Like a lot of “American Idol” numbers this season, sales of the top two’s debut singles are down from last year.
Winner Lee DeWyze entered Billboard’s Digital Songs chart at No. 12 this week with his cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day” selling 95,000 copies. That’s not quite twice as many as runner-up Crystal Bowersox, whose version of Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain” was downloaded 49,000 times (No. 32). DeWyze also has two other tunes on the digital chart: “Hallelujah” (20th) and “The Boxer” (61st), while his and Bowersox’s duet of “Falling Slowly” comes in at No. 38.
Their combined five spots on the Digital Songs chart is half as many as Kris Allen and Adam Lambert had last year, and none were as strong as Allen’s “No Boundaries” (134,000 downloads in its first week) or Lambert’s “Mad World” (115,000), according to Billboard.
Katy Perry, by the way, has the top spot on the digital chart with “California Gurls,” which moved 269,000 copies.
The (relatively) sluggish sales for DeWyze and Bowersox follow a season in which “Idol’s” ratings also fell. The show’s audience fell off about 10 percent for the season, while the May 26 finale was off about 16 percent in viewers and 18 percent in the adults 18-49 demographic.