Saturday, September 28, 2013

Phillip Phillips: 'American Idol's' Latest Million-Seller

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This week, Fox TV's "American Idol" series yields back-to-back million-selling debut albums from its winners for the first time since 2008.

2012 champ Phillip Phillips sold another 4,000 copies of his debut set "The World From the Side of the Moon" this past week, bringing its total sales to 1.004 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's No. 87 on the Billboard 200 this week, after 44 weeks on the chart. (Phillips was named the 11th-season winner of "American Idol" on May 23, 2012.)

Phillips followed 2011 winner Scotty McCreery, whose first album, "Clear As Day," reached 1 million in sales in April of 2012, following its October 2011 release. It has sold 1.2 million to date.

The last two seasons of "American Idol" to generate consecutive million-selling albums from its winners was its 2007 and 2008 editions. Jordin Sparks and David Cook, respectively, took home the "American Idol" crown those years. Sparks' self-titled debut, which was released in November of 2007, reached 1 million in January of 2009. Cook's self-titled debut reached retail in November of 2008, and surpassed 1 million in March of the following year.

The only "American Idol" winners that have not shifted a million with their first post-show album (or any album), are Taylor Hicks, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze. The three gents won the 2006, 2009 and 2010 editions of "American Idol," respectively. (As an aside, the biggest-selling "American Idol"-related album -- debut or otherwise -- is 2005 winner Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" debut: 7.3 million.)

As for 2013's "American Idol" winner, Candice Glover, her debut album "Music Speaks" is due out Oct. 8 on Interscope Records.

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