Forbes Top Earning American Idols List 2013

Well, this should keep you all talking today. Forbes has released its list of Top Earning American Idols for 2013. Here’s how it shakes out:

1. Carrie Underwood – 31 million (83 million over the past 5 years)
2. Kelly Clarkson – 7 million
3. Phillip Phillips/Adam Lambert – 5 million
5. Chris Daughtry – 4 million
6. Scotty McCreery – 3 million
7. Taylor Hicks – 2.5 million
8. Fantasia Barrino/Kellie Pickler – 1.5 million
10. Katharine McPhee/Jennifer Hudson – 1 million

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

“The platform of American Idol changed my life,” Taylor Hicks told Forbes, “I am very thankful. … To have that platform has allowed me to blossom.”

Just for fun, here are the lists for 2012 and 2011.

Read more at Forbes Magazine

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