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    I'm reading it too! Your work is much appreciated.

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    Here are the weekly stats. The Archuletta era has begun & The CMA Show was good for the Country Idols, especially Carrie. Next week David Cook hiths the charts.

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

    David A. starts in second with solid sales

    A combination of a sluggish Internet and extra newspaper duties has made me a little later than I wanted to be on this eventful Idol sales day (haven't even had a chance to take my lumps for my David Cook review, but I'll check out those comments later -- this comes first). So here goes.

    David Archuleta starts at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 183,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Kirsten has already done some excellent, handily organized research for MJ's Big Blog, which tells us that David A. stands in third place among Idol runners-up for best debut sales week. Bo sold 227,000 and Clay, of course, holds the all-time Idol first-week record with 613,000. Clay was the only runner-up to enter the chart at No. 1; David A. joins Katharine in starting at No. 2. And David's initial total is the 10th-highest all-time, behind (in order) Clay, Ruben, Carrie, Chris D., Taylor, Kelly, Fantasia, Bo and Jennifer.

    Elsewhere on the chart, Jennifer takes a big drop, 16-33, but her sales are down just 18% to 22,000 for a total of 435,000.

    Carrie takes a big jump, 49-34, thanks to an 80% boost to 21,000 owing to her CMA Awards presence as co-host, performer and award-winner. Total is now 2.43 million.

    Kellie also benefits from a CMA performance, jumping 46% to 9,000 and moving 90-78 on the chart.

    Daughtry is down 94-107 but increased sales 11% to 6,000 for a total of 4.28 million.

    Jordin takes a big drop on the chart, 154-188, but her sales are steady at 4,000 (she sold just 16 fewer copies than she did the previous week). Overall sales levels are considerably higher (27%) this week, accounting for the chart plunge.

    Side note: A David Foster live tribute album, Hit Man, entered the chart at 46 with 15,000 copies sold. Katharine's one of the artists on it.

    Off-chart Idols stats, including a fair number of increases, follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts vaulted 51% to 6,600, good enough to make the top 100 if she were still eligible for the Billboard album chart. Thank the CMA Awards again. Total is 6.58 million.

    Bucky, who wasn't featured on the CMA Awards, was steady at 2,000 for a total of 382,000.

    Elliott's My Kind of Holiday jumped from 700 to 1,000 for a total of 4,000. It's beginning to look a lot like the time when Christmas albums start seeing big sales increases. His first album stayed at 200, total 517,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway was up from 900 to 1,000 for a total of 6.03 million. Her other albums also increased by the same margin; My December sold 400 for a total of 778,000 and Thankful sold 300 for a total of 2.71 million.

    Kellie's Small Town Girl got another CMA boost, from 700 to 900, for a total of 794,000.

    Kristy Lee was up from 800 to 900 for a total of 22,000.

    Josh stayed at 500, total 69,000.

    Clay's Merry Christmas With Love zoomed from 100 to 300, for a total of 1.36 million. On My Way Here was also up, 200 to 300, for a total of 154,000.

    Mandisa's first album stayed at 300 for a total of 99,000, while her It's Christmas dropped from 400 to 300 for a rounded total of 1,000.

    Fantasia returned to the 200 plateau from 100 for a total of 518,000.

    Brooke stayed at 200, total 11,000.

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

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 374,000.

    Blake stayed at 100, total 304,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 62,000.

    Ace stayed at 100, total 9,000.

    Phil made it back to the 100 level this week, total 36,000.

    And here are the downloads:

    David A. places four songs on download chart

    I'm running late, so I'll zip this right up ASAP instead of spacing it out to give you time to absorb the album sales post.
    As you'd expect with the release of his album, David A. had an active week on the digital songs chart as well. Crush jumps 19-14, selling 72,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 24% boost. Total is 992,000, meaning next week is his cross-the-million-threshold celebration.
    But that's not all. Little Too Not Over You enters the chart at 79 with 17,000; Touch My Hand starts at 134 with 10,000; and Angels remains on the chart, albeit down 111-184, having sold 8,000, a drop of 23%, for a total of 42,000

    Carrie's Just a Dream capitalized on her CMA performance of it by jumping 61-30 and more than doubling sales to 39,000 for a total of 385,000. And All-American Girl returns to the chart at 191 with 8,000, up 37%, for a total of 784,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time falls 49-62 but drops just 4% in sales to 24,000, for a total of 980,000, indicating her million mark is likely to come next week as well. No Air drops 110-128 but is actually up 1% to 11,000 for a total of 2.57 million. (Increased overall sales levels, plus CMA boosts and the presence of no less than a dozen Taylor Swift songs affected the chart fairly dramatically this week.)

