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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    After being away for a week due to the Holidays, the USA Today sales are back.

    Idol sales: Cook returns to top 10 at year's end - Idol Chatter - USATODAY.com

    Cook returns to top 10 at year's end

    Last day of the year, much biz to take care of, and also possibly the busiest day of the year for Nielsen SoundScan as well, since the company issued its year-end music sales report today. But, writing as fast as I can without deteriorating into unintelligible random clusters of keystrokes, here's your Idol album sales report (plus catch-up on last week's figures).

    When last we left David Cook, his album was No. 10 with 104,000 sold. It zoomed to 129,000 the next week, but fell to No. 13 on the chart. This week it rebounds to No. 10, but sells just 101,000. Go figure. Nonetheless, all good solid weeks (the holiday season certainly helped him out), and his total is now 812,000. (Which gives him the No. 7 album for this year's holiday season, by the way.)

    David A. was at No. 21 two weeks ago with 59,000. He then leaped to 79,000 but fell to No. 22, as most albums on the chart were packing on the pre-Christmas sales. This week he drops to No. 33 with 56,000, for a total of 566,000. Belated congratulations on passing half a million as well! The Davids' combined total of 1.38 million tops the combined total of last year's top two, Jordin and Blake (1.29 million).

    Carrie was on a roll at No. 50 with 27,000 two weeks ago (a big gain from the previous week). She picked up the pace to 35,000 before Christmas, though falling to No. 54, and this week remains at 54, selling 32,000, for a total of 2.58 million.

    Jennifer was down to 81 with 15,000, but picked up to 20,000 the next week (though dropping on the chart to 85) and then defied the odds by registering another sales increase, to 24,000, to jump 15 points on the chart to No. 70. Total is 547,000.

    Daughtry had been climbing again, at No. 104 with 11,000, and has kept going. Last week he sold 15,000 while dropping to No. 105; this week he sold 16,000 while returning to the top 100 at 97. Total is 4.35 million.

    Kellie had inched her way up to 140 with 8,000, and zoomed to 12,000 the next week, though she remained at No. 140. This week she was up to 13,000 and rolls up to No. 129. Total is 154,000.

    And just to keep it on your radar, the David Foster Hitman album (including performances by Idols) sold 25,000 the week before Christmas but dropped 58-70 on the chart, and this week sold 16,000 and dropped further to No. 101.

    Two weeks' worth of sales for Idols off the chart follows.

    It was a good couple of weeks for most of the Idol albums we track here.

    Certainly for Carrie, whose Some Hearts rose from 15,000 to 20,000 and then dropped a tad to 19,000 this week, for a total of 6.67 million.

    Jordin fell off the chart from No. 191 before Christmas, selling 6,800, and this week is still off the chart, selling 6,400 for a total of 984,000. Still, a million does seem within reach fairly soon.

    Abbreviated format follows:
    Elliott's My Kind of Holiday: 2,700 to 3,000 (last week) to 3,000 (this week); total 17,000.

    Bucky: 2,500 to 3,000 to 2,600; total 396,000.

    Kristy Lee: 1,500 to 2,100 to 2,400; total 31,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway: 1,400 to 2,000 to 2,300; total 6.04 million. Thankful: 500 to 600 to 700; total 2.71 million. My December: 700 to 800 to 900; total 782,000.

    Kellie's Small Town Girl: 1,200 to 1,800 to 1,900; total 802,000.

    Clay's Merry Christmas With Love: 1,100 to 1,400 to 1,100; total 1.37 million. On My Way Here: 600 to 1,100 to 900; total 158,000.

    Josh: 700 to 900 to 900; total 73,000.

    Mandisa's True Beauty: 500 to 700 to 600 secular; total 102,000.

    It's Christmas: 500 to 500 to 300 secular; total 3,200.

    Phil: 100 to 300 to 400; total 37,000.

    Fantasia: 200 to 200 to 300; total 519,000.

    Katharine: 200 to 300 to 300; total 375,000.

    Blake: 200 to 400 to 300; total 305,000.

