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Top Billboard acts of the decade featuring Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood

carrie-underwood“Idol” has been around for most of this decade and two of its alums finished strong in Billboard’s compilation of the decade’s biggest.

Carrie Underwood’s debut “Some Hearts,” which has sold more than 6 million copies since 2005, is the top-selling country album of the entire decade. Amazing! It’s also the 14th biggest selling album of the decade period. She is the No. 10 country artist of the decade based on sales and radio airplay. “Before He Cheats” was the 14th biggest country song of the decade.

Kelly Clarkson, who has had more time than Carrie to compile hits, came in as the 14th biggest radio airplay artist of the entire decade. She’s the No. 2 pop artist. Her song “Since U Been Gone” was the top “Idol” song at No. 47 among Hot 100 songs (which combines radio airplay with sales).

MJ compiled all the rankings here.

-I was watching Access Hollywood last night. The top 9 of the year included Adam Lambert at No. 5. Oprah was No. 3, Twilight’s trio No. 2 and Taylor Swift No. 1.

-Top Idol downloads this week: Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” 124,008 (832,774 total) The song peaked at No. 1 on the country chart a few weeks back but is now falling. Her current single “Temporary Home” is at No. 19 in its fourth week on the Mediabase chart.

Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying” 109,200 (399,416 total). The song is edging up slowly on the top 40 charts and is now at No. 26 in its eighth week on the chart.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” 86,894 (1,005,181 total) The song peaked a couple of weeks ago at No. 5 on the Mediabase 24/7 top 40 charts and is now at No. 9 in its 18th week.

-Carrie Underwood is set to appear on the People’s Choice Awards, where she is of course nominated for best female artist and best country artist.

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JTesla

December 30th, 2009
4:14 pm

Rodney, you are killing me with the decade thing. Don’t buy into the hype we have one more year to go until the first decade of the third millennium is over!

Grumble grumble, ok I’ll deal with what we have, Idol stuff! Thanks for the numbers, Kelly and Carrie earned their spots on whatever lists are made. Thankfully they will be with us long after Idol is gone.

Deirdre

December 30th, 2009
4:34 pm

I’ve been battling ATL traffic all day. Went up to Cumming to pick up Mr Boston’s(The Artist Formerly Known As Mr Atlanta)car, which hubby and I have purchased. Apparently living in a major city that has excellent public transportation doesn’t require vehicle ownership(that and living across the street from where you work) The fiancee’s car will travel to Boston with them however as she has yet to learn where she’ll be working.

Thanks for the info Rodney and Happy New Year to you!

Highlander

December 30th, 2009
5:03 pm

Yeah, but living across the street from where you work makes it hard to call out or be late for work due to the weather. Even in Boston!!

harriett

December 30th, 2009
5:06 pm

Hi, everyone. I have company, so I have just been peeking in around 5 PM every day to see what’s been going on. Not much, I see, beyond JT and D, and the occasional K&CF. I miss y’all. Not much to report. Grandson here and we just got back from seeing Avatar. I liked it ok, but not as much as some others have. I have had raves from most people I know who’ve seen it, but to me it was nice, but raves are not warranted, IMO. Must just be me, huh?

harriett

December 30th, 2009
5:07 pm

Hey, Highlander. I haven’t been around much over the holidays. How have yours been?

JTesla

December 30th, 2009
5:18 pm

Harriett, thou shalt not blasphemy Avatar!

Everyone (which pretty much means all 5 of you) have a safe and happy new year. I’ll still be here, but I send that out for everyone that actually has a life.

Highlander

December 30th, 2009
5:21 pm

Someone explain to me why, with all the hype (which evidently is responsible for the CD sales figures), Adam’s music (you know, what is was supposed to be all about) has tanked on the radio!

Meanwhile, Kris Allen’s single is slowly moving up the charts?

People like to throw Adam’s name about with the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga, Queen or David Bowie. He’s being added to every other this-or-that list around but without the airplay he’ll be just another flash-in-the-pan. Considering the decisions he’s made so far, maybe there’s a reason no one heard of him before Idol.

I think he has a great Rock voice and has the opportunity to bring Rock back from the slit-your-wrist pall of grunge. But up to this point, he’s been all style and very little substance. (Just IMHO)

Highlander

December 30th, 2009
5:28 pm

Hi, Harriett. Had a great Christmas! Thanks for asking. Mother-in-law drove to NC and brought Granny-in-law back here for the holiday. The family had a great time together! And you have to savor it when you never know how many more there might be. (That whole “tomorrow is promised to no one” thing!)

Hope everyone else had one as good or better! And for anyone who won’t be around later in the week, Happy New Year, too!

JTesla

December 30th, 2009
6:12 pm

Highlander, I’m starting to believe that the future of Kris and Adam will mirror their life on Idol. One gets all the hype, but the other just keeps plugging away and casually winning.

