Chart Watch Extra: Phillip Phillips’ Idol Record
Phillip Phillips' "Home" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. This marks the first time that an American Idol winner's "coronation song" has sold 2 million copies. The previous best-seller among coronation songs was David Cook's "The Time Of My Life," which has sold 1,463,000 copies.
"Home," which has the rootsy appeal of Mumford & Sons, entered the Hot 100 at #10 in June, the week after Phillips was crowned the Season 11 winner. It then tumbled down the chart until NBC featured the song during its coverage of the Summer Olympics in August. The week after it was featured on the Olympics, it rebounded from #84 to #9.
Trailing "Home" and "The Time Of My Life" on the list of best-selling coronation songs (also called winners singles) are Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" (1,223,000), Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" (880K), Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" (851K), Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" (790K), Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud" (709K), Fantasia's "I Believe" (559K), Kris Allen's "No Boundaries" (343K), Jordin Sparks' "This Is My Now" (334K) and Lee DeWyze's "Beautiful Day" (186K). (The tallies for the songs from the first five seasons combine digital sales and physical single sales.)
Of course, these artists weren't on a level playing field. Phillips was given an outstanding song that was ideal for his talents. DeWyze wasn't given a new song at all. He was handed a U2 classic and expected to bring something new to it (good luck with that).
The success of "Home" bodes well for Phillips' first studio album, The World From The Side Of The Moon, which is due Nov. 19. It's vying to become the fourth debut album by an Idol winner to enter The Billboard 200 at #1, following Clarkson's Thankful, Studdard's Soulful and McCreery's Clear As Day.
"Home" is the 12th song by an American Idol alumnus (winner or not) to sell 2 million or more copies. Improbably, two of the 12 have the same title. Daughtry's 2007 smash "Home" has sold 2,310,000 copies.