    Chris S.: 300 to 400 to 300 secular; total 15,000.

    Brooke: 200 to 200 to 300; total 12,300.

    Ace: 100 to 300 to 300; total 10,000.

    Bo: 100 to 200 to 200; total 62,000.

    Taylor's Early Works: 100 to 100 to 200; total 4,400.

    Kimberley's Christmas: 100 to 100 to 100; total 3,000.

    The American Christmas album of former Idols did hit 100 the week before Christmas before falling below the permissible-to-quote mark last week. Total is around 300. Paris' Royal Christmas never hit 100 on a given week but has totaled 300 this season.


    And the downloads:

    Idol downloads: Record week sends Idol tracks aloft

    Last week, even with a late-in-the-week Christmas that limited the amount of time hordes of new iPod owners could fill up their devices with songs, was the biggest digital track sales week ever. Only a handful of songs on the top 200 failed to at least double their totals. In addition, the annual wipeout of Christmas songs helped Idols move up -- or, in three cases, re-enter -- the chart. Good news all around.

    David A.'s Crush leads the pack. When we left it two weeks ago, it was at No. 37 with 28,000 downloads. It rose to 31,000 before Christmas, though dropping to No. 39 on the chart. But this week it more than quadrupled to 128,000 and leaped to No. 22. Total is 1.30 million.

    David C.'s Light On had vaulted to No. 48 with 21,000. It then rose to 27,000 last week, inching up to 46 on the chart, and tripled to 82,000 this week, moving up to 42. Total is 429,000. Meanwhile, The Time of My Life returns to the chart at 179 this week. Its three-week sales progression is 5,700 to 7,000 to 24,000 this week; total is 1.04 million.

    Carrie's Just a Dream was at 104 with 12,000, a sales level at which it remained the following week while dropping to 126 on the chart. But this week it quadrupled to 49,000 and rises to 80. Total is 516,000 -- another gold track to add to her collection. Meanwhile, All-American Girl races all the way back to No. 120 from nowhere, selling 6,000 the previous week and 33,000 this week for a total of 844,000 and a gain of 447%. Before He Cheats even makes it back to the chart, at 178, selling 24,000, compared to 5,000 the previous week. Total is 2.57 million.

    Jordin's No Air had dropped to 119 with 10,000 downloads, but it increased to 13,000 and hopped up to No. 104, and then exploded to 47,000 and a chart jump to No. 85. Total is 2.68 million. One Step at a Time had nosedived to 144 with 9,000, but recovered to 10,000 and No. 141 and then orbited to 41,000 and No. 97 this week. Total is 1.09 million.

    Jennifer's Spotlight dropped from 138 to 179 last week, although sales fell just slightly, from 9,000 to 8,000. This week it falls off the chart, despite nearly doubling its sales to 16,000. It was that kind of week.

    Have a happy New Year, although I will be back online with a post or two on the holiday.

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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    Ken Barnes is leaving USA Today. So these figures will no longer be available until he sets up shop somewhere else. I'll keep an eye out for them.

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    Rats! I really look forward to these reports, and really miss them when they're later than usual. Hope he sets up shop somewhere soon!

    Wow! AI has moved back to the top! We're almost there!

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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    Quote Originally Posted by Blues Songstres;3262453;
    Rats! I really look forward to these reports, and really miss them when they're later than usual. Hope he sets up shop somewhere soon!

    Wow! AI has moved back to the top! We're almost there!
    I know...I did a little happy dance when I saw it had moved to the top!
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    Weekly Idol Airplay

    Iím not sure which direction Brian at USA Today is going to take with the Idol CD sales info. But, he has begun to post Idol airplay, so I thought you all might be interested to see it. These are the total Spins for the previous week. I think youíll find some interesting things if you look close enough.

