Just How Bad Are American Idol Record Sales? - Wetpaint

Carrie Underwood is Overwhelmed at the American Idol Season 5 Final Show

We’ve all heard stories about how few records American Idol stars are selling these days as compared to the show’s first few seasons. And unfortunately, this talk is not all just hater-ism. The numbers don’t lie. Record sales have trended down significantly over the nine seasons of the show. But just how far down?

Season 1 Idol winner Kelly Clarkson sold 297,000 copies of her debut album Thankful. The album would eventually go on to sell over 2.7 million copies worldwide. Not bad, right? Fast-forward to the release of Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood’s debut album Some Hearts, which since its 2005 release has sold over 7 million units. Her other two albums Carnival Ride and Play On have also gone triple platinum and platinum, respectively.

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