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Lee DeWyze has lowest opening sales of any ‘Idol’ winner or runner up to date

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Lee DeWyze, if you recall, won “American Idol” a few months ago. Obviously, a lot of folks didn’t care because his album “Live it Up” sold a mere 39,000 copies its first week and debuted at No. 19. On the bright side, that’s just 1,007,000 fewer than Taylor Swift sold in her first week earlier this month.

He is by far the lowest-selling winner and doesn’t even match up with runners-up of years past. Of course, album sales are way down from what they were earlier in the decade so this is not necessarily a fair comparison. But here it is, courtesy of Billboard.com:

2009
No. 11, Kris Allen, “Kris Allen” (80,000)
No. 3, Adam Lambert, “For Your Entertainment” (198,000)

2008
No. 3, David Cook, “David Cook” (280,000)
No. 2, David Archuleta, “David Archuleta” (183,000)

2007
No. 10, Jordin Sparks, “Jordin Sparks” (119,000)
No. 10, Blake Lewis, “Audio Day Dream” (98,000)

2006
No. 2, Taylor Hicks, “Taylor Hicks” (298,000)
No. 2, Katharine McPhee, “Katharine McPhee” (116,000)

2005
No. 2, Carrie Underwood, “Some Hearts” (315,000)
No. 4, Bo Bice, “The Real Thing” (227,000)

2004
No. 8, Fantasia, “Free Yourself” (240,000)
No. 52, Diana DeGarmo, “Blue Skies” (47,000)

2003
No. 1, Ruben Studdard, “Soulful” (417,000)
No. 1, Clay Aiken, “Measure of a Man” (613,000)

2002
No. 1, Kelly Clarkson, “Thankful” (297,000)
No. 20, Justin Guarini, “Justin Guarini” (57,000)

His single ‘Sweet Serendipity” is getting some traction in the Hot AC circles, moving up to 32 from 35 a week ago, according to Mediabase 24/7.

- Daily watch: Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song” is now at No. 9, 436 spins higher than a week earlier, with 6,219 spins Nov. 19-25. It’s No. 8 in weighted spins. It now sits 1,600 spins behind the No. 5 song and 2,700 spins behind the No. 1 song. Does it have a chance for top 5? It was looking pretty bleak a week ago but it seems like the song has gotten a second (or third) wind. To date, her lowest ranking songs peaked at No. 2.

In other chart news, Daughtry’s “September” has peaked at No. 20 on the Mediabase 24/7 top 40 chart. “I’m Doin’ Me” by Fantasia had edged into the top 20 on the urban charts, No. 10 on the urban AC chart. Chris Sligh with “Only You Can Save” holds yet again at No. 13 on the Christian AC chart in his 15th week. Jason Castro’s “You Are” is at No. 20. The Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” has broken the top 40 on the country chart. That’s Kelly’s second duet to make it to the country chart after her Reba McEntire “Because of You” combo.

122 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

November 26th, 2010
11:57 am

Congrats to Lee. ;-)

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
12:14 pm

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
12:33 pm

I know album sales are down, but Lee sold less than Justin (not a slam of Justin, but just a comparision).

Rosita

November 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

He won, guys. Can’t you be decent? I let all the sleazy remarks pass all the time, but it’s frustrating. He is a good guy and has a good voice and got more votes than anyone else. Let him be. Vent by attacking people who deserve it, like Skantasia.

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

Lee is a better person than Fantasia. There.

Nothing against Lee as a person, my beef is with last season, and the fact that it was sooo bad talent wise that Lee won.

MyPatootie

November 26th, 2010
1:13 pm

The Nashville auditions just had their second callbacks for the first round winners. In an interview the judges said they had some of the best talent ever! Been telling AI they needed to come back to NV to get some “real” talent. Understand via a good source there was a 15 yr. old there who blew the judges away. I know who it is but won’t reveal it now. Hint: Son of a well-known male country star.Also heard that one of Loretta Lynn’s granddaughters was a second round winner in NV. Maybe this next season will get AI back to where it once was. Hope so. They were smart coming to Nashvegas.

Bris

November 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

Who are you people to judge who deserves to be attacked? His album sales suck because people don’t want to buy his music. This country is so full of hypocrites. Anyone can find fault with just about any entertainer or person in the world, but my my the AJC audience sure loves to target specific groups. How about he release music that his fans (you know the people who called in and texted him into a win on IDOL) actually wants to go out an purchase!

