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RCA to Salute “Idol” Hands in New Compilation

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As if music fans needed another reminder that, every now and then, the pop culture ship sometimes docks in unusual waters, Sony is prepping a compilation of hits for American Idol‘s tenth anniversary. I mean, whaaaaaat?

Alright, so the show’s being a bit premature in celebrating its legacy; Idol premiered on FOX in the summer of 2002 and has failed to let up since. The idea of plucking a pop star from obscurity has lost much of its novelty status, but there have been some great artists and acts who gained exposure from the show, whether they won (killer pop act Kelly Clarkson, country star Carrie Underwood) or lost (rocker Chris Daughtry, glam-pop luminary Adam Lambert).

While it would be fair to call the compilation incomplete even by the tenuous standards of the show – Clarkson and Daughtry have had plenty of great pop tunes to go around, and notable contestants Jennifer Hudson and David Archuleta (recently dropped by Sony) are missing – the set looks like a nice, slight reminder of the power Idol has had on pop culture…for better or for worse.

American Idol 10th Anniversary – The Hits is on sale March 15. Check the track list for the disc after the jump.

Various Artists, American Idol 10th Anniversary – The Hits (RCA 88697 85953-2, 2011)

  1. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
  2. Superstar Ruben Studdard
  3. Invisible – Clay Aiken
  4. When I See U – Fantasia
  5. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
  6. Takin’ It to the Streets – Taylor Hicks
  7. Home – Daughtry
  8. No Air – Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown
  9. Lights On – David Cook
  10. Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
  11. Whataya Want from Me – Adam Lambert
  12. Sweet Serendipity – Lee DeWyze

Track 1 from Breakaway (RCA/19, 2004)
Track 2 from Soulful (J, 2003)
Track 3 from Measure of a Man (RCA, 2003)
Track 4 from Fantasia (J, 2006)
Track 5 from Some Hearts (Arista Nashville/19, 2005)
Track 6 from American Idol Season 5: Encores (RCA, 2006)
Track 7 from Daughtry (RCA, 2006)
Track 8 from Jordin Sparks (Jive, 2007)
Track 9 from David Cook (RCA/19, 2008)
Track 10 from Kris Allen (Jive, 2008)
Track 11 from For Your Entertainment (RCA, 2009)
Track 12 from Live It Up (RCA/19, 2010)

Written by Mike Duquette

February 22, 2011 at 13:47

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