If someone asked you to guess how many Number Ones "American Idol" contestants have collected on the Billboard charts, what number would you guess? 18? 80? 180? All would be wrong, and all would be under the actual count.
Bear in mind, Billboard compiles around 150 charts every week. There are charts for every format of music, for singles and albums, for sales and airplay. Including every national, domestic chart, the "American Idol" singers have racked up an astounding 257 No. 1's to date, and the number increases all the time. Kelly Clarkson has earned the most Number Ones, with a total of...
KELLY IN CONTROL As she readies for the release of "My December," her third, very personal CD, Kelly Clarkson invites EW over for an advance listen and opens up about her struggle to be taken seriously as a songwriter.
The welcome mat at her front door should have been the tip-off. As you enter Kelly Clarkson's Spanish-style villa two miles into the hills above L.A.'s Hollywood Boulevard, the first thing you notice — after the hot pink Ford Mustang convertible in the driveway — is the dark brown, rough-fiber doormat that greets guests with one word: LEAVE.