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.