Fox's "American Idol" reality series will be chronicled on the collection "American Idol: Greatest Moments," due Oct. 1 from RCA. The single-disc compilation will be the first full-length album featuring songs performed on the show. Alongside four tracks by competition winner Kelly Clarkson and two by runner-up Justin Guarini, the album will feature one song each from the other eight finalists, and a version of the Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'" performed by all 10 of them together.
Steve Lipson (Backstreet Boys, Annie Lennox) produced and compiled the album from performances recorded during the show's final weeks. Finalists Nikki McKibbon, Tamyra Gray, EJay Day, RJ Helton, AJ Gil, Ryan Starr, Christina Christian, and Jim Verraros are all represented.
As previously reported, the RCA debut from Clarkson has been pushed back to 2003, to allow her to concentrate on the upcoming "American Idol" tour. The six-week trek, which will feature Clarkson, Guarini, and the eight other finalists, kicks off Oct. 8 in San Diego and runs through Nov. 20 in Seattle.
The 30 semifinalists for "American Idol" are to reunite Monday (Sept. 23) for the two-hour Fox special "American Idol in Las Vegas," and Fox Filmed Entertainment and "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller are also in discussions for an "American Idol" feature film.
Meanwhile, Clarkson's debut double A-side single, "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This," was released Tuesday and is expected to fly up Billboard's Hot 100 next week. It currently sits at No. 52 in its second week on the chart, on the strength of radio airplay.
Here is the track listing for "American Idol: Greatest Moments":
"(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," Kelly Clarkson
"Respect," Kelly Clarkson
"For Once in My Life," Justin Guarini
"Get Here," Justin Guarini
"Piece of My Heart," Nikki McKibbin
"A House Is Not a Home," Tamyra Gray
"Lately," RJ Helton
"Ain't No Sunshine," Christina Christian
"If You Really Love Me," Ryan Starr
"My Cherie Amour," AJ Gil
"I'll Be," EJay Day
"Easy," Jim Verraros
"California Dreamin'," All Performers
"A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson
"Before Your Love," Kelly Clarkson
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.