'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Charts Second Hit Album on Billboard 200
"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips earns his second top 40 hit album on the Billboard 200 this week, with the debut of his "American Idol: Season 11: Highlights" EP at No. 25.
The set, released exclusively through Walmart, features five songs from his run on the show and sold 20,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's his second album to chart on the Billboard 200 so far, following "Journey to the Finale" (No. 11). It debuted the week after he was crowned champion on May 23. Combined, "Journey" and his new "Highlights" EP have sold 65,000.
Both albums offer material recorded during his tenure on "American Idol." The singer is currently at work on his first studio album, due out before the end of the year.
Phillips' new EP is one seven "Idol" titles Walmart released last week. Each of the top five finishers on the show has their own EP, while two compilations round out the offerings.
On the Billboard 200, Phillips is joined by the debuts of third place Joshua Ledet's EP (No. 59 with 9,000), fifth-place finisher Skylar Laine (No. 64 with 8,000) and runner-up Jessica Sanchez (No. 77 with 6,000). Also bowing is a "Top 10 Highlights" set (No. 127 with 4,000) and fourth-placer Hollie Cavanagh (No. 176 with 3,000). The only Walmart release to miss the chart this week was "Duets and Trios Highlights," which sold a little under 3,000.