Update 5: As expected, Trent Harmon’s “Falling” has overtaken MacKenzie Bourg’s “Roses” in the wake of Thursday’s “American Idol” finale.
The winner’s official coronation single is #4 on the all-genre US iTunes sales chart, while the fourth-place finisher’s original song is down from its peak to #6.
Still, the fact that “Roses” entered the Top 5 — and spent many of the past twenty four hours ahead of the Top 3 “Idol” contestants’ official singles, which were all performed at least once on TV this week — speaks positively about the resonance of Bourg and his song.
Update 4: The west coast version of FOX’s “American Idol” finale has concluded, and MacKenzie Bourg’s “Roses” is still #5 on the US iTunes sales chart — and still outpacing the other “Idol”-associated singles.
Granted, the race is closer than it was prior to the broadcast. On the heels of his victory, Trent Harmon’s official coronation single “Falling” is #6. Given the buzz over his win, it may leapfrog “Roses” in the coming hours.
Still, the fact that a fourth-place singer’s post-show release is charting so well speaks volumes about both the resonance of the song and Bourg’s ability to mobilize his fanbase.
“Battles,” which would have been the official coronation single had runner-up La’Porsha Renae defeated Trent Harmon, is #43. Third place finisher Dalton Rapattoni is at #66 with “Strike A Match.”
Update 3: The climb continues for MacKenzie Bourg’s song “Roses,” which is up to #5 on the US all-genre iTunes sales chart.
“Roses” is comfortably outselling the official singles released by “American Idol” finalists Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae and Top 3 finisher Dalton Rapattoni.
Harmon’s “Falling” and Renae’s “Battles” — one of which will be this year’s official coronation single — are respectively positioned at #14 and #48 following Wednesday’s “Idol” performance show. Rapattoni’s “Strike A Match” is #60.
Update 2: MacKenzie Bourg’s “Roses” has been restored to iTunes — and to the Top 10 of the US all-genre sales chart.
As of 4:30PM ET, it is #8 on the listing and comfortably ahead of the three potential “American Idol” coronation singles released by finalists Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae and third place finisher Dalton Rapattoni.
Harmon’s “Falling” is #14, while Renae’s “Battles” and Rapattoni’s “Strike A Match” are respectively #46 and #57.
Update: At around 2PM ET, MacKenzie Bourg’s “Roses” was (temporarily) taken off the iTunes store. Prior to the removal, it was up to at least #7 (some fans say #5) on the all-genre US sales chart and comfortably ahead of the potential coronation singles released by “Idol” finalists Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae and top three finisher Dalton Rapattoni.
During a preliminary round of this year’s “American Idol” competition, contestant MacKenzie Bourg wowed — and judges — with a rendition of his original song “Roses.” Not simply a fan of Bourg’s performance, judge Keith Urban specifically praised the quality of the song.
The song would become associated with Bourg throughout his “Idol” journey.
It was recently launched on iTunes, and it is predictably making a huge splash on the sales chart.
As of 11:50AM ET, “Roses” is up to #10 on the US all-genre listing. That puts it ahead of all other “Idol” recordings — including the three originals that were eyed as potential coronation singles.
“Falling,” finalist Trent Harmon’s single, is #14 on the chart. Fellow finalist La’Porsha Renae is at #44 with “Battles,” while third place finisher Dalton Rapattoni holds #53 for “Strike A Match.”
Those three singles, notably, were performed during Wednesday’s final “American Idol” performance show.
Bourg finished in fourth place on the fifteenth and final “American Idol” season.