WOW Hits 2005 Hits Stores In October

EMI CMG’s multi-platinum WOW series –an annual collection of the year’s finest in contemporary Christian music- is releasing its newest collection to stores on October 5th. The double-CD will feature 31 songs, including 15 number one singles and 11 more top-ten entries, from artists such as Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, tobymac, and Stacy Orrico.

“WOW Hits 2005 is one of the strongest WOW albums we have released to date,” says David Crace, senior vice president of marketing at EMI CMG. “We know that great songs drive the sale of WOW records and this collection is remarkable. These songs, collectively, are currently generating more than 100 million impressions weekly via Christian radio stations across the country. We are confident that WOW Hits 2005 will be a fan favorite this fall, deliver stronger-than-expected retail sales and play a significant role in industry growth in the New Year.”

The album will be available at a suggested retail price of $23.98 along with a companion DVD at $14.98, which will feature the year’s top music videos from Casting Crowns, Pillar, Selah, and more.
The WOW series has sold more than 14 million records, out of which 4 have achieved Double Platinum status, 9, Platinum, and 8, Gold. In 2000, the Gospel Music Association honored WOW with an Impact Award for expanding the awareness of the genre.
“Research has proven that people who aren’t familiar with Christian music tend to respond positively when exposed to it,” explains Gospel Music Association president, John Styll. “The WOW series is a great way to extend the reach and impact of Christian music by exposing top artists and songs to potential new listeners.”
The track listing for this year’s compilation is as follows:
Steven Curtis Chapman, All Things New
MercyMe, Here With Me
Casting Crowns, Who Am I
Selah, You Raise Me Up
Third Day, I Believe
newsboys, You Are My King (Amazing Love)
Kutless, Sea Of Faces
Stacie Orrico, More To Life
Tree 63, Blessed Be Your Name
tobyMac, Gone
Todd Agnew, Grace Like Rain
Audio Adrenaline, Leaving 99
Avalon, You Were There
Bethany Dillon, All I Need
David Crowder Band, Open Skies
Jeremy Camp, Right Here
Matthew West, More
ZOEgirl, Beautiful Name
BarlowGirl, Never Alone
Bebo Norman, Disappear
Caedmon’s Call, There's Only One (Holy One)
Chris Rice, Untitled Hymn
FFH, Ready To Fly
Jars of Clay, Show You Love
Mark Schultz, Letters From War
Darlene Zschech, Pray
Nicole C. Mullen, Everyday People
Rachael Lampa, When I Fall
Nate Sallie, Whatever It Takes
Jaci Velasquez, Unspoken
Building 429, Glory Defined