Forbes ranks Top-Earning ‘Idols’ ; the elite three: Underwood, Clarkson and Daughtry

The Top-Earning ‘Idols’

Forbes’ rankings of the top-earning American Idol alums are based on earnings from album sales, concerts, endorsements and other income for the year from June 1, 2009, through May 2010.

No. 1: Carrie Underwood

$13 million

The Muskogee, Okla.-born country pop singer has won four Grammys, 14 Billboard Music Awards and five American Music Awards. She’s also sold 9.6 million albums.

No. 2: Kelly Clarkson

$11.7 million

Idol’s first winner has sold 10.6 million albums (along with 16.1 million digital tracks, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Her latest single, “Already Gone,” hit No. 3 on Billboard charts. Currently touring in New Zealand, she’ll play the Lilith Fair music festival this month. Clarkson, 28, is now working on her fifth album.

No. 3: Chris Daughtry

$10.2 million

After playing with a series of bar bands traveling around North Carolina, Daughtry made it to Idol’s final four in the fifth season. Since leaving the show he has sold 5.7 million copies of his two albums: a Grammy-nominated self-titled debut in 2006 and Leave This Town, released last year. Followers on Twitter: 159,000.

No. 4: Kellie Pickler

$7.6 million

Pickler was one of the hardest-working Idol alums this past year, with a 100-date concert schedule. The season five finalist has sold 1.3 million records, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

No. 5: Jordin Sparks

$3.7 million

Entering Idol competition at age 17, Sparks was the youngest winner in the show’s history. The season six winner broke out with “No Air,” a duet with R&B vocalist Chris Brown. She has toured with Alicia Keyes and the Jonas Brothers. Sparks’ second album, Battlefield, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard charts.

No. 6: Jennifer Hudson

$3.5 million

Hudson ranks lower this year due to slowing album sales and a light touring schedule, yet she remains one of the most successful Idol alums. She placed just seventh in the third season but went on to win an Oscar in 2006 for her role in Dreamgirls. Her 2008 self-titled album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, has sold over 750,000 copies. Earlier this year she signed on as the latest spokeswoman for Weight Watchers.

No. 7: David Cook

$2.8 million

Three years ago, David Cook was tending bar in Tulsa, Okla. After winning Idol’s seventh season title in 2008, his first single, “The Time of My Life,” debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, followed by a debut album, David Cook, which went platinum. He continues a lucrative endorsement deal with Skechers shoes.

No. 8: David Archuleta

$2.2 million

Defeated in the seventh season by David Cook, Archuleta went on to release a self-titled album on Jive records that reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts. He has played more than 100 live shows since Idol. Twitter followers: 372,000.

No. 9: Clay Aiken

$2 million

The Raleigh, N.C., native maintains a loyal following six years after finishing second on Idol. He has sold 4 million albums and penned a New York Times bestselling memoir. Aiken recently finished a run in Broadway’s “Spamalot.”

No. 10: Kris Allen

$1.7 million

The Arkansas native gained traction with Idol fans with his acoustic version of Kanye West’s “Heartless.” He engineered a stunning upset over Adam Lambert last year. He signed with Jive Records and released a self-titled album that reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200. He’s been performing in Las Vegas and touring nationally.

Original story appears on Forbes.com

We are the World 25th Anniversary Remake Video, Hope for Haiti

Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) “We Are The World 25 For Haiti”, in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), whose own personal efforts as well as those of Artists for Peace and Justice have already saved countless lives in Haiti, filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video and behind-the-scenes production, and serves as Film Director and as an Executive Producer with Jones, Richie, Jean, Phillips and Tortorici.

The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haiti.

Random Artists: Brandy, Celine Dion, Keri Hilson, Usher, Swizz Beatz, Lionel Richie, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Jamie Foxx, Kid Cudi, Nicole Scherzinger, Miley Cyrus, Quincy Jones, Josh Groban, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson (RIP), Will.I.Am., Kanye West, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Black Eyed Peas, Robin Thicke, Randy Philips, Barbra Streisand, Wyclef Jean, Akon, T-Pain, Lil’ Wayne, Tony Bennett, Kanye West, Enrique Iglesias, Gladys Knight, Trey Songz, Jona Brothers, Vince Vaughn, Toni Braxton, & Jordin Sparks

Video Recap: Michael Jackson Memorial Service in 6 Minutes

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Didn’t have a chance to watch the Michael Jackson public memorial service? Get caught up with this wrap-up. Featuring Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson, Rev. Al Sharpton, John Mayer, Brooke Shields, Jermaine Jackson,Usher, Smokey Robinson, Marlon Jackson, and daughter Paris Jackson

Jennifer Hudson Sings ‘Will You Be There’ At Michael Jackson Memorial

Hudson performed the 1991 song from Dangerous that was also featured in the hit movie ‘Free Willy.’
By Eric Ditzian





Jennifer Hudson performs at the Michael Jackson memorial service on Tuesday

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

During a day of star-powered speeches and world-class performances at Michael Jackson’s public memorial in Los Angeles, Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson appeared at the Staples Center in front of a packed crowd to cover one of Jackson’s hits from the 1990s, “Will You Be There.”

The track originally appeared on MJ’s 1991 Billboard-topping album, Dangerous. The album went platinum seven times and stayed on the chart for 117 straight weeks. The biggest single, “Black or White,” went platinum and also hit the top Billboard spot. But “Will You Be There” became most well-known when it appeared on the soundtrack for the 1993 movie “Free Willy,” about one boy’s struggle to save an orca whale. The movie grossed almost $80 million at the box office, the track reached as high as #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went gold.

Hudson wore a knee-length white dress as she belted out a gospel-tinged version of the song. She was accompanied by backup singers performing in unison behind her. Toward the end, lyrics from the song appeared on a large screen — popping in front of a star-filled outer-space backdrop — while a recording of Jackson’s own tear-soaked voice softly spoke the words:

“In my anguish and my pain/ Through my joy and my sorrow/ In the promise of another tomorrow/ I’ll never let you part/ For you’re always in my heart.”

“We love you, Michael,” Hudson said after the song drew to a close.

For complete coverage of the life, career and passing of the legendary entertainer, visit “Michael Jackson Remembered.”

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