January 07, 2006 10:55 PM by Joe Blackmon
Kelly Clarkson, the winner of the first American Idol, continues to rack up sales and top charts with her album “Breakaway.” After the first season of American Idol, many critics wondered if American Idol would truly help to discover artists capable of maintaining long-term careers in the music industry. Kelly Clarkson has proven that the answer is definitely “yes.”
"Breakaway" finished 2005 as the No. 3 best-selling album of the year. In the final week of 2005, "Breakaway" surpassed Green Day’s "American Idiot" to claim third place on the year-to-date album sales chart, according to SoundScan. "Breakaway" has now sold over four million copies in the U.S. and is certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA. "Breakaway" debuted in the top 20 over a year ago, and has been in the top 20 for its entire chart life. It is the only album in the last five years to achieve such an amazing chart feat. "Breakaway" includes four No. 1 singles: the title track, "Since U Been Gone", "Behind These Hazel Eyes", and "Because of You."
Clarkson is the No. 1 Hot 100 Female of the year. She is also the No. 1 pop female artist on the chart that combines results from the Hot 100 singles chart and The Billboard 200 album chart. Clarkson has the No. 1 Pop 100 song of the year, "Since U Been Gone," and is the No. 1 Pop 100 artist and Pop 100 Airplay artist. She also has the No. 1 Digital Track of 2005, "Since U Been Gone."
On the recap of the Adult Contemporary chart, Clarkson has the No. 1 song of the year, "Breakaway." That song reigned over the AC chart for 21 weeks, tying the record set by Celine Dion’s "A New Day Has Come" as the longest-running No. 1 song by a female artist in AC history. "Breakaway" is also the No. 1 Soundtrack Single of the year, and Clarkson is the No. 1 Adult Contemporary artist, as well as the No. 1 Adult Top 40 artist. Finally, Clarkson is the No. 1 Hot Dance Radio Airplay artist of 2005.
Kelly’s 11 No. 1s on the Billboard year-end charts caps a year in which she was nominated for two Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance "Since U Been Gone", Best Pop Vocal Album "Breakaway" and won two American Music Awards, for Favorite Adult Contemporary Female Artist and the T-Mobile Text-In fan award. She won two MTV VMA Awards as well, for Best Pop Video and Best Female Video.