Taylor Hicks’ album has third-best debut among American Idol winners

Taylor Hicks, the debut album by none other than American Idol 5 winner Taylor Hicks, sold 298,000 copies in its first week of release, Variety reports.

That makes Hicks’ debut the second best of any Idol winner, although he “barely edged the debut of Kelly Clarkson, whose ‘Thankful’ moved 297,000 copies when it was released in April 2003,” according to Variety.

The best debut belongs to Ruben Studdard, “who sold 417,000 copies of his debut when it was released in December 2003.” He’s followed by Carrie Underwood, whose album sold 315,000 copies when it was released in November of 2005. In third is Hicks, fourth is Clarkson, and fifth place is Fantasia, whose album sold 133,000 copies its first week, Variety reports.

Of course, those are numbers for people who’ve won the show. As has been noted before, Clay Aiken’s album sold 613,000 copies its first week.

‘Idol’ champs fill bill [Variety]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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