Billboard magazine released their 5th annual list of Music’s Top 40 Money Makers, and of course, a few of our favorite Idols have ended up on the list

Daughtry came in at #35 having earned $4,852,769 last year. Carrie Underwood is in the Top 20 at $13, raking in $13,501,387.

Susan Boyle had a very good year at #40 bringing in $4,770,339. That’ll buy a lot of Tender Vittles! And the Glee Cast, at #28 collectively, earned $8,830,710 through their tour dates and iTunes sales.

#1 on the list is Lady Gaga, earning a whopping $30,556,342! Born to be rich, baby.

More details on the list, after the jump.

#36 – Susan Boyle – $4,770,339

The extraordinary story of former “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant Susan Boyle and her YouTube-fueled shot to worldwide stardom continued to capture the imagination of older music consumers in 2010. Her 2009 debut album, “I Dreamed a Dream,” remained a brisk seller while hotly anticipated follow-up “The Gift” sold nearly 1.9 million units in the final two months of the year, generating combined U.S. sales of 2.7 million units and netting her about $4.7 million in royalties. Boyle didn’t tour the United States in 2010, which makes her appearance on this touring-dominated list all the more astounding.

#35 – Daughtry – $4,852,769

Former “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry’s five-piece rock outfit spent the past year touring behind sophomore album “Leave This Town,” which has sold 1.2 million units since its July 2009 release, including 343,000 units in 2010. After launching its first arena tour in fall 2009, the group joined Nickelback in early 2010 for European dates before returning to the United States for the second leg of Daughtry’s North American tour. The group grossed $10.8 million stateside. Meanwhile, high-profile TV performances — including an appearance on the “top four” results episode of “American Idol” in May — helped drive digital track sales, which reached nearly 2 million in 2010.

#28 – “Glee” Cast – $8,830,710

As much a music success story as a TV one, “Glee” makes an impressive debut on the Money Makers list thanks to the fact that fans don’t just tune in to the Fox program, but actively seek out what they heard on it afterward. Digital track sales of songs reinterpreted by the show’s cast added up to 12.9 million copies, while sales of its various soundtrack albums totaled 3.6 million. As its debut season came to a close last May, the show’s cast hit the road for a string of tour dates that grossed $5 million.

#13 – Carrie Underwood – $13,501,387

The “American Idol” victor reigned as country music’s top female touring artist in 2010. Underwood launched her North American tour last March in support of her 2009 album “Play On,” performing 108 shows in the United States and Canada. By the time the tour wrapped, Underwood had played to 1 million fans, grossed $33.2 million and netted about $11 million. During the fall leg of the tour, the Academy of Country Music’s two-time entertainer of the year donated 36 cents from every ticket to Save the Children’s U.S. programs. Underwood also racked up total U.S. album sales of 1 million.

  • Marie Ruffin

    Whenever I read earnings of stars, I factor in 50% less to pay expenses: managers, PR, taxes. So $4Mil would be $2Mil in the artists’ pockets. At least they’re doing what they love to do.

  • JohnP

    Are these figures only US earnings as I’m sure Boyle has received far more in various other reports. ETA Just seen that it was only US income in the article, hence the absence of the big world tourers/sellers like ACDC etc

    Also, according to Forbes last year Kelly C, Kellie P and JHud were at this level of income. Have they disappeared, or were Forbes’ estimate figures out, or perhaps Billboard’s are? Kellie did another 100+ dates or thereabouts in the last tax year, opening for big tours.

    http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/25/carrie-underwood-clarkson-daughtry-business-entertainment-american-idol.html?boxes=Homepagelighttop

    Another ETA – The article states that, “Artists received 100% credit for the sale of a title or concert Boxscore if credited as the lead artist and 50% credit if they shared equal billing with another artist.”

    so Kellie’s income was probably ignored for this “study.”

  • bean99

    It’s interesting to read how they calculated the net earnings. It is only US earnings, JohnP. I’m not sure why Kelly C didn’t make it but I don’t think Kellie and Jennifer had enough net earnings.

    I’m happy for all of them but especially Chris Daughtry. I’ll always have a soft spot for him and it’s so nice that he’s been able to be home with the family & their new babies.

  • JohnP

    but I don’t think Kellie and Jennifer had enough net earnings

    Thanks for your answer. It looks as if openers’ earnings were ignored. See my ETA above.

  • HR

    The Forbes list calculates earnings beginning either in May or June of the previous year. Last year’s list would have started from that point in ’09 and then ended in May/June ’10. Billboard calculates earnings from a different starting point in the year. Depending how active an artist is during whichever timeframe is used earning will vary.

  • stellamarris

    I am surprised katy Perry didn’t make the list. yes, she starts touring only this year but I thought her album topped the charts and sales for 2010…

  • Elliegrll

    Also, according to Forbes last year Kelly C, Kellie P and JHud were at this level of income. Have they disappeared, or were Forbes’ estimate figures out, or perhaps Billboard’s are? Kellie did another 100+ dates or thereabouts in the last tax year, opening for big tours.

    Another difference is that the Forbes list seems to be with the artists grossed and not their net worth, like the Billboard list. Kelly really didn’t tour in 2010, and she didn’t sell a lot of albums last year, so it’s not a surprise that she’s not on the list.

  • Hazehel

    I like these estimates better than the Forbes one. The Forbes one look just like something someone threw together with little thought and gave some strange-looking numbers. How did Clay manage to earn 2 million from an on-and-off stint in a broadway show that’s already closed in the time-span covered in that article? (And his album wasn’t selling and I don’t think he toured that year.) Do people really expect Kellie Pickler to earn so much working as an opener? It looked so weird that I think I can probably come up with better numbers than Forbes.

    ETA – I also like that fact that we are given explanation in the Billboard estimates on how they calculated the numbers, like how much an artist can expect to earn from a tour. I have read this before but forgotten – how much does an artist/songwriter get in mechanical royalty? How did they get the 20% for the share of revenue from music sales? I thought it’s lower.

  • Hakunamatata

    No wonder poor artists don’t feature on the forbes top 100

  • kokko

    Really glad to see 2 idols Carrie and Daughtry made the list – it seems touring contributes to a big part of the total earnings, and those who made the list seem to be doing very well on tour in addition to great album & single sales.

    If Daughtry made it to “only” #35, I don’t see any other idols since Season 5 could make the Top 40 list anytime soon. Adam could be a possibility – if his second album generates more & bigger hit songs than the first followed by a successful across the country tour comparable to that of Daughtry’s. If Billboard also takes into consideration the revenues from international sales & tours etc then Adam would have a better chance to make the list next year.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    Congrats to Carrie and Chris. I read somewhere that Bieber The Fetus made over $100 million last year. That’s just not right.

  • MalwareDie

    Forbes is not trustworthy at all. The previous list had been retracted and numbers were changed in order to make them look more convincing.

  • Elliegrll

    Forbes is not trustworthy at all. The previous list had been retracted and numbers were changed in order to make them look more convincing.

    Both lists are just guesses, and don’t take into account all of the revenue streams that the artists have. Billboard is just more forthcoming than Forbes about how they came up with their figures.