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Has ANY American Idol "winner" actually done anything remotely successful with their contract?

It could be because the past winners are outside my music listening repertoire, but i can't recall anyone being "big news" outside of the "AI" universe..

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Kelly Clarkson is the most established, although Ruben, Clay Aiken, and Fantasia have all had Platnium releases and very successful tours. Ruben and Fantasia have been nominated for Grammies and both have won NAACP image awards. Clay has a successful career as well,

Kelly Clarkson Season 1 Winner:

Studio albums

Thankful (2003) #1 US - 2x Platinum

Breakaway (2004) #3 US - 2x Platinum


"A Moment Like This"from Thankful

2002 "A Moment Like This" - #1 (2 weeks) US; #1 (1 week) CAN [Gold]

2003 "Miss Independent" - #9 US; #6 CAN; #6 UK [Gold]

2003 "Low" - #58 US; #2 CAN

2003 "The Trouble With Love Is"/"Low" - #38 UK

In the UK, "The Trouble With Love Is" and "Low" were released as a double-A side track.

from Breakaway

2004 "Breakaway" - #6 US; #3 CAN [2x Platinum]; also #1 on US Pop 100 chart

2004 "Since U Been Gone" - #2 US; #1 (1 week) CAN [3x Platinum]; also #1 on US Pop 100 chart

2005 "Behind These Hazel Eyes" - #18 US; #28 CAN

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