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Top Earning American Idols 2013
Forbes ^ | 01/14/2014 | Zack O' Malley Greenburg

Posted on 01/14/2014 9:37:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Carrie Underwood has come quite far since winning American Idol in 2005—and it’s safe 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.

“Adam used the launching pad of American Idol very well to have a successful recording career,” says his co-manager Martin Kirkup. “I think the main part of his career still lies ahead of him.”

Phillips, meanwhile, has been quick to capitalize on his 2012 Idol win. His coronation song, the Mumford-esque “Home,” went on to sell more than 4 million copies—the best of any in Idol’s history—and his debut album earned platinum certification. He’s been adding to his coffers on the road, playing more than 90 shows in our scoring period.

The show itself, now entering its 13th season, is on a more dubious trajectory. Ratings have dipped 30% each of the past two years, a trend that Idol’s brass is trying to stop by revamping the show. There’s a new set, new lighting, new theme music and new judges: Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez will join Urban, the lone holdover from last year’s trio.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 2013; americanidol
This is just a fun thread and strictly for American Idol fans.

If you don't care and don't know what on earth American Idol is, kindly ignore this thread.

1 posted on 01/14/2014 9:37:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting numbers.
There’s serious money in the entertainment biz.


2 posted on 01/14/2014 9:40:20 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: SeekAndFind

TOP EARNING AMERICAN IDOLS OF 2013:

1. Carrie Underwood $31M
2. Kelly Clarkson $7M
3. Phillip Phillips $5M
4. Adam Lambert $5M
5. Chris Daughtry $4M
6. Scotty McCreery $3M
7. Taylor Hicks $2.5M
8. Fantasia $1.5M
9. Kellie Pickler $1.5M
10. Katharine Mcphee $1M


3 posted on 01/14/2014 9:41:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: nascarnation

TOP EARNING AMERICAN IDOLS OF 2013:

1. Carrie Underwood $31M
2. Kelly Clarkson $7M
3. Phillip Phillips $5M
4. Adam Lambert $5M
5. Chris Daughtry $4M
6. Scotty McCreery $3M
7. Taylor Hicks $2.5M
8. Fantasia $1.5M
9. Kellie Pickler $1.5M
10. Katharine Mcphee $1M


4 posted on 01/14/2014 9:41:37 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The only shock here is Taylor Hicks making 2.5 mil.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 9:44:54 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: ilgipper

Hey! Let me defend my favorite American Idol. Hicks has worked nonstop since Idol. He has a Vegas residency right now for which he’s getting great reviews and is earning him a nice chunk of change. His genre is soul/blues, so of course he’s not going to sell as many downloads or CDs as a country or rock artist.


6 posted on 01/14/2014 9:50:29 AM PST by Nea Wood
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To: ilgipper

RE: The only shock here is Taylor Hicks making 2.5 mil.

I’m not surprised at all. I saw his solo concert here in NYC and it was a blast ( Bonus was I saw stars, Mandy Moore and Tine Fey in the audience having as much fun as everybody else ).

Taylor Hicks is the first and only Idol act with a Vegas residency like Barry Manilow and Celine Dionne, Hicks started out at Bally’s and moved to a bigger room at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino. He also also co-owns a restaurant in his native Alabama.

I forgot to add Jennifer Hudson to the mix.

She ties with Katharine Mcphee at #10 ( she hasn’t been very active last year ).


7 posted on 01/14/2014 9:54:19 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I saw Taylor at House of Blues in LA. I brought a friend with me, who thought it was the best show she ever saw. Hicks is a great entertainer, and everyone who sees him live becomes a believer.

Notice, too, that four of the Idols on that list are from Hicks’s season, Season 5. No other season has more than one Idol represented. Season 5 was the pinnacle of American Idol. Their ratings have never been as great since.


8 posted on 01/14/2014 10:02:11 AM PST by Nea Wood
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To: nascarnation

So nice to see these young people making something of themselves.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 10:13:12 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: CorporateStepsister

RE: So nice to see these young people making something of themselves.

Or as Obama would call them — the 1% who didn’t build that ( HA HA ).


10 posted on 01/14/2014 10:14:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What, no Clay Aiken? LOL.


11 posted on 01/14/2014 10:23:59 AM PST by Andy'smom
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To: SeekAndFind

I really liked Ruben Studdard’s voice. But apparently his health was too bad for his career to even make it to the launching pad.


12 posted on 01/14/2014 10:26:55 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
Kellie Pickler is impressive. More than any others on this list, she's the one who (if you believe their hype) never would've made it out of the trailer. She seems so real. Last year on Dancing With The Stars, she sparkled...and won.

The one I would've expected on the list is Jeniifer Hudson. Hers is another wonderful success story. She's beautiful and talented and another one I wonder if she would've gotten anywhere without AI.

I haven't watched it since that Jordan Sparks win. It seemed so rigged, from that point on. JMHO

13 posted on 01/14/2014 10:33:06 AM PST by grania
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To: SeekAndFind

How’s William Hung doing?


14 posted on 01/14/2014 10:33:43 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Andy'smom

What about “Pants On the Ground” guy?


15 posted on 01/14/2014 10:34:10 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Working for the LA Sheriff’s Dept.


16 posted on 01/14/2014 10:40:27 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I really liked Ruben Studdard’s voice. But apparently his health was too bad for his career to even make it to the launching pad.
Actually, Ruben does quite well on the gospel scene. I too have always been a big fan..he has a smooth sound!


