After a lackluster "American Idol" season and a finale with the second-lowest ratings in the show's history, this year's top two, winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox, already had their work cut out for them.
The long haul begins this week with the debut of their respective first official singles on the digital charts. And so far, the numbers are, well, modest. According to preliminary figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, DeWyze's cover of U2's "Beautiful Day" will come in at #10 on the Current Digital Tracks chart, selling just over 95,000 copies, which is 25 percent less than last year's champ, Kris Allen, sold with his almost universally panned coronation song, "No Boundaries."
With final SoundScan numbers due later today, Nielsen Entertainment Vice President Chris Muratore told USA Today that DeWyze and Bowersox are trending much lower than Allen and season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert.
"It's about half the sales total of Kris Allen and Adam Lambert following the finale last year," Muratore said of the season-nine pair's combined download total of around 400,000. While Allen and Lambert placed 25 songs in the top 200 during their finale week, DeWyze and Bowersox managed to chart only nine songs among the top 200 downloads.
The other four DeWyze songs in the top 200 were "Hallelujah" (#20, 63,000), "Falling Slowly" (duet with Bowersox, #32, 44,000), "The Boxer" (#55, 26,000), "Everybody Hurts" (#72, 22,000) , "Simple Man" (#107, 14,000) and "You're Still the One" (#192, 6,000). Bowersox's cover of Patti Griffin's "Up to the Mountain" landed at #25 (49,000), followed by "Black Velvet" (#102, 15,000) and "Me and Bobby McGee" (#105, 14,000).
Both DeWyze and Bowersox have already signed major-label deals, and if they follow the previous pattern of "Idol" top finishers, their debuts should be released around November or December.
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