Lee Dewyze Has Lowest Debut from Any American Idol Winner or Runner Up

Lee DeWyze's Live It Up makes its debut on The Billboard 200 this week selling 39,000 units, the lowest American Idol winner debut ever!

Lee’s debut album “Live It Up” did not live up to expectations as its first week sales are less than half of what the previous season’s American Idol winner (Kris Allen) debut last year.

It’s also interesting to note that all the runner ups from the past 8 seasons of American Idol sold higher with Clay Aiken holding the record for the highest debut by an American Idol contestant in history with a whopping 613,000 albums sold in the first week.

Check out this compilation from USA Today:


No. 11, Kris Allen, Kris Allen (80,000)

No. 3, Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment (198,000)


No. 3, David Cook, David Cook (280,000)

No. 2, David Archuleta, David Archuleta (183,000)


No. 10, Jordin Sparks, Jordin Sparks (119,000)

No. 10, Blake Lewis, Audio Day Dream (98,000)


No. 2, Taylor Hicks, Taylor Hicks (298,000)

No. 2, Katharine McPhee, Katharine McPhee (116,000)


No. 2, Carrie Underwood, “Some Hearts” (315,000)

No. 4, Bo Bice, “The Real Thing” (227,000)


No. 8, Fantasia, Free Yourself (240,000)

No. 52, Diana DeGarmo, Blue Skies (47,000)


No. 1, Ruben Studdard, Soulful (417,000)

No. 1, Clay Aiken, Measure of a Man (613,000)


No. 1, Kelly Clarkson, Thankful (297,000)

No. 20, Justin Guarini, Justin Guarini (57,000)

It only happened twice when the runner up bested the winner in album sales. In 2003, Clay Aiken sold 32% higher than Ruben Studdard and just last year (2009), Adam Lambert sold 60% higher than Kris Allen.

I wonder how Crystal Bowersox‘s debut album “Farmer’s Daughter” will perform on Billboard 200 when it debuts on December 14.

8 Comments on Lee Dewyze Has Lowest Debut from Any American Idol Winner or Runner Up

  1. @jean many more than talaga? LOL

  2. This is sad for Lee. In fact, he was one a couple of hours ago on the Kathi Lee and Hoday Today Show. But, Lee just doesn’t have the charisma that Adam and Clay has. Clay sold many more than Ruben because Clay WAS the true winner of AI2 and the ultimate ‘American Idol’. He was just what the producers were looking for when the show was conceived for America.

  3. party payatas!PANIS! // November 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm //

    oo dapat itigil na ang AMERICAN IDOL, sayang lang yung show, e tatapatan pa ng X-FACTOR yan ni simon na dadaigin ang A.I.

  4. so sad 🙁 i love him…

  5. so sad 🙂 i love him….

  6. mas matinndi pa si CHa!!
    tpos nag no.1 pa sa yung pyramid sa Japan..

    waley na ang American Idol dahil sa gLee…

    highest debut nga si CLay but Kelly holds the Total!!

  7. mas malaki pa ang album sales ni charice nung debut niya- 43,000

    talagang palubog na ang american idol, siguro last season na talaga yung next

  8. This breaks my heart!! I love Lee & think he deserves so much better.

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