So, Who’s Buying David’s BEGIN. Album?

That’s right, David can look all easy, nice, chill, and laiiiiiidback with the positive report back on his album’s debut! 😉

Look at these impressive numbers while he’s away!

Debuting #28 on the Billboard 200
Debuting #5 on Billboard’s Top Independent Chart
Debuting #3 on Top Internet Albums Chart


Check out this quote from the Hollywood Reporter:

Signed to RCA after his success on Idol, Archuleta is now on the independent Highway Records imprint, owned by Deseret Book, the publishing arm of the LDS church. That qualifies Begin. to appear on Billboard’s Top Independent Chart, where it debuts at No. 5. The album makes an even higher bow on the Top Internet Albums chart, entering at No. 3. That equals Archuleta’s previous highest peak on this survey, when his self-titled debut album entered at No. 3 in 2008.

Begin. is the fifth album by Archuleta to appear on The Billboard 200. He has had one album debut on the album chart every year since 2008. Here is a summary of how he’s fared on this survey: David Archuleta, peaked at No. 2 (2008); Christmas from the Heart, No. 30 (2009); The Other Side of Down, No. 13 (2010); Glad Christmas Tidings, No. 179 (2011) [Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Orchestra At Temple Square Feat. David Archuleta With Michael York]; Begin., No 28 (2012).

So, with such great numbers (11,000 copies sold!), I gotta ask: who’s buying David’s album? It couldn’t just be his hardcore fanbase and a bunch of LDS folks, right?


Posted on August 16, 2012, in BEGIN.. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Wow. A positive article about David in the Hollywood Reporter.

  2. Really nice article. I am in shock to see such a positive article on David from the Hollywood Reporter. lol Fred Bronson appreciates real talent and knows David still has a very supportive fan base. I guess this proves just how biased and negative Shirley H. was towards David. So happy about the good sales numbers.

  3. Love the article by Fred Bronson. Pretty inclusive and framed in a positive manner. Refreshing. I think Fred has always been pretty impressed with David. David always loved Billboard and if I remember correctly had some meetings with Fred. So nice when a writer can be supportive and positive :))

    I’m buying and enjoying:)

  4. I bought and will be buying more because I know I’ll need back-ups, and loving every note. I kinda got emotional when I read he had charted at #28 on billboard 200, This comfirms in my mind that David will have a long a very successfull singing career.

    • It is also nice to see the good sales numbers as you know TPTB in the music industry and the music label execs. all pay close attention to those sales. They know that it’s impressive sales when David is not even here to promote it and the poor sales for music in general going on now. When David does returns to his career I would love to see him have many options from interested music labels.

  5. I knew that all of David’s albums had charted but I didn’t think of it in terms of a streak. Cool!

  6. What happen to Fod site???….or just my computer:(

    • I can’t get in also, I think it’s down again. I have faith it will be up soon.

    • archielet have you heard anymore about what’s up with FOD site? I’m hoping anyone that is on twitter would let us know if they heard that FOD staff is working on fixing the site. Do not want any of David’s active sites to disappear.

  7. I am not quite sure who is buying BEGIN but I know I did down load it and buy 2 physical copies(gave one to my mother). I really hope that when David returns to his career he does try to keep or get back his younger fans. I still strongly believe he can make music that appeals to all ages. I am still waiting for that soulful jazzy R&B type pop album. In the meantime I do enjoy BEGIN.

  8. When the low sales estimate (ie, <3,000) was posted in the previous thread, I was starting to wonder if the several hundred fans who tweet and post to blogs were the only ones left in the fan base. My guess is that 9,000 individuals account for the 11,000 in sales. Thats a nery nice size fan base for an indie artist.

    • desertrat I think that guess of 9,000 is pretty accurate. That was about what I thought. It is a great size fan base for an artist that is gone on a mission for 2 years. I think you are correct in the number of fans that tweet and post to blogs too. Taking all factors into consideration his sales for BEGIN are very good.

  9. Cq I have answered your question twice regarding FOD. They have been tweeting updates and as you probably figured they are having Computer problems and someone is helping them. They are doing their best to get it fixed.

  10. Good!!:)

  11. Chart Moves: John Mayer’s Live EP Debuts on Billboard 200, David Archuleta Returns, Marvin Hamlisch Remembered

    “David Archuleta: The singer recorded his new album, “Begin,” (a debut at No. 28; 11,000) before he departed on his Mormon mission in March (and thus went off the pop radar). The set of mostly covers arrives with 11,000 and a No. 5 bow on Independent Albums. In total, it is the former “American Idol” contestant’s fifth album to chart.”

  12. I remember reading an article that mentioned David always liked to read the sales charts and billboard. This is impressive that it is David’s “fifth album to chart”. I am sure David will be happy about this.

  13. Thank goodness Soul David is still around…………Love this site!!!!

  14. I bought it!!!!! That’s all I know. lol.

  15. I’ve been reading Jordin’s movie reviews, for “Sparkle”. I think she’s in a situation similar to David in that she plays a nice character without much depth. Anywho, I hope to catch the movie this weekend.

  16. You can’t blame anyone for being nervous when a site is down and for the second time. It is not like we haven’t had shocking surprises without warning in the past that come on rather fast. Nothing is for certain and anything goes these days.


  17. Cq -Fod is back!!! I love coming here,and I love Fod.

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