Week Ending Dec. 23, 2012. Songs: Phillips Makes Idol History
Hundreds of male contestants have walked across the American Idol stage in the past 11 years (Yahoo!’s Idol guru Lyndsey Parker could probably rattle off an exact count), but only one has gone on to record a 3-million-seller. That’s Phillip Phillips, whose “Home” tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. Just three female Idol contestants (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks) have landed 3-million-sellers. They’ve each done it just once. Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” has sold 3,970,000 copies. Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” has sold 3,633,000. “No Air” by Sparks & Chris Brown has sold 3,491,000.
The old sales record for a male Idol contestant was held by a different song, also titled “Home,” by Chris Daughtry’s band Daughtry, which has sold 2,325,000 copies. The old record by a male Idol contestant who remained a solo artist was held by David Archuleta’s “Crush,” which is up to 2,087,000.
“Home” is the 17th song to top the 3 million mark in digital sales in 2012. That extends this year’s record pace—and there’s still one chart week to go in 2012. (The previous record for most 3-million-sellers in a calendar year was set in 2011, when there were 14.)
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week. That’s the longest run at #1 for a song by a male solo artist (excluding collaborations) since Mars’ “Grenade” had four weeks on top in January and February 2011. Mars is already at work on his follow-up: “When I Was Your Man” re-enters the chart at #62.
Rihanna’s “Diamonds” holds at #2 for the third straight week. It’s #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 12th week. That’s the longest run at #1 by any song since Trey Songz’s “Can’t Be Friends” logged 13 weeks on top in 2010-2011. It’s the longest run for a song by a female artist since Alicia Keys’ “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” had 12 weeks on top in 2010. Unlike “Diamonds,” neither of these other songs were big crossover hits. “Can’t Be Friends” stalled at #43 on the Hot 100. “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” peaked at #21.