Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Most Successful American Idols

As fans soldier toward the end of The Simon Cowell Era of American Idol, Music Bible Billboard Magazine has compiled a list of the 24 most successful artists who have kickstarted their careers on the FOX talent series — and some of the rankings may surprise you.

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:

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