American Idol 'Season 5 Encores'

The Best-Selling 'American Idol' Finalists Album Yet!

Fifth Season Compilation has Series' Best First Week

'Encores' Enters the Billboard 200 Chart at No. 3; Popular Series has

Produced More Top 10 Albums Than Any Movie or TV Show



Jun 05, 2006, 01:00 ET from RCA Records

    LOS ANGELES, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth season of "American Idol"
 racked up the series' highest ratings and now the album "American Idol
 Season 5: Encores" has scored the highest first-week sales in the history
 of the franchise. The 19 Recording/RCA release sold 153,902 copies in its
 first week of sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That is almost double
 the first-week sales of the fourth season compilation, and beats the
 first-week sales of the previous best-selling album in the series, the
 first season collection, which sold 146,145 copies in its first week.
     The impressive sales figure fuels a debut at No. 3 on The Billboard
 200. All five "American Idol" season compilations have peaked in the top
 10, making the popular Fox-TV series the most successful soundtrack
 franchise of any motion picture or television program. The previous
 record-holder was the "Star Wars" series, which produced four top 10 albums
 out of six soundtracks released.
     "Encores" features songs from the top 12 finalists of the latest season
 of "American Idol." Two of the tracks make spectacular debuts on The
 Billboard Hot 100, the first time that songs from a season compilation have
 charted for an individual finalist. Chris Daughtry enters the Hot 100 at
 No. 43 with his update of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive." Taylor Hicks,
 crowned this year's American Idol, opens at No. 69 with his version of the
 Doobie Brothers' "Taking It to the Streets."
     More than 81,000 individual digital downloads from the album were sold
 during the first week. Daughtry's song debuts at No. 16 on Hot Digital
 Tracks and Hicks' recording enters that chart at No. 38. The next three
 best-selling tracks were Elliott Yamin's "Moody's Mood for Love," Katharine
 McPhee's "Think" and Ace Young's "Father Figure."
     The "American Idol Season 5: Encores" CD also makes impressive top 10
 debuts on three other Billboard charts, bowing at No. 2 on Top Soundtracks,
 No. 4 on Top Digital Albums and No. 6 on Top Internet Albums.
 
 

SOURCE RCA Records
    LOS ANGELES, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth season of "American Idol"
 racked up the series' highest ratings and now the album "American Idol
 Season 5: Encores" has scored the highest first-week sales in the history
 of the franchise. The 19 Recording/RCA release sold 153,902 copies in its
 first week of sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That is almost double
 the first-week sales of the fourth season compilation, and beats the
 first-week sales of the previous best-selling album in the series, the
 first season collection, which sold 146,145 copies in its first week.
     The impressive sales figure fuels a debut at No. 3 on The Billboard
 200. All five "American Idol" season compilations have peaked in the top
 10, making the popular Fox-TV series the most successful soundtrack
 franchise of any motion picture or television program. The previous
 record-holder was the "Star Wars" series, which produced four top 10 albums
 out of six soundtracks released.
     "Encores" features songs from the top 12 finalists of the latest season
 of "American Idol." Two of the tracks make spectacular debuts on The
 Billboard Hot 100, the first time that songs from a season compilation have
 charted for an individual finalist. Chris Daughtry enters the Hot 100 at
 No. 43 with his update of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive." Taylor Hicks,
 crowned this year's American Idol, opens at No. 69 with his version of the
 Doobie Brothers' "Taking It to the Streets."
     More than 81,000 individual digital downloads from the album were sold
 during the first week. Daughtry's song debuts at No. 16 on Hot Digital
 Tracks and Hicks' recording enters that chart at No. 38. The next three
 best-selling tracks were Elliott Yamin's "Moody's Mood for Love," Katharine
 McPhee's "Think" and Ace Young's "Father Figure."
     The "American Idol Season 5: Encores" CD also makes impressive top 10
 debuts on three other Billboard charts, bowing at No. 2 on Top Soundtracks,
 No. 4 on Top Digital Albums and No. 6 on Top Internet Albums.
 
 SOURCE RCA Records