Kelly Clarkson Album ‘Piece by Piece’ Hits Number One

Kelly Clarkson

The good news for Kelly Clarkson is that her latest album, Piece by Piece, hit Number One on the Billboard 200 chart it’s debut week. The somewhat bad news is that, despite the album hitting Number One, Piece by Piece sold fewer copies during it’s first week than Clarkson’s 2011 album, Stronger, which debuted at Number Two.

Piece by Piece has a lot of catchy songs on it, and it marks Kelly Clarkson’s first non-Christmas album since 2011. Piece by Piece, Clarkson’s third number one album, sold 97,000 copies during it’s first week, compared to the 163,000 copies that Stronger managed to sell. Though Kelly Clarkson’s newest album hit number one, the album in second place, the soundtrack for Fifty Shades of Grey, lagged behind by only 1,000 copies, with 96,000 copies sold.

Kelly Clarkson’s two other Number One albums were her debut following her American Idol victory, Thankful, released in 2003, and All I Ever Wanted, from 2009. All I Ever Wanted sold the most copies of Clarkson’s three number one albums, 255,000. Kelly Clarkson is now tied with another American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, at three Number One albums each, more than any other American Idol alums. Piece by Piece was Kelly Clarkson’s seventh studio album to date.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 finished in the third spot on the Billboard 200 chart, with Drake’s latest effort, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, lighting up the charts at Number Four, and X by Ed Sheeran coming in at Number Five. Overall, the sales of albums were sluggish this past week.

Only one other album debuted in the Top Ten chart this week. Debuting at Number Nine was the album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, from musical artist Brandi Carlile, with sales of with 43,000 copies. Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean’s album which debuted at Number One a week ago, dropped down to Number Six on this week’s Billboard 200 chart.

Besides having taken over the Number One spot on the Billboard 200 chart, another good sign for Kelly Clarkson is that 85.2 percent of the overall sales of Piece by Piece were traditional album sales, as opposed to the streaming or downloading of individual songs and the entire album.

Kelly Clarkson had a big hit album last Christmas with her excellent collection of Christmas songs, Wrapped in Red. With the release of Piece by Piece, just three months into 2015, Clarkson has another hit on her hands, and her voice is as strong as it ever has been.

Though some reviewers have stated that they like Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, a bit more than Piece by Piece, her newest album has some standout songs on it like If I Had A Dream, Let Your Tears Fall, and Heartbeat Song. Other great songs on Kelly Clarkson’s Number One album include the experimental War Paint, Tightrope, Someone, and Run Run Run, which she sings with John Legend.

With Kelly Clarkson’s album, Piece by Piece, becoming her third album now to hit Number One on the Billboard 200, one question that is on the minds of American Idol fans is will she or Carrie Underwood be the first to take over the lead once again with the most Number One albums of any past American Idol victor. Both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are extremely talented musical artists, so whichever one takes over the lead again, it is really their fans who will be the winners, by getting to hear some more great music.

Written By Douglas Cobb

St. George Daily Spectrum
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2 Responses to "Kelly Clarkson Album ‘Piece by Piece’ Hits Number One"

  1. Vincent   June 13, 2015 at 1:22 am

    This album quickly fell down the Billboard Top 200 List, and out of the Top 100 after only 13 weeks. This album never had real traction, possibly signaling the first sign of the decline of Clarkson’s appeal.

  2. Corey Groves   March 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I just wanted to say that I love Kelly Clarkson’s music with all my heart and I want to spend the rest of my life listening to it because her music has been the best thing that has ever happened to me ever since she became the first winner on the first season on the T. V. show, “American Idol” way back in 2002. I would be lost if she ever decides to stop making music because making music is what she lives for. Kelly is one of the most popular and one of the most successful music artists in the music industry and of this generation who has a lot of fans all over the world who really enjoys listening to her music, and I’m also one of them who was born and raised over here in the United States of America. I have all of her previous albums and I bought the deluxe version of her, “Piece By Piece” album at Target when it was released on March 3, 2015. This album should have been certified as Platinum, just like all of her previous albums were and I’m surprised that it only sold 83,000 copies on the first week it was released because in my personal opinion, I think that it is one of the best Pop albums of 2015. I like Kelly and John Legend’s version of the song, “Run Run Run” a lot better than Tokio Hotel’s version because they put a lot of emotions into that song when they were singing it as a duet. I do hope and pray that this album will sell a lot more copies before the end of this year, and I truly believe that it will. I have a lot of respect for her as a music artist because she doesn’t sing and write about having sex and she doesn’t show her nude body in any of her music videos. She is very creative when it comes to her own music because she takes her music into a different level by adding a perfect mixture of Country, Dance, Pop, R & B, and Soul it and not a lot of music artists in the music industry and of this generation can really do that when it comes to their own music. She also sings and writes about her own personal life experiences, and a lot of her fans out there can relate to them. I also have a lot of respect for her as a human being she always stays true to herself by not doing drugs and she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body like my wife, Ashley does. I wish that I was married to her instead becausein my personal opinion, I also think that she looks a lot more prettier than my wife does. If Kelly wasn’t married to Brandon Blackstock and if she didn’t have a child with him, I would divorce my wife in a heartbeat and marry her. Her name would be, Kelly Brianne Clarkson-Groves instead of, Kelly Brianne Clarkson-Blackstock. I will always guard and protect her heart from all of those haters out there because she is so down to earth and when it comes to talking to her fans and not a lot of music artists in the music industry and of this generation are like that. End of story.


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