Kelly Clarkson debuts at No. 1 -- The ''American Idol'' winner has the week's best-selling album, topping 50 Cent and Fleetwood Mac
Kelly Clarkson

Ruben, Clay, and company, take note: ”American Idol” really CAN make you a star. Winner Kelly Clarkson’s first album, ”Thankful,” debuts at No. 1 this week, selling about 297,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The big numbers come despite slow-building radio play for the single ”Miss Independent” and lack of a video for the track.

Meanwhile, despite including just three new songs, 50 Cent’s DVD/CD hybrid ”The New Breed” hits No. 2, joining his previous release, ”Get Rich or Die Tryin”’ in the top 10 (”Rich” dropped to No. 5). Fleetwood Mac’s long-awaited reunion album ”Say You Will” lands at No. 3, while Darryl Worley’s ”Have You Forgotten?” rides its smash 9/11-themed title song to a No. 4 debut.

The rest of the top 10 includes Linkin Park’s ”Meteora” at No. 6, ”Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 12” at No. 7, Norah Jones’ ”Come Away With Me” at No. 8, Jimmy Buffet’s greatest-hits compilation ”Meet Me in Margaritaville” at No. 9, and Cher’s ”The Very Best of Cher” hanging in at No. 10.

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