December 28, 2005 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
As reported online last week by Hits Magazine, American Idol stars Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice and Kelly Clarkson ruled the charts with three of the top ten spots on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart the week before Christmas, historically one of the best selling weeks of the year for the music industry.
However, the success of Idols is not limited to the United States. American Idol Kelly Clarkson and Pop Idol Will Young, also took two of the top fifteen spots in the weekly sales chart in the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, Kelly Clarkson’s "Breakaway" album was the number 8 selling album for the week, and Pop Idol 1 winner Will Young’s album, "Keep On" rose to number 12 on the U.K. chart, with over 300,000 units sold to date in the U.K. alone.
Commenting on the successful recording careers of Idol contestants, Simon Fuller, creator and Executive Producer of American Idol said, "This success is a true testament to the power of Idol fans and people power worldwide. Carrie, Bo and Kelly are prime examples of the impact of the Idol format, having been discovered by the American public, taken from obscurity and made into true superstars. I am proud to have created a format which has captured the imagination of music fans around the world and which can launch the careers of so many talented young singers. We are looking forward very much to the start of American Idol’s 5th season in January"
In addition to the United States and the United Kingdom, Idol continues to produce best selling artists in countries around the world where a local version of the format is run. In France, the most recent winner, Myriam, and runner-up Pierrick have both reached the top five in sales for their recent albums and previous runner up, Amele, has sold close to 500,000 units. In Australia, the most recent Idol winner Kate DeAraugo’s single reached Number 1 on the local singles chart and remains the third best selling single in the country. The first Australian Idol winner Shannon Noll’s second album has been certified double Platinum. In Canada, the latest winner Melissa O’Neil recently reached Number 1 on the local radio charts with her single "Alive."