Got an “American Idol” fan on your Christmas shopping list? Need to fill a stocking or two? There’s nothing better for a stocking stuffer or a quick gift idea than a CD and since there have been about a a hundred original “Idol” studio albums since the show began in June 2002, there are a lot to choose from. But most will want somethig current, so album releases for 2011 will have to do…
There were twelve full-length albums released by “American Idol” artists in 2011. Here is a listing, from the latest, Daughtry’s Break The Spell, to the year’s earliest, Jennifer Hudson’s I Remember Me, the date of release and their placement on the Billboard 200 (parenthetically, if applicable).
Daughtry (Season 5, fourth place): Break The Spell — released Nov. 21.
Watch Daughtry’s “Crawling Back To You” video.
James Durbin (Season 10, fourth place): Memories of a Beautiful Disaster — released Nov. 21.
Josh Gracin (Season 2, fourth place): Redemption — released Nov. 8.
Kendra Chantelle (Season 10, Top 16 finalist): Unthinkable — released Nov. 7.
Kelly Clarkson (Season 1, winner): Stronger — released Oct. 24 (No. 2).
Lauren Alaina (Season 10: second place): Wildflower — released Oct. 11 (No. 5).
Scotty McCreery (Season 10, winner): Clear As Day — released Oct. 4 (No. 1).
Tim Halperin (Season 10, Top 24 finalist): Rise & Fall — released Sept. 27.
David Cook (Season 7, winner): This Loud Morning — released June 58 (No. 7).
Kimberly Caldwell (Season 2, seventh place): Without Regret — released April 19.
Mandisa (Season 5, ninth place): What If We Were Real — released April 5 (No. 66).
Watch Mandisa’s “Stronger” video.
Jennifer Hudson (Season 3, seventh place): I Remember Me — released March 22 (No. 2).
As noted, this is just a quick checklist of the major “Idol” releases of 2011. There were others, such as Season 7’s Brooke White’s EP release of Gemini. And there were more than likely even more, given the prevalence of independent labels these days, releases that have gone under the radar of the media. And if the “American Idol” fan (or fans) you’re buying for has all of these albums already, might we suggest a holiday album by David Archuletta (2009’s Christmas From The Heart) or Season 5’s Elliott Yamin (2007’s Sounds of the Season) or Season 5’s Katharine McPhee (2010’s Christmas Is The Time… To Say I Love You)?