    David C.'s Light On is down slightly on the chart, 67-71, but climbs 17% in sales to 21,000 for a total of 247,000. The Time of My Life slips 125-127 but is up 14% to 11,000, and achieves the milestone of 1 million sales!

    Jennifer's Spotlight drops 68-85 after selling 16,000 downloads, down 10%, for a total of 294,000.

    Kellie's Best Days of Your Life, which she performed on the CMA Awards, makes its debut at 121 with 12,000, a jump of something like 1300% for a total of 28,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now is down 128-145 but increases sales by 3% to 10,000 for a total of 470,000.

    Bucky's I'll Walk falls off the chart despite a 3% sales jump to 7,000 for a total of 109,000. Blame Taylor Swift and the CMAs; maybe next year he'll get a more prominent role on the latter.

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    It was said on LIVE with Regis and Kelly today that David Cook won the release date download title on itunes. As you say, though, we'll have to wait for the album sales total in next weeks chart list.
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    Here are the stats for the week. The Cook era has begun.

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

    Idol sales: Cook comes in third

    David Cook sold 280,000 albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan, coming in third for the week on the Billboard chart behind Beyonce (482,000) and Nickelback (326,000). That figure ...
    > Is seventh-best for any Idol finalist
    > Is fifth-best among winners, behind Ruben, Carrie, Taylor and Kelly but ahead of Fantasia and Jordin
    > Maintains the tradition (broken only by Clay) of winners outselling runners-up in the first week by surpassing David A.'s 183,000 last week.

    This week, David A. falls from No. 2 to No. 11, selling 66,000, a 64% drop (pretty much standard for a second week), for a total of 250,000.

    Next Idol on the chart is Jennifer, who drops 33-47 despite just a 3% sales decline to 21,000. Her total is 456,000.

    Carrie suffers a post-CMA return to reality, plunging 34-57 after selling 16,000, down 22%, for a total of 2.45 million.

    Daughtry slips 107-109 but gains 2% in sales to 6,000 for a total of 4.29 million.

    Kellie also feels the post-CMA blues, dropping 78-115 and selling 6,000, down 30%, for a total of 107,000.

    And Jordin, after exactly one year on the chart, falls off. Details on that and other off-chart follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts declined only slightly, from 6,600 to 6,000, for a total of 6.59 million.

    Jordin sold 3,400, down about 15%, for a total of 956,000. She missed the chart by around 200 units sold.

    Bucky stayed at 2,000 for a total of 384,000.

    Elliott's My Kind of Holiday rose to 1,200 from 1,000 for a total of 5,000. His first album stayed at 200, total 518,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway stayed at 1,000 for a total of 6.03 million. My December stayed at 400, total 778,000, while Thankful stayed at 300, total 2.71 million.

    Kristy Lee dropped to 800 from 900 for a total of 23,000.

    Kellie's Small Town Girl dropped to 700 from 900 for a total of 795,000.

    Josh remained at 500 for a total of 69,000.

    Brooke catapulted from 200 to 400 for a total of slightly more than 11,000.

    Clay's Merry Christmas With Love rose from 300 to 400 for a total of 1.36 million. On My Way Here stayed at 300, total 155,000.

    Mandisa stayed at 300 for a total of 99,000, while her It's Christmas also stayed at 300, total 1,200.

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

    Fantasia sold 100, down from 200, total 518,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 374,000.

    Blake stayed at 100, total 304,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 62,000.

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

    And Taylor's Early Works returned to a rounded 100 for a total of 4,000.

    On the other side, Phil dropped below the reportable figure this week. Sad to see him depart from Lyric Street so quickly; I thought he made a good country record. But such are the perils of selling just 36,000 of a first album.

    And the Downloads:


    Idol downloads: Cook charts 3 new tracks

    A mediocre week for Idols on the digital songs chart was offset somewhat by good news for David C.: He placed three tracks from his album on the top 200, along with the holdover single Light On. (The Time of My Life had no sales reported, meaning its availability was ended or sharply curtailed, and, naturally, falling off the chart.)

