Lee DeWyze Is Having a Bad Day With The Low Sales Of “Beautiful Day”

Idol victor Lee DeWyze stopped by Live with Regis and Kelly his morning to perform his coronation song, U2′s “Beautiful Day.” At least that’s what our TV told us, because this version sounds almost nothing like the original U2 song or Lee’s studio recorded single currently sinking on the charts. In fact, in this reinterpretation of the hit track, Lee sounds… fantastic. Maybe his sales would be less disappointing if he had recorded this version instead?

So far, Lee’s sales have been underwhelming, to say the least. The Friday after his win, DeWyze was #3 on iTunes with “Beautiful Day”, and now less than a week later, he’s fallen to #27. The song has sold 25% less than the coronation song of last year’s Idol winner, Kris Allen, despite the fact that Lee’s song was a hit written by one of the biggest bands in the world, and Allen’s Kara DioGuardi-penned tune, “No Boundaries”, was pretty much unanimously ridiculed.

Need more proof that the selling power of this year’s batch of contestants isn’t what it was in seasons past? Last year, Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert scored a combined total of 25 songs in the Top 200 Nielsen SoundScan digital charts during their finale week. Bowersox and DeWyze? Just nine songs. Shows you just how lukewarm audiences have been to this past season of Idol, whether it’s due to the lack of sizzle in the contestants or the show itself.

Anyone surprised? It appears that fans of cheesy music-oriented TV shows have been spending all their hard-earned money on Glee soundtracks. Who has any money left for Idol singles?

His sales might be lacking, but don’t write off Lee just yet. Check Mr. DeWyze out on Regis and Kelly, getting his acoustic on while performing a phenomenal, soulful version of “Beautiful Day” that should have been the version he performed during the finale. He finally sounds like a guy who deserves accolades instead of the insane fury of Mama Sox fans.

Lee DeWyze – “Beautiful Day” (Live)

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  • KW

    You don’t mention in your article above that Crystal sold even less downloads than Lee.
    Beautiful day sold 95,000 and her song sold only 49,000. This is surprising considering everyone thought she should be the winner.

    • Becky Bain

      I was just focusing on Lee’s sales in comparison to Kris, but I also wasn’t surprised he sold more than Crystal since he did win the show. (Not everybody can be Lambert and sell more than the winner.) I’m not too surprised that she didn’t sell very well, either, considering the fact that most Idol fans were not very into this past season. But yes, a good point.

  • KW

    Agreed. Less people watched the show, less people are buying the songs. I loved Lee’s acoustic version of Beautiful Day that he sang on both Access Hollywood and Regis and Kelly. I think they should release that version on ITUNES. I think alot of people would buy that. It sounded more like the Lee we love!

  • Karen

    Lee sounded awesome.. He deserved to win. I am looking forward to greatthings from him. Way to go Leee, I love you :)

  • selena

    The Regis&Kathy version sounded much better for Lee. And Crystal will do OK. I wonder though, if this year, Idol will finally ask some of the eliminated contestents if they want to have their best couple of Idol iTunes released. Thinking mainly of Casey James and Siobhan Magnus, the other two that made gorgeous recordings. Casey was allowed to throw some good licks in his studio full version on guitar on some songs, and “Jealous Guy” was even better. Siobhan convinced me she will be a star one day and has some amazing studio work that furthered her case. “When You Believe” has Magnus fixing her live performance issues with a recording I only think Melinda Doolittle would be able to equal of all recent female contestants. And Wicked Games, House, and Across the Universe are all fine cuts with no Siobhan self-destructive screaming going on.

  • http://Idolator Annie Laurie

    Lee’s a great singer and I will be buying his album when available. He sings with real emotion and can connect with an audience. Too bad about the sour grape/sorelosers from Bowersox moronics, but that’s to be expected from the losers. Lee has what it takes to be a success, and, by the way, so does Siobhan Magness whose albums I will also buy.

  • KW

    Annie, I agree. I have been a huge Lee fan since Chasing Cars. It really upsets me that people are bashing Lee. I am not a tween, I’m actually a mom and love Lee’s voice.
    Lee grew so much over the American Idol show and to me that’s what being an American Idol is all about. Plus I think people can relate to him because he seems like a regular guy. Crystal is talented but I think her music style is less current and she really didn’t show much of her personality during the show. They both are great and let’s wish them luck in their music careers.

  • http://Idolator Annie Laurie

    Crystal Bowerbox HAVING A WORSE DAY with sales of her album!