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.
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.