Kelly Clarkson – Stronger Has Been Certified Platinum

Congratulations to Kelly Clarkson! Her album Stronger has officially been certified platinum.

Her record label, RCA tweeted today, “Congrats to @kelly_clarkson who’s album #STRONGER album has officially gone platinum!”

Stronger is the American Idol winner’s 5th studio album. As of this week, the album has sold 929,000 copies and was #89 on the Billboard 200.  An album is eligible to be certified platinum if it SHIPS 1 million copies.

Thankful, Breakaway and My December (albums 1-3) also went platinum. Thankful and Breakaway went multi-plat.


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  • Lexie O’Neill

    Congrats to Kelly!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s about time. I’m also expecting Stronger, the single, to be certified 3X platinum (along with all of the other certifications that Kelly has achieved, but they haven’t applied for), and it would be very nice if these certifications were actually posted on the RIAA website.

  • jlscott13

    So, Kelly and Carrie are now the only Idols w/ 4 platinum albums :) #myheartishappy :)

  • Valentin432

    Congrats Kelly.

  • shell29

    Congrats to Kelly!

  • hillstreetblooz

    o/ —- Way to go Kelly!  She’s simply the best. So glad to see her getting the recognition she so richly deserves.

  • Van

    Yay!!! Way to go Kelly :)

    Gotta love Kelly. Everyone’s tweeting her congratulations on “Stronger” being certified platinum and Kelly tweets about…. her new puppy, lol!!! Never change, Clarkson :)

  • Goodvibes27

    Well done Kelly! 

  • abbysee

    Congrats Queen Kelly!

  • CB40

    I will always love Kelly more than every other Idol contestant … her grounded nature combined with her songwriting combined with her ability to make songs she didn’t write her own combined with her AMAZING live voice is just impossible to top. 

  • girlygirltoo

    Yay! Congrats to Kelly

  • drew

    “who’s” RCA?  Really?  The word is “whose!”  Congrats, Kelly.  At least she’s safe on RCA.

  • Joe Martinez

    Finally RCA woke up! haha congrats Kelly, such a flawless album

  • Q3

    Congrats to Kelly. This album is just proof how tough the market is. It is a terrific album that took a year to get here. Release it in 2004 and it would have sold 6+ million. Possibly her best album

    I am surprised that RCA did this now — seems a bit soon with retail sales of 929K .
    Although I think Stronger will actually sell 1 million units since it is still selling 4K a week. vs. her last two platinum albums which may not have actually sold 1 million units.

    ETA: I am not dissing Kelly, but I am not a fan of the RIAA Certification process. Albums like “My December” around 835K sold and “Taylor Hicks” which sold 704K units should not really be certified Platinum. This happens all over the world with certifications, not just in the US and not just ex-Idols.

  • standtotheright

    I entirely agree with you that the certification process is a problem, and also that it is a problem with artists everywhere. I’ve said as much elsewhere.

    But I don’t have a problem with albums being certified when scanned sales are within 100,000 of the mark, especially when, like Stronger, they are still selling thousands of copies a week. The certification itself helps incent stores to keep it in stock and that tends to push sales a little further.  For an album selling 800,000 copies, it won’t be enough to make a difference. For an album selling 930,000? It may well be just that extra boost that gets it there.

    And I agree that Stronger almost certainly will; I’d be very surprised if WDKY didn’t get some nominations, and that tends to boost associated album sales.

  • hcpoirot

    Congrats Kelly. Reaching a platinum album these days are super hard for all top artists. A great achievement indeed.

  • AXG

    I won’t be happy until “All I ever Wanted” is certified platinum, lol!! ALl her albumsplatinum please! Look at how RCA did it with Britney and Blackout..

  • MikeyJ7

    Congrats to Kelly! Such an awesome achievement, especially in this music climate, and so deserved for such a gifted artist!

    Now, let’s get the Greatest Hits album out and get it to platinum, too!

  • Taylor

    Congratulations to Kelly. She put out another great album and she deserves all the good things coming her way!

  • remulack

     How very true. All I Ever Wanted definitely needs to be certified gold and platinum. It has sold more than Stronger, passing 950,000 sold. There has to be more than 1,000,000 shipped because I see that record in stores all the time.

  • remulack

    Congrats to Kelly and well deserved. There are many more certifications due to Kelly. RCA needs to get off their ass and certify them. If they did Kelly would have 5 out of 5 platinum albums, which she earned.

  • Shoriagirl

    Sales numbers can be easily manipulated. Probably, not certified because they can’t pass the audit.

  • remulack

    are you kidding me? If sales number can be “so easily manipulated” then we might as well throw the RIAA certification process out the window for all artists.

  • J

    AIEW has most definitely sold 500k and it’s not even certified Gold so the likelyhood is that it has shipped 1 mil.  RCA is just horrible about keeping up certifications.