Canadian Idol alumni album sales

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This article shows the highest selling contestants from Canadian Idol and the highest selling American Idol albums. These sales are Canadian sales only.[1]

Canadian Idol[edit]

CI Artists with CRIA certified albums[edit]

This first list only includes contestants with at least one certified album. (Canadian Sales ONLY) Gold, Platinum, and/or Multi-platinum

Former contestant
Total sales
Debut album Second album Third album Fourth album Fifth album
1. Jacob Hoggard
(Season 2, 3rd Place)
620,000
Hedley [2]
(September 6, 2005)
Universal Records
2x Platinum

200,000
Peak: #3
Famous Last Words [3]
(October 30, 2007)
Universal Records
Platinum

100,000
Peak: #3
The Show Must Go
(November 17, 2009)
Universal Records
2x Platinum

160,000
Peak: #6
Storms
(November 8, 2011)
Universal Records
Platinum[4] [5]

80,000
Peak: #2
Wild Life
(November 11, 2013)
Universal Records
Platinum[6]

80,000
Peak: #4
2. Kalan Porter
(Season 2, Winner)
400,000
219 Days [7]
(November 23, 2004)
Sony BMG Records
2x Platinum

200,000
Peak: #4
Wake Up Living [7]
(August 28, 2007)
Sony BMG Records
2x Platinum

200,000
Peak: #4
3. Dave Moffatt
(Season 3, Top 32)
200,000
Chapter I: A New Beginning [7]
(May 18, 1998)
Capitol/EMI
Platinum

100,000
Peak: #49
Submodalities [7]
(October 2, 2000)
Capitol/EMI
Platinum

100,000
Peak: #8
4. Ryan Malcolm
(Season 1, Winner)
178,500
Home[8]
(December 23, 2003)
BMG Records
Platinum

170,000
Peak: #4
Urgency
(March 27, 2007)
I Heart Records
n/a

8,500
Peak: did not chart
Through These Walls
(May 8, 2011)
Brave Rekords[9]
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
5. Toya Alexis
(Season 1, 6th Place)
159,000
S.O.B. Story
(August 2, 2005)
Plasma Records
Platinum
[10]
159,000
Peak: did not chart
6. Rex Goudie
(Season 3, Runner-Up)
120,000
Under the Lights [11]
(December 13, 2005)
Sony BMG Records
Platinum

100,000
Peak: #5
Look Closer
(December 12, 2006)
Sony BMG Records
n/a

20,000
Peak: #19
One Hundred Pages Later
(December 7, 2010)[12]
Fontana North
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
7. Carly Rae Jepsen
(Season 5, 3rd place)
110,000
Tug of War[13]
(September 29, 2008)
Maple Records
n/a

10,000
Peak: did not chart
Curiosity
(February 14, 2012)
604 Records
Gold

45,000
Peak: #6
Kiss[14]
(September 18, 2012)
604 Records
Gold

55,000
Peak: #5
8. Gary Beals
(Season 1, Runner-Up)
110,000
Gary Beals
(August 17, 2004)
Liberated Entertainment
Platinum
[citation needed]
110,000
Peak: #10
The Rebirth Of...
(June 9, 2009)
Liberated Entertainment
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
9. Eva Avila
(Season 4, Winner)
90,000
Somewhere Else [15]
(November 14, 2006)
Sony BMG Records
Gold

80,000
Peak: #6
Give Me the Music
(October 28, 2008)
Sony BMG Records
n/a

10,000
Peak: #63
10. Theresa Sokyrka
(Season 2, Runner-Up)
80,000
These Old Charms
(April 26, 2005)
Maple Records
Gold

70,000[16]
Peak: #4
Something Is Expected
(September 5, 2006)
Maple Records
n/a

10,000
Peak: did not chart
Wrapped in Ribbon
(November 5, 2007)
Maple Records
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
Theresa Sokyrka
(November 30, 2010)
Maple Records
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
11. Melissa O'Neil
(Season 3, Winner)
70,000
Melissa O'Neil[17]
(November 22, 2005)
Sony Music
Gold

