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    Here are the facts…Jacks! Thanks to Ken at USA Today

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

    CD Sales
    Idols all see 'Billboard' boosts

    The three Idols remaining on the Billboard album chart all move up the top 200 list this week. Carrie's Carnival Ride, now on its fourth single, jumped from No. 54 to No. 38, selling 11,000, up 14%, for a total of 2.29 million.

    Daughtry rebounded 83-70, though its sales of a rounded 7,000 copies were off by 1%. Total is 4.19 million.

    And Jordin bounces 93-71, selling 7,000, up 6%, for a total of 885,000.

    The usual lengthy roster of non-charting Idols, including the first week for Taylor's Early Works collection, follows.

    Taylor's Early Works didn't miss the chart by too much -- the No. 200 album on the chart sold just over 3,000 copies, and Early Works racked up 2,300 in its first week.

    Carrie's Some Hearts stayed at 6,000 for a total of 6.52 million.

    Bucky stayed at 1,400 for a total of 359,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway sold 1,400, down from 1,500, for a total of 6.01 million. Thankful stayed at 400, total 2.71 million; My December also stayed at 400 for a total of 773,000.

    Josh sold 1,200, up from 1,100, for a total of 61,000.

    Kellie stayed at 1,200, total 781,000.

    Clay's On My Way Here sold 900, up about 50% from 600, for a total of 149,000. (Baby bounce?) A Thousand Different Ways stayed at 100, total 528,000.

    Ace sold 500, down from 700, for a total of 7,000.

    Chris S. stayed at 400 by SoundScan reckoning for a total of 10,000.

    Elliott sold 400, down from 500, total 515,000.

    Blake sold 300, up from 200, total 302,000.

    Mandisa stayed at 300 for a total of 95,000.

    Fantasia stayed at 200 for a total of 516,000.

    Bo sold 200, down from 300, total 60,000.

    Phil sold 200, down from 400, total 34,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100 for a total of 372,000.

    Joining Taylor's major-label album and Kimberley in the category of albums that fell under the sales limit I'm permitted to report are Jon Peter Lewis, whose total rounds up to 500, and Randy, whose total remains at 32,000.


    Digital Downloads

    David A. crushes competition

    I'm reversing the order of the posts this week, because the big news is on the download side (you're getting this even before the general music sales post goes up). David A.'s first single, Crush, makes its debut at No. 1 on the digital songs chart by selling 166,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It holds a 26,000 edge over the closest competitor, RIhanna's Disturbia.

    > Other Idols on the chart:

    Jordin's One Step at a Time remains at No. 18 but jumped 8% in sales to 54,000 for a total of 433,000. Her No Air drops 43-52, selling 26,000, a 9% decline, for a total of 2.38 million. Tattoo falls off the chart from No. 198, although its sales held steady at 7,000 -- likely a consequence of virtually every track on the new Jonas Brothers album entering the chart this week and forcing other tracks down or off. Total is 1.75 million.

    David C.'s The Time of My Life (which sold 236,000 its first week) had a good week, jumping 35% in sales to 43,000 and leaping 40-27 on the chart. Total is 793,000.

    Carrie's Just a Dream also ignites, soaring 167-79 on a 121% sales gain to 18,000 for a total of 92,000. Last Name drops 80-96, but is down just 5% in sales to 16,000 for a total of 514,000. All-American Girl hangs on, 170-183, down 3% to 8,000 for a total of 708,000. And Before He Cheats inches up 192-191, selling in the mid-7,000s (up 3%) for a total of 2.45 million.

    Jennifer's Spotlight is down 153-156 but up 4% in sales to 9,000 for a total of 69,000.

    Finally, Nashville Star winner Melissa Lawson got a lesson in the ephemeral nature of the show's starmaking capabilities. Her single, What if It All Goes Right, which entered the chart last week at No. 38 with 33,000, fell all the way off this week, selling 6,200 for a total of 39,000.

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    Here are the sales & downloads for the week.