Deirdre

December 30th, 2009
6:20 pm

Harriett, did you see Avatar in 3D? I thought the look of the film was fantastic. Like I said before, the story was basically Dances With Wolves in Space but the execution of the effects, some of the performances(Zoe Saldana for one) and the warmth of the themes was what sold me on the movie.

linny@home

December 30th, 2009
7:58 pm

Hey y’all. In for my daily fix. Sure do miss everyone! actually had a few down moments at work today — a rarity these days, thank goodness — and it was soooooo hard not to hit the ol’ favorites and pull up the blog!!! oh well. job security IS important!

Not surprised that our two girls have done so well in the decadal ratings. Tho’ as JT says, it ain’t over yet. All this decade hype is a mini-version of the 2000-2001 controversy, lol. and i doubt the similar arguments will ever end — people like to argue too much!!!

if i don’t get by again for a couple of days, Happiest of New Years to everyone. Hope everyone has a better 2010 than many had in 2009!

Highlander

December 30th, 2009
8:13 pm

Linny, I don’t think people like to argue too much! …Oh, wait. Was that in fact an argument against your statement?

Crap!! You’re right again!!!!

Harm

December 30th, 2009
9:03 pm

My little Asa turned 1 today!!! That would be the most important thing to happen this decade for me!!!

Happy New Year!!! I hope 2010 is a much better year for all of you!!!

Annechantal

December 30th, 2009
11:23 pm

39 new Kelly Clarkson songs have leaked at http://youtube.com/annechantal1

awantwin

December 31st, 2009
12:05 am

American Idol has produced some very successful singers in this country!

Jessie

December 31st, 2009
12:23 am

That was so biased on Carrie’s side. Some Hearts sold 6 millions, but Breakaway sold 13 million. I don’t see any mentioning of Breakaway in your little speech.

JTesla

December 31st, 2009
12:33 am

What “speech?” Was there a speech?

Oh wait Rodney typed the following” “She’s the No. 2 pop artist” so Kelly-slam-crisis averted. Whew. Silly me using my eyes instead of my ears.

Speech?

Just warming up for next month folks, better go practice my vocal skills.

Deirdre

December 31st, 2009
7:34 am

Morning!

I see we’ve been on the front page. JT is right…it’s time to prepare ourselves. The deluge is coming(although, by now, most of us in the Atlanta area are well equipped to handle a deluge)

Highlander

December 31st, 2009
8:18 am

According to Wikipedia, Carrie just moved past Kelly in total U.S. sales with the release of ‘Play On’ and ‘Some Hearts’ has actually sold about 800,000 more copies than ‘Breakaway.’

I like both Carrie and Kelly but I wonder where Jessie got the 13 million figure from. That sounds like the usual rabid fan exaggeration to me.

Highlander

December 31st, 2009
8:20 am

JT, are you slipping a bit? I mean, what, … no comment about the picture of Carrie?

BellaVista

December 31st, 2009
8:42 am

Carrie and Kelly are both just fun to listen to and seem to sell consistently well. I bought Kris Allen’s CD and listened to it about 5 times and gave up. Kris seems cool, but his CD is as exciting as watching paint dry (exception, Show Me All Your Angels with Daughtry). I think he will appeal to only a very specific listener, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Unless things change, I just don’t see him rising to the level of Kelly or Carrie at this point.

As for Lambert, if his career recovers from his AMA misstep (and judging by sales it will) I think he could be huge, I mean H-U-G-E. His CD is anything but boring. I disliked only 2 songs and pretty much loved 4 possibly 5 outright. Aftermath, Fever, Soaked, If I Had You and Sure Fire Winners. He seems to be marketed well and all news reports about his fan base says would indicate that they are the most fiercely loyal and protective fans since Elvis. Go figure.

Deirdre

December 31st, 2009
8:49 am

I wish Adam’s sales matched your enthusiasm, BellaVista but, unfortunately, he’s only doing so-so in that area. Only 2 other Idols have had a fanbase as loyal and dedicated as Adam’s fanbase….Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks. I love Adam but that doesn’t bode well for his success.

But, slow cd sales is like saying Idol’s ratings are dropping. Truth be told, EVERY network show’s ratings are dropping. Its a trend in the industry. And no, people aren’t watching less tv…they’re just not watching as much network tv.

kelly&carriefan

December 31st, 2009
8:53 am

Good mornin’ y’all!

Oh, boy. Here it goes. Y’all know where I stand…and if there was a choice, Kelly would win hands down. That said, Carrie has had more success than Kelly in domestic sales. The 13 million quoted for Kelly is for domestic and international sales of Breakaway. Simply put, Kelly’s had the chance to be an international star, while Carrie hasn’t…at least yet. Though, she is being marketed in Australia now. All in all, attacking one to prop up the other one (which I’ve seen a lot of) is silly. But that could just be me.

PS. Yes, there a bunch of leaks of Kelly’s music over the holidays. MJ posted links all over her page. The songs came from the VIP Preshows she did for her tour, which Kelly did as a “special” treat for her fans. And people were asked not to record them (or take pictures). Clearly people didn’t follow it, and now there they are. Personally, curiosity won out and I have listened to them (since they are all over the web). There are a few that are gorgeous and worthy of being recorded. Though, that seems unlikely now that they’re out there. That is a shame.

