American Idol winner Ruben Studdard’s debut release “Soulful” topped the charts this week with 416,500 copies sold in the U.S.
It was enough to beat Alicia Keys’ “The Diary of Alicia Keys,” which sold 324,000 copies, but failed to beat Idol runner-up Clay Aiken’s opening week sales of 613,000 copies when it was released over two months ago.
In Canada, no Idol winner could beat Sarah McLachlan’s “Afterglow,” which sold almost 35,000 copies, topping the charts for the third straight week.
Studdard debuted in 37th place. Ryan Malcolm, the Canadian Idol winner, sold 29,100 copies to debut in fourth, just 50 copies behind Josh Groban in third, and 2,800 behind Much Dance 2004.