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

    Steady week for Idols on album chart

    The three Idols currently occupying niches on the Billboard album chart showed remarkable sales consistency this week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

    Carrie's Carnival Ride improves its chart standing by moving up from No. 38 to No. 35, although sales were down 1% to 11,000. Total is 2.30 million.

    Daughtry drops 70-78 on the chart but holds steady with 7,000 sales, for a total of 4.19 million.

    And Jordin drops 71-80 but holds steady at 7,000 for a total of 892,000.

    The usual lengthy list of Idols not currently occupying niches on the Top 200 follows.

    Carrie's Some Hearts is the top seller among the non-charting Idols, but was down to 5,000 from 6,000 for a total of 6.52 million.

    Bucky was up to 1,500 from 1,400 for a total of 361,000, as his third single, I'll Walk, continues to climb.

    Kelly's Breakaway held at 1,400 for a total of 6.01 million. My December held at 400 for a total of 773,000, and Thankful sold 300, down from 400, total 2.71 million.

    Kellie is the only other non-charting Idol in four figures, selling 1,000, down from 1,200, for a total of 782,000.
    Josh sold 900, down from 1,200, total 62,000.

    Clay's On My Way Here sold 800, down from 900, to hit the 150,000 mark. Thousand Different Ways had 100 different sales, same as last week, for a total of 528,000.

    Taylor's Early Works sold 600, down from 2,300, for a rounded total of 2,800. His subsequent album is still not selling enough to be chronicled here.

    Mandisa stayed at 300 for a total of 96,000.

    Elliott sold 300, down from 400, total 515,000.

    Ace sold 300, down from 500, total 7,000.

    Fantasia stayed at 200, total 516,000.

    Bo stayed at 200, total 60,000.

    Phil stayed at 200, total 35,000.

    Blake sold 200, down from 300, total 302,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000.

    Jon Peter Lewis again fell below the minimum reportable figure; his total is 500.

    'Crush' caught in the crush on download chart

    David A.'s Crush came out on the short end of a download traffic jam this week. Not unexpectedly, its sales fell (46%, from 166,000 to 89,000), but it also had a bit of bad luck in that two new songs and one recent one zoomed past it on the chart, knocking it down from No. 1 to No. 6. (The new ones were by T.I. and Pink; the recent one was a dodgy cover version of All Summer Long by Kid Rock, who doesn't make his songs available for digital download.) David's total is a healthy 256,000 after two weeks, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time moves up 18-16, selling 58,000 (up 8%) for a total of 492,000, or just shy of gold. No Air is down 52-57, selling 23% (down 13%) for a total of 2.41 million.

    David C.'s The Time of My Life takes a sizable hit, dropping 27-45 and down 32% in sales to 29,000, for a total of 822,000.

    Carrie's Just a Dream is up 79-60, selling 22,000, a 25% gain, for a total of 114,000. Last Name is up 96-95 but down 6% in sales to 15,000, for a total of 529,000. Two other songs by Carrie, All-American Girl and Before He Cheats, drop off the chart this week.

    Jennifer's Spotlight climbs 156-149 thanks to a 7% boost in sales to 9,000. Total is 78,000.

    And Daughtry's What About Now surges 24% to 9,000 and returns to the chart at No. 161.

    Facereality inquired about download sales for Kristy Lee's 15 Minutes of Shame single. They amounted to 600 this week, 900 the previous week, and a total of 1,600.

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    I wonder what kind of cut these guys are gettting from the single downloads. Does anyone know? Even it if is 10 cents to the dollar, if someone sells 246,000 that would be $24,600.

    That's a downpayment on a house or a new car (or two). Do that a couple of times or stay on the charts for an extended period of time and maybe do a few concerts, and they can live mortgage free the rest of their lives. Even if some of these guys don't rocket to the riches of Kellie or Carrie, they can make some decent cash and should have great lives going forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jexter;3186134;
    I wonder what kind of cut these guys are gettting from the single downloads. Does anyone know? Even it if is 10 cents to the dollar, if someone sells 246,000 that would be $24,600.