Noneya

November 26th, 2010
1:44 pm

Only on an AJC blog can someone request for people to “be decent” and say they let “sleazy remarks pass all the time” and then type “Skantasia” in the same post.

NoMoreScreaming

November 26th, 2010
1:46 pm

“Skanktasia” fits her perfectly, though. What a great “Idol”. Don’t know where Baby Daddy is…but I”ll bet he came out of the woodwork (like a roach) when she won.

GottaBeKidding

November 26th, 2010
1:48 pm

Skanktasia, a SINGER? I’ve heard better caterwauling from cats in heat. I swear, people were DEAF when they voted for her…or they only voted because she was black, just like they did for Obama. And look what they both got us. Absolutely NOTHING.

James

November 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

I love Fantasia – she’s a great singer who has had some personal problems. Being ‘a good guy’ isn’t enough to make people want to buy your records.

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
2:20 pm

Nice to see at least one person (and only one) likes not only Fantasia, but also to judge others.

rid0617

November 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

American Idol, destroying music since 2002. I don’t waste my time with that show anymore. After the first 2 years it hasn’t been anything but one long infomercial complete with drama from the judges. To be broadly honest there is NOTHING on the idiot box worth watching anymore. Commercials and reality shows.

Deirdre

November 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

Sorry Rosita…but we’re all entitled to an opinion and, last I heard, we can express them here. I thought Lee was awful.

Gotta agree with you about the “F” word, though.

Deirdre

November 26th, 2010
2:49 pm

Fantasia – she’s a great singer who has had some personal problems.

OK. I think the “personal problems” part may qualify as the understatement of the year.

Case Quarter

November 26th, 2010
3:10 pm

A singer having personal issues? Never heard of that before.

wreckedpizza

November 26th, 2010
3:15 pm

Interesting numbers, Rodney. I don’t LIKE them a frickin’ bit, but they are interesting.

I know my taste musically differs from the majority but how the heck can Blake Lewis sell 98,000 units and then Diana DeGarmo and Lee Dewyze sell WAY below that. That is just madness.

Pfft, and again I say pfft.

RK

November 26th, 2010
3:30 pm

boots

November 26th, 2010
3:46 pm

Our family met Katharine McPhee last night at the tree lighting. I am not a big fan, but she sang the Christmas music really well, and she was very nice to us and our kids.

Rosita

November 26th, 2010
4:07 pm

Deirdre,
Of course we’re all allowed to express our opinions on here . . . !!!! All I’m objecting to is the bitter, bilious rancor that some use to vent about Lee.

Josh

November 26th, 2010
4:10 pm

Like Fantasia really gives a damn about what you idiots think of her. LMAO!!

blue_moon916

November 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Jennifer Hudson who was finished in 7th place during season three has had more record sales than most of the 1st place American Idol winners.

Deirdre

November 26th, 2010
4:35 pm

Deirdre

November 26th, 2010
11:57 am

Congrats to Lee. ;-)

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
12:14 pm

LOLZ

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
12:33 pm

I know album sales are down, but Lee sold less than Justin (not a slam of Justin, but just a comparision).

You’re gonna have to show me the bilious and the bitter in those 3 posts. All I see is snark. And if we can’t get snarky on here then we might as well all take our toys and go home.

We all have favorites that others don’t like. Shall we talk about some of my previous favorites who took(and still take) the brunt of much of the snark? Kat McPhee? Constantine? I thought they were great but I had to maintain my sense of humor cuz I was mostly alone in those feelings.

What about all the snark directed at Taylor Hicks? It’s easy to take if you don’t like him or didn’t vote for him…but not so much fun if he’s one of your favorites. Ask Mike S.

All I’m saying is defend Lee all you want but don’t expect people who didn’t like him to stop snarking about him.

Whatever

November 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Hopefully American Idol will become a thing of the past very soon. The show wore out its welcome a long time ago.

Idolotor

November 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

Who is buying Skanktasia music? Anyway, Lee is a class act with a great voice

CrackerHater

November 26th, 2010
4:58 pm

To GottaBeKidding- You really gotta be kidding because for 400 years the white man was President and let’s not forget the last white President is the one responsible for leaving the mess that we are in. So keep that crap about only voting because Obama is Black. About time we had some change to see what really can be accomplished, but I’m sure you’re one of those Reagan/Bush Republicans or TEA BAGGERS that want to restore America to what it was! Crackers that look down on others that have more color in their skin. Like Crackers are entitled to something more than any other citizen. Next you will probably ask for a curfew for all Non-Crackers so you can go to your Klan rallies in peace.
CRACKERS!!!! The world would definitely be better without them!

