Lee Dewyze’s “Slumberland” reaches #17 on Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart
American Idol continues to impact Billboard charts.
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The "American Idol Season 9" soundtrack marks the ninth compilation from the series to reach the Billboard 200. Such collections were released each year from 2002 through 2006, followed by a two-year break before returning last year:
The new soundtrack isn't the only album debuting this week featuring one of the current "American Idol" top two finalists.
Lee DeWyze bows on Heatseekers Albums at No. 32 with "Slumberland." His second album, released on the independent WuLi Records label, features the singer/songwriter's now-familiar acoustic-rock stylings. In addition to this great chart position, "So I’m Told" (2007) is at #24 on the iTunes Top 100 Pop USA Album Chart!
The notable records, "Slumberland" and "So I’m Told", feature producer Ryan McGuire and guitarist extraordinaire, Louis Svitek, well known for his work with Ministry, M.O.D. and Mind Funk. The collaboration is an evocative, haunting mix of multi-instrumental, multi-faceted songs whose artistry draws comparison to Jack Johnson and Chris Martin of Coldplay.
Billboard chart manager Alex Vitoulis notes that DeWyze is the first "American Idol" contestant to reach a Billboard chart as a solo artist while competing on the show. (2008 hopeful Carly Smithson had spent a week on Hot Singles Sales, billed by her maiden name Carly Hennessy, in 2003. She now fronts the alternative/metal band We Are the Fallen, which, coincidentally, enters the Billboard 200 this week at No. 33 with its debut album, "Tear the World Down").
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