'American Idol': Billboard names Kelly Clarkson most successful idol


It has been eight years since Kelly Clarkson took the stage in the very first season of " American Idol" and sang "A Moment Like This." She would go on to show that America had gotten it right.

Eight seasons later, Billboard ranks Clarkson as the most successful idol in its list of "'American Idol's' All Time Top 24."

According to the magazine, Clarkson has sold 10.6 million albums, 15.9 million in track sales and she has been played on the radio almost 4.3 million times.

In second place, the first country singer to win "Idol," Carrie Underwood, has outsold Clarkson in album sales, but the original idol still has her beat in track sales and radio plays.

The most "successful idol" is definitely a tough thing to call, especially since Clarkson has had at least three years on Underwood.

Billboard points out that not only does she beat the country diva in two of the three statistical categories, but she continues to inspire new "Idol" hopefuls like Siobhan Magnus who said she practiced her now infamous belting style by singing to Clarkson tunes.

Chris Daughtry, who didn't even win the competition in 2006, places third with the success of his band, Daughtry.

Do you think Kelly Clarkson should have won Billboard's top spot?

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