Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Billboard Magazine Ranks Top 24 Most Successful Idols

Billboard Magazine ranked the Top 24 American Idols of all-time based on a total of album sales, individual song sales and radio play counts (as of April 17).

Obviously, there are a few factors to take into consideration, such as the advent of iTunes, the fluctuating state of the economy, the amount of time an Idol has been around, but it's nice to see some actual trufax numbers here instead of just a ranking based on people's personal preferences.

It's also quite interesting to see just where certain Idols are seeing their success. Obviously the top tier have success in all areas - sales and airplay, but someone like Clay Aiken has huge album sales totals but next to nothing in radio airplay for the amount of time he has been around.

The Top 24 rankings are posted below, as well as a breakdown of rankings in the three separate categories (album sales, track sales and radio play).

Overall:
1. Kelly Clarkson
2. Carrie Underwood
3. Chris Daughtry
4. Jordin Sparks
5. David Cook
6. Clay Aiken
7. Kellie Pickler
8. David Archuleta
9. Fantasia
10. Ruben Studdard
11. Kris Allen
12. Adam Lambert
13. Jennifer Hudson
14. Josh Gracin
15. Elliott Yamin
16. Katharine McPhee
17. Bo Bice
18. Blake Lewis
19. Taylor Hicks
20. Kimberley Locke
21. William Hung
22. Danny Gokey
23. Diana DeGarmo
24. Allison Iraheta

Album Sales:
1. Carrie Underwood: 11,500,000
2. Kelly Clarkson: 10,600,000
3. Chris Daughtry: 5,700,000
4. Clay Aiken: 4,900,000
5. Ruben Studdard: 2,600,000
6. Fantasia: 2,300,000
7. David Cook: 1,300,000
8. Jordin Sparks: 1,300,000
9. Kellie Pickler: 1,300,000
10. David Archuleta: 968,000
11. Jennifer Hudson: 798,000
12. Josh Gracin: 787,000
13. Taylor Hicks: 780,000
14. Bo Bice: 738,000
15. Elliott Yamin: 687,000
16. Adam Lambert: 685,000
17. Katharine McPhee: 417,000
18. Blake Lewis: 367,000
19. Kris Allen: 310,000
20. Kimberley Locke: 240,000
21. William Hung: 240,000
22. Diana DeGarmo: 167,000
23. Danny Gokey: 124,000
24. Allison Iraheta: 96,000

Track Sales:
1. Kelly Clarkson: 15,900,000
2. Carrie Underwood: 13,900,000
3. Chris Daughtry: 9,500,000
4. Jordin Sparks: 9,000,000
5. David Cook: 3,900,000
6. David Archuleta: 3,000,000
7. Kellie Pickler: 2,900,000
8. Kris Allen: 2,600,000
9. Adam Lambert: 2,200,000
10. Jennifer Hudson: 1,500,000
11. Elliott Yamin: 1,400,000
12. Katharine McPhee: 1,300,000
13. Josh Gracin: 1,100,000
14. Fantasia: 957,000
15. Blake Lewis: 796,000
16. Clay Aiken: 532,000
17. Bo Bice: 520,000
18. Taylor Hicks: 345,000
19. Ruben Studdard: 337,000
20. Kimberley Locke: 299,000
21. Danny Gokey: 211,000
22. Allison Iraheta: 161,000
23. William Hung: 127,000
24. Diana DeGarmo: 106,000

Radio Plays:
1. Kelly Clarkson: 4,260,000
2. Chris Daughtry: 2,439,000
3. Carrie Underwood: 2,426,000
4. Jordin Sparks: 1,146,000
5. Josh Gracin: 625,000
6. Fantasia: 624,000
7. David Cook: 536,000
8. Ruben Studdard: 434,000
9. Elliott Yamin: 377,000
10. Kellie Pickler: 373,000
11. Jennifer Hudson: 314,000
12. Kimberley Locke: 250,000
13. Clay Aiken: 195,000
14. David Archuleta: 177,000
15. Kris Allen: 165,000
16. Bo Bice: 121,000
17. Adam Lambert: 91,000
18. Katharine McPhee: 36,000
19. Taylor Hicks: 21,000
20. Danny Gokey: 14,000
21. Blake Lewis: 11,000
22. Allison Iraheta: 4,000
23. Diana DeGarmo: 4,000
24. William Hung: 1,000

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just wondering, has it been considered to factor in Tour Income? This is a huge factor in value outside of AI clutches. Thanks.