Idol stats: slight follow-up
Just wanted to address a few comments that came up in the wake of the massive Idol sales stat standings I blasted you with this morning.
> Big Cheese wanted to know if I had any access to worldwide sales, and the answer, sadly, is no. Record companies will often throw out various worldwide and foreign totals, but methods of tallying sales vary considerably (not all countries tabulate them electronically, which leads to various species of estimates or RIAA-like shipping statistics).
> Speaking of RIAA stats, remember, just because something is certified as gold or platinum, it doesn't mean it has actually sold that number. So, responding to David's comment: "Bo's single was certified gold but he's only sold 347,000? ... It's hard to imagine there are 153,000 of his singles still sitting on store shelves" ... Well, it's not so hard to imagine that they're in some warehouse somewhere. Labels overship all the time, based on overly optimistic projections of how a record will sell. (See Jessica Simpson's recent gold certification for an album that's sold less than 250,000.) It goes for Clay, too -- what I listed was what he's actually sold, not what he's certified for.
One more question (a two-parter) follows.
> Batista inquired, "Any chance you can tell the number of singles in the singles and downloads catagories? And is there a chart for downloaded albums?"
They weren't separately listed, but, for instance, Chris' download stats are for Wanted Dead or Alive, and most Season 5 finalists similarly have just the one download from the Idol season anthology. (Katharine has download figures for three tracks: the two on her single and Think from the anthology; Taylor has downloads for Takin' It to the Streets and Do I Make You Proud.)
For singles sales, normally the only single available commercially is the souvenir single. So Carrie's figures are based on sales of Inside Your Heaven; her subsequent country hits were not available as singles. Same situation for Bo and Fantasia, and it's why Josh Gracin and Kellie Pickler have no reported singles sales (they haven't had any physical singles). Some Idols (I'm thinking Clay, Kelly, Ruben) may have had more than one single available -- perhaps some of you fans who bought them can enlighten me?
Finally, there is a chart for download albums, but it does not add up downloads of all the tracks on an album -- it's solely for download purchases of entire albums. And the numbers are very small, generally in the three-figure range, if that.