Lee DeWyze Has Poorest Album Debut of Any ‘Idol’ Winner

'American Idol' Winner Lee DeWyze (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

'American Idol' Winner Lee DeWyze (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

American Idol‘ winner Lee DeWyze is discovering that winning isn’t everything. His debut album “Live it Up” sold a paltry 39,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 19 on the Billboard chart, a new low among winners or runners-up of the singing competition.

It under-performed the previous low of Diana DeGarmo’s “Blue Skies” in 2004, which had 47,000. Even Justin Guarini, the season one runner-up, did better with 57,000.

But there’s hope that last season’s runner-up Crystal Bowersox will fare better with the Dec. 14 release of her “Farmer’s Daughter.” The releases of past runners up Adam Lambert (198,000 over Kris Allen’s 80,000) and Clay Aiken (613,000 over Ruben Studdard’s 417,000) fared better than their season’s winners.

Here’s the full report, courtesy of Billboard:

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)

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