Rosita

November 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

Deirdre, I guess I didn’t make my point clear earlier. It is not the snarking I’m objecting to. It’s the vicious, take-no-prisoners hatefulness that some use in criticizing him simply because they don’t think he sings as well as another person. That degree of rage ain’t about a boy singer, a ‘tall. Just my opinion. I can express it, right?

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

“Kat McPhee? Constantine? I thought they were great but I had to maintain my sense of humor cuz I was mostly alone in those feelings.”

I wonder if they sold more than Lee did in their first week ;)

“for 400 years the white man was President” please enroll in a US History course, and actually pay attention.

NIKKI

November 26th, 2010
5:53 pm

America is over AI.

Judy

November 26th, 2010
5:54 pm

I was shocked when I saw Lee’s album in the store. I didn’t even know he had one out. Where’s all the advertisement he’s supposed to get? I bought it!! Love ya Lee!!

Deirdre

November 26th, 2010
6:24 pm

LOL! JT re 400 years of white Presidents

Rosita, because you appeared to be referring to the exchange JT and I had about Lee, which was about as far from “bitter” as anyone can get, I thought that you had a problem with what we had said. If you were doing a preemptive hit to stop someone from saying something mean even before they actually said it, then I’m confused. If it’s ok to slam Fantasia’s voice then it should be ok to go after Lee’s.

Rosita

November 26th, 2010
7:11 pm

I wasn’t referring to that exchange.
I was referring to the over-the-top vitriol that some posters adopt when slamming Lee, in a tempestuous manner far disproportionate to the teapot of whether someone is a “good” singer or not. I suggested Skanktasia because there is much to dislike about her, far beyond her voice.

Harm

November 26th, 2010
7:58 pm

I see Kanye has posted on here today!

Nutmeg

November 26th, 2010
8:21 pm

Well, I’m not buying Lee’s album. I will, however, be buying Bowersox’s “Farmer’s Daughter” CD. I’m interested to see how she does. IMO, she’s one of the best musicians ever to hit Idol. Also looking forward to her acting debut as an accused murderer! Go Sox.

I don’t approve of Fantasia’s personal life, but I don’t approve of John McCain’s personal life, Newt Gingrich’s, or Eliot Spitzer’s–and I think theirs are more relevant to their jobs. Come to think of it, I don’t approve of Bristol Palin’s personal life, but some of the same folks who call Fantasia “Skantasia” seem to be the ones who defend single mom Bristol on DWTS–and there’s a woman who can’t dance. I call hypocrisy if one cheers Palin and boos Fantasia and calls it personal life. Actually, I’d call it racism, too. Let’s be clear, though, that if one wants to boo both Fantasia and Bristol Palin, that’s a tenable moral position. A little silly to hold our entertainers to that, but whatever makes one happy.

For me, Fantasia gave the absolute, bar-none best AI performance of all seasons, and that terrible personal life of hers is probably what fueled the pain that made her “Summertime” so powerful.

Lilly

November 26th, 2010
8:31 pm

People on this board are always asking why did Fantasia beat Diana, well here’s the answer:

No. 8, Fantasia, “Free Yourself” (240,000)
No. 52, Diana DeGarmo, “Blue Skies” (47,000)

To date, Diana has only sold 168,000 copies of her debut album. It’s not a surprise that Fantasia still has a recording contract, while Diana has been toiling away doing musical theater.

Lilly

November 26th, 2010
8:32 pm

At least Diana is no longer the lowest selling contestant who finished in the top two.

CJB

November 26th, 2010
9:00 pm

Lee alsome voice makes better song than half the junk out there now a days

Fantasia Rocks!

November 26th, 2010
9:04 pm

Fantasia rocks! If you don’t like her, get over it.

XA

November 26th, 2010
9:30 pm

If someone had told me that Lee sold 39k in his native state Illinois, even THAT I would have found disappointing considering the massive amount of support he had there. People were parading in the streets when he won for god’s sake. But… 39k in the WHOLE COUNTRY!? Wow. There are no words to describe that.

Deirdre

November 26th, 2010
9:31 pm

I call hypocrisy if one cheers Palin and boos Fantasia and calls it personal life. Actually, I’d call it racism, too.

Wow! How did we get there? I don’t recall anyone on this blog cheering for Bristol Palin. And if we were JUST talking about teenage unwed pregnancy then you absolutely COULD compare the 2. And since many of us on this blog voted for Fantasia(KNOWING about her teenaged pregnancy) after that sterling performance that you mentioned, calling anyone here racist because we’re not particularly pleased by her more recent adventures in adultery and fake suicide attempts is almost laughable. What does her race have to do with anything?

