American Idol and Pop Idol artists, Clarkson and Will Young, also
took two of the top 15 spots in the weekly sales chart in the UK.
Hearts, the debut album by American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood,
rose from Number 5 to Number 2 on the chart with more than 271,000 units sold
for the week. Some Hearts was certified platinum, with over one million
albums sold, within just five weeks of its 15 November, 2005 release.
Idol 4 finalist Bo Bice's debut album, The Real Thing entered the chart
this week at Number 4, with more than 226,000 albums sold. In addition, Bice's
hit single Inside Your Heaven/Vehicle was number three on the Billboard
Singles Chart. American Idol 1 winner Kelly Clarkson's most recent album
Breakaway moved back into the Top 10 to Number 8, with more than 180,000
units sold for the week.
Breakaway has remained in the Top 20 since
its release on 30 November, 2004, for a total of for 55 consecutive weeks and
has been certified 4X platinum in the United States, with over four million units
sold in the US and well over seven million copies sold worldwide.
Idol 3 winner Fantasia is approaching the double platinum mark with her debut
album Free Yourself and American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken's Christmas
album Merry Christmas With Love recently soared past the million unit mark.
Aiken is expected to release a new album next year.