November 19, 2004

TV Appearances Boost Sales For Chris Botti

Chris Botti sees a spike in album sales after performing on TV.

As expected, two appearances this week on highly rated television shows have helped push sales of trumpeter Chris Botti’s new album, When I Fall In Love, through the roof.

On Nov. 12, Botti performed “Someone To Watch Over Me” and was interviewed by Al Roker on the Today show. And on Nov. 16, Botti struck gold in a starring role with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah, where he performed the song “When I Fall In Love” during a wedding and also in Oprah’s studio. Oprah told her audience that she bought all of Botti's ablums after she heard him play for the first time. After Botti's performance, Oprah jumped out of her seat to give the trumpeter a big hug.

Although sales figures for this week haven't been released yet for Botti's big week, When I Fall In Love right now has the distinction of being the No. 1 album in sales for all musical genres on The album also nailed down the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Jazz charts for several weeks after being released in late September.

In addition, it’s been a steady performer on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart, reaching a high of No. 3 so far. The Heatseeker chart lists the best-selling titles by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the top 100 of the Billboard 200 chart. When a CD reaches this level, the CD and the artist's subsequent ones are ineligible to appear on the Heatseeker chart.

In other words, Botti is a big star now.

Posted by Brian Soergel at November 19, 2004 5:47 AM