Thursday, May 15, 2008

First Week Sales!

We came in a little under 4,100!

Doesn't sound like a ton, I know, but for the CCM market right now it is pretty great!  We sold a ton on iTunes, too, which, again, for the Christian market is a great thing.  

Just so there's no freaking out...in the Christian market, people find out about the album with the single going up the charts.  The higher the single, the higher the number of plays, the higher the number of impressions, the higher the sales.  So, for having a #18 single, it is pretty freaking great!
CCM has no centralized media...sure, there are websites that do great, but nothing like tv and mainstream radio marketing can do.  Usually, people find CDs as they wander through the Christian book store OR (as I mentioned above) hear a song on Christian radio, find out who it is and buy it.  

This is going to be a slow build and I'm glad...no Idol has ever come off and really done a grassroots thing: get in a van, travel the country, play, play, play, play and connect.  That is what I'm gonna do.  My label is pumped (it's their highest debut ever!) and distribution is pumped!  Now, the more shows I play the more you'll see sales trickle in.  Hopefully Empty Me can reach top 5 on the charts and then you'll see more sales than even this week.  It's seriously all about the songs!

Thanks to everyone so far who bought the album!  Now, tell a friend and let's sell some records!

25 comments:

Alexis Jacobs said...

I did my part and bought the day it came out on Itunes. :) I've told all my friends to do the same.

Good luck! The album rocks.

ChrisSligh said...

Thanks, Alexis. I appreciate it!

Chris

risalea said...

Chris, it's great to hear from you! How is your trip going? At the Ratliff house, we are doing our part in supporting the GNP of the country with our purchase of Chris Sligh CD's. (Yes, had to buy some more at $5...who can pass up a bargain like that?!) And we are spreading the word. : )

I hope they get a shot of you when you are at AI...every little bit of publicity helps! Take care, Risa

risalea said...

Oh, I am going to Memphis tomorrow to see Amanda. She's been feeling better...I'll give her a hug from the Fro Patro.

Carrie said...

I think it's pretty awesome!

I also received my concert tickets in the mail today for the July 5th show. It was really exciting!!!

One more thing; My friend ordered 2 CDs pre-order and she's from Montreal... Well, she still hasn't gotten them yet. Maybe it's just slow because I know Canadian Post can be a drag but if she doesn't get them next week then I don't know what is going on.

Brenda said...

I will take your word for it that it's a good number. I sure never got close to selling that many books! (I'm not saying how many, either, so don't ask. LOL)

I got your CD last week when you were at Westgate Mall! It's the only CD I have in my car! I'm telling all my friends about it!

Jacqueline said...

Congrats Chris! Your voice and Michael Johns stand out as my favorites from the past few seasons. Glad to see your album doing so well in its genre. Hopefully Michael can follow in your footsteps as he tries to get his post-idol career off the ground. Again, congrats on hard work paying off!

chamilton said...

I have bought two copies and plan on searching my local area for more. The two Wal mart stores that I have been to have both sold out so even though I am disappointed about not being able to get more CD's, I am excited that they are sold out... I am coming to see you in Oklahoma on the 29th. I am so excited. I called the contact number from the website to get some information since I am from Kansas and I will be traveling to get there.They are expecting a standing room only crowd and said to try to get there early and that you may be signing autographs after the show.So now I am really excited.

HstryQT said...

I told everyone to buy a hard copy (not itunes) so that it counts in your #s - people dont think about that. hopefully it helped! congrats again!! woo hoo :)

Cathy Storms said...

Chris~Thats great. Congrats. I ordered 6 more and am ordering more this weekend. I plan to take a bunch on our drive from San Diego to Nashville so I can pass them out to everyone we meet along the way....

Cathy Storms said...

Wow...Rosalee posted on the fan site that Breathecast.com says you are #2 on itunes. That is so awesome!!!!
Thanks Rosalee..

robyn said...

Hey dude that's so great!!!

I bought 3 from chrissligh.com & 2 from amazon...I will probably get some more cuz I'm givin 'em away as gifts. My brother's b-day is this weekend & he's gettin one. I gotta keep 3 tho'..1 fer the car, 1 fer the office, & 1 fer the house...tee hee!! I'm lending some of them out to office friends to listen to so they'll want to go buy one! they are so awesome to listen to!!

robyn

SLIGHtly Unhinged said...

Excellent sales news, Chris!

Regarding the touring, it sounds like a cool approach, but do you have any concerns about being ridiculed for playing in malls, wing joints, etc.?

Any idea which song will be your second single? There's so many good ones I can't decide which one you're likely to choose.

Way to go!
-Lisa-

Nique's Nana said...

Great news Chris, thanks for sharing with us!

I just received from Amazon AI Season 6 Finale. It's a 2 disc dvd set. It wasn't what I thought it would be and was just a little disappointed, however, after watching the 2nd disc I was happy because you show up in it quite a bit.

Rebecca said...

Congratulations! :)

EmilyBoo said...

It sounds like a great first week. I'm still spreading the word too, as I'm sure is everyone else here, so I know sales will continue to grow!

Attention fellow fro-patro-ers! Some of you will be receiving an email from me about my participation in relay for life. I hope some of you will consider sponsoring me with a small donation. If you can't or don't want to, please disregard the message and I won't email you anymore! Thank you!

Spencer said...

Good luck. I certainly purchased an album. However, you share a few songs that you already released with your band, so I already owned those songs. I hope you can make it to southern California sometime soon.

Cathy Storms said...

WhooHoo!!Got my concert tickets for Nashville in the mail today. It is really becoming a reality.
Chris~saw the youtube video of you singing the National Anthem in El Salvador. You are just to cute for words.
Thanks Rosalee for posting it.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see on 5/25 your coming to my church SBBC!! God bless you!!

risalea said...

Just a quick note to let y'all know I had a chance to visit with Amanda today. She is doing a lot better than last week, and it was so marvelous to visit with her. Keep her in your prayers.

Dan said...

Great album man. The lyrics are personal, transparent and inspired. Definetely an encouragement - hopefully your tour will bring you out to the Northwest at some point.

Jim said...

Chris, your album is great and grows on me with each listen. I gave it 4 nad a half stars in my blog. God Bless You!

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

When do we get to hear about El Salvador?

DJ

black feline said...

sorry i didnt like it..very self indulgence. Expected better effort from you.

ChrisSligh said...

Wow...self indulgent? (I assume that's what you meant) I'd love to hear how you came to that conclusion.

Chris