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Idol's Bowersox Outsells Winner Lee DeWyze

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Another American Idol runner-up outsells the first place winner!

Despite coming in second place during AI's ninth season, Crystal Bowersox's debut album Farmer's Daughter posted higher sales during its first week than first place winner Lee Dewyze's debut, which hit stores in November.

Farmer's Daughter outsold almost 19,000 more units than DeWyze's Live It Up in its first week, selling 58,000 copies.

While the album did better than her fellow contestant's debut, sales were still weak compared to previous season's winners and runner-up contestants. Her album only ranked higher than first-season runner-up Justin Guaurini, which sold 57,000 copies and third-season runner-up, Diana Degarmo, which sold 47,000 copies.


Compared to runner-ups like Adam Lambert, who wold 198,000 copies of his album For Your Entertainment and second-season runner-up, Clay Aiken, who sold 613,000 copies of his album, Measure Of A Man, in its first week, Bowersox barely made a dent on the Billboard charts.

It doesn't seem like AI is really producing music idols anymore. Can the 10th season bring in another successful singer? What do U think?

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29 comments to “Idol's Bowersox Outsells Winner Lee DeWyze”

  1. 1

    Well they both SUCK.
    And the boy is boring as hell!…and ugly.

  2. 2

    totally forgot about them..

  3. GG78 says – reply to this


    Who & Who ?????

  4. 4

    She should play Janis Joplin in the biopic.

  5. 5

    AI does put some good singers in the spotlight but other than Carrie Underwood and maybe Kelly Clarkson and Daughtry, no one has really hit it big. Who knows how this season will go with the new judges, but I will watch at least a couple of times. I loved Crystal last season and hope she keeps on making music.

  6. 6

    You can't go on how many copies sell anymore. WHO pays for music anymore? Not me. I downloaded Crystal's album weeks ago before it was released. It's really good.

  7. 7

    I think AI has seen it's last days! Have NO desire to watch this season with this new panel of judges. J.Lo? Was that really the best they could come up with?

  8. 8

    they were so lame…wgaf about these 2…ugly and subway talent….actually is good simon left….!!!!!

  9. 9

    You will be hearing a lot more from Crystal. Her album is awesome and she is turning up everywhere. She will not be fading away anytime soon.

  10. 10

    The problem with American Idol is that they want to find something different and new. But in the real world people usually gravitate towards the pop icons Britney, Taylor, Justin. They dont buy songs that are not dance worthy unless it is by an artist they already know and love. which is why kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are the only AI winners who have ever made it to the big leagues.

  11. 11

    I like Crystal.. I love this new song in her album called "Farmer's Daughter".. But Season 9 was too boring no one really remembers half of the top 10.

  12. 12

    Her cover of 'For What it's Worth' is excellent. I'd like to see her leave the mainstream and go indie.

  13. 13

    Both boring!!

  14. 14

    It's too bad because Lee's album is good. I blame it on poor marketing.

  15. 15

    I had no idea either of their CD's had dropped. Maybe if there was a bit more marketing going on…. Now that I know, running out to get Crystals!

  16. 16

    Music industry is not what it use to be when AI first Started. MTV still played some Videos and people still bought music. Today you got to look for Videos on Youtube and People just by singles from iTunes, or Download the whole thing illegally.

  17. 17

    you will find a winner each season
    but you wont find a star.

  18. 18

    Its kind of a shame Lee's album isn't selling very well. I bought it and its actually very good–definitely worth the purchase! His single is catchy…but other songs on the album are way better. I honestly think Lee will do well once he is more experienced in the business and allowed to make his own choices.

  19. 19

    American Idol has never produced an idol. Ever. And as long as it continues to manufacture products instead of allowing people to show their own talent and creativity it never will

  20. 20

    who cares about this white trash idiot.

  21. 21

    Crystal is a hell of lot better than the Lee and Lambert. Her album is really solid and stayed true to what she was on the show and is the first time Idol has let ANY of their artists have a hand in writing 8 songs from their debut album. Lambert had a hell of a lot more publicity and practically gave his album away on Amazon the first week. The fans and most of the critics are happy with where Crystal is right now, and I'm sure she is too.

  22. 22

    This toothless hippie sold some records? Well I'll be damned.

  23. 23

    if the judges would focus more on "popular" music and not all this "singer/songwriter" crap, maybe they can make a comeback. getting rid of kara d from the panel is a step in the right direction. get back to finding contestants who can appeal to a broad audience, not just people u would see on the subway.

  24. 24

    Lee's cd is very good, I do agree there wasnt much marketing for the cd or Lee. But i do know that Crystal dropped her price for her cd to $5.99 which is why she sold more cds.

  25. 25

    She looks cute in her Energy Muse (@energymuse) Chakra necklace! Congrats to her:)

  26. 26

    Drop the price to $5.99 just a couple weeks after it released? No wonder a lot of people will buy, because it cost so cheap. But anyway, I didn't watch the AI last season. It was so boring. I don't know if the new judges will help that show (AI) rating. J. Lo is not my cup of tea, she is not a good singer either. Sorry AI 10……I'll pass.

  27. 27

    why is this a shock? The runner ups always beat out the winners. Adam lost idol, ans now he's getting his name on Gammy's. America always makes the wrong vote

  28. 28

    Re: antistar – Why do you have to praise Crystal while pulling down Lambert who wasn't even in the same season as her? Say whatever you wanna say but Lambert sold more than 1 million albums and more than 3 million singles worldwide.. When Crystal achieves half of that we'll talk about it again.

  29. 29

    Adam Lambert is the most talented person ever on American Idol. I have yet to hear anyone with such a beautiful voice that has so much originality and individualism as Adam. You should hear that man sing Muse's unreleased song "Soaked". The guy is one of the greatest singers alive. Adam knows who he is. Adam is much superior to Clay Aiken and definitely light years ahead of Lee and Crystal. I am still trying to figure out who these people are. I've seen Adam in concert 3 times and the guy knows how to put on a show. Clay Aiken is so boring live and I never heard of Lee or Crystal.