Kelly Clarkson “Stronger” Becomes the Best Selling American Idol Single of All Time

There’s a NEW Idol digital sales leader, and it’s Kelly Clarkson. Her “Stronger” single surpasses Carrie Underwood’s “Before he Cheats” as the best selling American Idol single of all time. It also recently surpassed Jordin Spark’s “No Air”, which was the Idol sales runner up. Check out the deets from The Hollywood Reporter.

“Stronger” has sold 3,510,000 singles as of today, beating “Before He Cheats,” which has moved 3,509,000 copies since its release in 2006. “Stronger” ruled The Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, making it Clarkson’s longest-running No. 1 (“A Moment Like This” reigned for two weeks in 2002 and “My Life Would Suck Without You” ruled for two weeks in 2009). “Stronger” went to No. 1 on 11 different Billboard charts, including Hot Digital Songs, Adult Top 40, Hot Dance Club Play and the Adult Contemporary tally, where it is in pole position for the fifth consecutive week.

“Before He Cheats” peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100 and was on the chart for 64 weeks. Only five songs in the 54-year history of this survey have had longer runs. On Hot Country Songs, “Before He Cheats” was No. 1 for five weeks in November-December 2006.

“Stronger,” which rebounds 22-21 in its 27th week on the Hot 100, recently surpassed “No Air” by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, which was the previous Idol sales runner-up to “Before He Cheats.” “No Air” peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 2008 and has sold 3,437,000 copies to date.

THR notes that Carrie has still sold more albums domestically than Kelly.

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