(Want to know what's in third place? It's "No Air," the melodramatic 2008 collabo by Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown, which has sold 3,437,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks sales for Billboard.)
Three other Clarkson songs have sold more than 2 million copies: Her sassy 2009 hit "My Life Would Suck Without You" (2,641,000); her turbo-charged 2005 smash "Since U Been Gone" (2,487,000) and "Don't You Wanna Stay," her award-winning 2011 collabo with country star Jason Aldean (2,105,000).
Clarkson has four songs whose current sales tallies are between 1.5 million and 2 million: her 2009 hit "Already Gone" (1,766,000); her 2004 hit "Breakaway" (1,733,000); her 2005 hit "Because Of You" (1,698,000) and her 2011 hit "Mr. Know-It-All" (1,593,000).
Underwood has three songs whose current sales tallies are in the 1.5-2 million range: Her 2009 hit "Cowboy Casanova" (1,864,000); "Remind Me," her 2011 collabo with her frequent CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley (1,577,000) and her 2008 hit "All American Girl" (1,548,000).
Underwood's first three albums have all topped 2 million. Her fourth, Blown Away, has sold 622K copies in its first nine weeks.
Clarkson's first five albums have all topped 800K. Her current album, Stronger, has sold 846K copies in 36 weeks. Clarkson's lowest-selling album is her 2007 album My December, which has sold 832K copies to date. That album was the subject of a dispute with record company management (about artistic freedom) that became very public.
Clarkson moved in on Underwood's country turf when she recorded her duet with Aldean. "Don't You Wanna Stay" topped the country chart for three weeks, and even received a CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year.
Clarkson and Underwood are both so good, I think both would have made it with or without Idol. Idol is lucky to have found them. They give credibility to the show. The two women appear to be friendly rivals. I hope they're able to take in good humor the stories (such as this one) that continually compare them. The stories merely demonstrate that they are far and away the two biggest stars in Idol history.
It would be great if these two talented women someday collaborated in some way.
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