The fortunes of American Idol's recent winners have dwindled, but one can still count on Kelly Clarkson, the show's original champ, to rack up hit albums. The pop star, who took home the first American Idol crown in 2002 and released her first album, Thankful, the following year, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her latest studio set, Piece by Piece. It launches with 97,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 8, according to Nielsen Music.

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