As for Lee…I don’t recall any vitriol when talking about him other than right after he won. Since then, most discussions of Lee center on his voice (not his personality) and whether or not we like it. Many(not all) of us don’t…but vitriol? I must’ve missed something. Or maybe I’m just interpreting the jokes differently.

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
10:04 pm

“Actually, I’d call it racism” thinking it’s racism when no racism is involved I would define as being racist. Granted, and I really need to get used to saying this as it is something I’ll need to repeat for the rest of my life… the concept of there being different races of humans is a myth.

I don’t have any reason to slam Bristol, but shall we compare Fantasia to LeeAnn or… hmm you’d think that as we’ve had this exact conversation many many times that I’d remember all the other celebrity names that I equally condemn. But, wait, I can’t think of anyone that I can condemn as much as I do Fantasia, because I can’t think of another celebrity that has slept with a married man, had an abortion, attempted suicide, and them profited from it all on her reality show (and album sales). Nope, can’t think of anyone else like that, so I guess I AM singling Fantasia out. However, by all means point out another person who has done the same thing and I’ll be just as disgusted by them, regardless of what mystical sub category of humans you have decided to place them in.

For Lee: I’ll admit that I mock the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of support for him, and that all of last season basically stunk. I also mock that he, and most of this seasons top 12, had no personality (including the #2 person last year). I don’t mock his singing ability, because I don’t have a problem with it, just like I didn’t have a problem with Taylor Hicks ability to sing, yet up until earlier this year I was still asking “Taylor who?”

Lilly

November 26th, 2010
10:21 pm

JTesla, since all of the stuff that you mentioned happened this year, and within the last few months, do you mind explaining the reasoning behind the ignorant garbage that has been thrown at Fantasia for years on this blog?

On the other hand, don’t. It’s not like it matters. So many spend their time trashing Fantasia on this board, even when she doesn’t even fit the topic, but in the meantime all she’s doing is living her dream, and not giving a darn about what people, who don’t even know her, have to say on a message board.

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
10:34 pm

“do you mind explaining the reasoning behind the ignorant garbage that has been thrown at Fantasia for years on this blog?”

I know that you said “On the other hand, don’t” but I feel the need to point out how DUMB that question was. How the heck do you expect me to answer for what other people have done? Really? Tell you what, obviously you were here, so YOU explain to me the reasoning behind the “ignorant garbage”. Prior to this year I only had a problem with Fantasia’s singing, much like I have a problem with Boy Bands, or Country Music… their just not my thing. So, if you have a problem with something that someone has said, take it up with them, I’m not the keeper of the blog.

JTesla

November 26th, 2010
10:35 pm

their or they’re same difference right?

Chuckles™

November 26th, 2010
10:39 pm

Man, y’all are intense!

Face facts:

1) Idol is a decade-old project to ‘make’ pop stars that Clive Davis & his old record group (he’s moved on) could use to reinvigorate top 40, video & TV. It worked. But it’s old.

2) The company that got the task of promoting the winner has changed. Thru lawsuit, changing players & ownership, the Idol/19 team is different. And they don’t promote the winners the same way they used to. Ask Rodney.

3) Poor Lee won the year that Simon left, Idol got Nigel back & the new record company rights (Now Universal). Anytime talent changes record companies or management, they fall off the radar because the folks that create the PR don’t share with each other. It’s a new group with a new gig.

4) The talent this year was thinner. The producers didn’t do as good a job of stacking the deck as in previous years. Why? Ya’ll called ‘BS’. So a paint salesman from Chicago won. Good luck with that.

As for as past winner totals: all I have to say is the point where Idol changed is after Taylor won.
He was (and is) the least appreciated Idol winner IMHO. The man worked his butt off for everything he’s scratched out. Even if you may disagree with his choices about his career after he won, he is still an electric performer live, and a genuinely nice guy.

sls

November 26th, 2010
11:45 pm

Totally agree Chuckles. Taylor Hicks is an underappreciated talent among the Idol community. It warmed my heart a few weeks ago, however, when Mr. Clint Eastwood handpicked Taylor to sing his “Gran Torino” song for a gala he was being honored at. He’s a smart businessman as well as musician and I really think his time is coming and he will reep the rewards of his hard work… even more so than it already has. A great talent IMO.

