Popular: Wicked Cast Album Among iTunes "Top 100 Albums of 2004"

News   Popular: Wicked Cast Album Among iTunes "Top 100 Albums of 2004" The original Broadway cast recording of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked has been among the top albums playing on iPods and computers as witness by its inclusion as the sole Broadway entry in Apple iTunes' "Top 100 Albums of 2004."

Among the latest from artists like Black-Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Cake, Counting Crows, Toby Keith, OutKast and soundtracks from "Garden State" and "Shrek 2" is the Grammy Award-nominated release.

Wicked also charted among iTunes' "2004 Top 10 Soundtrack Albums" alongside the "De-Lovely" and "The Best of Broadway: The American Musical" soundtracks.

Titles listed as the "Top Downloads" from the album include "Defying Gravity," "Popular," "For Good" and "What Is This Feeling." The track "Defying Gravity" is also available on "The Best of Broadway: The American Musical" album as a download.

This year's big musical rivals Wicked and Avenue Q are currently among the top albums in the soundtrack genre. Other popular musical albums include The Phantom of the Opera original Broadway cast recording and the new movie soundtrack, Jesus Christ Superstar, the Zero Mostel Fiddler on the Roof, the original London cast of Miss Saigon, the 1992 revival recording of Guys and Dolls, both the original and Broadway casts of Little Shop of Horrors, the original New York cast album of Oklahoma! and Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz.

The show will once again compete against its underdog counterpart, this time for the Grammy Award in the Best Musical Show Album category. The nominees for the honor include Assassins, Avenue Q, The Boy From Oz, Wicked and Wonderful Town. Apple iTunes users can access the iTunes home, "Celebrity Playlists" and chart topper information via the "Music Store" option on players or through the website at www.apple.com/itunes.