    Top Idol download, according to Nielsen SoundScan, is still David A.'s Crush, which fell 14-19 after selling 46,000, a 36% drop (understandable after last week's boost from the album's release). Total is 1.04 million, so congratulations are in order for reaching seven figures. Also crashing back to reality were two other tracks from the album. Touch My Hand falls off the chart after skidding from 10,000 to 2,000 downloads (total 12,000), and Angels likewise falls off after selling 2,600, down from 8,000, for a total of 45,000.

    Carrie's Just a Dream suffered a post-CMA Awards hangover, sliding 30-48 and selling 22,000, off 42%, for a total of 408,000. In addition, All-American Girl fell back off the chart, falling from 8,000 to 4,700 downloads for a total of 789,000.

    David C.'s top track is now Declaration, which enters the chart at No. 75 with 16,000. Light On falls 71-98, selling 11,000, down 47%, for a total of 259,000. Permanent starts at 122 with 9,000, and Come Back to Me begins at 148 with sales in the mid-7,000s.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time drops 62-76, selling 16,000, off by 33%, for a total of 996,000, postponing that 1-million celebration another week. No Air slipped 128-131, but was off 20% to 8,000 for a total of 2.58 million.

    Jennifer's Spotlight is up 85-80, although her sales were down 7% to 15,000. Total is 309,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now tumbles 145-167, selling 7,000, down 28%, for a total of 477,000.

    Also exiting the chart this week after a CMA-boosted week on: Kellie's Best Days of Your Life, which fell from 12,000 to 4,200 for a total of 32,000.

    > A few info requests:

    moneyman202 wanted a Jordin/Tattoo update: 1.81 million as of this week.

    Missy2008 was looking for totals on a couple of Blake's singles: Break Anotha is at 85,000, while How Many Words has sold 94,000 if you add in several variant versions.

    dalki had a few Katharine McPhee-related questions, two of which I can answer (no SoundScan data for the Tinker Bell soundtrack she appears on). She has a song (news to me) on the Barbie & the Diamond Castle soundtrack, which has sold 5,000 copies. And another soundtrack tune, I Know What Boys Like (the Waitresses '80s tune, from the House Bunny soundtrack), has sold 9,000.

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    I'm really pleased to see David C. doing that well. I've purchased 4 copies myself - giving a couple away as gifts. Just hope it keeps up!

    Thanks for posting this. As always, it's much appreciated.

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    Thanks for the numbers razor! Way to go David Cook.

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    Thanks for the data! It's good to see how all my favorites are doing, especially now that Cook is out of the gates.

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    Here are the weeklies thanks to USA Today, as always:

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

    Cook down but other Idols up in album sales


    David Cook's album dropped 60% in sales, from 280,000 to 112,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, falling from No. 2 to No. 10 on the Billboard album chart. Top-selling albums, as you know if you've been following along at home, normally drop 60-70% in their second weeks (David A.'s dropped 66% last week), but this is a pretty steep drop considering that it was Thanksgiving/Black Friday week, a span in which total album sales went up 29%. Still, the album should be near the top of many gift-givers' lists, and it should sell solidly through the season.

    David A. should benefit in similar fashion, and already started, apparently. While he slides 11-19 on the chart, his sales dropped by just 242 albums, remaining at a rounded 66,000, for a three-week total of 316,000.

    Carrie benefited from both the holiday week and a nice American Music Awards boost, as Carnival Ride jumped 29% to 21,000, although that netted her just a 57-56 improvement on the chart. Her total is 2.47 million.

    Jennifer slides 47-62 on the chart, selling 19,000, down 11%, for a total of 474,000.

    Daughtry was up 36% to 9,000, resulting in a 110-109 chart move and 4.30 million total sales.

    Kellie's sales were up 16% to 7,000, but that didn't prevent a plunge from 116 to 140 on the chart. Her total is now 114,000.

    Idol sales off the chart -- you know you're addicted to it -- follows.

    Carrie's Some Hearts took a whopping jump, from 6,000 to 15,000 (that would place it in the 70s on the current album chart if it were eligible). Total is 6.60 million.

