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Diamond in the Rough Story: Artist Christina Perri Releases Live EP on Nov. 9

Four-months ago, Christina Perri was busy running coffee at Melrose Place Cafe, a Los Angeles restaurant, wondering when she’d get her big break. Thanks to a close friend, who handed her demo to So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Perri’s song Jar of Hearts was featured on the June 30 show. Right after it aired on Fox, the track has sold 48,000 downloads, landed at No. 26 on Billboard‘’s singles sales chart and climbed to No. 20 on iTunes. She also scored the No. 10 slot on Amazon’s Overall Chart and is trending as the No. 1 search on Google.

Christina Perri is set to release her debut live EP The Ocean Way Sessions on Tuesday, November 9 on Atlantic Records.  The EP was recorded at the legendary Ocean Way Studios in LA, where generations of music icons have come before her including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Mary J. Blige. It was mixed by Brett Eliason whose credits include REM, Polyphonic Spree, and Pearl Jam.

Christina Perri Signs Deal with Atlantic Records

Christina PerriChristina Perri — the singer/songwriter who gained thousands of new fans overnight when her song “Jar of Hearts” was featured on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance — has signed a deal with Atlantic Records, Billboard.com can exclusively confirm. Perri inked the deal July 21 to release her debut album on the major label, while Roadrunner Records will continue to promote “Jar of Hearts” at radio.

On June 30, Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” was used on So You Think You Can Dance for a contemporary piece performed by Billy Bell and Kathryn McCormick. The song went on to debut at No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs and No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following week, clocking 48,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Unsigned Artist Christina Perri Pries Open the Lid to Fame with ‘Jar of Hearts’

Christina PerriLast week, Christina Perri was busy running coffee at Melrose Place Cafe, a Los Angeles restaurant, wondering when she’d get her big break. This week, she’s busy fielding media requests and answering fan mail.

“It’s been a legitimate whirlwind — I’ve been answering about a hundred e-mails a day,” she says. “I still don’t believe that this is all really happening.”

Thanks to a close friend (Keltie Colleen, a Radio City Rockette), who handed her demo to So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Stacey Tookey, Perri’s song Jar of Hearts was featured on the June 30 show. Since it aired on Fox, the track has sold 48,000 downloads, landed at No. 26 on Billboard‘’s singles sales chart and climbed to No. 20 on iTunes. She also scored the No. 10 slot on Amazon’s Overall Chart and is trending as the No. 1 search on Google. That was nine days ago. Today, instead of tying on an apron for a shift at the cafe, the 23-year-old performs on CBS’ The Early Show. She’ll also perform Jar of Hearts on So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday.