Phillip Phillips single sales set Idol record

American Idol‘s WGWG winner can move music: Phillip Phillips’ “Home” sold 278,000 downloads last week, landing at number two and leapfrogging over most of his fellow alumni.

That’s “the biggest sales week for any Idol winner’s coronation single since SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003″ and “the fourth-largest debut of the year,” Billboard reports.

Billboard says that he had “the second-best digital sales week ever for any ‘Idol’ contestant”‘s song ever, just behind only Kelly Clarkson’s 2009 “My Life Would Suck Without You.” The only two people to exceed Phillip’s sales were Clay Aiken (393,000) and Ruben Studdard (286,000) whose singles were sold as CDs in the pre-download era.

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