Which Idol
Earns The Most?

American Idol has produced many great artists -- from Carrie Underwood to Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert. Which of the past American Idol contestants gets the honor of making the most money from album sales? Find out which singer was newly crowned with this title!

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood has a new husband, plenty of awards -- and has just been tapped with the honor of being American Idol's top earner! The country superstar just surpassed season one winner Kelly Clarkson with this title.

Since her season four American Idol win, Hollywood Reporter has reported that Underwood has sold 12,296,000 albums and sold 18,482,000 digital tracks while Kelly Clarkson has sold 10,600,000 albums and 15,900,000 digital tracks since 2002.

Clarkson has been busy working on her fifth album throughout 2010 and 2011 -- while Underwood has been touring and pulling in tour revenues of $66,000,000 which has also helped her nab this top spot.

Underwood has also branched out into film and TV, with How I Met Your Mother and Soul Surfer. Clarkson's 2003 movie From Justin to Kelly didn't fare so well.

Here is the breakdown of American Idol's top 10 earners:

  1. Carrie Underwood -- Season 4 winner
  2. Kelly Clarkson -- Season 1 winner
  3. Chris Daughtry -- Season 5, 4th place
  4. Clay Aiken -- Season 2, runner up
  5. Fantasia -- Season 3 winner
  6. Ruben Studdard -- Season 2 winner
  7. Jordin Sparks -- Season 6 winner
  8. Jennifer Hudson -- Season 3, 7th place
  9. David Cook -- Season 7 winner
  10. Kellie Pickler -- Season 5, 6th place

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Comments on "Who is American Idol top earner of all time?"

Chuck November 16, 2011 | 2:25 PM

I have to say what a bunch of bull! Yes Carrie Underwood has certainly done well but . . . has she sold over 20 million cd's, no but Kelly has! Kelly Clarkson is the top American Idol top earner of all time. Kelly is a superstar worldwide. Carrie may be slightly above when it comes to the US, so if you are going to put this statement out there you need to represent it . . . honestly and state - "in the US". This is just wrong that you put this out there in the misleading way you do. Kelly Clarkson is a phenomenal talent and is so real - she is the #1 American Idol.

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