales: Carrie's holiday add-ons spur chart 'Ride' - Idol Chatter - USATODAY.com


    Idol sales: Carrie's holiday add-ons spur chart 'Ride'

    A little late this afternoon, but here's the album sales tidings you've come to expect.

    Jennifer remains in the top 10 for the fourth week, but drops 5-9 after selling 29,000, a 37% drop (more than her drop last week, which was 27%). Her total is 355,000.

    Carrie's Carnival Ride holiday edition, exclusive to Wal-Mart with five added seasonal songs, boosted her 58-37 on the chart, with a 44% gain to 12,000 units and a total of 2.39 million.

    Kellie drops 40-59, selling 8,000, down 31%, for a total of 79,000.

    Daughtry is down a notch, 80-81, selling 6,000, down 9%, for a total of 4.26 million.

    Jordin slides 114-127, selling 4,000, down 16%, for a total of 941,000.

    What's happening off the charts? That word follows.

    Interestingly, the big sales surge for Carnival Ride didn't help Some Hearts. Quite the contrary, in fact, as Carrie's first album dropped from 4,800 to 3,900, for a total of 6.57 million.

    Bucky sold 1,800, down from 2,000, for a total of 376,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway stayed at 1,000, total 6.02 million. Thankful stayed at 300, total 2.71 million. My December sold 300, down from 400, total 777,000.

    Kristy Lee sold 1,000, down from 1,200, for a total of 20,000.

    Kellie's first album sold 700, down from 900, total 792,000.

    Elliott's My Kind of Holiday stayed at 500 for a total of 1,400. His first album drops to 100 from 200, total 517,000.

    Josh sold 400, down from 600, total 67,000.

    Fantasia stayed at 200, total 518,000.

    Chris S. stayed at 200, total 13,000 secular.

    Mandisa sold 200, down from 300, total 98,000. Her It's Christmas sold 100 again for a total of 200 secular.

    Clay's On My Way Here sold 200, down from 300, for a total of 154,000. A Thousand Different Ways finally slipped under the number I'm permitted by SoundScan to quote.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000.

    Blake stayed at 100, total 303,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 61,000.

    Brooke stayed at 100, total 10,000.

    Ace stayed at 100, total just under 9,000.

    Phil (36,000 total) and Taylor's Early Works (around 3,700 total) also fell below the quotable limit this week. Paris' A Royal Christmas again failed to hit that number.


    And the Downloads:

    Idol downloads: David C.'s 'Light' turns back on

    David Cook registered the only sales gains for an Idol on the digital songs chart this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, although David Archuleta's Crush still leads sales by a solid margin. Crush sold 55,000, down just 2%, for a total of 805,000, and retains the No. 16 spot on the chart.

    David C.'s Light On, after falling 43-77 last week, rebounds and then some to 35, selling 34,000, a 123% gain, for a total of 189,000. Meanwhile, The Time of My Life also bounces upward, 118-94, selling 13,000, up 34%, for a total of 970,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time is down 32-38 after selling 33,000, off 15%, for a total of 904,000. No Air is down 102-108, selling 11,000, down 7%, for a total of 2.54 million.

    Carrie's Just a Dream, which just became her 9th No. 1 country single in airplay, drops 59-66 on the download chart, selling 19,000, a 5% decline, for a total of 309,000.

    Jennifer's Spotlight is down 61-67, selling 18,000, off by 6%, for a total of 240,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now slides 69-79, selling 15,000, down 11%, for a total of 441,000.

    And Bucky's I'll Walk registers a slight chart gain, 192-190, but is down 1% in sales to a rounded 6,000 for a total of 90,000.

    By request from tifferoo, download figures for Jasmine Trias, but they're less than stellar: Excuses has sold 100 (rounded), Inseparable the same, and nine other tracks show negligible tallies. Her download total for those 11 tracks is 400. Meanwhile, her self-titled album has sold 14,000 in the USA.

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    I kind of feel like I am doing this for myself, but here you go anyway.

    The weekly news from USA Today

    Idol Chatter: American Idol News, Rumors & Information – USATODAY.com

    Idol sales: Jennifer falls out of top 10 but sells more

    Jennifer's album continues to lead the Idol contingent on the Billboard chart. It had an odd week, falling out of the top 10, from No. 9 to No. 14, while registering a 10% increase in sales to 32,000, for a total of 387,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The reason: Seven new albums entered the chart ahead of her.

