Though America was forced to choose sides between the American Idol finalists Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, we are proud to have our writers on both sides of the televised singing event. Jessica Sanchez’s song “Change Nothing” was co-written by Jaden Michaels and Phillip Phillip’s finale song “Home” was co-written by Drew Pearson. “Home” sold 278,000 copies release week according to Nielsen SoundScan which puts it at #2 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart (also the highest debut of the week). Of all releases by former American Idol contestants, “Home” came in secord highest for digital sales in a week ever, only falling behind Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” in 2009.
“Home” also marks another record for biggest sales week for an American Idol winner’s coronation song. Since SoundScan has been tracking downloads since 2003, only two earlier winner’s songs released as CD singles surpass “Home”‘s release week sales. Clay Aiken’s “This Is The Night” sold 393,000 and Ruben Studdard’s “Flying Without Wings” sold 286,000.
“Home” is the fourth-highest debut of the year behind Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”, Maroon 5’s “Payphone”, and Katy Perry’s “Part of Me”.
Watch performances of “Change Nothing” and “Home” below!
Get “Change Nothing” on iTunes here.
Get “Home” on iTunes here.