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David Archuleta's debut album sells 183,000 units, debuts at No. 2

By Christopher Rocchio, 11/19/2008 

David Archuleta's self-titled debut album dropped at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart after selling 183,000 copies during its initial week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan data for the week ending November 16.

The American Idol seventh-season runner-up's debut sales numbers were much higher than that of sixth-season runner-up Blake Lewis -- whose debut "Audio Day Dream" which sold 98,000 copies and dropped at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 in its first week of release last December.

Archuleta's first-week debut album sales are the best for an Idol runner-up since fourth-season Idol runner-up Bo Bice in 2005.  Bice's debut album -- "The Real Thing" -- moved 227,000 copies in its first week in December 2005 and debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200.

Clay Aiken's October 2003 debut "Measure of a Man" remains the highest-selling Idol runner-up debut ever.  It moved 613,000 copies and dropped at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

The 17-year-old Murray, UT native finished second on The Billboard 200 album sales chart behind another teenager -- 18-year-old Taylor Swift, who saw her sophomore effort "Fearless" drop at No. 1 after selling 592,000 in its first week of release.

Archuleta's self-titled debut outsold the 29th volume of "Now That's What I Call Music!," which dropped at No. 3 and sold 172,000 copies in its first week of release.  T-Pain's "Thr33 Ringz" dropped at No. 4 while last week's No. 1 -- the soundtrack from the upcoming Twilight film -- fell to No. 5.

Rounding out The Billboard 200 Top 10 were AC/DC's "Black Ice" at No. 6; the High School Musical 3 soundtrack at No. 7; Enya's "And Winter Came" holiday album at No. 8; Christina Aguilera's "Keeps Gettin' Better" greatest-hits album at No. 9; and T.I.'s "Paper Trail" at No. 10.

Archuleta signed a recording contract with 19 Recordings/Jive Records in June -- one week after Idol seventh-season champ David Cook signed a recording contract with 19 Recordings/RCA Records.  Cook's self-titled debut was released on Tuesday.

Archuleta's debut is the best for an Idol alumnus since former third-season finalist Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut dropped at No. 2 after selling 217,000 units during its initial week of release last month.

"Crush" -- the first single from Archuleta's debut -- currently sits at No. 22 on The Billboard Hot 100 single sales chart.  It made its debut at No. 2 on the Hot 100 during its initial week of release in August.

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