Nutmeg

November 27th, 2010
1:33 am

Hey, I’m comparing experiences on two AJC blogs. I just suggest that if anyone seriously condemns Fantasia (particularly during her run on Idol, when all that was known about her was the single mother bit) and seriously supports Bristol Palin, that person needs to take a look in the mirror and ask himself/herself why. I’m not calling anybody racist who looks down on both of them. It’s been my experience when chatting with people live that some of the same people who absolutely *hate* Fantasia are the ones who absolutely *love* Bristol Palin. But during their reality show runs, they were both young single mothers. (I would argue that Fantasia has talent, and Bristol, to put it charitably, showed some improvement over the course of her run on DWTS).

It’s not racist to point out racism where racism is real. And if you have two single moms on reality shows but one is black and one is white–and one is trashed while the other is supported–that’s racism. I’m not accusing anyone at this blog, but I’m suggesting that there are folks who feel that way.

And if anyone here is among them, I suggest a good look in the mirror to ask yourself why.

(I’m white, by the way, and I didn’t buy Fantasia’s CD. Not my favorite type of music. But the girl is pure talent).

JTesla

November 27th, 2010
2:57 am

“if you have two single moms on reality shows but one is black and one is white–and one is trashed while the other is supported–that’s racism”

Or one is a nobody whose mother happens to have a lot of rabid followers. Racism is stupid, but not all stupidity is racism.

wreckedpizza

November 27th, 2010
5:01 am

Lilly

November 26th, 2010
8:31 pm
People on this board are always asking why did Fantasia beat Diana, well here’s the answer:

No. 8, Fantasia, “Free Yourself” (240,000)
No. 52, Diana DeGarmo, “Blue Skies” (47,000)

Really? If that logic holds, then how did Kris beat Adam? Huh? Try again.

Oh, big BTW, I think Diana’s doing pretty well “toiling” away in musical theater. She’ll probably be okay, y’know.

Deirdre

November 27th, 2010
7:09 am

Morning!

Racism is stupid, but not all stupidity is racism. Thanks JT!

What is stupid is jumping on the racism bandwagon when so many other factors are at play.

Politics is generating a lot more hate in this country right now than racism.

The fact that Fantasia won Idol despite your contention that everyone hated her because of her unwed mother status completely disallows your claim of racism. Since that are the only negative that Fantasia and Bristol have in common, your argument just doesn’t work.

This blog did NOT start denigrating Fantasia “years ago”. It started 2 or 3 years ago when Fantasia appeared as a guest on Idol, wearing one of the trashiest hoochie-mama outfits the world has seen and “singing” in a high-pitched, screeching voice that made Adam Lambert sound like an Luciano Pavorati.

Add to that, her recent forays into husband theft(and she’s proud of it) and fake suicide attempts and frankly…she gets what many of us think she deserves.

The animosity towards her has almost nothing at all to do with her being an unwed mother.

Deirdre

November 27th, 2010
8:21 am

Contrary to popular belief, no, English is not a second language for me. :-(

Highlander

November 27th, 2010
8:40 am

Lee’s CD has the lowest first week sales of any previous winner??? How surprising!! (Where’s that damn sarcasm emoticon we’ve been asking for?!?)

Sorry, Rosita, but Lee is definitely the nice guy who should have finished last. JMHO.

Lilly

November 27th, 2010
9:36 am

wreckedpizza, of course Adam’s numbers weren’t helped a lot by all of the media attention that he received leading up to his album being released. No other idol winner or finalist has ever received the amount of exposure that Adam got. And conversely, Kris was hurt by the press putting down his win, and rewriting history concerning the way that he won.

I never said that Diana is hurting, but unlike Fantasia, she’s not making a living performing her own music or putting out albums, which was the reason why she competed on American Idol.

Deirdre

November 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Lilly, I agree with you in principle, but I don’t think we can know all the reasons why someone competes on Idol. Taylor Hicks said, long before he failed as a recording artist, that his preferred place to be a performer is in small venues across the country. If we accept that he meant that, then he has been very successful by his standards.

I do think that Diana has made every effort to kick start a recording career but has not been successful in that area. However, she DOES make a good living singing…so good for her.

And none of us can deny that Fantasia has managed to make a good living singing as well…and that she has success as a recording artist. It’s all the other crap that knocks her off that pedestal.

And yes, I agree again…Kris(who is a good singer and a good person) was hurt by Adam’s popularity. There was such an enormous contrast between 1st and 2nd placers that year that it would have been very difficult for either singer to step out of the shadow of the fans of the other.

