YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that the
album sales of Jackie Evancho, the teenage classical singer, have
"skyrocketed" since the announcement that she would perform at his
Not exactly, according to sales figures.
to Nielsen Music, which tracks album sales, Evancho sold 7,206 albums
the week ending on Dec. 15 (she announced she would sing the national
anthem at the Inauguration on Dec. 14). The following week, which ended
on Dec. 22, Evancho sold 13,788 albums, and the week after, ending on
Dec. 29, the 16-year-old sold 11,096 albums.
While some of the
credit may be due to the announcement about the performance at the
inauguration, Evancho's sales could simply be a result of the holidays:
She released a new album, "Someday at Christmas," on Oct. 28, and she
has other holiday albums in her catalog. And not surprisingly, holiday
albums tend to sell particularly well during the holidays.
singer's album sales also could have seen a boost thanks to her
performance on NBC's "America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular," which
aired on Dec. 19.
Her overall album sales, however, remain low.
The top-selling album for the weeks ending on Dec. 22 and Dec. 29 was a
cappella group Pentatonix's "A Pentatonix Christmas," which sold 206,000
and 101,000 equivalent albums, respectively.
popular when she placed second on "America's Got Talent" in 2010, the
same year she released her platinum-selling debut EP, "O Holy Night."
Her 2011 album "Dream With Me," which featured songs with Barbra
Streisand and Susan Boyle, achieved gold status.