Hundreds of male contestants have walked across the American Idol stage in the past 11 years (Yahoo!’s Idol guru Lyndsey Parker could probably rattle off an exact count), but only one has gone on to record a 3-million-seller. That’s Phillip Phillips, whose “Home” tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. Just three female Idol contestants (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks) have landed 3-million-sellers. They’ve each done it just once. Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” has sold 3,970,000 copies. Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” has sold 3,633,000. “No Air” by Sparks & Chris Brown has sold 3,491,000.
The old sales record for a male Idol contestant was held by a different song, also titled “Home,” by Chris Daughtry’s band Daughtry, which has sold 2,325,000 copies. The old record by a male Idol contestant who remained a solo artist was held by David Archuleta’s “Crush,” which is up to 2,087,000.
“Home” is the 17th song to top the 3 million mark in digital sales in 2012. That extends this year’s record pace—and there’s still one chart week to go in 2012. (The previous record for most 3-million-sellers in a calendar year was set in 2011, when there were 14.)Read More »from Week Ending Dec. 23, 2012. Songs: Phillips Makes Idol History