70,000
Peak: #14
12. Brian Melo
(Season 5, Winner)
52,000
Livin' It
(November 27, 2007)
Sony BMG
Gold

52,000[18]
Peak: #14
The Truth
(October 12, 2010)
Rat Pack Records/Fontana North
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
13. Rob James
(Season 4, 7th Place)
50,000
McMaster & James
(November 21, 2000)
Sony BMG
Gold

50,000
Peak: did not chart
14. Tara Oram
(Season 5, 6th Place)
50,000
Chasing the Sun
(October 7, 2008)
Open Road Records
Gold

50,000
Peak: #8
Revival
(July 19, 2011)
Open Road Records
n/a

n/a
Peak: #70
15. Laurell John[19]
(Season 1, Semi-Finalist)
40,000
Into Your Love
(2003)[20]
Polytel/PolyGram
Gold

40,000
Peak: #1

CI Artists without CRIA certified albums[edit]

The following is a comprehensive list of other Canadian Idol alumni album sales and reflects that commercial success can be achieved through association with Canadian Idol and with post-Idol promotion, although the degree of success varies considerably:

Former Contestant Total Sales Albums
15. Audrey De Montigny
(Season 1, 4th Place)

35,000
  • Audrey (2004) did not chart
  • Si L'Amour Existe (2006) did not chart
  • Take Me As I Am (2006) did not chart
  • "Un Seul Instant" (2012) did not chart
16. Jaydee Bixby
(Season 5, Runner-up)

28,300[21][22]
17. Jason Greeley
(Season 2, 4th Place)

12,000[23]
  • Live...Love...Sing (2005) did not chart
  • Jason Greeley (2009) did not chart
18. Shane Wiebe
(Season 2, 5th Place)

10,000[24]
  • Shane Wiebe (2005) #71[25]
  • Into Your Light (2009) did not chart
  • Christmas With You (2009) did not chart
  • Restore the Wonder (2010) did not chart[26]
19. Katherine St-Laurent
(Season 6, 9th Place)

5,000[27]
  • Katherine St-Laurent (2011) did not chart
20. Aaron Walpole
(Season 3, 3rd Place)

3,000[28]
  • Aaron Walpole (2006) did not chart
21. Drew Wright
(Season 6, 3rd Place)

2,000[29]
  • Fall and Divide (2008) did not chart
22. Mikey Bustos
(Season 1, 8th Place)

2,000[30]
  • Love Me Again (2004) did not chart
  • Memoirs of a Superhero (2008) did not chart
23. Suzi Rawn
(Season 3, 4th Place)

950[31]
  • Naked (2006) did not chart
24. Theo Tams
(Season 6, Winner)

300[32]
25. Brandon Jones
(Season 4, 8th Place)

200[33]
  • All for You (2007) did not chart
26. Chris LaBelle
(Season 4, Top 22)

90
  • Two Weeks Tuesday (2006) did not chart
  • Bad Influence (2010) did not chart

American Idol[edit]

AI Artists with CRIA certified albums[edit]

Former contestant
Total sales
Debut album Second album Third album Fourth album Fifth album Sixth album
1. Kelly Clarkson
(Season 1, Winner)
940,000
Thankful
(April 15, 2003)
RCA Records
Platinum [34]

100,000
Peak: #2
Breakaway
(November 30, 2004)
RCA Records
5x Platinum [34]

500,000
Peak: #6
My December
(June 26, 2007)
RCA Records
Platinum [34]

100,000
Peak: #2
All I Ever Wanted
(March 10, 2009)
RCA Records
Platinum [34]

80,000
Peak: #2
Stronger
(October 24, 2011)
RCA Records
Platinum [34]

80,000
Peak: #4
Wrapped in Red
(October 29, 2013)
RCA Records
Platinum[34]

