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On the sales chart, the single spent eleven consecutive weeks at number one, giving it the longest consecutive stay on top of of that chart for an American Idol contestant. The CD single, "I Believe", went on to become the top selling single of 2004 in the U.S., and has since been certified double platinum by the CRIA. Barrino also won three Billboard Awards for the single.
Barrino's debut studio album, Free Yourself, was released in November 2004. It debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 pop album chart, selling 240,000 copies in its first week. To date, it has sold over two million copies worldwide, and was certified platinum in the U.S. The singles "Truth Is" and "Free Yourself" became R&B hits, reaching number two and number three respectively on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks chart.
Barrino did even better on the Billboard Adult R&B Airplay, where she was the first artist of any kind to simultaneously have two of the top three songs , and "Truth Is" spent fourteen weeks at number one position. In 2006, Fantasia was nominated for four Grammy Awards
In September 2005, Barrino published her memoirs (which she dictated to a freelance writer), Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. The book quickly became a New York Times Bestseller, reaching number seven on the list.
Barrino played herself in a Lifetime Television film based on her autobiography Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. The film was directed by Debbie Allen and debuted on the women�s cable network on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 21:00. The movie received nineteen million viewers throughout its debut weekend. Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story has also become Lifetime's second most viewed program of all time.
After Fantasia performed "The Color Purple" song, "I'm Here", on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the musical received a boost of over two million in pre- ticket sales in one week. Leading up to Fantasia's first performance the play garnered a total of 6.5 million in pre-ticket sales. Upon Fantasia's first performance of The Color Purple she received raving reviews from both attenders and Broadway critics. The Broadway Theatre and The Color Purple's house record were broken within Fantasia's first week on the show.