    The other Idols on the top 200 also suffered significant chart drops, a combination of double-digit sales declines and a bumper crop of debuts.

    Carrie falls 37-49, selling 11,000, down 11%, for a total of 2.40 million.

    Kellie slides 59-78, selling 7,000, off 17%, for a total of 86,000. The Idol sophomore-album jinx appears to be in effect.

    Daughtry falls out of the top 100, 81-102, selling 5,000, a 16% drop, for a total of 4.27 million.

    And Jordin is down 127-146, selling 4,000, an 11% decline, for a total of 945,000.

    Off-chart Idol stats follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts is up slightly, from 3,900 to 4,000, for a total of 6.57 million.

    Bucky's up to 2,000 from 1,800 for a total of 378,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway remains at 1,000, total 6.02 million. Her other albums stay at 300; Thankful has sold 2.71 million; My December 777,000.

    Kristy Lee falls to 800 from 1,000 for a total of 21,000.

    Kellie's Small Town Girl stays at 700, total 793,000.

    Josh climbs to 500 from 400 for a total of 68,000.

    Elliott's My Kind of Holiday stays at 500 for a total of 1,900. His first album rises from 100 to 200 for a total of 517,000.

    Chris S. bumps up to 300 from 200 for a total of 13,000, secularly speaking.

    Clay's On My Way Here stays at 200, total 154,000. His other albums are below the allowably quoted level.

    Mandisa stays at 200 for a total of 98,000, and her It's Christmas holds at 100 for a rounded total of 200.

    Fantasia drops to 100 from 200, total 518,000.

    Katharine holds at 100, total 373,000.

    Blake holds at 100, total 303,000.

    Bo holds at 100, total 61,000.

    Brooke holds at 100, total 10,000.

    Ace holds at 100, total just under 9,000.

    Phil and Taylor's Early Works don't make the cutoff. Nor does Paris' A Royal Christmas, but it has now reached a total of 100.


    And the downloads:


    Idol downloads: 'Crush' joined by 'Angels'

    David A. extends his domination of the Idol portion of the digital songs chart this week. Crush is up from No. 16 to 15 after selling 56,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a jump of 1%, for a total of 861,000. Joining it on the chart is his new version of Angels, from the album, entering the chart at No. 53 with 24,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time drops 38-43, selling 27,000, down 18%, for a total of 931,000. No Air remains at No. 108, selling 11,000, down a tiny bit (33 copies), for a total of 2.55 million.

    Jennifer's Spotlight is up 67-60, selling 20,000, up 11%, for a total of 260,000.

    David C.'s Light On drops back down to 66 from 35, selling 19,000, a 42% decline, for a total of 208,000. The Time of My Life is also down, 94-112, selling 10,000, off 24%, for a total of 980,000.

    Carrie's Just a Dream is down just a bit, 66-68, selling 18,000, off 5%, for a total of 328,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now falls 79-113, selling 10,000, down by 32%, for a total of 451,000.

    Bucky's I'll Walk, succumbing to, among other things, a rash of Halloween novelties entering the chart, drops off this week.

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    Here are the weekly’s:

    Idol Chatter: American Idol News, Rumors & Information – USATODAY.com

    Idol sales: Jennifer stays in top 20; Carrie, Daughtry rise

    Jennifer continues to sell steadily, racking up another 26,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to lead the Idol contingent on the Billboard album chart. That's down 17%, not a severe drop; on the chart, she slips from No. 14 to No. 16, again not a bad move considering there were five debuts ahead of her.

    Carrie, on the eve of her CMA co-hosting gig tonight, stays at No. 49 but increases sales 7% to 12,000 for a total of 2.41 million.

    Kellie drops 78-90, selling 6,000, down 13%, for a total of 92,000, and needs that second single for a sales rebound.

    Daughtry returns to the top 100, 102-94, selling 6,000, up 10%, for a total of 4.27 million.

    And Jordin slips 146-154, selling 4,000, a 1% drop, for a total of 949,000. That last 50,000 will be the toughest.

