The American Idol winner's new song leaps from No. 97 to No. 1 on the Billboard charts

By Elaine Aradillas
Updated January 28, 2009 04:20 PM
Credit: Lisa Rose Photography LLC

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.