    Jordin was also up considerably, though on a smaller scale, progressing from 3,400 to 4,500 for a total of 961,000. Good holiday sales could get it near a million, finally.

    Bucky leaped from 2,000 to 2,400 for a total of 386,000.

    Elliott's My Kind of Holiday zoomed from 1,200 to 1,600 for a total in the mid-6,000s. His first album stayed at 200, total 518,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway was up to 1,200 from 1,000, total 6.03 million. My December was up (maybe it will be her December this month) from 400 to 500, total 779,000. Thankful was up to 400 from 300, total 2.71 million.

    Kristy Lee returned to four figures, hitting 1,000, up from 800, for a total of 24,000.

    Clay's Merry Christmas With Love increased to 600 from 400 for a total of 1.36 million. On My Way Here was up to 400 from 300, total 155,000.

    Josh climbed from 500 to 600 and hit 70,000 total.

    Mandisa stayed at 300 secularly. Got an update from the label publicist, which added another 1,300 Christian-marketplace sales not recorded by SoundScan's normal data-gathering operations. Her total, all markets included, is now 150,000. No word yet on It's Christmas, which stayed at 300 in the secular market for a total of 1,500.

    Fantasia improved from 100 to 200 for a total of 518,000.

    Chris S. stayed at 200 for a total of 14,000. Adding in Christian sales brings that total to 40,000.

    Brooke dropped from 400 to 200, total in the mid-11,000s.

    Katharine hung in at 100, total 374,000.

    Blake stayed at 100, total 304,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 62,000.

    Phil returned to the 100 level, total 36,000.

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

    The new American Christmas album, featuring the likes of Frenchie, Haley, Vonzell and others singing seasonal ditties, failed to sell 100 copies in its first week. If you're fans of the aforementioned, or other artists on the album, maybe you can help boost it over 100 next week. (This is by no means an official recommendation to do so; only if you care.)

    And the downloads:

    Idol downloads: Just seven Idols on chart

    Thanks to a combination of several Kanye West tracks and a bunch of Christmas songs hitting the digital songs chart -- plus the natural attrition of three David Cook songs -- the collective Idol presence shrunk to just seven tracks.

    David A.'s Crush is the top one, selling 49,000, up 6% (it was a good week overall for tracks, which were up 16% over the previous week), for a total of 1.09 million. However, it was pushed down the chart from No. 19 to No. 22.

    Carrie's Just a Dream fell 48-64, but was down just 5% to 21,000, for a total of 429,000.

    David C.'s Light On rebounded 98-67 on the strength of an 80% leap to 20,000. Total is 279,000.

    Jordin's One Step at a Time remains at 76 after selling 18,000, up 12%, for a total of 1.01 million. No Air takes a massive leap, 131-97, selling 13,000, a 59% improvement, for a total of 2.60 million.

    Jennifer's Spotlight drops 80-100, selling 13,000, a 12% decline, for a total of 323,000.

    And Daughtry's What About Now is up 167-158, selling 9,000, a 28% increase, for a total of 486,000.

    The Cook dropout tracks were Declaration, which slid from 16,000 to 4,200 for a total of 20,000; Permanent, down from 9,000 to 1,900, total 11,000; and Come Back to Me, from 7,500 to 2,100, total (rounded) 10,000. All pretty normal second-week behavior.

    It also gives me a natural segue to JaclynOhio's request on sales for another recent chart dropout, David A.'s A Little Too Not Over You, which sold 17,000 its first week, when it appeared at No. 79, then fell off to 4,900 last week, then fell further to 2,400 this week, for a total of 25,000.

    Other requests: Madonnafan wanted to know totals for three of Clay's tracks. A Thousand Days and I Will Carry You are at 11,000, while The Way has amassed 36,000.

    And roamingforchris wanted the update on Chris Daughtry's singles. What About Now, as mentioned above, is at 486,000. What I Want has sold 112,000. Feels Like Tonight's total is 588,000. Over You is over a million, 1.1 million, to be more precise. Home has sold 1.60 million. And It's Not Over, thanks to a couple of big-selling versions, has totaled a bit more than 3 million; the main version is at 1.9 million. Overall, he's the top male Idol in the category of downloads, in the 7 million neighborhood.

    A couple of other random download totals that nobody asked for but just happened to come up: Chris S.'s Empty Me has sold 52,000, Christian and secular combined; and Ace's Addicted has sold 6,000.

