The first season of American Idol debuted without exaggeration as a summer replacement show in June 2002, the Fox was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. The show ran for 13 weeks from June to September. An estimated 50 million people watched the final in September 2002.
The winner, Kelly Clarkson signed with RCA Records, the label in partnership with American Idol, 19 Management. Immediately after the final, Clarkson released two singles, including the coronation song “A Moment Like This.” Clarkson has released four successful albums, Thankful, Breakaway, My December, and All I wanted Ever. Her fourth album All I Ever Wanted was released on March 10, 2009. Clarkson was the first contestant to win a Grammy and has come to receive multiple awards and sold over 23 million albums worldwide, the largest number anywhere in the world of Idol. She is the first contestant to have two number one albums, the contestant only have two number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, with a non-Idol single peak at number one, and already have two to reach the 2 million mark in sales of digital downloads Since U Been Gone, and my life would be a mess without you. In May 2010, Billboard Clarkson called the most “successful” American Idol “of all time” factoring in sales of the album, singles sales and radio plays. Clarkson is currently working on his fifth studio album, which plans to launch in the autumn of 2010.