Candice Glover’s Single Has Worst First-Week Sales Of Any American Idol Winner
Not many can outdo the sales for Phillip Phillips’ American Idol coronation song, “Home”. The single, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was downloaded an astonishing 278,000 times in his first week after winning Season 11. It has the biggest digital sales week for any of the former winners, and even became the unofficial anthem of last summer’s London Olympics.
The bottom line? We didn’t expect that recent Idol winner Candice Glover’s coronation song, “I Am Beautiful,” would reach the status of “Home” — but according to americanidolnet.com, it hasn’t even done as well as Season 9's Lee DeWyze and his lackluster cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day”.
There were 54,000 downloads of “I Am Beautiful” in the first week of sales for Candice’s winning song. Runner-up Kree Harrison hasn’t fared much better, with her single “All Cried Out” coming in at 24,000 downloads. Sadly, Candice was even beat out by Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina’s rather schmaltzy “Like My Mother Does,” which garnered about 122,000 downloads in the first week after the finale. In comparing the first week of sales of all the Idol winners, Candice comes in dead last:
1) Ruben Studdard, “Flying Without Wings” – 286,000
It could be the fact the song was a lemon, but we’re not so sure. Here’s the thing — we love Candice, but (you knew there was a but coming, right?) we still stick by our belief that Angie Miller’s music has more widespread appeal. Candice’s vocals are unparalleled but she hasn’t really shown us exactly what kind of artist she wants to be... yet.