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Kelly Clarkson: Officially The BEST American Idol Ever!

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She did it! She beat Carrie Underwood!

Though we love 'em both, Kelly Clarkson surpassed the country Idol's iconic Before He Cheats with her powerful hit — Stronger!

Selling 3,510,000 singles, Kelly sits in that American Idol throne of glory and jewels!

(Before He Cheats has sold 3,509,000 copies sine 2006.)

Way to go, gurl! Whoooo!!!! We're so proud of you! Maybe 2012 is your year of highs…. this and a possible engagement down the road??

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22 comments to “Kelly Clarkson: Officially The BEST American Idol Ever!”



  1. 1

    Jeeeeez! She looks like a linebacker wearing a wig.



  2. 2

    I love love Kelly clarkson! Her voice is amazing and she is such a great role model for other singers just like Beyonce! They have it together 110%



  3. 3

    Kelly has ALWAYS been way bigger than Carrie Underwood.

  4. the real demode says – reply to this


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    How does selling more records make you the BEST? Kelly has been around longer, so it shouldn't be surprising that she has sold more numbers now. I bet in no time that Carrie Underwood will top these sales. But again… how does selling more records make someone the BEST?

  5. Sandman says – reply to this


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    That statement is bogus. Kelly only outsold one song. Before He Cherats. Carrie still outsells more overall. Please get your facts right. It only makes you look stupid.

  6. Bloo says – reply to this


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    Re: Sandman – Get your facts right, overall and worldwide Kelly Clarkson has sold 24 million albums and 40 million singles while Carrie has only sold about 12 or 13 million albums and 20 million singles.

  7. Avamarie says – reply to this


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    Clarkson had a four year head start, I'm sure Carrie will pass her up. Carrie Underwood leads idol album sales.

  8. Nate says – reply to this


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    Re: Sandman

    Not true. Kelly has the US singles lead, Carrie Albums. However, if you look worldwide Kelly crushes Carrie by a significant margin by every metric.

  9. ThatsWhatSheSaid87 says – reply to this


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    Let's me clear things up for the Carrie fans. Yes, Kelly beat Carrie out in sells of this song. To the person who said Kelly's been around longer, yes she has but her single (the one with 3,510,000 copies) has been out for a short amount of time while Carries single (3,509,000) has been selling since 2006. So Carrie's has been out longer. Carrie has sold more albums in the US (roughly 2million more at 13,000,000 albums) with her 4 albums but she's only popular in the US, Kelly is famous WORLD WIDE and, when counting ALL of her record sells (not just US), she has sold over 24,000,000 albums.

    To the person who said, Kelly had a 4 year head start…. May have been but Kelly was world wide by her 2nd album and had as many sells as Carrie does now…what album is Carrie at now?? That right, her 4th.

    Both have great voices and I just heard that Carrie stuck up for gay rights, which is awesome for someone in country music…much respect there, but when we go by popularity and how much they're selling, Kelly wins hands down.

  10. Liz says – reply to this


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    Re: ThatsWhatSheSaid87 – AMEN! Finally someone with a brain!

  11. barny says – reply to this


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    Even though Kelly has a 4 Year jump on Carrie in thr long term Carrrie will end selling more Albums and singles.Since we are comparing these 2 lets take a look at which one has had an Album FLOP.And the winner is KELLY.Carrie is the better singer and has more personality.

  12. ThatsWhatSheSaid87 says – reply to this


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    Re: barny – I assume you're talking about My December, one of the most underrated albums and it's all because Clive Davis had an issue so almost ZERO promoting was done for the album and with all that, it still went platinum in the US. With a "flop" of an album she's STILL kicking Carries a** in sells. A lot of artists have a a couple of "flops" and have longevity and yet still others have sold a hand full of good albums and their careers have fizzled.

    BTW Carrie having "more personality"? Are you kidding me? SHE'S A ROBOT! Have you SEEN Kelly in ANY interview or concert?? Talk about a great personality. To top it off, no one has said anything negative about meeting Kelly. Even if they don't like her music, they like her…the same can't be said about Carrie.

  13. carolinagirl says – reply to this


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    Re: barny – To you and @Sandman, Kelly did not have a four year head start on Carrie. She had a two and a half year head start on Carrie. AI didn't start in 2001. Kelly & Carrie will probably always be neck to neck in US singles sells. Carrie will probably always have more US albums sells than Kelly is mainly because country albums sell more. But, when it comes to worldwide album & single sells, no one will ever surpass Kelly. Lastly, in reply to the title of the article. Kelly has been the Best Idol Ever since September 4, 2002. Both girls rock though, I would love to hear them sing together someday. :)

  14. carolinagirl says – reply to this


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    Re: ThatsWhatSheSaid87 – Amen. Kelly may have the best personality ever. Barny, you must have never seen Kelly in a interview before because her awesome, bubbly personality shines ever time she speaks. Also Barny, how can an album "flop" if it sold over 2 million albums. My December has sold more than some Idol alums album sells together combine.

  15. prg says – reply to this


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    well she has sold 40 million singles worldwide



  16. 16

    Way to go Kelly! You Rock Girl! You will all ways be the best American Idol… I can not wait for any album soon. I have every CD you made and I can not wait for more :)



  17. 17

    You think it's only official now Perez. What a dunderhead. Kelly has been the BEST American Idol ever, for years.



  18. 18

    Re: ThatsWhatSheSaid87 – Kelly only has a 2.5 year head start, not a four year head start. The dummies can't figure that one out.



  19. 19

    Re: ThatsWhatSheSaid87[/r[re=6115545]Re: ThatsWhatSheSaid87
    I totally agree about her personality. I haven't listened to much of her music, but she was a guest on a tv show once in australia and I remember thinking she seemed like such a lovely, down to earth, fun person.

  20. PC says – reply to this


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    And you look ike a chiwawa

  21. PC says – reply to this


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    Re: CaliCoyote – And you look like a chiwawa

  22. rulz says – reply to this


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    I'm from INDONESIA, and Kelly Clarkson is so famous here..
    Kelly's song is popular here such as because of you, stronger etc..
    So, Kelly is International artist, but Carrie is US artist..
    Kelly = 25 millions worldwide
    Carrie = 14 millions worldwide