Ruben is at #1 on gospel chart, “the 23rd No. 1 for the American Idol franchise.”

Ruben is at #1 on gospel chart, “the 23rd No. 1 for the American Idol franchise.”
Clay Aiken isn’t the only American Idol 2 alum with good news to sing about. Ruben Studdard’s new album I Need an Angel landed at number one on the gospel music chart, and number 20 on the Billboard 200. It sold 96,000 copies, making it “the highest selling gospel debut since Kirk Franklin’s ‘Nu Nation Project’ in 1998,” blog westcoastmusic reports. It adds, “To put this achievement in perspective, the #2 gospel album this week sold only 8,000.” Billboard reports that this represents “the 23rd No. 1 for the American Idol franchise on the Billboard charts.” Additionally, Billboard says that “Studdard is not the only ‘Idol’ contestant on the gospel chart this week. George Huff, the highest-ranked male contestant on the third season of ‘Idol,’ is up to No. 11 with his five-song EP, ‘My Christmas.’

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