Saturday, February 12, 2011

Top Ten Highest Paid American Idol


No. 1: Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood

The Muskogee, Okla.-born country pop singer has won four Grammys, 14 Billboard Music Awards and five American Music Awards. She's also sold 9.6 million albums. Her estimated earnings around $ 13 million

No. 2: Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson

Idol's first winner has sold 10.6 million albums (along with 16.1 million digital tracks, according to Nielsen Sound Scan). Her latest single, "Already Gone," hit No. 3 on Billboard charts. Currently touring in New Zealand, she'll play the Lilith Fair music festival this month. Clarkson, 28, is now working on her fifth album. Her estimated earnings around $11.7 million

No. 3: Chris DaughtryChris Daughtry

After playing with a series of bar bands traveling around North Carolina, Daughtry made it to Idol's final four in the fifth season. Since leaving the show he has sold 5.7 million copies of his two albums: a Grammy-nominated self-titled debut in 2006 and Leave This Town, released last year. Followers on Twitter: 159,000. His estimated earnings around $10.2 million

No. 4: Kellie PicklerKellie Pickler

Pickler was one of the hardest-working Idol alums this past year, with a 100-date concert schedule. The season five finalist has sold 1.3 million records, according to Nielsen Sound Scan. Her estimated earnings around $7.6 million

No. 5: Jordin SparksJordin Sparks

Entering Idol competition at age 17, Sparks was the youngest winner in the show's history. The season six winner broke out with "No Air," a duet with R&B vocalist Chris Brown. She has toured with Alicia Keyes and the Jonas Brothers. Sparks' second album, Battlefield, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard charts. Her estimated earnings around $3.7 million

No. 6: Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson

Hudson ranks lower this year due to slowing album sales and a light touring schedule, yet she remains one of the most successful Idol alums. She placed just seventh in the third season but went on to win an Oscar in 2006 for her role in Dreamgirls. Her 2008 self-titled album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, has sold over 750,000 copies. Earlier this year she signed on as the latest spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. Her estimated earnings around $3.5 million

No. 7: David CookDavid Cook

Three years ago, David Cook was tending bar in Tulsa, Okla. After winning Idol's seventh season title in 2008, his first single, "The Time of My Life," debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100, followed by a debut album, David Cook, which went platinum. He continues a lucrative endorsement deal with Skechers shoes. His estimated earnings around $2.8 million

No. 8: David ArchuletaDavid Archuleta

Defeated in the seventh season by David Cook, Archuleta went on to release a self-titled album on Jive records that reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts. He has played more than 100 live shows since Idol. Twitter followers: 372,000. His estimated earnings around $2.2 million

No. 9: Clay AikenClay Aiken

The Raleigh, N.C., native maintains a loyal following six years after finishing second on Idol. He has sold 4 million albums and penned a New York Times bestselling memoir. Aiken recently finished a run in Broadway's "Spamalot." His estimated earnings around $ 2 million

No. 10: Kris AllenKris Allen

The Arkansas native gained traction with Idol fans with his acoustic version of Kanye West's "Heartless." He engineered a stunning upset over Adam Lambert last year. He signed with Jive Records and released a self-titled album that reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200. He's been performing in Las Vegas and touring nationally. His estimated earnings around $1.7 million


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