McPhee, Hicks not selling as well as Daughtry

Kellie Pickler got a nice sales boost after performing on “American Idol” last week.

Her debut disc, “Small Town Girls” (BNA), rose 34 slots to No. 66 as her sales spiked 27% to 12,000 copies. Disc’s cume is 454,000 copies.

Clive Davis, who oversees the BMG labels that signed four of last season’s “Idol” finalists, said the show helps sell 400,000 to 500,000 copies for each artist. To pull in higher sales, a hit single is needed. Pickler does not have a single in the country top 25.

Also missing on any singles charts are last season’s top two, Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee. Her self-titled debut has sold 235,000 copies in five weeks of release — 16,000 last week — while Hicks’ Arista album has moved 648,000 since its Dec. 12 release. But of that total, 540,000 were sold in the first week and only 108,000 albums have been sold since the opening sales stanza.

Daughtry, whose album is back at No. 1, and Carrie Underwood, the season four champ, have had healthy radio airplay and singles sales to accompany their albums.

Area 51 is a look at albums on the Nielsen SoundScan chart in positions 51 through 200.

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