Deirdre

November 27th, 2010
9:58 am

And I’ve always believed that we can’t judge if an Idol is successful or not until their second album is released. The first one is always qualified by fans from Idol trying to prove that their choice is the best. It’s when a singer steps beyond the Idol stage and starts appealing to non-Idol watchers that any true success is measured.

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

November 27th, 2010
9:59 am

Lee’s the nice guy who should have been cut top 24-12.

JP

November 27th, 2010
10:10 am

I just finished listening to it. It’s really good. Lee sounds awesome. He wrote a lot too. Go to itunes and buy it. You’ll like it.

Rosita

November 27th, 2010
10:17 am

Ok, everybody: NEVER MIND!!!!
But, seriously, this thread demonstrates the power and validity of our bloggers. We elicit some significant commentary even in disagreement.
The problem with Fantasia is not her singing but her behavior. She’s “living out her dream”??? Really? She dreamed of adultery, abortion and suicide? Get real.

Deirdre

November 27th, 2010
10:39 am

We elicit some significant commentary even in disagreement.

It’s what I love about the place, Rosita. It may validate our arguments or it may totally pizz us off…either way is great!

Nana

November 27th, 2010
10:56 am

Morning.

All this controversy over Tasia and Lee is mindboggling and arduous to say the least. It seems like one blogger wants to aggrandize idols over another blogger. Each and everyone of us has our favorites and we state it. However, it doesn’t mean that we hate other idols because they aren’t our faves. I happen not to agree with Tansia’s lifestyle, but again, that doesn’t mean I hate her. I state my opinion about how I think of her and say it. That doesn’t make me racist or hateful.

There are some who will be querulous no matter who, what, the subject is and no one nor anything will change their minds. They will always prevaricate the truth.

The fact is that we ALL have a right to our opinions and are free to state said opinions, and no one has to agree with them. We just need to agree to disagree and not get our panties in a wad.

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

November 27th, 2010
11:04 am

Jackie Evancho (AGT) sold 239,000 at age 10.

sls

November 27th, 2010
12:08 pm

Deirdre – Taylor is comfortable and has been very successful in a variety of venues – not just small ones. He has played and sold out some of most prestigeous halls in the country, including the Ryman in TN, the Warfield in SF and the Beacon in NYC. He had the 27th highest grossing concert tour on ‘07 and was also criticallly praised for his role in Grease on Broadway and his ability to sell out shows on the cross country tour with them. He will be expanding his talents to TV and Film next year, so he’s certainly not a 1 trick pony as is 99.9% of all of Idol graduates. The man is full of talent and is successful in just about anyone’s standards of the word – especially his own. Word has it he made over $3.5 million in 18 months between ‘09-’10.

Dena

November 27th, 2010
12:23 pm

Jennifer Hudson has not sold more albums then most of the previous winners. She has less than 750,000 unless you are counting from Jordin Sparks and later. The winners from seasons 1 through 5 all their first albums sold over a million heck some even closer to or over two million.

I really wish Ruben Studdard would get his numbers up. I LOVE his tone in his voice. He needs better material.

As for Fantasia I like her music. I give a hoot about her personal life that’s between her and God.

Man season two’s first week sales trumps all other seasons lol. Is that season still the highest rated finale?

Even though I’m not a fan of hers I give Carrie Underwood her props. She has maintained AMAZING sales and grammys. Kelly Clarkson is still getting decent sales too.

lisa gray

November 27th, 2010
12:48 pm

lee dewyze SUCKS he doesnt even compare to the other american idol winners or runners up.

DanielFL

November 27th, 2010
12:49 pm

lee dewyze does suck,.

mike

November 27th, 2010
3:42 pm

One thing the label does is between Idol and release they watch the crowds and the press reviews to see if he’s a winner or loser and from that they decide how much promo. Remember no promo is directly proportional to success.Also don’t forget Sony Bmg RCA bailed out of Idol and only commitment they had was put out an album they did that, Bye Bye I know they screwed Diana even though she won the votes Fanny was ready Di too young and not ready so THEY picked Fanny and boy did she get the Brinks truck for promo. Diana Blue Skies was was left without promo but still managed to sell 261000 plus 80000digital.

Nancy

November 27th, 2010
4:12 pm

[Quote]To date, Diana has only sold 168,000 copies of her debut album. It’s not a surprise that Fantasia still has a recording contract, while Diana has been toiling away doing musical theater.[/Quote]. “Toiling away?” You make Broadway and headlining national touring productions sound like working 16 hrs a day in a sweat shop. I’m not a huge fan of either but it seems to me Diana has not only found a niche that will keep her employed for years to come, she has also avoided becoming a complete trainwreck as a person. Perhaps Fantasia should take some lessons from Diana. Maybe then her life wouldn’t be such a soap opera.

