American Idol winner Candice Glover’s coronation song “I Am Beautiful” enters the Hot 100 at #94. That’s the lowest chart debut ever for a coronation song by an Idol winner. That title was formerly held by Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson, whose “A Moment Like This” debuted at #60. (It shot to #1 in its third week.) Every other coronation song has debuted in the top 30.
Six of them, from Ruben Studdard’s “Flying Without Wings” to Phillip Phillips’ “Home”, have debuted in the top 10. Nine have debuted in the top 15. The only other one (besides “I Am Beautiful” and “A Moment Like This”) to fail to debut in the top 15 was Lee DeWyze’s cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day” (#24).
“I Am Beautiful” sold just 48K copies in the week following the show’s finale. That’s the lowest first-week sales tally for the coronation song by an Idol winner since Taylor Hicks’ “Do I Make You Proud” started with sales of 38K in 2006—when overall digital sales were much lower than they are today.
By contrast, Phillips’ “Home” started with sales of 278K copies last year, which set a new record for the fastest start for an Idol winner’s coronation song. (The previous record was held by David Cook’s “The Time Of My Life,” which started with sales of 236K in 2008.Read More »from Week Ending May 19, 2013. Songs: Idol’s Diminishing Returns