Before last year's chart topping debut by Scotty McCreery with 197,000 copies sold of his album Clear As Day, it had seemed like American Idol's ability to generate strong interest in at least the first album by a winner had started to fade. Both Lee DeWyze and Kris Allen sold less than 100,000 copies of their first post-Idol albums. Some skeptics last year said it was only because Scotty McCreery was a country singer that his album would sell so well. Now this year's victor Phillip Phillips is writing a new successful chapter in the book of American Idol champions. His first album The World From the Side Of the Moon is set to start at #3 on the album chart with sales in excess of 170,000. It will include the double platinum hit single "Home" which just recently topped the iTunes digital sales chart once again. No American Idol victory song has had as much multi-format radio success as "Home." It has landed in the top 3 at rock, adult pop, and triple A radio. It is nearing the top 10 at adult contemporary and mainstream pop. Reviews are solid for the album The World From the Side Of the Moon with comments that it is one of the best and most relevant debut albums by any American Idol winner. It seems that in its 11th season American Idol may have found another star.
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