Idol Season 5 downloads: The standings
I thought it would be interesting to see the total download statistics on the 12 finalists, and determine how they stack up. Each finalist had a downloadable track on the Idol anthology, Season 5 Encores; then there's two more downloadable tracks from Katharine, My Destiny and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, plus one more from Taylor, Do I Make You Proud -- those three, it should be mentioned, along with Taylor's B-side, Takin' It to the Streets, which was also on the album, got a lot more publicity and promotion than the others.
So here, thanks to the friendly folks at Nielsen SoundScan, are the numbers (rounded off; through Aug. 6):
Download rank Show rank Idol/song title Downloads
1 1 Taylor/Do I Make You Proud 114,000
2 4 Chris/Wanted Dead or Alive 94,000
3 1 Taylor/Takin' It to the Streets 69,000
4 2 Katharine/Somewhere Over the Rainbow 67,000
5 2 Katharine/My Destiny 47,000
6 3 Elliott/Moody's Mood for Love 23,000
7 2 Katharine/Think 21,000
8 7 Ace/Father Figure 11,000
9 5 Paris/Midnight Train to Georgia 9,100
10 6 Kellie/Walkin' After Midnight 8,400
11 9 Mandisa/I'm Every Woman 7,400
12 12 Melissa/What About Love 6,400
13 8 Bucky/Superstition 4,000
14 10 Lisa/Signed Sealed Delivered 3,700
15 11 Kevin/When I Fall in Love 2,600
A few comments follow:
> Not surprising to see Taylor and Katharine near the top; no one else had that kind of a push. Big points for Chris; as noted before, he had some scattered rock radio play, but his high standing is a testiment to his fan base.
> Overall the numbers are dwarfed by big non-idol hits (Gnarls Barkley's Crazy is north of 850,000).
> Good relative showing for Elliott, who edged Katharine's album cut, Think.
> Surprisingly strong showings for Ace and, of all people, Melissa, both scoring ahead of finalists who lasted longer on the show.
> My faith in humanity's innate good taste is somewhat restored by seeing Kevin finish dead last.