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Kelly Clarkson's 'My Life' makes history

January 28, 2009 | 11:06 am

Never underestimate the power of "Idol." Or, more accurately, rarely underestimate the power of an "Idol" -- the show hasn't been a bounty of success on all of those who have touched its multi-platform powers.

But former "Idol" star Kelly Clarkson has made a powerful return to the charts. Billboard reports that her "My Life Would Suck Without You" will make history Thursday, bolting from No. 97 on the U.S. singles chart to the pole position. The song, according to the story, sold 280,000 digital downloads in its first week of release. Billboard reports that "My Life Would Suck Without You" is her seventh top-10 hit since 2005.

But note Billboard’s careful wording. This record is only for the “largest leap” in the history of the single chart, not the highest first-week sales total. For instance, Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” sold 286,000 downloads when it debuted last year.

Of course, the Clarkson campaign has been designed from Day 1 to snare this headline. Beginning in late December, there's been a steady stream of Clarkson-related trinkets garnering headlines in the pop music world -- video message! cover art! lyrics! single! -- and today, the video will make its debut.

These sorts of records are set routinely in the digital music age, with singles given a slow ramp-up before they're made available for purchase at digital outlets. Clarkson breaks the one set recently by Britney Spears with "Womanizer," which shot all the way to No. 1 from No. 96.

Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" is due March 17.

-- Todd Martens

Related: Snap Judgment: Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You"

Photo: Associated Press