'American Idol' on the Charts: Phillip Phillips Has Top Rock Album
'American Idol' on the Charts: Phillip Phillips' 'World' Keeps Getting Bigger
'MOON' SHINES: The World from the Side of the Moon is the 11th album by an American Idol winner to debut on the Billboard charts over a span of nine years, five months and three weeks. The set by Phillip Phillips is the ninth to debut in the top 10 of The Billboard 200 and the seventh to debut in the top five. While Moon begins at No. 4 on the main album chart (selling 169,000 copies, according to label 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records), it debuts at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, making Phillips the first Idol winner to top this chart and the second Idol finalist. Daughtry (with season four’s fourth-place Chris Daughtry) has led this list twice; the band’s self-titled debut release began a 14-week reign the week of Dec. 9, 2006, and the follow-up, Leave This Town, ruled for one week on the chart dated Aug. 1, 2009.
Heading up the Rock Albums chart means that Phillips collects his sixth Billboard No. 1 this week, after achieving pole position on five surveys with the single “Home.” Phillips gives the Idol franchise its 370th Billboard chart-topper. To date, Home” has seen sales of over 2.5 million making it the most successful coronation song of any American Idol winner.
Moon rises on a couple of other charts besides The Billboard 200 and Top Rock Albums. On Top Digital Albums, the set is new at No. 2. And on Top Internet Albums, Phillips enters at No. 5.
While “Home” continues to do well, returning to No. 1 on Rock Digital Songs, spending a third week at No. 1 on the Triple A tally, climbing to No. 2 on Adult Top 40 and jumping 12-8 on the Hot 100, a new Phillips song makes its debut this week, on three charts. “Gone, Gone, Gone” (not the Everly Brothers tune of the same name) is not a single yet, but it will be the folliow-up to “Home” and it is new at No. 12 on Bubbling Under the Hot 100, No. 21 on Rock Digital Songs and No. 69 on Hot Digital Songs.
Meanwhile, how does the debut of The World from the Side of the Moon compare to the 10 previous Idol winner first albums when it comes to entering The Billboard 200? Here is a list, in chronological order, of the 11 titles, along with debut dates and first week positions:
Debut Date: Title, Artist, (First Week Position)
May 3, 2003: Thankful, Kelly Clarkson (No. 1)
Dec. 27, 2003: Soulful, Ruben Studdard (No. 1)
Dec. 11, 2004: Free Yourself, Fantasia (No. 8)
Dec. 3, 2005: Some Hearts, Carrie Underwood (No. 2)
Dec. 30, 2006: Taylor Hicks, Taylor Hicks (No. 2)
Dec. 8, 2007: Jordin Sparks, Jordin Sparks (No. 10)
Dec. 6, 2008: David Cook, David Cook (No. 3)
Dec. 5, 2009: Kris Allen, Kris Allen (No. 11)
Dec. 4, 2010: Live It Up, Lee DeWyze (No. 19)
Oct. 22, 2011: Clear as Day, Scotty McCreery (No. 1)
Dec. 8, 2012: The World from the Side of the Moon, Phillip Phillips (No. 4)
Getting into the minutiae of chart trivia, one might notice a pattern in those 11 album titles. The first two were one word each, the next six had two-word titles, then there were two three-word titles, followed by Phillips’ longest title yet for an Idol winner’s debut album, at eight words. At this rate, the season-12 winner will have to come up with a Fiona Apple-length title for their first release.