    That's a downpayment on a house or a new car (or two). Do that a couple of times or stay on the charts for an extended period of time and maybe do a few concerts, and they can live mortgage free the rest of their lives. Even if some of these guys don't rocket to the riches of Kellie or Carrie, they can make some decent cash and should have great lives going forward.
    I'm thinking 10 cents is probably about right.

    But, don't forget ringtones. Carrie has recently become the first ever Country artists to have two Platinum certified ringtones. Before He Cheats has surpassed 2 million making it 2X Platinum, & in just the past couple of weeks Jesus Take The Wheel went past a million. So, there is yet another stream of revenue.

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    All the weekly news from USA Today.

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

    Another quiet week on the album chart

    The same three Idols (Carrie, Chris, Jordin) occupy spots in the top 100 of the Billboard album chart, and all three posted moderate sales declines, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    Breaking it down, Carrie (with Carnival Ride) fell from No. 35 to No. 42 after selling 11,000, a very modest 3% drop, for a total of 2.31 million.

    Daughtry held at No. 78 with 7,000 sold, a 1% decline, for a total of 4.20 million.

    And Jordin dropped 80-87, selling 6,000, a 9% decline, for a total of 898,000.

    Still three weeks away from the next infusion of Idol product (that would be Kristy Lee's album), so expect little drama for a while.

    However, there's -- as always -- the sales figures for Idols not on the chart for you to check out in what follows.

    Carrie's Some Hearts sold 5,100 (reported 5,000 the previous week) for a total of 6.53 million.

    Bucky ranks as the fifth best-selling Idol this week with 1,500, same as last week, for a total of 362,000.

    Chris S. sold 1,300, according to Christian SoundScan, same as last week, for a total of 28,000. His conventional SoundScan numbers were 300 and 10,000, respectively.

    Kelly's Breakaway sold 1,200, down from 1,400, for a total of 6.02 million. My December notched 400, same as last week, total 774,000; and Thankful stayed at 300 for a total of 2.71 million.

    Kellie stayed at 1,000 for a total of 783,000.

    Josh sold 800, down from 900, total 62,000.

    Clay's On My Way Here sold 600, down from 800, total 150,000. A Thousand Different Ways stayed at 100, total 528,000.

    Mandisa stayed at 300, total 96,000.

    Taylor's Early Works sold 300, down from 600, for a rounded total of 3,100. The other album is still below the reportable number (same for Kimberley and JPL).

    Blake stayed at 200, total 302,000.

    Phil stayed at 200, total 35,000.

    Bo stayed at 200, total 60,000

    Elliott sold 200, down from 300, total 515,000.

    Ace sold 200, down from 300, total 8,000.

    Fantasia sold 100, down from 200, total 516,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000.

    And, per Trace Downey's request, Brooke's Songs From the Attic sold 100, down from 200, for a total of 9,000.


    And the Download totals:

    Jordin regains Idol lead on download chart

    After two weeks in which David A.'s Crush topped the Idols on the digital songs chart (and, in one of those weeks, everything else), Jordin regains the catbird chart seat with One Step at a Time, which dropped from No. 16 to No. 17 after selling 53,000 downloads, down 9%, for a total of 545,000. No Air drops 57-64, selling 19,000, down 16%, for a total of 2.43 million.

    Crush drops 6-22, selling 48,000, down 46%, for a total of 304,000, but not to worry -- now that all the hard-core fans have bought it, radio airplay should draw in new fans and boost it back up. That's probably the plan, anyway.

    Carrie's Just a Dream inches up 60-59, but is down slightly (5%) to 21,000, totaling 136,000. Last Name drops 95-101, selling 13,000, off 15%, for a total of 542,000.

    David C.'s The Time of My Life skids 45-61, selling 21,000, a 29% drop, for a total of 843,000. That decline may not be reversible at this stage of the game.

    Jennifer has the big jump of the week for the Idol contingent, as Spotlight leaps 149-95 after selling 13,000, up 43%, for a total of 92,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now jumps 161-140 but climbs only 2%, to 9,000, for a total of 309,000.

