Carrie Underwood sells more albums her first week than any other female Idol

Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts record entered the Billboard 200 chart at number two, after selling “nearly 315,000 copies,” according to Billboard.

Although she was beaten by Madonna on the Billboard 200, that was enough to “[make] her the highest debuting new artist in the country genre since SoundScan began,” according to a press release. Carrie “also earned the distinction of selling more units than any other debut female American Idol star to date,” the release says.

Kelly Clarkson’s debut album sold about 300,000 copies its first week, and Fantasia sold 240,000 copies when her album debuted. However, they’re all trounced by Clay Aiken’s debut week record; he sold 613,000 copies of his first record.

Madonna Dances Straight To No. 1 [Billboard]
American Idol Carrie Underwood Debuts at Number One on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart [Arista Records press release]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.