CSPC: Carrie Underwood Popularity Analysis

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When Carrie Underwood became the season four winner of American Idol in May 2005, she still had to make it happen. The first winner Kelly Clarkson was smashing hard by then, but Ruben Studdard‘s sophomore effort was a bomb. Fantasia had done well with her debut record, as all of them, but without getting a true organic hit either. Underwood was going to quickly prove that she was more than a TV show short-lived star though.

Her first proper single, Jesus, Take the Wheel was a smash on its category. It peaked at #20 in the Billboard Hot 100, which is already strong for a single eligible to Christian rankings. Plus, it had legs with 24 weeks inside the Top 50. Nearly a year later, Before He Cheats made her a A-League album seller in her native country.

A country artist, her appeal abroad has always been highly limited. Through the years though, she registered multiple achievements in the US. A few days from the release of her 6th album, she managed to hit at least Platinum with all her albums so far. Will she continue this string with Cry Pretty or struggle to make it in this streaming era?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Underwood‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming. In fact, it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.

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Jazmine

Wow cant believe Kelly Clarkson has better results than her. I guess she was much bigger than Clarkson in the US, but globally she’s not really that well known. Country singers always have a tough task of selling globally. Anyway, I remember watching Carrie Underwood audition for American Idol. And the moment I heard her voice I knew she would win. I was right, :). She’s such a great talent and she deserve the success she has.

Rell

BTW, you put the wrong cover on the Blown Away album. 😌

Anthony Blanchard

Hi Rell!

It is now fixed, thanks 🙂

Rell

Thanks. How does she rank among female country singers ? I know Shania is number one but is Carrie Underwood even in the top 5 ? Faith Hill, Dolly Parton, Shania and Leann Rimes are top 4. Who’s the fifth? Reba ? Carrie ?

RLAAMJR.

So Kelly Clarkson is still the best-selling music artist who came from American Idol. Carrie placing second is still huge cos I really didn’t expect her to be as successful as she now is.

Jazmine

I knew she would be very successful, and I knew exactly that she’s going to be huge in the US but not worldwide. She just have that star quality that many Idol contestant doesn’t possessed.

Jane

Does the above say that because I was going to say no way. In all aspects of her career, Carrie has passed Kelly – Sunday night football gig and the list goes on. She is considered one of the highest marketable artists by Forbes. Carrie is a super star in marketability.

Donald Miller

Gul durn, she’s good lookin’

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