    Parisn asked for a couple of Jordin track total updates: Tattoo has sold 1.76 million (plus 7,000 more for an acoustic version), while This Is My Now has sold 225,000 for the official version and 54,000 more for the Idol version.

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    Here are the stats for the week. Thanks again to Ken Barnes & his efforts.

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

    Steady sales again for Idol albums
    It doesn't get much steadier than this week on the Billboard album chart, as the three Idol albums residing there moved no more than two places.

    Carrie's Carnival Ride is up 42-41, selling 11,000 rounded copies and registering a microscopic drop of about 200 copies, which is effectively a percentage change of 0%. Total is 2.32 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    Daughtry drops 78-80, selling 7,000, a 4% decline, for a total of 4.21 million copies.

    And Jordin drops 87-89, selling 6,000, down 3%, for a total of 904,000.

    Idols off the chart, who are similarly steady for the most part, follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts sold 5,000, down from 5,100, for a total of 6.53 million.

    Bucky's super sleeper of an album stayed at 1,500, for a total of 363,000.

    Kellie took a nice jump to 1,300 from 1,000, for a total of 784,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway stayed at 1,200, total 6.02 million. Thankful stayed at 300, total 2.71 million, and My December stayed at 400, total 774,000.

    Josh remained at 800, total 63,000.

    Clay's On My Way Here sold 500, down from 600, total 151,000. A Thousand Different Ways stayed at 100, total 528,000, and (bonus update) Measure of a Man sold 100 for a total of 2.78 million.

    Mandisa stayed at 300 for a total of 96,000.

    Chris S. stayed at 300 in secular SoundScan accounts, total 11,000.

    Fantasia sold 200, up from 100, total 517,000. Updating her first album, Free Yourself, it sold 200 for a total of 1.77 million.

    Elliott stayed at 200 for a total of 516,000.

    Blake stayed at 200, total 302,000.

    Bo stayed at 200, total 60,000. His first album, The Real Thing, has sold 672,000 to date.

    Phil stayed at 200, total 35,000.

    Ace stayed at 200, total 8,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000

    Brooke stayed at 100, total 9,000.

    Taylor's Early Works sold 100, down from 300, total 3,000 (rounded). The previous album, along with the latest from Kimberley and Jon Peter Lewis, sold fewer than I'm permitted to report.

    And the downloads totals:

    Idols gain on download chart

    Thanks to a little Carrie-over effect (that is, a couple of Carrie's songs that were over but have now reappeared on the chart), the Idol presence on the top 200 digital songs chart has increased this week. And all but one sold more than they did the previous week. (Note: That was true in general as well; there was a 5% increase in total downloads this week.)

    Jordin's One Step at a Time (there's a joke there, but I can rise above the temptation) moves up a step (that wasn't the joke, by the way; in fact, it hardly qualifies as one) from No. 17 to No. 16 after selling 57,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, an 8% increase that brings her total to 602,000. No Air drops 64-70 but is still up 3% to 20,000 for a total of 2.45 million.

    David A.'s Crush rebounds 22-20 with a 3% increase to 50,000 for a total of 354,000.

    Carrie has four songs on the chart this week, topped by Just a Dream at No. 54, up from 59, having sold 25,000, a 17% increase, to hit 170,000 total. Last Name returns to the top 100, 101-98, selling 13,000, up 4%, for a total of 555,000. Returning to the chart as a whole are All-American Girl at 190, after selling 7,000 copies, up 10%, for a total of 729,000; and the venerable Before He Cheats at 197, after selling 7,000, up 11%, for a total of 2.47 million (meaning it's just ahead of Jordin's No Air).

    David C.'s The Time of My Life is down 61-71, selling 20,000, a 6% drop, for a total of 863,000.

    Jennifer's Spotlight is down 95-97, but gains 1% in sales to 14,000 for a total of 105,000.

    And Daughtry's What About Now takes the biggest chart jump, 140-113, selling 11,000, a 21% boost, for a total of 320,000.

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    The weekly stats from USA Today.