BigMike

November 27th, 2010
6:00 pm

“Jennifer Hudson who was finished in 7th place during season three has had more record sales than most of the 1st place American Idol winners.”

Uh, no. She’s great, but you’re wrong. Her one album went Gold with around 800,0000 sales. All Idol winners, except Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze, have had at least one Platinum album.

BigMike

November 27th, 2010
6:03 pm

I meant 800,000, of course.

NL

November 27th, 2010
6:10 pm

Lilly said “I never said that Diana is hurting, but unlike Fantasia, she’s not making a living performing her own music or putting out albums, which was the reason why she competed on American Idol.”

People go on American Idol to get noticed and to gain a long term career in the entertainment business, be it recording, movies, tv, or theater. Most don’t make it. Others (and Diana seems to be one of them) are still around doing what they love. It’s been six and a half years since season 3. The days of being able to bash Diana in order to prop up Fantasia during a scandal have long since passed.

Lindsey

November 27th, 2010
6:50 pm

Yeah guys, and Taylor Hicks sold 298,000 copies in his first week, look where he is now. It takes a while to be able to judge how he’s going to do. You gotta BeLEEve =)

Maria

November 27th, 2010
9:12 pm

As in years past the winner doesn’t really end up winning and in this case Lee was never the best singer or the most talented.Not cutting him down personally,I am sure he is a nice guy.Just look at Clay Aiken,Chris Daughtry,Adam Lambert,and now Crystal Bowersox.I will bet anyone here she will double or more Lee’s sales.As long as the voting system is what it is the actual winner will be in name only.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

November 27th, 2010
9:22 pm

wow….interesting and vigorous commentary on the blog this thread! and Nana, I pass the proper-and extensive-use-of-the-english-language baton to you, 1000% YOU GO GIRL!

hi everyone…. just a coupla’ months now and it will be time to “start over” for another season…. i just hope that Nigel’s changes and tweaks make it a WHOLE lot better than this past season. Bleh.

sls

November 28th, 2010
1:23 am

Yea, Lindsay, look at where Taylor Hicks is now! Platinum recording artist, owner of his own label, Broadway star, touring artist and author! When Lee Dewyze earns $3.5 million and has accomplish all this, then let’s talk. Snicker.

Mercedes S.

November 28th, 2010
9:09 am

Morning!

Active and hectic TG weekend, here in Savannah and on the blog! Enjoyed seeing the numbers, Rodney, thanks. Taylor Hicks album sold almost ten times as well as Lee’s…that was interesting.

DOn’t want to start an abortion debate, but at least Fangtasia spared one child from what might have been a difficult early life.

Mercedes S.

November 28th, 2010
9:20 am

Between cooking/eating/talking turkey and Black Friday shopping I have been absorbed by a book I want to recommend – it’s my most fascinating read of the year: “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick.

Kim Il-sung and his spawn Kim Jong-il put Hitler and Stalin to shame. I didn’t know much about N.K., and this opened my eyes to the problems the world – especially the U.S. – can expect from this troubled and troublesome country.

Anne

November 28th, 2010
11:57 am

Why are you guys wasting your time looking at the first week results anyway? They mean absolutely nothing. The highest selling Idol finalist is Clay Aiken who out sold both Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson by almost 300,000 in the first week and it meant zip to what happened to their careers. I like Clay fine but don’t think anyone would argue that Carrie Underwood has not had a more successful career. Would you? It’s so dumb to even look at those sales much less report on them. It is misleading. Look at how misleading it is, Rueben Studdard totally buried Adam Lambert in first week sales so please tell me what it means here? It is such a waste of time.

Lori

November 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

Mercedes, thanks so much for the book recommendation. I’m so fascinated with North Korea, so I’ve just ordered it from Amazon.

wreckedpizza

November 28th, 2010
12:29 pm

Lilly- you made some valid points so I guess I will just let it ride. I, like some others, can get a little prickly when my personal fave (Diana, obviously) suffers the slings and arrows. As others have noted it has made for interesting commentary.

I continue to wish success for all these folks whether I care for them or not. They competed in front of millions and that’s something I’ll never be able to say I did! 8-)

Mercedes S.

November 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Lori, you made my morning! You won’t be disappointed… let me know what you think!

