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Thread: Forbes: Top-Earning American Idols 2013 - Carrie Underwood at No.1

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    Forbes: Top-Earning American Idols 2013 - Carrie Underwood at No.1

    Carrie Underwood has come quite far since winning American Idol in 2005 - and it's afe to say the show has made good on its titular promise.

    Underwood tops this year's list of the highest-paid Idol alums, pulling in $31 million thanks to platinum-selling Blown Away, extensive touring and endorsement deals with the likes of Olay. Not only is that more than any Idol contestant, but it exceeds the annual earnings of last year's judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

    All in all, Underwood has earned $83 million over the past five years, and she's one of many acts continuing to profit from her exposure on the show. Kelly Clarkson ranks second with $7 million, banking the bulk of her bucks on the road. She's followed by 2012 winner Phillip Phillips and 2009 runner-up Adam lambert, who are tied for third with $5 million apiece.

    1. Carrie Underwood ($31 million)
    2. Kelly Clarkson ($7 million)
    3. Phillip Phillips e Adam Lambert ($5 million)
    5. Daughtry ($4 million)
    6. Scotty McCreery ($3 million)
    7. Taylor Hicks ($2.5 million)
    8. Fantasia Barrino e Kellie Pickler ($1.5 million)
    10. Katharine McPhee e Jennifer Hudson ($1 million)

    *These numbers reflect pretax earnings from June 2012 through June 2013.

    Top-Earning American Idols 2013 - Forbes

    Other years
    2012 - #2 - $5 million
    2011 - #1 - $14 million
    2010 - #1 - $13 million
    2009 - #1 - $20 million

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    Man that is alot

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    What a fantastic year 2013 was for our Carrie!
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    If you add up #2 through #10, you get $30.5 million. So Carrie earned as much as the rest of the top 10 combined.

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    Good for her, she worked her booty off for it!!!
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    wow fantastic!

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    Go Carrie!!

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    Did someone say "the voice". Oops, didn't think so!lol
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    $31 million!! awards? Who needs them. Lol

    Actually, the amount is directly proportional to what an EOTY would make. Makes sense.

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    Doesn't 2012 seem low to anybody...only $5 million. Don't get me wrong that's a lot but for Carrie and in a big year for her that's seems very low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam1995 View Post
    Doesn't 2012 seem low to anybody...only $5 million. Don't get me wrong that's a lot but for Carrie and in a big year for her that's seems very low.
    That's because Forbes doesn't really have any idea how much the artists make. They do best guesses, that's all. lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adam1995 View Post
    Doesn't 2012 seem low to anybody...only $5 million. Don't get me wrong that's a lot but for Carrie and in a big year for her that's seems very low.
    As I recall when the list came out last year their time period didn't have BA tour numbers. She, like most recording artists these days, makes most of her income from touring. The years that are low are the years she didn't tour very much.

    On edit, I looked at the article and the time period they are using is June 2012 - June 2013, so the bulk of the BA tour was included in the 2013 numbers. As opry said, they really don't know how much the artists make they are guessing based on the available data they have; which includes gross tour revenue, record sales, endorsements, etc.
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    whoa!! hands down

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam1995 View Post
    Doesn't 2012 seem low to anybody...only $5 million. Don't get me wrong that's a lot but for Carrie and in a big year for her that's seems very low.
    Lol! Wait till next year the lists might look ridiculous. Since Carrie is not touring & Kelly is in a family way, don’t be surprise P2 & Adam may ends up top earners as according to their fans, both are still touring that were not included at cut –off times. Unless Carrie PR team decide to reveal how much she earned from NBC SNF&SOM, OPI deal, headline fests this year, which we all know will not & never going to happen.

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    I just heard this on the radio congrats Carrie

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    I wish in one of my low years I made 5 million lol Good for Carrie. I'm always weird about posting salary stuff...it seems slightly personal.

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    Wow! Go, Carrie, go! You deserve it all!


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