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

    Daughtry deluxe version nearly doubles album's sales

    The release of the augmented version of Daughtry's album earned it the expected big boost on the Billboard album chart, as it moved from No. 79 to No. 36, selling 13,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, up 95% over the previous week and bringing the album's title to 4.22 million. Not bad for an album that never stopped selling even when it was unaugmented.

    Daughtry moves ahead of Carrie's Carnival Ride, which had a steady week, dropping 41-45 on the chart and selling 10,000, down 4%, for a total of 2.33 million.

    Jordin, meanwhile, fell 88-101, though sales were relatively even at 6,000 (down 3%). Total is 910,000. A large number of debuts above Jordin's position accounted for part of the steep drop.

    Idols off the charts follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts sold a bit over 5,000, essentially same as last week, for a total of 6.54 million.

    Bucky's next up with 1,600, up from 1,500, for a total of 365,000.

    Kellie stayed even at 1,300 for a total of 786,000. We'll see if the release of the new album gives this one a boost in weeks to come.

    Kelly's Breakaway sold 1,000, down from 1,200, total 6.02 million. My December stayed at 400 for a total of 775,000, and Thankful stayed at 300, total 2.71 million.

    Josh sold 700, down from 800, for a total of 64,000.

    Clay's On My Way Here sold 400, down from 500, total 151,000. A Thousand Different Ways stayed at 100, total 528,000.

    Mandisa stayed at 300, total 97,000.

    Chris S. stayed at 300, total 11,000 (secular market total).

    Elliott stayed at 200, total 516,000.

    Blake stayed at 200, total 303,000.

    Bo stayed at 200, total 61,000.

    Phil stayed at 200, total 35,000.

    Ace stayed at 200, total 8,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000.

    Brooke stayed at 100, total reaches a rounded 10,000 (actual figures not quite there).

    Taylor's Early Works stays at 100, total 3,300.

    Fantasia sold 100, down from 200, total 517,000.

    And the Downloads:

    David A. takes over lead for Idol downloads

    David A.'s Crush edges Jordin's One Step at a Time for the lead on the digital songs chart, selling 51,000 (up 3%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. That results in a slight drop on the chart from No. 20 to No. 22; his total downloads are now 405,000.

    Jordin also sells 51,000 (119 fewer in raw figures), down 10%, moving 16-23 on the chart and totaling 653,000. No Air falls 70-74, selling 19,000, down 6%, for a total of 2.46 million.

    Carrie's Just a Dream slides 54-57, seling 23,000, down 9%, for a total of 183,000. Last Name is off 98-115, selling 11,000, down 18%, for a total of 566,000. All-American Girl and Before He Cheats, which reappeared on the chart last week, fall back off.

    David C.'s The Time of My Life is down a bit, 71-73, selling 19,000, a 4% drop, for a total of 881,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now continues its recent boom, jumping 113-75 on the chart after selling 18,000, a 70% increase, for a total of 338,000.

    And Kellie's Don't You Know You're Beautiful reappears at No. 196, selling 7,000, up 22%, for a total of 76,000.

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    Here is the weekly update from USA Today. Kristy Lee Cook makes her debut & well, um, Kristy Lee Cook makes her debut.

    Kristy Lee's album debuts at No. 49 - Idol Chatter - USATODAY.com

    Kristy Lee's album debuts at No. 49

    A new Idol crashes the Billboard chart -- Kristy Lee's Why Wait starts at No. 49, having sold in the mid-9,000s (rounds off to 10,000), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Putting this achievement by last season's No. 7 finisher into context:
    > The closest comparison would be Kellie (#6 in Season 5, female, country artist). Her debut started off at No. 9 and sold 79,000 in 2006. (Given the overall drop in sales since then, that would translate to about 60,000 or so in 2008 if the pattern held. That's all theoretical, of course)
    > Other recent country debuts came from male singers -- Bucky (#8, Season 5), who sold 61,000 (55,000 factoring in a typical drop between 2007 and 2008) but debuted at No. 4; and Phil (#6, Season 6), who sold 13,000 and entered the chart at No. 43 earlier this year.
    Suffice it to say sales need to pick up for Kristy Lee to have a flourishing country career -- Phil's 13,000 opening-week sales accounted for 37% of his current total of 35,000; if that ratio held true for Kristy Lee, she'd be at about 25,000 by February. But I tend to think she'll do better.

