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[03/16/11 - 10:32 AM]
"American Idol" Top 12 Compilation Album Featuring Studio Versions of Full Songs Performed on Tonight's Show Available Exclusively on iTunes
Rodney Jerkins, Jim Jonsin, "Tricky" Stewart, Rock Mafia, Don Was and Ron Fair are among the album's producers.

[via press release from FOX]

"AMERICAN IDOL" TOP 12 COMPILATION ALBUM FEATURING STUDIO VERSIONS OF FULL SONGS PERFORMED ON TONIGHT'S SHOW AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON iTUNES

ALBUM FEATURES TRACKS PRODUCED BY RODNEY JERKINS, JIM JONSIN, TRICKY STEWART, ROCK MAFIA, DON WAS AND RON FAIR

Album and Tracks Go on Sale Following Tonight's "Idol" Broadcast

March 16, 2011 - Last week, for the first time ever, studio versions of the full-length songs performed by Season 10's Top 13 finalists went on sale exclusively on the iTunes Store as a compilation album, and the release was a Top 10 seller on the iTunes album chart. This week, the "American Idol Top 12 Season 10" album compilation will go on sale once again exclusively on the iTunes Store at 10pm PST following tonight's "American Idol." Individual songs will also be available for sale.

The songs released on iTunes are studio versions recorded by the Idols under the guidance of Jimmy Iovine's team, including some of the hottest producers in the business, such as Rodney Jerkins, Jim Jonsin, "Tricky" Stewart, Rock Mafia, Don Was and Ron Fair. The 12 individual tracks and compilation album that will go on sale tonight are being released on the 19 Recordings/Interscope label. The compilation album will sell for $7.99.

Tune in to "American Idol" tonight, Wednesday, March 16th at 8/7c on FOX to see the Top 12 finalists � Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart, Karen Rodriguez and Pia Toscano � perform songs from the year they were born.

With new judges, a brand-new set and one of the strongest line-ups of competitors since "American Idol" debuted in 2002, the series is drawing unanimous praise from viewers and critics alike and generating incredible ratings, keeping the show on top of the Nielsen rankings for the seventh consecutive year. "American Idol" finalists have already sold millions of songs on iTunes.

About INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M RECORDS

Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M Records embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999. Headed by Chairman Jimmy Iovine, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres including rock, rap, pop and alternative. Interscope Geffen A&M Records is part of Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company.

About CKX, Inc.

CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of globally recognized entertainment content. The Company's current properties include the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali and the operations of Graceland. Through its wholly-owned division 19 Entertainment Ltd., CKX owns proprietary rights to the "Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" television brands, including the "American Idol" series in the United States and local adaptations of the "Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" television show formats, which collectively, air in more than 100 countries, as well as other television properties. Also through 19, CKX has relationships and partnerships with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and David Cook. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at www.ckx.com.





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