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I use to be a very active member of this forum but I haven’t watched an Idol season in it’s entirety since the 8th season of AI. Before that I followed not only American Idol but Pop Idol, Canadian Idol, Australian Idol, Nouvelle Star, Norwegian Idol, and Swedish Idol. Anyways the current pandemic got me watching old seasons of idol shows (mostly on YouTube) and after rewatching World Idol I started to wonder where the contestants  landed in terms of success(sales) and I ended up expanding that idea to Idol contestants in general.

I’ve complied two lists from various sources. The first one is albums sales alone. These numbers were the easiest to find and while album sales don’t matter like they use to because of streaming...I think it’s fair to say during idols Peak they did matter.

 

Just some things to point out I couldn’t always find updated numbers for idol contestants and so what is listed is what I could find. A good example of this is Kurt Nilsen the winner of World and Norwegian idol. His sales here only account for two of his seven albums he released. Also with some contestants I couldn’t find an actual number but I found that their album was certified platinum so that’s the number I would then use.

WW = world wide sales. Unless specified the sales pertain only to the contestants native country (the easiest to find). Obviously the flag designates the contestants native country

I did a cut off of 100k in sales. 100k is a lot for smaller countries where a platinum album is only 30k but it’s a small amount for Americans where 500k is a Gold album and therefore seemed like the closest thing to a happy medium.

 

🇺🇸 Kelly Clarkson - 25 Million+ albums (WW)

🇺🇸 Carrie Underwood - 22 Million+ albums(WW)
🇺🇸 Daughtry - 9 Million+ albums (WW)
🇬🇧 Will Young - 6 Million+ albums (WW)
🇺🇸 Clay Aiken - 5.1 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 Fantasia - 3.3 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 Ruben Studdard - 2.7 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 Scott McCreery - 2.6 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 Jordin Sparks - 2.6 Million+ albums (WW)
🇺🇸 Phillip Phillips - 2.5 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 Adam Lambert - 2.5 Million+ albums (WW)
🇺🇸 Kellie Pickler - 2 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 David Cook - 2 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 Jennifer Hudson - 1.8 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 David Archuleta - 1.6 Million+ albums
🇫🇷 Christophe Willem - 1.5 million+ albums
🇫🇷 Amel Bent - 1.2 Million+ albums
🇩🇪 Beatrice Egli - 1.2 Million+ albums (DE, AT, CH)
🇦🇺 Guy Sebastian - 1 Million+ albums
🇬🇧 Gareth Gates - 1 Million+ albums (WW)
🇫🇷 Julian Doré - 1 Million+ albums
🇺🇸 Josh Gracin - 987k+ albums
🇺🇸 Elliot Yamin - 929k+ albums
🇺🇸 Mandisa - 928k+ albums
🇨🇦 Carly Rae Jepsen - 889k+ albums (US,CA,JP, UK)
🇺🇸 Bo Bice - 822k+ albums
🇺🇸 Taylor Hicks - 818k+ albums
🇺🇸 Kris Allen - 785k+ albums
🇨🇦 Hedley - 700k+ albums
🇺🇸 Katherine McPhee - 696k+ albums
🇦🇺 Shannon Noll - 630k+ albums
🇳🇴 Kurt Nilsen - 542k+ albums (WW)
🇩🇪 Mark Leon Medlock - 525k+ albums
🇧🇪 Natalia Druyts - 500k+ albums
🇺🇸 Lauren Alaina - 459k+ albums
🇦🇺 Damien Leith - 455k+ albums
🇺🇸 Bucky Covington - 436k+ albums
🇦🇺 Jessica Mauboy - 420k+ albums
🇺🇸 Blake Lewis - 413k+ albums
🇬🇧 Darius Danesh - 400k+ albums
🇨🇦 Kalan Porter - 400k+ albums
🇸🇪 Agnes - 365k+ albums (WW)
🇺🇸 Lee Dewyze - 321k+ albums
🇫🇷 Steve Estatof - 316k+ albums
🇸🇪 E.M.D. - 260k+ albums (WW)
🇺🇸 William Hung - 257k+ albums
🇬🇧 Michelle McManus - 250k+ albums
🇺🇸 Kimberley Locke - 241k+ albums
🇫🇮 Antti Tuisku - 238k+ albums
🇺🇸 Crystal Bowersox - 230k+ albums
🇩🇪 Pietro Lombardi - 230k+ albums
🇦🇺 Casey Donovan - 210k+ albums
🇺🇸 Danny Gokey - 204k+ albums
🇸🇪 Amanda Jenssen - 203k+ albums (WW)
🇩🇪 Thomas Godoj - 200k+ albums
🇨🇦 Dave Moffatt - 200k+ albums
🇫🇮 Anna Abreu - 197k+ albums
🇺🇸 James Durbin -194k+ albums
🇸🇪 Darin Zanyar - 186k+ albums (WW)
🇨🇦 Ryan Malcolm - 178k+ albums
🇦🇺 Anthony Callea - 175k+ albums
🇦🇺 Young Divas - 175k+ albums
🇺🇸 Diana DeGarmo -168k+ albums
🇨🇦 Toya Alexis - 159k+ albums
🇫🇷 Miss Dominique - 150k+ albums
🇺🇸 Justin Guarini - 146k+ albums
🇫🇮 Anna Puu - 144k+ albums
🇺🇸 Haley Reinhart - 143k+ albums
🇫🇷 Amandine Bourgeois - 135k+ albums
🇺🇸 Colton Dixon - 128k+ albums
🇺🇸 Tamyra Gray - 123k+ albums
🇵🇱 Monika Brodka - 120k+ albums
🇨🇦 Rex Goudie - 120k+ albums
🇩🇪 Alexander Klaws - 120k+ albums
🇨🇦 Gary Beals - 110k+ albums
🇩🇪 Daniel Schuhmacher - 107k+ albums
🇺🇸 Jason Castro - 105k+ albums
🇺🇸 Allison Iraheta - 103k+ albums
🇫🇮 Hanna Pakarinen - 102k+ albums
🇸🇪 Markus Fagervall - 102k+ albums (WW)
🇨🇿 Aneta Langerová - 100k+ albums
🇩🇪 Tobias Regner - 100k+ albums
🇿🇦 Heinz Winckler - 100k+ albums
 