    OK, enough statistical analysis and approximations for one day.

    Carrie's still the top Idol on the chart, with Carnival Ride remaining at No. 45 after selling 11,000, up 1%, for a total of 2.34 million.

    Daughtry drops back down after the initial sales boost for the album's deluxe version; it went 36-52, selling 9,000 (down 27%) for a total of 4.23 million.

    Jordin has a resurgence, 101-71, selling 7,000, up 19%, for a total of 917,000.

    Idols off the chart follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts sold 5,200, up from 5,000, for a total of 6.54 million.

    Bucky held at 1,600 for a total of 367,000.

    Kellie sold 1,200, down from 1,300, for a total of 787,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway held at 1,000, totalling 6.02 million. Her other albums also were steady: My December sold 400, total 775,000; and Thankful sold 300, total 2.71 million.

    Josh stayed at 700, total 65,000.

    Clay's On My Way Here stayed at 400, total 152,000, while A Thousand Different Ways stayed at 100, total 528,000. (Interesting to see what effect today's announcement has next week.)

    Chris S. stayed at 300 in SoundScan markets, total 11,000.

    Fantasia sold 200, up from 100, total 517,000.

    Elliott stayed at 200, total 516,000. (Quite a race between those two albums.)

    Ace stayed at 200, total 8,000 (rounded).

    Mandisa sold 200, down from 300, total 97,000.

    A sizable 100-sales club includes three who remained at the level: Katharine (total 373,000), Brooke (total 9,600) and Taylor (Early Works, total 3,400).
    Three other albums descended to the 100-copies-sold level for the first time: Blake, down from 200, total 303,000; Bo, down from 200, total 61,000; and Phil, down from 200, total 35,000.

    And the week’s worth of download data:


    Archie thrives amid fall crush

    The big Idol news on this week's digital songs chart is another surge for David A.'s Crush, which sold 75% more downloads than it did the previous week, 90,000 in total, to zoom from No. 22 to No. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Total sales are now just shy of the half-million mark at 495,000. A clear hit.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time is down a step, 23-24, selling 49,000, off 4%, for a total of 703,000. No Air hangs in at 74, selling 17,000, down 6%, for a total of 2.48 million.

    Carrie's Just a Dream is up slightly, 57-56, with a 2% sales increase to 23,000 for a total of 207,000. Last Name drops 115-148, selling 8,000, down 26%, for a total of 574,000.

    David C.'s The Time of My Life is up 73-68 on the chart, selling 19,000, about the same as the previous week (down by 76 copies), for a total of 900,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now continues to climb, 75-70, with a 3% sales boost to 19,000 for a total of 357,000.

    Jennifer's Spotlight slides a bit, 97-100, selling 13,000, off 2%, for a total of 131,000.

    Kellie's Do You Know You're Beautiful slips off the chart after a one-week return, selling close to 6,000, down about 19%, for a total of 81,000. It missed the chart by about 800.

    In response to phoenix ml's request, a few Jordin album track download totals:
    Next to You: 38,000
    Shy Boy: 21,000
    Freeze: 19,000
    Now You Tell Me: 11,000
    Permanent Monday: 6,000.

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    This weeks Numbers, courtesy of Ken Barnes.

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

    Kristy Lee takes second-week plunge on album chart

    Not a very good week for Idols on the Billboard album chart. Carrie's Carnival Ride is still tops, but drops from No. 45 to No. 54, with sales dipping below five figures to a rounded 9,000, down 13%, for a total of 2.35 million.

    Daughtry slides 52-65, selling 8,000, off 19%, for a total of 4.24 million.

    Jordin slips back 71-114, selling 5,000, down 25%, for a total of 922,000.

    And Kristy Lee suffers the usual big-time second-week percentage drop, only it looks worse when you sold just 10,000 the first week. She plummets from 49 to 153 on the chart, selling 4,000, down 60%, for a rounded total of 13,000. A third week on the chart looks unlikely at this point.

