Kelly Clarkson is still the most successful American Idol winner, beating out Carrie Underwood, according to a formula released by Billboard. While Underwood is on top of her genre and has sold more albums than Clarkson, Billboard still gives Clarkson the edge.
According to an Associated Press, Billboard claims Clarkson has sold 10.6 million albums, 15.9 million tracks and has had 4.2 million radio plays. They claim that ranks her the top graduate from Idol.
Underwood has 11.5 million and 13.9 million for album and single sales, respectively. The country singer also had 2.4 million radio plays since she won Idol in 2005.
E! online has a poll here (Carrie Underwood is winning) and they note that with Billboard’s math Chris Daughtry landed in third, while Jordin Sparks and David Cook round out the top five. Where is Jennifer Hudson and her Oscar? She’s down the list in the teens!
Other alums of note: Clay Aiken at No. 6, Adam Lambert at No. 12, Hudson at No. 13, Hicks at No. 19 and Allison Iraheta finishing in the bottom slot.