Phillip Phillips debuts at #4 on Billboard 200

Phillip Phillips moved 169,000 copies of his debut album “From The Side of the Moon” to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200. This 28K short of Scotty McCreery‘s debut album last year which opened with 197K (and then moved on to sell 1,122,000 copies so far) — but it’s well clear of the debut numbers of Kris Allen (80,000) and Lee DeWyze (39,000).

19/Interscope has done a great job with the Idol winners 2 years in a row now and should be commended by the fans. One way of sustaining the credibility of American Idol is by producing musicians who can sell.

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The busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping week has predictably shaken up the Billboard 200 albums chart, sending a diva to No. 1 for the first time and rearranging many of the albums on the tally.

As earlier reported, Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” opens at No. 1 with 238,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking her first chart-topper. The release, her seventh album, follows six earlier top 10 sets dating back to her first album in 2005.

Last week’s leader, One Direction’s “Take Me Home,” falls to No. 3 with 176,000 in its second week (down 67%) while Taylor Swift’s “Red” holds steady at No. 2 with 185,000 (up 28%).

“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips sees his debut album “The World From the Side of the Moon” start at No. 4 with 169,000. The 2011 champ, Scotty McCreery, entered at No. 1 in October of that year with his first album, “Clear as Day.” It bowed with a more robust figure — 197,000.

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