January 31, 2013 10:00 AM by Lisa Princ
American Idol‘s very first winner, Kelly Clarkson never ceases to amaze us with her achievements. It’s been revealed that newly engaged Clarkson has topped the list of highest earning American Idols for 2012, over 10 years after winning the hit show. How much did she earn and who else made the list?
Kelly Clarkson has been named the top earning American Idol for 2012, bringing in an estimated $8 million, according to Forbes. We can’t say that we’re surprised as Clarkson’s album Stronger has been a huge hit, and she has been popping up everywhere – from a mentor on The Voice to singing at President Obama’s inauguration. Congratulations to Kelly Clarkson!
So, who else made the list? Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry tied for second place with about $5 million each. Carrie Underwood’s latest album, Blown Away, has already sold over a million copies, and she continues to rake in the dough from her concerts. Daughtry’s 2011 album, Break The Spell, has sold over 400,000 copies, and the group continues to tour heavily raking in the dough, which Forbes claims is in the six figures.
In the next spot was season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery, who pulled in $4 million, followed by Jennifer Hudson with $3 million. Also in the top ten are: Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert, Katharine McPhee and Kelly Pickler (tied), as well as David Archuleta and David David (tied).
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