Lee DeWyze Has Poorest Album Debut of Any ‘Idol’ Winner

by | November 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM | American Idol, TV News

'American Idol' Winner Lee DeWyze (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

'American Idol' Winner Lee DeWyze (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

American Idol‘ winner Lee DeWyze is discovering that winning isn’t everything. His debut album “Live it Up” sold a paltry 39,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 19 on the Billboard chart, a new low among winners or runners-up of the singing competition.

It under-performed the previous low of Diana DeGarmo’s “Blue Skies” in 2004, which had 47,000. Even Justin Guarini, the season one runner-up, did better with 57,000.

But there’s hope that last season’s runner-up Crystal Bowersox will fare better with the Dec. 14 release of her “Farmer’s Daughter.” The releases of past runners up Adam Lambert (198,000 over Kris Allen’s 80,000) and Clay Aiken (613,000 over Ruben Studdard’s 417,000) fared better than their season’s winners.

Here’s the full report, courtesy of Billboard:

2009
No. 11, Kris Allen, “Kris Allen” (80,000)
No. 3, Adam Lambert, “For Your Entertainment” (198,000)

2008
No. 3, David Cook, “David Cook” (280,000)
No. 2, David Archuleta, “David Archuleta” (183,000)

2007
No. 10, Jordin Sparks, “Jordin Sparks” (119,000)
No. 10, Blake Lewis, “Audio Day Dream” (98,000)

2006
No. 2, Taylor Hicks, “Taylor Hicks” (298,000)
No. 2, Katharine McPhee, “Katharine McPhee” (116,000)

2005
No. 2, Carrie Underwood, “Some Hearts” (315,000)
No. 4, Bo Bice, “The Real Thing” (227,000)

2004
No. 8, Fantasia, “Free Yourself” (240,000)
No. 52, Diana DeGarmo, “Blue Skies” (47,000)

2003
No. 1, Ruben Studdard, “Soulful” (417,000)
No. 1, Clay Aiken, “Measure of a Man” (613,000)

2002
No. 1, Kelly Clarkson, “Thankful” (297,000)
No. 20, Justin Guarini, “Justin Guarini” (57,000)