On May 18, 2009, Forbes.com listed The Year’s Top-Earning “Idols”. To come up with their list of top-earning American Idol alums they totaled earnings from album sales, concerts, merchandising and other income sources for the past year.
|1.||Carrie Underwood||$14 million|
|2.||Jennifer Hudson||$5 million|
|3.||Kelly Clarkson||$4.2 million|
|4.||Jordin Sparks||$3.1 million|
|5.||Kellie Pickler||$2.3 million|
|6.||Clay Aiken||$2.2 million|
|7.||Chris Daughtry||$2 million|
|8.||David Cook||$2 million|
|9.||David Archuleta||$1.3 million|
Congratulations to all the Idols. It is nice to see their financial future seems secure.
Since this is only earnings for 2008, it is interesting to compare some of the numbers. Perhaps the most surprising is the numbers for Taylor Hicks. It makes you realize that all the other idols that are not shown made less than $300,000 this year. Where is Ruben, Fantasia, Elliott??
The following is the picture and blurb that they published about Clay Aiken