May 18, 2012 12:04pm PT by Gary Trust, Billboard
'The Voice' Digital Song Sales: Season 2 Versus Season 1
Six songs performed on the May 7 live-performance season finale of NBC's music reality competition The Voice debut in the top 50 of the Hot Digital Songs chart. The splash is less, however, than that made by last year's finalists after the first season of the series wrapped.
While Jermaine Paul was crowned the second-season champion of The Voice, two titles by third-place finisher Tony Lucca nab the highest Hot Digital Songs entries among this year's final four contestants. Lucca's version of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" leads with a No. 16 bow (80,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), followed by a No. 22 start for a cover of the Beatles' "Yesterday," with Lucca's Voice coach, Adam Levine (68,000).
Paul, meanwhile, arrives at No. 32 with a take on R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" (55,000).
Fourth-place finalist Chris Mann charts two titles on the survey, a version of "The Prayer" (made famous by the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion and Josh Groban, the latter of to whom Mann has been compared vocally), with his coach, Christina Aguilera (No. 34, 54,000) and "You Raise Me Up" (also best-known from Groban's version) (No. 46, 40,000). Runner-up Juliet Simms dents the chart at No. 44 with a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's concert favorite "Free Bird" (40,000).
Following last year's season finale, the top two contestants logged loftier arrivals on Hot Digital Songs.
Inaugural Voice victor Javier Colon roared in at No. 6 with "Stitch by Stitch" (145,000; July 16, 2011) and No. 24 with Michael Jackson cover "Man in the Mirror," with Levine (75,000). 2011 runner-up Dia Frampton started at No. 7 that week with "Inventing Shadows" (137,000) and No. 33 with a version of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," with Blake Shelton (62,000).