It's not uncommon for artists to see a rise in the sales of their songs -- and sometimes albums -- when they appear on "American Idol" and when the contestants sing their songs. That being said, it isn't known yet if he'll make a guest appearance this year on "Idol" but Season 11 finalist Colton Dixon certainly got the "Idol" "bump" when Angie Miller performed his hit "Never Gone" for the Top 20 performance episode.
"Idol Chatter" reported Wednesday, March 13, that, according to Nielsen Soundscan, "Never Gone" skyrocketed 3,822 percent in units sold, climbing from a steady few hundreds to 9,000 in sales for the week ending Sunday, March 17. Colton's other single, "You Are," saw a piggyback effect increase its sales 47 percent (5,000 units sold).
Colton's first album, A Messenger, increased its sales by 94 percent, selling 8,000 copies.
"Never Gone" not only got Angie Miller into the Top 10 on "American Idol," it earned her a considerable praise from the judges panel (and she was already riding high on the praise she received for her original composition, "You Set Me Free"), and got her some praise from the songwriter himself.
Colton told Brian Mansfield at "Idol Chatter" that she "killed it," referring to her March 5 performance.
"Unbiased -- I really thought she killed it," he said. "She was really, really good. She just seems head over heels above everyone else. I was very impressed and thrilled that she chose that song."
He went on: "She did her own thing with it. In the first chorus, it almost had a little R&B flavor to it, which I really enjoyed."
He also took to Twitter to let the world know how impressed he was: "So @AngieAI12 killed it..."
He would later tweet: "Still can't get over how awesome @AngieAI12 did tonight!!!"
(Watch Angie Miller perform "Never Gone.")
Colton made it all the way to seventh place during Season 11 of "American Idol." His first album, A Messenger, debuted in February on the Billboard 200 at No. 15. It topped both the Christian and Gospel Albums charts.
"Never Gone" topped both the Christian Digital Songs survey and the Christian/Gospel Digital Songs charts in October. He performed the song on the "American Idol LIVE Tour," the first finalist to sing an original composition in the tour's history.
He told "Idol Chatter" that he saw iTunes sales of "Never Gone" skyrocket after Angie Miller's performance. "I'm going to have to thank her in person," he says.
We're thinking perhaps an invite from Nigel Lythgoe and company for one of the "American Idol" results shows. That way Colton Dixon could engineer a little "Idol" "bump" of his own.