Danity Kane’s single debuts at 17, tying Ashley Angel and beat only by Taylor, Katherine

Making the Band 3 group Danity Kane released their self-titled debut album last week, and its first single, Show Stopper, has debuted at #17 on the Billboard 100. While a significant achievement for the group, it also establishes reality TV shows as the most successful vehicle for new singles this year.

Billboard’s Chart Beat notes that Danity Kane is in “a tie for the third-highest debut of 2006” with Ashley Parker Angel’s Let U Go.

More significantly, those two songs were beaten only by American Idol’s winner and runner up. “The two highest debuts of the year are ‘Do I Make You Proud’ by Taylor Hicks (No. 1) and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Katharine McPhee (No. 12),” Billboard reports. And if one includes Paris Hilton’s single, Billboard says “one could argue that the five highest-debuting singles of 2006 are all by television reality stars.”

The album itself is also selling very well. In a press release, the label notes that the record “sold nearly 90,000 units in its first day of release, selling out at most stores across the country,” and its “first-week sales triumph is unprecedented for a new artist with little radio or video airplay.” The album did so well that Diddy himself has recorded a message about it:

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