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Fantasia's 'Free Yourself' album sells 240,000 units in debut week

UPI News Service, 12/03/2004 

The debut album of Fantasia, the third winner of FOX's "American Idol" competition, did not premiere at the top of the Billboard sales list.

While "Free Yourself" sold a respectable 240,000 copies for the week ending Nov. 28 to get the No. 8 spot, it is the first debut album from an "American Idol" winner to not go to the top of the charts, reported Friday.

"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," the latest from U2, gained the No. 1 slot with sales of 840,000, followed by the 471,000 units sold for Eminem's "Encore," which had paced the chart the previous two weeks.

The two earlier "American Idol" winners, Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard, both premiered on top, as did second season runner-up Clay Aiken.

Despite finishing second in his season, Aiken's "Measure of a Man" remains the top selling "Idol" album, selling 613,000 copies in its first frame, followed by the 416,500 copies of Studdard's "Soulful" and the 297,000 in sales for Clarkson's "Thankful."

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