17 posted on 01/14/2014 11:51:41 AM PST by SandyLynn
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To: SeekAndFind

I had no idea he was doing a show in Vegas. I saw him once last year doing the anthem and that’s the first I heard of him in years. Seemed like a good guy, but far from my favorite idol. I thought he was an ok singing talent but good entertainer.


18 posted on 01/14/2014 11:56:08 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder who has earned more — the winners of AI or the losers.

How about Jennifer Hudson.


19 posted on 01/14/2014 12:08:06 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

Apparently the Democrats haven’t told them it’s unfair that they are one-percenters and are earning way too much money; that they could quit work, stay home, and get extended unemployment, more extended unemployment, EBT cards, etc., and then vote for Democrats in return for all the free, er, taxpayer, money.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 12:08:08 PM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: Uncle Chip

RE: How about Jennifer Hudson.

Jennifer Hudson was consistently in the top 10 for the past two years. This year she is ranked number 10 at 1 Million ( together with Katharine Mcphee ) because she hasn’t been very active ( other than a gig or two and being spokeswoman for Weight Watchers ).

RE: I wonder who has earned more — the winners of AI or the losers.

If by losers, you’re talking about those who didn’t win... notice that Adam Lambert (runner-up), Chris Daughtry, Katharine Mcphee and Kellie Pickler are in the top 10 in 2013.

In fact, as someone noticed, Season 5 ( Taylor Hick’s winning season ) was probably the season that produced the most successful artists with 4 of them earning a million or more last year.

And oh yeah, speaking of Season 5, Mandisa ( who didn’t win but was in the top 10 that season ) has been on top of the Christian Gospel chart for weeks with her number 1 (yes number 1 ) single — ‘OVERCOMER’.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 12:27:47 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: dfwgator

RE: How’s William Hung doing?

From Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hung#Retirement_from_music

In 2011, Hung became a technical crime analyst for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and retired from music.

Hung remains optimistic about his new career path, and states he does not regret that his music career has ended.

“I showed that even the Average Joe could succeed,” he remarked on his short-lived time as a pop star.


22 posted on 01/14/2014 12:31:20 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: dfwgator

RE: What about “Pants On the Ground” guy?

Some information about the singer: “General” Larry Platt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pants_on_the_Ground


23 posted on 01/14/2014 12:33:11 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Uncle Chip

SOURCE:

Total earnings since 2009:

http://www.mjsbigblog.com/forbes-top-earning-american-idols-list-2013.htm

Since 2009:
1. Carrie Underwood = 83 million (5 years)
2. Kelly Clarkson = 33.4 million (5 years)
3. Chris Daughtry = 27.2 million (5 years)
4. Jennifer Hudson = 14.5 million (5 years)
5. Kellie Pickler = 14.3 million (5 years)
6. Adam Lambert = 12.5 million (3 years)
7. Jordin Sparks = 11.8 million (4 years)
8. Scotty McCreery = 7 million (2 years)
9. David Cook = 6.8 million (4 years)
10. Clay Aiken = 5.7 million (3 years)
11. Fantasia Barrino = 5.5 million (2 years)
12. David Archuleta = 5.5 million (4 years)
13. Phillip Phillips = 5 million (1 year)
14. Katharine McPhee = 3.1 million (3 years)
15. Taylor Hicks = 2.8 million (2 years)
16. Kris Allen = 1.7 million (1 year)


24 posted on 01/14/2014 1:21:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s total from all sources of income???

Do me a favor and asterisk the ones who came in second place or lower.


25 posted on 01/14/2014 1:37:42 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, not really a fan. I watched it several years ago, but have come to enjoy The Voice much better. Even though it is a competition like AI, it just seems to be a much more positive show from start to finish. There aren’t the train wreck shows at the beginning because they do some weeding before the show. All of the judges seem to try to be as constructive and upbeat about the contestants as they can. They’ve had some really incredibly talented folks on there.


26 posted on 01/14/2014 1:41:03 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Uncle Chip

RE: Do me a favor and asterisk the ones who came in second place or lower.

Your wish is my command.

1. Carrie Underwood = 83 million (5 years)
2. Kelly Clarkson = 33.4 million (5 years)
3. Chris Daughtry = 27.2 million (5 years) * ( 4th place, Season 5)
4. Jennifer Hudson = 14.5 million (5 years) * (7th Place, Season 3)
5. Kellie Pickler = 14.3 million (5 years) * ( 6th place , Season 5)
6. Adam Lambert = 12.5 million (3 years) * ( 2nd Place Season 8 )
7. Jordin Sparks = 11.8 million (4 years)
8. Scotty McCreery = 7 million (2 years)
9. David Cook = 6.8 million (4 years)
10. Clay Aiken = 5.7 million (3 years) * (2nd Place, Season 2 )
11. Fantasia Barrino = 5.5 million (2 years)
12. David Archuleta = 5.5 million (4 years) * (2nd Place Season 7 )
13. Phillip Phillips = 5 million (1 year)
14. Katharine McPhee = 3.1 million (3 years) * (2nd Place Season 5 )
15. Taylor Hicks = 2.8 million (2 years)
16. Kris Allen = 1.7 million (1 year)

As you can see, Season 5 was the most successful season of the past 12. It was also the PEAK in terms of audience views.


27 posted on 01/14/2014 2:07:03 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I think this is the case in a lot of these shows.

The contestants try so hard to win and when they don’t they are so heart-broken.

BUT the publicity they got by just showcasing their talents and coming in 4th, 5th,... was enough to get them where they wanted to go.

You don’t necessarily have to win to win.

I think there have been a lot from America’s Got Talent as well.


28 posted on 01/14/2014 2:21:00 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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