THR reports that American Idol, 19 Recordings and new music partners Interscope Geffen A&M will release individual songs performed by the Top 13 contestants immediately following Wednesday’s performance show.

Music will be available for download on iTunes starting at 10 p.m. PST on March 9. (That’s tonight after the show.)

Also, there will be a 13 track compilation album of studio versions of songs chosen and performed by the Idols on Wednesday’s show. Each was recorded under the guidance of in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine and his team of producers.

The compilation album will sell for $7.99.
That’s fast work! In prior years, songs weren’t made available until a day or two after the show aired, and only as individual download. Idol seems very keen to strike while the iron is hot.
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

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  • cheese

    I thought they did their iTunes recordings awfully early this week. It seemed like they were recording before they had even done much rehearsing. Unfortunately, I think this will lead to fewer interesting arrangements, fewer “out-of-the-box” song choices (they can’t sit around waiting for last-minute clearance), and I guess no more last-minute song changes?

    I guess the whole album will be allowed to chart. I wonder if it will show the popularity of individual tracks?

  • kcostell

    A cynic will replace “strike while the iron is hot” with “milk them for all they’re worth before they’re forgotten”.

  • girlygirl

    So are they going to release a compilation album every week? Haha — I couldn’t afford to buy an $8 album every week of the show even if I wanted to. So more likely, I’ll end up buying maybe one or two tracks a week. Last year, I only bought 2 tracks the entire season. And I never bought any of the previous season’s compilation albums (just Kris’ and Adam’s individual ones). So I’m probably not the ideal consumer for this :)

    It’s still a good idea, though, because I’m guessing there will be lots of people who will buy the album every week.

  • hoosiermama

    When I saw the headline, I first thought this was the anniversary compilation album! Wow. An album from the first week of the show? That’s pretty gung ho. I wonder if they will release an album every week then?

  • Marie Ruffin

    There’s already a recap of the show over at rickey.org.

    One comment was interesting: Berry Gordy in the audience to hear Ashton sing a Diana Ross song…..according to the writer, not good, she was flat. These Idols gotta stop listening to the judges.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    So is the compilation album simply a bundled price for the individual tracks?

    Interesting. Universal’s about to get an early-season measure of interest in the show as a whole (treat it like Glee, evening of fun covers from cute young adults, buy whole album) versus interest in specific contestants (buy tracks from one’s favorite(s)).

    Depending what they sell over the course of the season — and I wouldn’t be surprised at different tactics in different weeks — Universal can learn a lot about the fan bases being built.

  • BootStar

    Oh, man, I guess I’m living in a fantasy world if I’m expecting to see the popularity rankings for the individual tracks on each album?

    Will they be releasing performance videos this season too?

    And why is the American Idol website promoting the new boot song as “David Cook’s New Single”? I thought it was most definitely NOT the new single. Way to confuse everybody!

  • progression

    Interesting marketing tactic with the bundled pricing for the all week’s songs. They must think based on past iTunes buying data that there is a subset of fans who tend to buy enough tracks each week to be tempted.

    Unfortunately, I think this will lead to fewer interesting arrangements, fewer “out-of-the-box” song choices (they can’t sit around waiting for last-minute clearance), and I guess no more last-minute song changes?

    Unless you’re a contestant coming into the show with a lot of experience and a strong musicial identity, it seems like standing up to Iovine and his team of producers to “make a song your own” would be very difficult doesn’t it?

    And why is the American Idol website promoting the new boot song as “David Cook’s New Single”?

    *raises eyebrow* Hopefully that’s just some intern’s wording.

  • GreenHippo

    I definitely won’t be buying the whole album, I am usually only interested in my favorites and these won’t be everybody. If they are not my favorites they would have to do an outstanding job and not sing something I already have heard 500 times or is 1000 years old. I am guessing I will buy 4 maybe 5 songs tonight, possibly less looking at the spoiler page. :(

  • Buffynut

    Ahhhh, the influence of GLEE’s success!

  • rayni

    Buffynut:
    03/09/2011 at 4:24 pm
    Ahhhh, the influence of GLEE’s success!

    Bingo!

  • Buffynut

    And why is the American Idol website promoting the new boot song as “David Cook’s New Single”? I thought it was most definitely NOT the new single. Way to confuse everybody!

    It’s a single available for download, it’s new, and it’s being sung by David Cook?? Makes sense to me.

  • JudyOhio

    Oh nooooo!!!! My itunes isn’t working right and I will want to buy some of these I’m sure!Maybe someone here can help me. When I go to itunes, I have to click on music, then pop or whatever. BUT, once I click on music, the page comes up and I see it and then POOF….it IMMEDIATELY goes blank. Anybody ever have that problem? Anybody know the fix for it??????????SOS SOS SOS

  • GreenHippo

    Oh nooooo!!!! My itunes isn’t working right and I will want to buy some of these I’m sure!Maybe someone here can help me. When I go to itunes, I have to click on music, then pop or whatever. BUT, once I click on music, the page comes up and I see it and then POOF….it IMMEDIATELY goes blank. Anybody ever have that problem? Anybody know the fix for it??????????SOS SOS SOS

    I did!. I had to upgrade to the next level of iTunes, that fixed it. Hope that helped? :)

  • tierbee

    Ahhhh, the influence of GLEE’s success!

    Heh, yeah, even the Sing-Off offered a compilation album with studio tracks, though after the show was over so not sure how many folks knew it existed.

  • gabriel oak

    In years past I would only by tracks by singers I liked. It makes much more sense to bundle songs by individual singers than try to sell a compilation of all the contestants.