Carrie Underwood’s “album was the third-biggest seller in the calendar year of 2006″

Carrie Underwood continues her rise to actual idol, not just television show winner. Besides winning five Billboard awards and a CMA award for best female vocalist last year, her album did extremely well.

Some Hearts “was the third-biggest seller in the calendar year of 2006, according to Nielsen SoundScan,” USA TODAY’s Idol Chatter reports.

In addition, “Carrie was also the fourth-best-selling album artist overall in 2006, not bad for an artist with only one album (the three above her — Rascal Flatts, Johnny Cash and Nickelback — all have multiple albums).”

She’s undoubtedly the series’ most successful winner next to first-season winner Kelly Clarkson, who the blog notes “was the second-most-played artist on radio, according to Nielsen BDS.”

Carrie, Kelly score big in year-end tallies [USA TODAY's Idol Chatter]

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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