It has been a pretty good year for Carrie Underwood. New album. New singles. New husband. She’s not being burdened as much with new awards this year (even though she certainly is being nominated for enough of them), but she still seems to be doing just fine when it comes to selling albums — which will no doubt lead to new gold and platinum certifications soon. And even though she doesn’t have a Christmas album out (yet), her music must be on someone’s Christmas list, because all three of her albums combined this week to sell over 30,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan and “Idol Chatter.” And that puts her over the 12 million threshold, lifting her above the mark by 22,000.
Three albums. Twelve million copies sold. And that is just in the United States.
Of all the American Idol alumni, Underwood, possibly due to her appearances at several awards shows in the past couple weeks, saw a bump in her album sales. According to Nielsen Soundscan, her latest release, “Play On,” sold 18,000 copies this past week. It placed at #66 on the Billboard 200.
Underwood’s first album, “Some Hearts,” re-entered the Billboard 200 at #192, selling 7,000 copies. To date, “Some Hearts” is the biggest selling album by an American Idol alum.
Her sophomore offering, “Carnival Ride,” sold an additional 5,000 copies but didn’t place.
And since Underwood continues to appear on television and get nominated for awards, there is every reason to believe that her album sales will continue to move at a steady pace. The day after she received one of the five 2010 Artist Of The Year awards presented by CMT (Country Music Television), the Season 4 winner of American Idolwas nominated for a Grammy. Her song, “Temporary Home,” garnered her a nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. If she wins, it will be her fourth straight Grammy win in the same category (and her fifth Grammy win altogether).
And back on November 9, she was nominated for three 2011 People’s Choice Awards. Not only was she nominated for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Country Artist, she received a nod for Favorite TV Guest Star for her appearance on the hit television sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
Unofficially, Carrie Underwood leads all American Idol alumni in U. S. album sales. Her closest competitor is Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson, who has amassed sales figures of over 10.6 million copies for her four albums. But things could change dramatically in the coming months — Clarkson has a new album due out in early 2011.
For an unofficial but sourced list of U. S. sales figures for albums by American Idol alumni, go to “American Idol alumni album sales” at Wikipedia.org.
Brian Mansfield, “Carrie Underwood, Lee DeWyze head different directions on sales chart,” USAToday.com