In what appears to be a decreasing market for albums by "American Idol" artists, several winners of the hit singing competition reality show are trying their best to put the lie to the observation. Along with Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery and Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson has now been awarded a platinum album for her latest CD, Stronger.
"American Idol" congratulated Clarkson on the certification for one million units sold on her Facebook page this week. Stronger currently has sales in excess of 929,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan. But the Recording Industry Association of America, which tracks cumulative sales from multiple sources (as opposed to Nielsen's selected contributors) that include digital and hard copy sales, now feels relatively secure in awarding the certification. The award marks the fourth Clarkson album to go platinum, behind Thankful, Breakaway, and My December. Only her album, All I Ever Wanted, has yet to be certified for one million sales.
Still, Clarkson wasn't the first "American Idol" winning graduate to get a fourth platinum award. Carrie Underwood earned that distinction when she was awarded a platinum certificate by the RIAA in early September for her fourth album, Blown Away.
Stronger's certification makes it the third certified album for an "American Idol" finalist for the year. Season 10's Scotty McCreery saw his first album, Clear As Day, go platinum in January.
Clarkson's awards and achievements continue to mount a decade after winning the inaugural edition of "American Idol." The title track to Stronger became the biggest selling single of any "Idol" alum in July. It surpassed Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." Both continue to sell well, although "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" is outpacing the Underwood track considerably.
More recently, Clarkson was nominated alongside reigning country superstar Carrie Underwood for the prestigious Female Vocalist of the Year award at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards. It is an award Underwood has won three times. It is Clarkson's first nomination for Female Vocalist. However, she has been nominated for an ACM before -- three times. She was nominated for Event of the Year in 2007 for "Because of You," a duet with Reba McEntire on the legendary singer's Reba: Duets album. Although she didn't win for that particular song, she did walk away with one of two awards she was nominated for in 2011. Her duet with Jason Aldean, "Don't You Wanna Stay," didn't take home the trophy for Single of the Year, but it did win for Musical Event of the Year.
Kelly Clarkson won the "American Idol" title in 2002. The show will celebrate its twelfth season in January 2013.
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