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Katharine McPhee Album Sales: Second to Norah Jones

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American Idol fifth-season runner-up Katharine McPhee had a genuine shot at Billboard's peak position, with her eponymous debut album hitting record-store shelves last week.

But ultimately, McPhee couldn't quite contend with Norah Jones.

Katharine McPhee Album Sales: Second to Norah Jones The singer/songwriter's third studio LP, Not Too Late, ran away with the title belt, opening at #1 with more than 405,000 sales, according to the latest SoundScan figures.

McPhee's LP finished a distant second on Billboard's albums sales chart, selling close to 116,000 units - a respectable total, but not nearly enough to top the chart this time around.

Interestingly enough, Daughtry - the self-titled debut from fellow Idol finalist Chris Daughtry's rock collective — follows McPhee at #3, with 77,000 scans.

Meanwhile Taylor Hicks, the self-titled debut from the man who surpassed them both for the American Idol title last year, slips further out of the chart's top 50. That disc finished this week at #76 after selling just 12,000 copies during its eighth week of release.

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Katherine McPhee and most of the idols are middle of the road talents at best. Without the publicity brought to them by the program, most of these folks would probably be making music, but it would most likely be at some Holiday Inn lounge down by the local interstate. Katherine McPhee's bland beauty certainly would keep her in coin, but to call her an average singer would be a compliment.

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Katharien McPhee did not make no.1.....but....she has a new sultry style that everybody will grow to adore...and once the music video is released album sales will increase again....Katharine McpHee has the momewntum to even take over....Kelly Clarkson...

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whoa!