American Idol runner up David Archuleta's new single, "Crush" debuted on this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart at #2. "Crush" is the highest ever debut for an "Idol" song not performed on the series. It is also the highest new entry for 2008. Archuleta lost to David Cook on American Idol, but he beats the Idol winner on the charts. Cook's single, "The Time of My Life" debuted at #3 on the Hot 100 back in May.
Archuleta may have topped Cook on chart positions, but Cook can still boast higher sales numbers. "Crush" sold approximately 166,000 digital downloads (the only way it is available) in its first week, while Cook's "The Time of My Life" sold 236,000. This week "The Time of My Life" climbed eight spots on the Hot 100 from #36 to #28, and had a 35% increase in sales over last week (no doubt helped by its presence the summer Olympics). In fact "The Time of My Life" is already third highest Idol single, with sales to date of 793,000 digital downloads (also the only way the song is available).
Cook will likely overtake the number two Idol sales record of 814,000 singles sold for Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This." It's unlikely he will be able to top Clay Aiken's massive 1 million-plus sales for his first single, "This Is The Night." Taylor Hicks is the last Idol to have a #1 Hot 100 debut, with "Do I Make You Proud" from 2006.
Here's a look at the all the American Idol winners and first runner ups – their first single, first week sales, Billboard Hot 100 chart position and total sales figures:
Clay Aiken “This is the Night”: First Week Sales – 393,000, Hot 100 #1, Total Sales 1.01 Million
Ruben Studdard “Flying Without Wings”: First Week Sales 286,000, Hot 100 #2, Total Sales 769,000
Kelly Clarkson “A Moment Like This” : First Week Sales 236,000, Hot 100 #1, Total Sales 814,000
DavidCook "Time of my Life": First Week Sales 236,000, Hot 100 #3, Total Sales To Date 793,000
Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud”: First Week Sales 228,418, Hot 100 #1, Total Sales 600,000
Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven”: First Week Sales 170,528, Hot 100 #1, Total Sales 741,000
David Archuleta "Crush": First Week Sales 166,000, Hot 100 #2, New
Fantasia “I Believe”: First Week Sales 142,141, Hot 100 #1, Total Sales 501,000
Bo Bice: “Inside Your Heaven”: First Week Sales 121,423, Hot 100 #2, Total Sales 426,000
Katharine McPhee “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”: First Week Sales 74,965, Hot 100 #12, No data on total sales
Jordin Sparks “This is My Now”: First Week Sales 74,303, Hot 100 #15, Total Sales 273,000
Diana Degarmo “Dreams”: First Week Sales 65,000, Hot 100 #14, No data on total sales
Blake Lewis “You Give Love a Bad Name” First Week Sales 70,133, Hot 100 #18, No data on total sales
Whether you measure chart positions or album sales, both David Archuleta and David Cook are off to a good start. What will be the most telling and interesting is to see where these first successes take them. While topping the charts is exciting, longevity as recording artists is the true goal.Powered by Sidelines