For the start of this “X Factor” USA notes, it seems appropriate to begin with something that Tate Stevens fans have been asking us for all week long: How has his self-titled debut album been selling?
Well, we have some unofficial numbers in now, and the results are mixed at best. The disc, per sources, has sold unofficially around 17,000 copies in its first week, which puts it as the #4 country release of the last week. When comparing this number to other singing-competition winners, this number is much better than anything by a winner of “The Voice,” with this total nearly doubling that of original winner Javier Colon. Meanwhile, it is far below the sales figures of many “X Factor” UK artists, or any recent “American Idol” winner. Phillip Phillips sold nearly 170,000 of his debut album last year, whereas country artist Scotty McCreery brought in close to 200,000 back in 2011. The closest comparison we have here is between Stevens and Lee DeWyze, who sold around 30,000 copies of “Live It Up” in its first week.
A couple of factors are hurting Stevens’ debut here include the disc coming out in April (which is far different than the holiday season), and it not having too many major platforms to promote it. We did get an opportunity to interview him prior to its release, and our chat with him alone is enough to make us want to root for him.
As for Fifth Harmony … Let’s just say that the ladies are getting the chance to perform a free show! You can check out Normani, Dinah Jane, Ally, Camila, and Lauren in concert at CG Music Fest in Lansing, Michigan on July 13. Who knows? Maybe they will get a chance to perform some original music there.
If you want to read some more “X Factor” news regarding Emblem3’s radio airplay, be sure to head on over to the link here.