'American Idol': Lee DeWyze's first-week sales lower than all winners or runner-ups

lee-dewyze-album-320.jpgThe numbers are out for "American Idol" Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze's debut album "Live It Up" and they are not good. The album debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 39,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

And actually, Lee isn't only the lowest-selling winner, but he's lower than any runner-up, beating Diana DeGarmo by 8,000 less albums sold. Now granted, that was in 2004 and this is 2010 -- people don't buy entire albums like they used to. But even just last year, Kris Allen sold 80,000 albums in one week and Glambert sold almost 200,000.

USA Today has compiled all first-week sales figures for each winner and runner-up so that you can compare. We wonder how Crystal Bowersox's "Farmer's Daughter" will do? Her album drops Dec. 14.


Season 8

No. 11, Kris Allen, Kris Allen (80,000)

No. 3, Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment (198,000)

Season 7

No. 3, David Cook, David Cook (280,000)

No. 2, David Archuleta, David Archuleta (183,000)

Season 6

No. 10, Jordin Sparks, Jordin Sparks (119,000)

No. 10, Blake Lewis, Audio Day Dream (98,000)

Season 5

No. 2, Taylor Hicks, Taylor Hicks (298,000)

No. 2, Katharine McPhee, Katharine McPhee (116,000)

Season 4

No. 2, Carrie Underwood, "Some Hearts" (315,000)

No. 4, Bo Bice, "The Real Thing" (227,000)

Season 3

No. 8, Fantasia, Free Yourself (240,000)

No. 52, Diana DeGarmo, Blue Skies (47,000)

Season 2

No. 1, Ruben Studdard, Soulful (417,000)

No. 1, Clay Aiken, Measure of a Man (613,000)

Season 1

No. 1, Kelly Clarkson, Thankful (297,000)

No. 20, Justin Guarini, Justin Guarini (57,000)


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