"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips earns the highest debut on the Digital Songs chart this week as his "Home" bows at No. 2 with 278,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Even better: It's the second-best digital sales week ever for any "Idol" contestant. Only Kelly Clarkson's 2009 song "My Life Would Suck Without You" had a bigger frame, when it debuted with 280,000 downloads.
That may come as a surprise, considering the lengthy careers -- and stellar sales -- of such successful "Idols" as Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Underwood's best sales week for a song came in 2009, when her "I Told You So" (featuring Randy Travis) started with 125,000.
"Home" also marks the biggest sales week for any "Idol" winner's coronation single since SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003. It surpasses David Cook's "The Time Of My Life," which debuted with 236,000 in 2008.
Phillips' arrival this week is also the fourth-largest debut of the year. It trails Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" (521,000), Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa (493,000) and Katy Perry's "Part of Me" (411,000).
Phillips also debuts on Digital Songs at No. 41 with "We've Got Tonight" (43,000) and No. 54 with "Volcano" (35,000).
Newly-crowned "American Idol" champion Phillip Phillips is the first artist to send a coronation single into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in four years, as his "Home" blasts onto the chart at No. 10.