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    Here is the good stuff.

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

    Idols on the album chart: Declines all around (except one)

    It wasn't a good week on the album chart for anyone not named Britney Spears, more or less, and Idols were no exceptions.

    David Cook did manage to hang onto a top 10 Billboard slot (No. 10 for the second week) despite a 22% drop to 87,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His total is 479,000, meaning next week he'll easily pass half a million.

    David Archuleta also stayed put on the chart, at No. 19, selling 56,000, down 16%, for a total of 371,000, so we should see him at half a million in no less than three weeks, building in a holiday boost somewhere along the way.

    Carrie climbs 56-53 on the chart but is down 6% in sales to 20,000, for a total of 2.49 million.

    Jennifer drops 62-72, selling 14,000, off by 25%, for a total of 489,000. She should hit half a million next week as well.

    Daughtry is down 101-110, selling 8,000, a 6% drop, for a total of 4.30 million.

    Kellie is up 142-141, selling 7,000, down 5%, for a total of 121,000.

    And Jordin manages a chart comeback, returning at No. 199 with 5,000 sold, up 1% (also an achievement in a bad week), for a total of 965,000.

    Idols off the chart follow.

    Carrie's Some Hearts stayed above five figures again, selling 12,000, down from 15,000, for a total of 6.61 million.

    Something of a sleeper, Elliott's My Kind of Holiday climbed from 1,600 to 2,000 for a total of 8,000 (rounded). His first album stayed at 200, total 518,000.

    Bucky dropped from 2,400 to 2,000 for a total of 388,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway stayed at 1,200, total 6.03 million. My December stayed at 500, total 779,000; Thankful stayed at 400, total 2.71 million.

    Kellie's Small Town Girl sold 1,000, up from 900, for a total of 797,000.

    Kristy Lee stayed at 1,000, total 25,000.

    Clay's Merry Christmas With Love sold 900, up from 600, for a total of 1.37 million. On My Way Here stayed at 400, total 155,000. Allison in LI requested updates on Measure of a Man (now at 2.78 million) and the All Is Well holiday EP (total 53,000).

    Josh sold 500, down from 600, for a total of 70,000.

    Mandisa sold 400, up from 300, for a secular total of 100,000 (grand total around 150,000, as we learned last week). Her It's Christmas was also up to 400 from 300 for a secular total of 2,000.

    Chris Sligh stayed at 200 for a secular total of 14,000 (around 40,000 all told).

    Blake climbed to 200 from 100, total 304,000.

    Fantasia stayed at 200, total 518,000.

    Brooke stayed at 200, total 12,000.

    Katharine stayed at 100, total 374,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 62,000.

    Phil stayed at 100, total 36,000.

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

    Ace stayed at 100, total 9,000.

    Kimberley's Christmas sold 100, total 3,000.

    And the American Christmas album of former Idols again didn't sell enough to mention, but its total is now a rounded 100.


    Idol downloads: Everybody down, one off

    The Idols on the digital songs chart were crushed between 11 Britney tracks and even more Christmas songs.

    Crush, by David A., still tops the list at No. 32, down from No. 22 after selling 32,000, a 35% decline, for a total of 1.12 million.

    David C.'s Light On is up 67-60 on the chart, but was down 5% in sales to 19,000 for a total of 298,000. That's by far the smallest decline of any charting Idol this week, for a minor consolation.

    Carrie's Just a Dream dives 64-86, selling 14,000, down 31%, for a total of 443,000.

    Jordin's No Air drops 97-112, selling 11,000, off 20%, for a total of 2.61 million. One Step at a Time is one step below it after a 76-113 plunge, seling 11,000, down 41%, for a total of 1.02 million.

    And Jennifer's Spotlight slides 100-143, selling 9,000, down 31%, for a total of 332,000.

    Daughtry's What About Now is a casualty of all the newcomers, falling off the chart from 158 last week after selling 6,000 (down from 7,000), for a total of 492,000.

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    Here are the facts Jacks….

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

    Holiday shoppers seek comfort in Idol albums

    I've been having a lot of trouble accessing your comments this week, but I should be able to catch up soon. Meanwhile, no reason to delay (any further) the Idol sales results for the week.

