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    Carrie Underwood ranks #2 on Forbes' list of Top-Earning 'American Idol' alums

    Carrie Underwood claims the No. 2 spot on Forbes' list of Top-Earning American Idols for 2012, boosted by her platinum-selling Blown Away disc. Despite not touring during the scoring period (May 2011 through May 2012), Underwood raked in an impressive $5 million, tied with rocker Chris Daughtry. Underwood's latest album has moved 1.3 million copies and spurred two No. 1 singles, earning the singer an unmatched chain of Country chart-toppers (15 to-date).


    Original Idol winner and pop diva Kelly Clarkson rises to the No. 1 spot with a whopping $8 million. In the third slot, newcomer Scotty McCreery boasts $4 million, while Jennifer Hudson earned $3 million and Jordin Sparks landed $2 million. Rounding out the list are Adam Lambert ($1.5 million), Katharine McPhee and Kellie Pickler ($1.1 million each) and David Archuleta and David Cook ($1 million each). The numbers, compiled from Pollstar, RIAA and others, are based on estimated income, before subtracting taxes, 19 Entertainment's cut and any additional fees for agents, lawyers and managers.


    By calculations, more recent contestants are projected to turn over half their income to the Idol machine, even before divvying out the remainder to their team. “It’s depressing when you look at it, but I’m still making a good amount,” says McCreery. “I’m not in any way complaining … I’m doing a lot better than I was a few summers ago, living off the coin jar in my truck.”

    http://www.examiner.com/article/carr...can-idol-alums

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    Thanks for the article. Next year is going to be good. lol

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    Next year Carrie will own that top spot

    thanks

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    Earning $ 5 Million for not having a tour ( May 2011 - May 2012) is very good !

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    I agree Mirasa! I think that is exceptionally good for not having toured in the period of qualification!

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    I have a hard time figuring out how they FIGURE OUT all those things! Where does the data come from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddkat View Post
    Next year Carrie will own that top spot

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    She sure will be. Can't. freaking. wait. haha

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    I expected A LOT more from Kelly !

    Next year will be a joke. xD Carrie will destroy everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokyiiis View Post
    I have a hard time figuring out how they FIGURE OUT all those things! Where does the data come from?
    Various sources, like Pollstar (touring), RIAA (album certifications, etc).

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    A whopping 8 million? That's really not that much, compared to what some entertainers make. LOL.


    And I'm shocked Carrie is tied with Chris Daughtry; didn't their last album flop pretty hard?

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    Carrie's definitely gonna reign supreme next year. It will have most of Blown Away's sales, all of the tour, and two of her biggest singles in the time period.

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    I don't think this numbers were boosted by Blown Away disc, at the time she had only released Good Girl.

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    Wow Kelly's number's r low. Did she now tour this year? You'd think she would based off the success of WDKYMYS
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    Lol watch the Kelly fans start bragging about how she beat Carrie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbluegrl23 View Post
    Wow Kelly's number's r low. Did she now tour this year? You'd think she would based off the success of WDKYMYS
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    Kelly's not really a touring artist.

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    Carrie will also have Śound of Music!!

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    As Carrie has said in the past, Forbes has no idea how much the artists actually make, they're just guessing. But they achieved their goal... web hits and fan wars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opry051008 View Post
    As Carrie has said in the past, Forbes has no idea how much the artists actually make, they're just guessing. But they achieved their goal... web hits and fan wars.
    Agree. They have no way of knowing. Carrie (and Mike) and way to personal of people to disclose such information. Additionally, no one knows what they give to charity, but I personally think many people would be amazed at their charitable contributions.

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    ^^I agree! They keep that stuff pretty private. You will see others posting that they donated this or that, but it never comes from them. I know that Carrie will give a huge amount to Red Cross at the end of the tour, but I don't think that touches what they give.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opry051008 View Post
    As Carrie has said in the past, Forbes has no idea how much the artists actually make, they're just guessing. But they achieved their goal... web hits and fan wars.
    I seen this same article this morning and wasn't posting it because of the exact reasons for the goals you said they were looking for. lol


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