Skip to Content

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.”

‘Oprah’ Visit Helps Groban Soar To No. 1 [Billboard]
‘American Idol’ Champ Jordin Sparks Fails To Ignite The Charts, Barely Cracking Billboard Top 10 [MTV News]

All reality blurred content is independently selected, including links to products or services. However, if you buy something after clicking an affiliate link, I may earn a commission, which helps support reality blurred. Learn more.

More great stories

About the author

  • Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.


I value our community at reality blurred, which connects people through open and thoughtful conversations about the TV we’re watching and the stories about it.

Comment rules: My goal is for us to be able to share our perspectives and exchange ideas in a welcoming, supportive space. That’s why I’ve created these rules for commenting here. By commenting below, you confirm that you’ve read and agree to them.

Happy discussing!