    Off-chart Idol stats, including a catch-up with some old favorites, follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts sold 5,000, down a bit from 5,200, for a total of 6.55 million.

    Bucky sold 1,500, down from 1,600, total 368,000.

    Kellie sold 1,000, down from 1,200, total 788,000. New album debuts on the chart next week.

    Kelly sold 900 of Breakaway, down from 1,000, total 6.02 million. Thankful stayed at 300, total 2.71 million. My December also sold 300, down from 400, total 775,000.

    Josh sold 600, down from 700, total 65,000.

    Clay sold 500 of On My Way Here, up from 400 (a spinoff of his announcement?), total 152,000. Measure of a Man is also up, about 57%, although still within the range that rounds off to 100. Total is 2.78 million. And Thousand Different Ways is up 43%, also still within the 100 range, for a total of 528,000.

    Mandisa was back up to 300, from 200, for a total of 97,000.

    Chris S. stayed at 300, total 12,000, secularly speaking.

    Elliott stayed at 200, total 516,000.

    Fantasia sold 100, down from 200, total 517,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 373,000.

    Blake stayed at 100, total 303,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 61,000.

    Phil stayed at 100, total 35,000.

    Brooke stayed at 100, total 9,700.

    Ace sold 100, down from 200, total slightly more than 8,000.

    Taylor's Early Works stayed at 100, total 4,000.

    Requests from tifferoo to update a few older albums' totals:

    Fantasia's first album has sold 1.77 million.
    Ruben's Soulful just edges it at 1.79 million, while gospel album I Need an Angel is at 456,000 and The Return has sold 238,000. Diana's debut has sold 167,000, and Justin's debut totals 143,000.

    I also had a request, from someone whose e-handle I can't quite read, for sales to date on Carly Hennessy (Smithson)'s first album -- that would be 5,000.


    And the Downloads

    'Crush' continues to top Idol downloads

    It wasn't a particularly prosperous week for downloads in general, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and the eight Idol tracks on the digital songs chart were mostly down as well.

    David A.'s Crush leads, slipping from No. 10 to No. 12 after selling 72,000 downloads, off 20%, for a total of 567,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time slips 24-27, selling 45,000, down 9%, for a total of 747,000. No Air slides 74-93, selling 14,000, down 19%, for a total of just under 2.50 million.

    Carrie's Just a Dream is down just a tad, 56-58, selling 22,000, off 6%, for a total of 228,000. Last Name plunges 148-185, selling 7,000, down 16%, for a total of 581,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now finally stumbles a bit, falling 70-75 and selling 18,000, down 2%, for a total of 375,000.

    David C.'s The Time of My Life is down 68-88, selling 15,000, down 20%, for a total of 915,000.

    And Jennifer's Spotlight is the lone charting Idol track to increase, albeit just 3%, to 13,000, netting it a jump from 100 to 99 on the chart. Total is 145,000.

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    Re: Idol sales totals from USA Today

    The weekly Idol sales update:

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

    Idol sales: The full report

    Jennifer has reason to be happy with the No. 2 Billboard chart debut of her self-titled first album. Its 217,000 units sold (by Nielsen SoundScan tally) would have been enough to hit No. 1 had the album come out on any of many different weeks this year, but then there's no guarantee it would have sold that many copies -- when it's an active sales week, as this one was (up 16% over the previous week, bolstered by 568,000 of No. 1 album Paper Trail by T.I.), the theory goes that all albums benefit by increased store and online traffic. According to her label, Jennifer's is the biggest debut by a new R&B artist since late 2004, when someone named Fantasia's first album, Free Yourself, was launched with 240,000 copies (and a No. 8 debut).

    It also sold five times as many copies as Kellie's self-titled second album, but her 43,000 was enough to start at No. 9, same as the first album, which however sold 79,000 in its first week. The new one is the top-selling country album of the week (as was the first one), which, according to her label, makes her just the sixth artist to score No. 1 country debuts for a first and second album. (Carrie was the last country artist to do it.)