    For the third straight week, David Cook holds down the No. 10 position on the Billboard album chart, but he had to step up his sales to do it. In a good week for sales overall (up 14&#37, his increased 19% to 104,000, for a total of 582,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, blasting over the half-million mark.

    David Archuleta also got a bit of a sales bounce, up 6% to 59,000 as his album slipped 19-21 on the chart. Total is 430,000, and it should be a good sales week next week, so he could pass 500,000 then; if not, certainly by the end of the year.

    Carrie moved up 53-50, selling 27,000, a potent 35% increase, for a total of 2.52 million.

    Jennifer was up 8% in sales to 15,000, for a total of 504,000, hitting the half-million milestone as well, but dropping 72-81 on the chart.

    Daughtry was up 111-104, thanks to a 33% sales gain to 11,000 for a total of 4.31 million.

    Kellie inched up 141-140, selling 8,000, up 24%, for a total of 129,000.

    Jordin remained on the chart, climbing 199-191 and selling 5,000, up 18%, for a total of 971,000 -- so close...

    And, although I don't consider it an actual Idol album, the David Foster Hit Man album, which includes Katharine on the CD and adds Michael on the DVD, jumped 75-58, selling 22,000, up 60%, for a total of 71,000.

    Idols off the chart (but still in somebody's heart, especially during the holidays) follow.

    Carrie continued to pile up the late-year sales for Some Hearts, 15,000 this week, up from 12,000, for a total of 6.63 million.

    No. 2 among the off-chart Idols this week is none other than Elliott, whose My Kind of Holiday zoomed from 2,000 to 2,700 for a total of 11,000. His first album sold 300, up from 200, for a total of 518,000.

    Bucky sold 2,500, up a bunch from 2,000, for a total of 391,000.

    Kristy Lee lost a record deal but gained 500 sales, selling 1,500 to bring her total to 27,000.

    Kelly's Breakaway sold 1,400, up from 1,200, for a total of 6.03 million. My December sold 700, up from 500, for a total of 780,000, while Thankful was up from 400 to 500, total 2.71 million.

    Kellie's Small Town Girl sold 1,200, up from 1,000, to total 798,000.

    And a seventh off-chart Idol was in four figures this week, as Clay's Merry Christmas With Love jumped from 900 to 1,100, for a total of 1.37 million. On My Way Here was up from 400 to 600 for a total of 156,000.

    Josh sold 700, up from 500, for a total of 71,000. (His first album, by the way, is at 700,000, nearly on the nose.)

    Mandisa's It's Christmas sold 500, up from 400, for a total of 2,400, while her first album was also up from 400 to 500, total 100,000. (Secular numbers.)

    Chris S. was up from 200 to 300 for a secular total of 14,000.

    Fantasia stayed at 200, total 519,000.

    Katharine was up from 100 to 200, total 374,000.

    Blake stayed at 200, total 304,000.

    Brooke stayed at 200, total 12,000.

    Bo stayed at 100, total 62,000.

    Phil stayed at 100, total 36,000.

    Ace stayed at 100, total slightly above 9,000.

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

    Kimberley's Christmas stayed at 100, total 2,800.

    Paris' Royal Christmas has slowly accumulated 200 total sales, and the former Idols' American Christmas is still at a rounded 100 total.

    And the Downloads

    Six Idols on download chart bounce around a bit

    Not the most dramatic of weeks for Idols on the download chart, although it was a great week for downloads as an institution: For the first time, they reached 1.001 billion for the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- a pretty staggering number.

    Contributing 28,000 more to that grand total was David A.'s Crush, which was down 12% and dropped from No. 32 to No. 37 on the digital songs chart. Total is 1.15 million.

    David C.'s Light On had the best results this week, jumping 11% to 21,000 and moving 60-48 on the chart.

    Carrie's Just a Dream fell 86-104 after selling 12,000, down 17%, for a total of 455,000.

    Jordin's No Air slipped 112-119, selling 10,000, off by 7%, for a total of 2.62 million. One Step at a Time plunged 113-144, selling 9,000, down 15%, for a total of 1.03 million.

    Jennifer's Spotlight climbed 143-138 thanks to a modest 1% gain to 9,000. Total is 341,000.

    And, in answer to several requests, an update on David C.'s The Time of My Life. It sold 5,200 last week, 5,700 this week, and now totals 1.01 million.

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