Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Celebnews: Kelly Clarkson The Most Successful American Idol Alumns

Carrie Underwood may have sold more albums than Kelly Clarkson, but the original “American Idol” winner is still the most successful, according to Billboard.

Clarkson has sold 10.6 million albums, 15.9 million tracks and has had 4.2 million radio plays, according to, ranking her the top graduate from “Idol.” Underwood has 11.5 million and 13.9 million for album and single sales, respectively. The country singer’s also had 2.4 million radio plays since she won “Idol” in 2005.

The third most successful “Idol” never won the crown and wasn’t even a runner up: It’s Chris Daughtry, who fronts his own band, Daughtry; they have sold 5.7 million albums.

Based on a combination of album sales, track sales, and radio spins, the publication has named original Idol Kelly Clarkson the franchise’s most successful. The “Since You’ve Been Gone” powerhouse has moved 10.6 million albums, garnered 15.9 million track sales, and earned more than 4.2 million radio plays since tasting victory on Idol in 2002.

Here’s how the Top 10 rounded out:

1. Kelly Clarkson
2. Carrie Underwood
3. Chris Daughtry
4. Jordin Sparks
5. David Cook
6. Clay Aiken
7. Kellie Pickler
8. David Archuleta
9. Fantasia
10. Ruben Studdard

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