    Speaking of Carrie, Carnival Ride drops 54-62 on a debut-laden chart but sold the same amount of albums as she did last week, 9,000 (actually, she was up by six copies), to total 2.36 million.

    Daughtry drops 65-79 but is down just a bit (7%) to 7,000, for a total of 4.24 million.

    And Jordin is up 114-109, selling 5,000, a 4% increase, for a total of 927,000.

    What happened to Kristy Lee? Find out in the following non-charting Idols supplement. (Nothing like taking all the suspense away, huh?)

    Carrie's Some Hearts sold 5,400, up from 5,000, perhaps aided by news of her CMA hosting coronation.

    Kristy Lee falls off the chart after two weeks from No. 153, selling 2,500 copies (3,200 was the sales floor for the top 200 this week), down from 4,000, for a three-week total of 16,000.

    Bucky sold 1,800, up from 1,500, for a total of 370,000.

    Kellie's first album sold 1,200, up from 1,000, no doubt boosted by the presence of the new album, for a total of 789,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway stayed at 900, total 6.02 million. My December sold 400, up from 300, total 776,000, while Thankful stayed at 300, total 2.71 million.

    Josh remained at 600, total 66,000.

    Clay's On My Way Here stayed at 500, total 153,000. Measure of a Man stayed at 100 (2.78 million total), as did Thousand Different Ways (528,000 total).

    Chris S. stayed at 300, total 12,000, in SoundScan totals.

    Mandisa stayed at 300, total 97,000, in SoundScan totals.

    Elliott stayd at 200, total 516,000.

    Lots of 100 sellers, all of whom sold the same approximate amount the previous week:

    Fantasia (517,000 total)
    Katharine (373,000 total)
    Blake (303,000 total)
    Bo (61,000 total)
    Phil (36,000 total)
    Brooke (9,900 total)
    Ace (8,500 total)
    Taylor's Early Works (3,800 total)


    And the downloads

    Right on! 'Light On' hits download chart at No. 8

    Four tracks by Idols are new to the digital songs chart this week, headed by David C.'s Light On, his first "real" single (for those who don't count trophy songs). It enters the chart at No. 8, selling 109,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, despite heavy competition from a monster debut for a T.I. single and new singles from Christina Aguilera and Nickelback. The Time of My Life sold 236,000 in its first week; this week, probably aided by the availability of the new single, it climbs 88-71, selling 18,000 (up 20%), for a total of 933,000.

    David A.'s Crush continues to sell well, although pushed down 12-16 on the chart by the newcomers. It sold 67,000, off 7%, for a total of 633,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time is down a bit, 27-28, selling 43,000, off 5%, for a total of 790,000. No Air drops 93-95, selling 12,000, down 12%, for a total of 2.51 million. And yes, that does top Carrie's Before He Cheats for top downloaded Idol single; BHC is a bit shy of 2.50 million at this point (officially rounding off at 2.49 million).

    Jennifer's Spotlight gets a huge boost from her album, leaping 99-38 and selling 32,000, up 145%, for a total of 177,000. You've got to figure the single's downloaders aren't the same folks who bought the album, but perhaps they got curious because of all the publicity surrounding the album's release. She also has a new track, If This Isn't Love, entering the chart at 195 with 6,000 downloads.

    Carrie's Just a Dream inches up 58-56, selling 21,000, down 4%, for a total of 250,000. Last Name falls off the chart this week.

    Daughtry's What About Now is just about level, 75-76, selling 17,000, down 6%, for a total of 392,000.

    Finally, Kellie picks up a couple of chart items. One's a return -- single Don't You Know You're Beautiful returns at 133 with 9,000, up 71%, for a total of 95,000. And Best Days of Your Life bows at 153 with 8,000.

    In answer to a question from malklady about Bucky's downloads, I got figures for the top three:
    First single A Different World is at 260,000, follow-up It's Good to Be Us has sold 79,000, and current single I'll Walk is moving up slowly, with a total of 71,000 to date. All other tracks are under the 5,000 mark.

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