Deirdre

November 28th, 2010
12:48 pm

Anne…I think the point of the piece was to compare the Idol winners first sales numbers. Don’t think it was meant to predict future success or failure. It also doesn’t really take into account that cd sales in general are much lower now that they were 8 years ago.

It was just an interesting tidbit. We like interesting tidbits…they tend to encourage chatting.

KYLE ANN DAVIS

November 28th, 2010
10:50 pm

I love Lee Dewzye debut cd Its awesome!! He’s a great guy with a heart of gold!!! I would rather him rise slowly and be around for awhile then have one hit!!! i can’t believe Taylor Swift who cant sing a note sells more than a person with a great voice!!! what a world we live in!!!!

JTesla

November 29th, 2010
1:16 am

Interesting that you would talk of Lee AND Taylor.

Oh wait, I wasn’t going to do that was I?

Deirdre

November 29th, 2010
7:17 am

Morning!

IMO, Taylor Swift is just as good a singer as Lee. ;-)

Rosita

November 29th, 2010
8:14 am

No no no no no let’s not go there anymore!

Nana

November 29th, 2010
8:16 am

Good Morning!

Lee and Taylor are equal in singing talent as far as I’m concerned! Neither are that good.

Rickster

November 29th, 2010
8:34 am

Morning, everyone. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday and extended weekend.

Too much to post on in the time I’ve been away… so all I can say is I have a newfound appreciation for Kat McPhee!

Rickster

November 29th, 2010
8:37 am

And thanks to everyone who posted their well-wishes in the Ryan retrospective thread that was the last one before I boogied out of town. :-)

Nana

November 29th, 2010
8:53 am

Welcome back Rickster. Hope you and family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Deirdre

November 29th, 2010
9:00 am

Welcome back, Rickster…we missed you!

Anybody else cyber-shopping today? I’ve bought a couple of things but haven’t really gone too crazy…I figure the best deals will be in a couple of weeks when the retailers start worrying that their stock isn’t depleting fast enough. Do they EVER think their stock is depleting fast enough?

wreckedpizza

November 29th, 2010
9:01 am

IMO, Taylor just cannot sing; Lee tries and I think does a much better job.

Now if you wanna talk about looks…give it to Taylor, especially with straight hair… :-)

Rickster

November 29th, 2010
9:02 am

Weirdest thing happened while I was in Florida.

Wife & I were sitting out in the lanai (that’s Floridian for screened-in porch, I think) when I heard what I thought was a duck quacking on the other side of the fence in the back yard.

Curious… I climbed up on the fence and looked over.

Lo and behold… it was Fantasia!

Wh@t the #$%^

Rickster

November 29th, 2010
9:02 am

Weirdest thing happened while I was in Florida.

Wife & I were sitting out in the lanai (that’s Floridian for screened-in porch, I think) when I heard what I thought was a duck quacking on the other side of the fence in the back yard.

Curious… I climbed up on the fence and looked over.

Lo and behold… it was Fantasia!

Wh@t the #$%^

Rickster

November 29th, 2010
9:21 am

Dang! Double post!

Harriett

November 29th, 2010
9:23 am

Good morning all! Thanksgiving was really great. I have been reading the posts from the past few days, but I don’t have anything to contribute to the conversation. My favorite, Mike Lynche, did not win, so I did not really care about those left. The whole season was a disaster. Bring on the new one!

Woodpappy

November 29th, 2010
9:38 am

That’s what you get for climbing the fence and looking over Rickster…LOL

Rickster

November 29th, 2010
9:51 am

And on a sad note…. Leslie Neilsen has passed away. Never much cared for him in the “Naked Gun” series… but loved him in “Airplane.”

“Surely you can’t be serious!”

“I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”

Classic!!

Deirdre

November 29th, 2010
9:59 am

LOL Rickster…on the duck.

Very sad about Mr Neilsen! He was a talented dramatic actor as well…one of my favorite old-timey movies is Forbidden Planet. He was excellent.

kelly&carriefan

November 29th, 2010
10:29 am

Hey y’all,

Wow, seems I missed a lot…yet not.

Anyway, wreckedpizza, I did see your link. Nice!

As for everything else, blah, blah, blah, Kelly and Carrie are the best. The. End. ;)

Rickster

November 29th, 2010
10:36 am

I agree with everything in Nana’s Nov. 27th post (and have said similar things in a much less eloquent manner) except the last sentence:

We just need to agree to disagree and not get our panties in a wad.

For guys, it would need to be “and not get our boxers in a bunch.” :-D