*passing soapbox back to Linny while Rickster’s away*

Deirdre

December 31st, 2009
9:03 am

Linny has the soapbox!!!!????? I thought Rickster took it with him!

Deirdre

December 31st, 2009
9:08 am

That’s not fair!!!! I would have been on the soapbox everyday if I’d known it was still around. I thought Rickster wanted us to all take a vacation from the soapbox. I mean, come on! I’ve had a lot to say and I’ve been saving it for the return of Rickster and the soapbox! Unfair!!!!!!!

Deirdre’s imitation of Lucy Van Pelt comes to an end and she passes the soapbox back to linny

Mercedes S.

December 31st, 2009
9:09 am

Yes, Harriett, it’s just you. Or maybe you saw “Avatar” in 2-D? Then you might as well not have seen it. 3-D is what makes “Avatar”.

Highlander, as for Adam’s “unwise steps”, I agree. Coming out the way he did, and overdoing the gay thing… makes Main America uncomfortable. In a recent interview Rupert Everett said he wished he’d stayed in the closet, at least officially – all his leading men parts dried up when he announced he was gay.

Deirdre – “People are not watching much network TV” – LOL; what is there to watch??

Of to the NC mountains, to spend New Years in cold cabin.

JTesla

December 31st, 2009
9:27 am

Highlander, I was too busy staring into Carrie’s eyes to comment. Besides, my New Year’s resolution is to not treat women as the sex objects that they are. ;)

Woodpappy

December 31st, 2009
9:48 am

I fell off my soap box once and got really hurt so I quit getting up on one any more. Bruises, a few broken bones, stitches, etc…

kelly&carriefan

December 31st, 2009
10:25 am

D, LOL…well, I *think* Linny has it, but I could be wrong.

JT, seems like you have set a lofty goal there. Good luck with that!

Mercedes, I can understand your point. I just think Adam’s from a differeny school of gayness. It seems “our” generation (I’m close to his age) want to live more openly. It’s nothing different than what I see in some circle. But, personally, I think he did go a bit overboard with that “introduction” to Middle America. As for Rupert Everett, I don’t think it was being gay the sole reason he didn’t get offered leading men roles. He’s come accross as a Bitter Betty a lot of times in the past, imo.

kelly&carriefan

December 31st, 2009
10:26 am

PS. One of my new Year’s Resolutions: Proofreading my posts at least TWICE before submitting! OY!

Deirdre

December 31st, 2009
10:51 am

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. Why subject myself to the bitter disappointment I’ll face when I fail to keep them? ;-)

KPH

December 31st, 2009
11:54 am

Hi everyone! A new season is upon us! Cant wait! Ready for some NEW Idol news! Everyone have a safe and happy new year! :-)

Normal, Mentally Balanced Fan

December 31st, 2009
3:25 pm

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Deirdre

December 31st, 2009
3:49 pm

LOL!!!!!!!!!

Deirdre

December 31st, 2009
4:25 pm

Happy New Year, blogsters!

harriett

December 31st, 2009
4:32 pm

Hi, everyone. For Mercedes and D, I did not see Avatar in 2-D. I saw it in 3-D, and my critique of the movie did not include the special effects, or the 3-D thing. Of course the 3-D was amazing and fascinating, and also beautiful to witness. Many of the scenes were exquisitely beautiful, and the story was, as D said, DWW. I think I was prepared to be bowled over, since I had read so many things about it prior to seeing it, and I was not bowled over–just pleasantly entertained. No need for chocolate if everyone liked strawberry.

I do hope all of you have a great evening and day tomorrow. I hope to peek in again, as time and my company permits. Am going to a NYE drop-in tonight with my grandson and a friend, but it will be an early event for us, then we are coming back here to watch a movie and wait for the NYE shows to start. I never fail to watch the ball drop. Best to all!!

Highlander

December 31st, 2009
6:30 pm

Happy New Year to all! (…And to all, a good night? …Just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?!) ;-)

Dan

December 31st, 2009
11:25 pm

Carrie can talk about “the true meaning of Christmas” while her hometown struggles to save the only theater
http://newsok.com/checotah-familys-theater-hopes-turn-sour-with-economy/article/3413557

BellaVista

January 3rd, 2010
3:45 am

- Mercedes & kelly&carriefan.. I think Adam coming out helps / hurts him. Helps that it’s out of the way, everyone knows, he’s free to live / love however he chooses without fear of negative exposure. Hurts – Because I think his performance did offend a large part of “Middle America” unnecessarily… I think he thinks so too.

Diedre – I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree and see what the future brings. I never mentioned slow CD sales or Network TV, not sure why either is relevant. It’s my belief that the biggest winners coming out of the Idol machine (in terms of sustainability and career longevity) will be Kelly, Carrie, Jennifer Hudson, Daughtry and Adam.

Eric

January 11th, 2010
5:09 pm

Highlander, you’re mistaken. Breakaway has sold over 14 million.
The U.S. isn’t the only country in the world, by the way. Thanks.