Idol anthology: Best initial sales ever
The American Idol: Season 5 Encores album set a record for the franchise, selling the most albums in its first week for any finalists' anthology. OK, the 154,000 copies was dwarfed by the Dixie Chicks' new album, which sold 526,000, and was even beaten by the yet-to-wane High School Musical phenomenon (a new double-CD deluxe version of the soundtrack boosted sales to 175,000, more than double last week).
But this season's Idol anthology edged the first season's album (which sold 146,000) and nearly doubled last year's package. The numbers for all five anthologies follow.
Season First-week sales Total sales
1 146,000 643,000
2 101,000 648,000
3 55,000 266,000
4 83,000 332,000
5 154,000 ????
(Figures courtesy Nielsen SoundScan.)
Note that none of these have exactly been blockbusters, but this new one promises to eclipse the underperforming Season 3 and 4 albums.