80,000[35]
Peak: #6
2. Carrie Underwood
(Season 4, Winner)
809,000
Some Hearts
(November 15, 2005)
Arista Nashville
3x Platinum[36]

400,000[37]
Peak: #11
Carnival Ride
(October 23, 2007)
Arista Nashville
Platinum

200,000[38]
Peak: #1
Play On
(November 3, 2009)
Arista Nashville
Platinum[39]

80,000
Peak: #2
Blown Away[40]
(May 1, 2012)
Arista Nashville
Platinum[41]

129,000
Peak: #1
3. Chris Daughtry
(Season 5, 4th Place)
320,000
Daughtry
(November 21, 2006)
RCA Records
2x Platinum [42]

200,000
Peak: #8
Leave This Town
(June 14, 2009)
RCA Records
Platinum [42]

80,000
Peak: #2
Break the Spell
(November 21, 2011)
RCA Records
Gold [42]

40,000
Peak: #13
Baptized
(November 19, 2013)
RCA Records
TBA

TBA
Peak: #16
4. Clay Aiken
(Season 2, Runner-Up)
200,000
Measure of a Man
(October 14, 2003)
RCA Records
Platinum[43]

100,000
Peak: #2
Merry Christmas With Love
(November 16, 2004)
RCA Records
Gold

50,000
Peak: did not chart
A Thousand Different Ways
(September 19, 2006)
RCA Records
Gold

50,000
Peak: #6
On My Way Here
(May 6, 2008)
RCA Records
n/a

n/a
Peak: #25
Tried and True
(June 1, 2010)
Decca/Universal
n/a

n/a
Peak: #58
Steadfast
(March 27, 2012)
Decca/Universal
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
5. Fantasia Barrino
(Season 3, Winner)
200,000
Free Yourself
(November 23, 2004)
J Records
2x Platinum

200,000
Peak: did not chart
Fantasia
(December 12, 2006)
J Records
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
Back To Me
(August 24, 2010)
J Records
n/a

n/a
Peak: did not chart
6. Jordin Sparks
(Season 6, Winner)
100,000
Jordin Sparks
(November 20, 2007)
Jive
Gold[44]

70,000
Peak: #12
Battlefield
(July 20, 2009)
Jive
n/a

30,000
Peak: #10
7. Adam Lambert
(Season 8, Runner-Up)
87,300
For Your Entertainment
(November 23, 2009)
RCA Records
Platinum[45]

80,000
Peak: #8
Trespassing
(May 15, 2012)
RCA Records
n/a

7,300[46]
Peak: #1
8. Phillip Phillips
(Season 11, Winner)
80,000
The World from the Side of the Moon
(November 19, 2012)
Interscope Records
Platinum[47]

80,000
Peak: #9
9. David Cook
(Season 7, Winner)
50,000
David Cook
(November 18, 2008)
RCA Records
Gold[48]

50,000
Peak: #11
This Loud Morning
(June 28, 2011)
RCA Records
n/a

n/a
Peak: #23

AI Artists without CRIA certified albums[edit]

Former Contestant Total Sales Albums
10. Jennifer Hudson
(Season 3, 7th Place)

49,000[49]
11. Scotty McCreery
(Season 10, Winner)

16,837
12. David Archuleta
(Season 7, Runner-Up)

n/a
13. Lauren Alaina
(Season 10, Runner-Up)

n/a
14. Kellie Pickler
(Season 5, 6th Place)

n/a
15. Ruben Studdard
(Season 2, Winner)

n/a
16. Taylor Hicks
(Season 5, Winner)

n/a
17. Kris Allen
(Season 8, Winner)

n/a
18. Haley Reinhart
(Season 10, 3rd Place)

n/a
19. Bo Bice
(Season 4, Runner-Up)

n/a
20. Lee DeWyze
(Season 9, Winner)

n/a
21. Crystal Bowersox
(Season 9, Runner-up)

n/a
22. Danny Gokey
(Season 8, 3rd Place)

n/a

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