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Carrie Underwood most successful American Idol alum of 2013

Carrie Underwood continues to earn far above other 'Idol' alums
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In case there was any doubt, Carrie Underwood is the top-earning American Idol alum.

According to Forbes, between her “Blown Away” record sales and tour, and product endorsement deals such as the one with Olay, Carrie Underwood made $31 million between June of 2012 and 2013.

Carrie Underwood is by far, the most successful country music artist to have appeared on American Idol, but Forbes’ report shows just how far Carrie Underwood has set herself apart from all other American Idol contestants and winners.

Even big names such as Daughtry, Adam Lambert, and Kelly Clarkson are miles behind Carrie Underwood, with Kelly Clarkson coming in at second place with $7 million in earnings. Clarkson has diversified herself in recent years with both pop and country songs and appearances as a guest mentor on NBC’s “The Voice,” but all in all, Carrie Underwood has set the bar pretty high to reach first place.

Another country music star who garnered much attention during his American Idol stint is Scotty McCreery. Though Scotty McCreery’s album “Clear As Day” took off out of the starting gate with a whopping 1,000,000 sales in just two months, the young singer also took some time to finish high school and focus on getting his college studies underway. With the release of his third album (his second being a holiday album) in 2013, Scotty McCreery’s earnings were a respectable $3 million.

Carrie Underwood’s album “Blown Away” is still going strong a year after its release, inching its way toward a double Platinum certification, but Carrie Underwood is looking ahead to her fifth studio album. Though the new album most likely won’t be released until 2015, Carrie Underwood has a big enough earnings cushion that it doesn’t look like any other American Idol alums will be taking over first place any time soon.

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