Kelly Clarkson makes 'American Idol' history as the latest sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan confirm her current hit, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” to be the best-selling Idol single of all time, surpassing the long-time champion, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.”
Ten years ago tonight, families all over the U.S. sat down in front of their TVs and watched the first episode of a new Fox-TV series called “American Idol.” Since then, the show's been responsible for 345 No. 1s on the Billboard charts including a record-setting 73 Billboard chart-toppers by "American Idol"'s very first winner, Kelly Clarkson.
"American Idol," which turns ten years old today, is an undeniable pop music hit machine. Since its inception on June 11, 2002, "Idol" has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Undewood, Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks while remaining a TV ratings juggernaut. Here then are charts breaking down "Idol"'s pop dominance over the last decade.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of “American Idol.” In that time the show has racked up jaw-dropping numbers. Chief among them: the Idols, including household names like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia, Daughtry, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken and others, have had an astonishing 345 No. 1s on the Billboard Charts.
The Monkees -- Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork -- weren’t just a fictional band, even if they didn’t play their own instruments on their earliest recordings. They became a real band with real hits, and a real legacy that still shines bright.