 
After doing the album sales list I tried to do a total sales list that combines album sales with singles and digital sales. These numbers are harder to find so I kept the list shorter and made a million in sales the cut off.
 
 
🇺🇸 Kelly Clarkson - 70 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Carrie Underwood - 65 million+ records sold 
🇺🇸 Daughtry - 34.6 million+ records sold
🇨🇦 Carly Rae Jepsen - 25 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Jordin Sparks -12 million+ records sold
🇬🇧 Will Young - 10 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Phillip Phillips - 8.8 million + records sold
🇺🇸 Adam Lambert - 8 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Clay Aiken - 6.6 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 David Cook -6 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Kellie Pickler - 5.6 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Scott McCreery - 5.3 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Fantasia - 5 million+ records sold
🇦🇺 Guy Sebastian - 4.7 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 David Archuleta -4.5 million+ records sold 
🇺🇸 Kris Allen - 3.7 million+ records sold
🇬🇧 Gareth Gates - 3.5 million+ records sold 
🇺🇸 Jennifer Hudson - 3 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Ruben Studdard - 3 million+ records sold
🇫🇷 Amel Bent -2.2 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Josh Gracin -2.2 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Elliott Yamin - 2 million+ records sold
🇫🇷 Christophe Willem - 2 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Katherine McPhee - 1.9 million+ records sold
🇦🇺 Jessica Mauboy -1.6 million+ records sold 
🇺🇸 Laura Alania -1.5 million+ records sold 
🇺🇸 Mandisa - 1.5 million+ records sold
🇸🇪 Agnes - 1.3 million+ records sold 
🇺🇸 Bo Bice - 1.3 million+ records sold
🇨🇦 Hedley - 1.2 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Bucky Covington - 1.2 million+ records sold
🇩🇪 Beatrice Egli - 1.2 million+ records sold
🇺🇸 Blake Lewis -1.2 million + records sold
🇦🇺 Shannon Noll - 1.2 million+ records sold
🇫🇷 Julian Doré - 1 million+ records sold
🇺🇸Taylor Hicks - 1 million+ records sold 

I had fun putting these lists together and thought I would share them with other Idol fans who might take an interest in seeing these numbers! Enjoy!
 

 

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Fun fact to go with these numbers. Paula Abdul has sold a total of 53 Million records world wide! Which means only two Idol contestants (Kelly & Carrie) to date have out sold her. Its also worth pointing out that Paul achieved those sales numbers with only 3 studio albums and 17 singles which is less than half of the total albums from Kelly or Carrie. 

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