His track Home sold 278,000 copies in its opening sales week last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, sending it straight it at number two on Billboard's Digital Songs chart and to 10th spot on the Hot 100, which combines sales, airplay and streaming.
Home is the first Idol winning song since 2008 victor David Cook's The Time Of My Life to make the Hot 100 Top 10 with the 2009 and 2011 champs Kris Allen and Scotty McCreeery both debuting and peaking at 11 and 2010 winner Lee DeWyze only getting as high as 24 with his U2 cover Beautiful Day.
Ahead of Phillips, Gotye featuring Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know spends a seventh week at number one on the Hot 100, the longest run of the year so far. It also continues to lead the Radio Songs chart, although is only the third top download seller with another 264,000 copies sold last week.
Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe remains the US's biggest digital hit, adding another 301,000 sales last week, and continues in runners-up position on the Hot 100. Also holding their places from last week on the chart are One Direction with What Makes You Beautiful and The Wanted with Glad You Came, continuing respectively in seventh and eight positions.
One Direction's other Hot 100 single One Thing gains two places to 74 and the UK boy band remain in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 for an eighth week with Up All Night climbing 10-5 as week-on-week sales grow 8% to 37,000. That takes the album's cumulative US total up to around 700,000 copies. Its Top 10 endurance is in sharp comparison to that of Adam Lambert's Trespassing which debuted at one a week ago but is now already out of the To 10 with sales falling 71% to 22,000 to send it 1-12.
The Wanted's self-titled album is also back up, reversing its rapid downward trajectory to climb 66-60, a trend no doubt helped by the growing popularity of Glad You Came's successor Chasing The Sun. It has not yet cracked the Hot 100, but on Digital Songs makes a rapid climb of 133-91.
John Mayer scores his third Billboard 200 number one as Born And Raised follows 2003's Heavier Things and 2009's Battle Studies to the top on the back of 219,000 sales last week. It is the only album to achieve a six-figure sales total with sales of 56,000 copies (an 11% drop) enough to keep Adele's 21 at number two. Carrie Underwood's Blown Away holds at three after selling another 45,000 units, 17% down on the previous week.
The US albums market this last week was competing against the week in 2011 when Lady Gaga's Born This Way debuted at one with 1,108,000 sales, a number of these accumulated through an AmazonMP3 promotion offering the album at just 99 cents. As a result, US album sales last week were a hefty 21.4% lower than during the same week last year and dropped 2.9% week-on-week to 5.24 million units. This further weakens the year-on-year comparison between 2011 and 2012 with the market now down 2.6% on the year with 122.63 million albums sold so far this year.
Slash is back in the Top 10 with Apocalyptic Love, which features Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, entering in fourth position with 38,000 sales. His self-titled 2010 album debuted at three, selling 60,000 copies week one.
Lionel Richie's Tuskegee is just behind One Direction's album and has moved back up, climbing 9-6, despite sales dropping 15% to 33,000. Texan Christian rock band MercyMe are new at seven thanks to almost 33,000 sales of The Hurt & The Healer as Sarah Bareilles' EP Once Upon Another Time enters in eighth position after selling 31,000 copies. Rounding off the Top 10, Now 42 falls 6-9 as sales drop 27% to nearly 31,000 units and Norah Jones' Little Broken Hearts falls 5-10 with sales down 38% to 28,000.
Led by Scottish singer Shirley Manson, Garbage's first album in seven years Not Your Kind Of People progresses 17-13 in its second week on the survey, while also back on the Billboard 200 with a new studio set after a similar time gap are The Cult. The British rock band debut in 36th position with Choice Of Weapon, easily beating the number 70 peak of 2007 predecessor Born Into This and their best showing since 1991's Ceremony, which reached 25.
Tribute buying for Robin Gibb, who passed away on May 20 aged 62, sends a trio of Bee Gees albums back into the chart this week, led by The Ultimate Bee Gees returning in 49th position. Number Ones appears in 70th place, while the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which includes six of their recordings and eight of their songs, re-enters at 168.
On the Hot 100 Ellie Goulding registers in the Top 20 for the first time with Lights moving up 22-17 as the album of the same name lifts 169-120 on the Billboard 200. However, Calvin Harris's Feel So Close is now in decline, dropping 18-12, although follow-up Let's Go featuring Ne-Yo climbs 89-75. Adele's Rumour Has It continues its descent with a further 21-26 drop and Alex Clare's Too Close is also now going in reverse, falling 48-67.
Meanwhile, Cher Lloyd could be heading for the Hot 100 for the first time soon with Want U Back new at 92 on the Digital Songs chart after selling 22,000 copies last week.