Kelly Clarkson Breaks Britney Spears’s Record

Kelly Clarkson

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updated 01/28/2009 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 01/28/2009 AT 4:20 PM ET

Life certainly doesn’t suck for Kelly Clarkson.

Her new single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” will break records on Thursday when it makes the largest leap to No. 1 in the Billboard chart’s 50-year history.

The song moves to No. 1 from No. 97 on the Hot 100 chart after selling 280,000 digital downloads in its first week out, according to

Clarkson, 26, has set the record once before: Her 2002 single “A Moment Like This” – the American Idol Season 1 victory track – jumped from No. 52 to No. 1 in a single week.

Since then, the largest-leap record has been broken five times, most recently by Britney Spears’s “Womanizer,” which jumped from No. 96 to No. 1 last year.

Fans got a sneak peek at Clarkson’s new video during last night’s Idol episode. It can be viewed in full at

The song is off Clarkson’s album All I Ever Wanted, due in stores March 17.


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