Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and author. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been referred to as the "Original American Idol" and the "Queen of Covers". She also became the runner-up of World Idol the following year. Signing with RCA Records, Clarkson released her debut single, "A Moment Like This", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the best-selling single of 2002 in the United States. Her debut studio album, Thankful (2003), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Its lead single, "Miss Independent", was a top-ten hit in various nations.