Jordin Sparks’ album has the lowest first-week sales for any American Idol winner

American Idol 6 winner Jordin Sparks’ self-titled debut album has been on sale for a week, and it is officially “the lowest start and smallest sales debut for any of the show’s winners,” Billboard reports.

Her record debuts on the Billboard 200 chart at number 10 after selling 119,000 copies. Even Taylor Hicks sold more copies his first week; it had the third-best first week sales for any winner. He sold 298,000 copies, which placed him at number two.

MTV News runs the numbers for the other winners: “season-one victor Kelly Clarkson’s 2003 debut, Thankful, opened at #1 with 297,400 scans, while season two ‘Idol’ Ruben Studdard’s 2003 LP, Soulful, also entered at #1, selling 416,600 units. America’s third ‘Idol,’ Fantasia Barrino, sold more than 239,000 copies of her 2004 debut, Free Yourself, to bow at #8, while season-four champ Underwood’s 2005 opus, Some Hearts, opened at #2 with sales of 315,000.”

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