Trump Thinks He Helped Boost Inauguration Singer’s Sales — He’s Wrong

Have Jackie Evancho’s album sales really soared since her inauguration performance was announced, as Trump claims?

President-elect Donald Trump took all the credit for the “skyrocketing” sales of "America’s Got Talent" contestant Jackie Evancho’s album.

Earlier this week, Trump used his favorite social media tool to tweet that the singer’s album sales have “skyrocketed” since she was announced to be performing the national anthem at his presidential inauguration, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 20.



But the question is, have Evancho’s album sales really gone up since her inauguration performance was announced?

According to Nielsen Music, the singer’s most recent album, “Someday at Christmas” sold 6,000 copies in the chart week, following its Oct. 28 release. After she was announced to be performing at the inauguration, the album’s sale soared up to 11,000 copies sold in a week. However, the album sank slightly back to 8,000 copies sold in the tracking week.

So, the album’s sale indeed increased following the announcement, but most holiday albums receive a sales spike during the holiday season.

In comparison, Pentatonix’s album, “A Pentatonix’s Christmas” saw sales going up from 139,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 15 to 185,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 22 sales of all holiday albums increased by 21 percent in the latter week.

In addition, it appears Evancho’s recent performance on "America’s Got Talent"’s holiday special is likely the reason behind the sales spike.

On the Billboard 200 albums chart, which ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S., "Someday at Christmas" made it to No. 93 after the announcement, and dropped to No. 134 in the following chart week.

The announcement of her performance at the inauguration ceremony was made earlier last month. The 16-year-old singer rose to fame in 2010 when she came in second place on "America’s Got Talent" at the age of 10.

Evancho said that she’s very excited about her performance and that it’s going to be awesome.

It won’t be the first time the teen has performed in the presence of a commander-in-chief. In 2010, she sang at the National Christmas Tree Lighting hosted by President Barack Obama and in 2012, she performed again for Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast.

However, none of her other studio albums have returned to the Billboard 200 chart since her inauguration performance was announced.

The 16-year-old singer is the only solo vocalist who has agreed to perform at Trump’s upcoming inauguration.

Twitter users were quick to react to Donald Trump’s clearly exaggerated claim:





Looks like Donald Trump’s definition of “skyrocketed” is pretty loose.

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