Some songs are simply great tunes. They're catchy. They've got a good message. They sound good. They're likable, hummable, singable. Phillip Phillips' "Home" is one such song and it is on the verge of becoming the all-time best-selling "Idol" single.
According to Nielsen Soundscan (via "Idol Chatter" March 13), "Home" sold 42,000 more copies this week to close within 28,000 units of Season 1 winner and current best-selling "Idol" song title holder Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." "Home" has a sales total of 4.168 million to date. "Stronger" pulled in an additional 15,000 units for a total of 4.191 million.
"Stronger" became the best-selling song by an "Idol" in July when it surpassed Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," a song that also continues to sell well (5,000 units for total of 3.726 million) even after being in circulation since 2006. It only took "Stronger" six months to do what "Before He Cheats" took almost six years to do.
"Stronger" was released in January 2012.
"Home" was released in May.
It looks as if both Phillips and Clarkson could possibly top the 4.2 million mark in the following week. And with Phillip performing his latest single, "Gone, Gone, Gone" (which is also the latest "Idol" farewell tune) on the Top 10 results show Thursday, he will undoubtedly see all his music catalog receive a sales boost (the "Idol" "bump," as it were) by next week.
And if he sells as many copies as he did this week -- and Kelly does the same with "Stronger" -- "Home" will take the all-time best-selling song title for an "Idol" contestant by 4,000 copies.
Phillip topped the 4 million mark in mid-February. Judge Randy Jackson awarded him with a plaque for the quadruple sales accomplishment, even though the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the organization that certifies units sold, has as yet to recognize the sales.
"Home" became the all-time best-selling coronation song in the show's history back in September when it surpassed former leader David Cook's "Time Of My Life," which had amassed 1.463 million in sales.
And after a couple season's where the winners failed to do well in album sales, it appears that Phillip Phillips might make it two Idols in a row to achieve a platinum album. The Season 11 winner's The World From The Side Of The Moon has sold 749,000 copies to date. Season 10's Scotty McCreery's album, Clear As Day, is still pushing units as well, notching another 1,000 units this week for a total of 1.161 million. His is the biggest selling debut album by an "Idol" since Season 7 winner David Cook's eponymous 2008 release.