Kris Allen says he doesn't care about album sales or chart debuts, both of which are good things, considering his self-titled debut shared a release date with John Mayer's Battle Studies, Leona Lewis's Echo and 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct, to name just a few.
So, clearly, the competition to top the Billboard albums chart is fierce. And though we won't know the winner until Wednesday morning, when Nielsen Soundscan releases the official numbers, Allen isn't holding his breath. He's already pretty sure he's not going to take the #1 spot — and he's perfectly fine with that.
"I didn't try out for 'Idol' to be #1 on iTunes, I tried out for 'Idol' to make music, and that's what I feel like I'm doing," Allen said. "I'm not trying to go quadruple-platinum, like [fellow "Idol" champ] Carrie Underwood."
Early results have Allen battling it out with the likes of 50, Norah Jones and Justin Bieber for the week's second-highest debut (Mayer's Battle Studies seems to be the odds-on favorite to not only be the week's biggest debut, but the #1 album in the country). And though Allen may say he only cares about making music, he'd be lying if he said he didn't have second thoughts about debuting during such a crowded week.
"I actually talked to [Jive Records], and I was like, 'Are you sure we want to come out on this day?'" he laughed. "I mean, John Mayer, Leona Lewis ... 50 Cent. I'm scared of him. He got shot, dude. I've never gotten shot. John Mayer hasn't been shot. Leona Lewis, she got punched, but she didn't get shot though. It's 50 Cent, dude."