Katharine McPhee’s self-titled debut album, sold 116,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.
Her record label says this “is the highest-charted bow for a debut artist this year, and the fourth largest overall in 2007.” Of course, it’s also February 9.
And Zap2it.com calls those numbers “tepid,” and points out that Katharine’s debut is “right in the middle of the first-week sales pack for ‘Idol’ runners-up.” Specifically, Bo Bice’s album debuted with first-week sales of 225,000, which itself pales next to Clay Aiken, who sold 613,000 copies in his first week. But Katharine does beat Justin Guarini’s 57,000 copies and Diana DeGarmo’s 47,000.
Katharine McPhee Bows at #2 on the Chart [RCA press release]
McPhee Can’t Keep Up with the Jones [Zap2it.com]