    The American Idol Chart! - Idol Chatter - USATODAY.com

    1. David Cook, Light On (5,659 spins)
    2. Daughtry, What About Now (3,811)
    3. David Archuleta, Crush (3,161)
    4. David Cook, Time of My Life (3,050)
    5. Jennifer Hudson, Spotlight (2,887)
    6. Jordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown, No Air (2,547)
    7. Jordin Sparks, One Step at a Time (2,503)
    8. Daughtry, Feels Like Tonight (2,452)
    9. Carrie Underwood, Just a Dream (2,035)
    10. Carrie Underwood, Before He Cheats (1,910)
    11. Daughtry, Home (1,525)
    12. Jordin Sparks, Tattoo (1,347)
    13. Daughtry, Over You (1,202)
    14. Daughtry, Itís Not Over (1,077)
    15. Kelly Clarkson, Since U Been Gone (975)
    16. Kelly Clarkson, Because of You (966)
    17. Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway (957)
    18. Jennifer Hudson, If This Isnít Love (907)
    19. Kelly Clarkson, Behind These Hazel Eyes (887)
    20. Elliott Yamin, Wait for You (866)
    21. Bucky Covington, Iíll Walk (775)
    22. Kelly Clarkson, Miss Independent (732)
    23. Kelly Clarkson, Walk Away (724)
    24. Carrie Underwood, All-American Girl (707)
    25. Carrie Underwood, Last Name (657)
    26. Carrie Underwood, Jesus, Take the Wheel (461)
    27. Kellie Pickler, Best Days of Your Life (409)
    28. Carrie Underwood, Wasted (388)
    29. Fantasia, When I See U (368)
    30. Kelly Clarkson, A Moment Like This (328)
    31. Josh Gracin, Nothiní to Lose (320)
    32. Josh Gracin, Telluride (303)
    33. Josh Gracin, We Werenít Crazy (296)
    34. Carrie Underwood, So Small (273)
    35. Ruben Studdard, Deitrick Haddon and Mary Mary, Love Him Like I Do (259)

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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    Why was this combined when it has nothing to do with Sales figures?

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    Love the total spins and airplay numbers razor, thanks!

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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    The USA Today sales & downloads totals are back…at least partially. Brian hasn’t gotten onto the “Off the charts” albums yet, so here is what I have.


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

    January chills Idol album sales

    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, 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).

    And the downloads:

    He’s also having a bit of difficulty getting all the download figures (Brian is the new guy over there so he is working his way through how he wants to present this material & how much info he can obtain), so others are helping to provide bits of info. Here is a pieced together bit.

    Not much action for the Idols in the digital realm this week. Nielsen SoundScan's data has David Cook the only Idol whose digital album sales rank among the 50 best-selling for the week ending Jan. 11. He sold 3,000, down from 4,000 the week before, meaning he's sold 92,000 downloads of David Cook.

    Cook and David Archuleta flip-flopped on the tracks side, with Cook's Light On barely outselling Crush. Light On sold 38,000 downloads, compared with the last week's 58,000, enough to keep Cook in the Top 40 (at 39) and bring the Light On total to 524,000.

    Archuleta's Crush dropped a steep 46 percent, from 68,000 to 36,000, knocking him to 43 on the chart but nudging the track's overall numbers past the 1.4 million mark.

    After that, you've got to go all the way to 167 for Cook's Time of My Life. Downloads for that fell off nearly 50 percent, from 18,000 to 9,000, keeping the total in the 1.1 million range.

    Jennifer Hudson's Spotlight dimmed 32 percent, its 8,000 sales (down 32 percent from 11,000) only enough to keep it at 180. Her new total: 351,000.

    "#90" UNDERWOOD*CARRIE JUST A DREAM 21,304 34,927 -39 572,233

    "#174" DAUGHTRY WHAT ABOUT NOW 11,298 17,731 -36 422,764

    Carrie's All American Girl is also in the top 200 of the Hot Digital Songs chart. It sold just under 11,500 copies and its total sales are over 878k. That song has had a surprisingly long shelf life.

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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    You may have covered this previsouly at some point, but do digital album sales count in the total album sales?

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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    I believe that as long as someone purchases for download a complete album that it is included in the weekly sales totals. I'm not 100% sure of that but that's my understanding.

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