    Off-chart Idols in all their profusion follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts sold 4,400, up from 4,000, for a total of 6.57 million.

    Bucky stayed at 2,000, totaling 380,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway sold 900, down from 1,000, for a total of 6.03 million. My December stayed at 300, total 777,000; Thankful sold 200, down from 300, total 2.71 million.

    Kristy Lee stayed at 800 for a total of 21,000.

    As Christmas music begins to dominate our audio environments, for better or worse (I noticed both sides of the issue brought up in the random thread over the weekend), Elliott's My Kind of Holiday gets a boost from 500 to 700, for a total of just about 3,000. His first album stayed at 200 for a total of 517,000.

    Kellie's Small Town Girl stayed at 700, total 793,000.

    Josh stayed at 500, total 68,000.

    Mandisa's It's Christmas jumped from 100 to 400 for a total of 600, while her first album climbed from 200 to 300 for a total of 99,000.

    Brooke rose from 100 to 200 for a total of slightly above 10,000.

    Clay's On My Way Here stayed at 200 for a total of 154,000, and Merry Christmas With Love crossed the 100 mark this week for a total of 1.36 million.

    Fantasia stayed at 100, total 518,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000.

    Blake stayed at 100, total 304,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 62,000.

    Ace stayed at 100, total 9,000.

    Taylor's Early Works, Paris' Royal Christmas and Phil's debut remained in the "negligible" sales category, too low to report.

    And the downloads:

    Downloaders have more of a crush on David A.

    Despite a drop on the digital songs chart from No. 15 to No. 19, David A.'s Crush gained 4% in downloads, selling 58,000 for a total of 920,000 -- and if it gets a boost from the release of his album, the song may pass 1 million next week. Meanwhile, Angels drops 53-111 in its second week, selling 10,000, down 56%, for a total of 34,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time drops 43-49, selling 25,000, off by 7%, for a total of 956,000, so it appears to be a couple of weeks away from the million mark. No Air dips 108-110, selling 10,000, off just 1%, for a total of 2.56 million.

    Carrie's Just a Dream is up 68-61, selling 19,000, a 5% increase, for a total of 347,000.

    David C.'s Light On is down a notch, 66-67, after selling 18,000, a drop of 7%, for a total of 226,000. The Time of My Life falls 112-125, selling 9,000, down 8%, for a total of 990,000, meaning a million is imminent in this case too.

    Jennifer's Spotlight dims 60-68, selling 18,000, off by 12%, for a total of 278,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now slides 113-128, selling 9,000, a 9% drop, for a total of 461,000. Half a million could be in its grasp in a month.

    Bucky's I'll Walk returns to the chart at No. 198, selling 7,000, up 8%, for a total of 102,000.

    Michael asked about Kelly's Never Again's download sales. The main version, as would be reflected on this chart, has sold 991,000, but two alternate versions add 19,000 to the total, bringing it to 1.01 million.

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    Thanks razor, I read these posts and appreciate them.

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    I read them also. It will be interesting to see how music sales (albums or single release digitals) fare in the "New" economy. At $.99 a song, itunes may still be in sync, but retail album sales will probably drop dramatically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arielflies;3234418;
    I read them also. It will be interesting to see how music sales (albums or single release digitals) fare in the "New" economy. At $.99 a song, itunes may still be in sync, but retail album sales will probably drop dramatically.
    I have been saying for months now that we are going back to the future, where the digital single is the medium of choice. We are right back to the 50's & early 60's when the 45 dominated the sales charts. It wasn't until 1968 that the album took over as the #1 sales medium.

    Walmart & other bigbox retailers have reduced shelf space for music by as much as 20% & have given it over to the gamers. Walmart has even put the record labels on alert that if they don't begin to price their albums at $9.99 or less, it won't get any shelf space at all. Record labels are going to have to figure out a way to deal with all this or they are goiong to be in even worse shape than they are now.

    I'm glad you all enjoy this info. And I'm ecstatic someone finally responded.

    Next week begins the Archuletta era.

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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    Aww I'm sorry you've felt like no one is paying attention to this thread. I'm like the others, I definitely read it and appreciate you listing it!
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    Hey, I read it too! Of course my favorites are in the too negligible to report category now, but I enjoy seeing how they all have fared over time.
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