Top 10 Earning Idols: Who Made the List? Who is No. 1?

According to calculations by The Hollywood Reporter, Carrie Underwood is now officially American Idol’s top earner, surpassing season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson.

Carrie, explains THR, has spent much of the last two years on the road. But while Kelly’s international presence is stronger, she’s spent much of 2010 and 2011 working on her upcoming album. Carrie has also earned additional revenue from her movie and TV work.

See how the rest of the list shakes out below.

The new issue of THR, out today, features a 21 page package on American Idol. Read the cover story HERE.

1. Carrie Underwood

Season 4 winner
Album sales: 12, 296, 000
Digital track sales: 18, 482, 000
Concert revenue: $66, 762, 207

2. Kelly Clarkson

Season 1 winner
Album sales: 10, 674, 000
Digital track sales: 17, 254, 000
Concert revenue: $32, 681, 389

3. Chris Daughtry

Season 5, 4th place
Album sales: 6, 104, 000
Digital track sales: 11, 127, 000
Concert revenue: $19, 159, 287

4. Clay Aiken

Season 2, runner up
Album sales: 4, 990, 000
Digital track sales: 581, 000
Concert revenue: $17, 754, 872

5. Fantasia

Season 3 winner
Album sales: 2, 809, 000
Digital track sales: 1, 325, 000
Concert revenues: $466, 631

6. Ruben Studdard

Season 2 winner
Album sales: 2, 556, 000
Digital track sales: 445, 000
Concert revenues: N/A

7. Jordin Sparks

Season 6 winner
Album sales: 1, 275, 000
Digital track sales: 9, 547, 000
Concert revenue: $1, 141, 629

8. Jennifer Hudson

Season 3, 7th place
Album sales: 1, 160, 000
Digital track sales: 1, 964, 000
Concert revenues: $1, 055, 971

9. David Cook

Season 7 winner
Album sales: 1, 324, 000
Digital track sales: 4, 196, 000
Concert revenue: $1, 012, 335

10. Kellie Pickler

Season 5, 6th place
Album sales: 1, 322, 000
Digital track sales: 3, 319, 000
Concert revenues: N/A

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