Eleven months after finishing as the runner-up on the eleventh season of "American Idol," Jessica Sanchez has watched her debut album, "Me, You & the Music," score a No. 26 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, with 14,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album arrives after months of recording, whittling down a final track list and slowly rolling out her debut to the world -- a process that was still less nerve-racking than performing live each week in front of millions of viewers.
"'Idol' was more of a competition, and that was more of a platform that I wanted to get a hold of and get on top of," Sanchez told Billboard when she stopped by for an on-camera chat last week. "And I finally got that opportunity, and now it's more like, I just gotta show and prove myself to everybody that I'm not just the 'balladeer.' I like to do this kind of stuff. And that's easy for me, because I'm pretty fierce at this stuff."