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Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood top Forbes list of highest paid ‘Idol’ alums

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When Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson hit the stage to perform, their fans are waiting in the concert seats. The two stars got their big start on American Idol and continued on their successful path making millions in the process. According to Forbes on Wednesday, the two stars top the list for the Top-Earning American Idol Alum for 2013, with Carrie Underwood bringing in 31 million dollars over the year.

The annual list takes a look at the former contestants and financially rates the artists on where they are in the business. With Carrie and Kelly on the road and releasing new music, both women know the importance of being part of the music business.

The list is comprised of artists who have made their music a priority and those who dabble. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood know they love their job and the third spot on the list is tied with Phillip Phillips and Adam Lambert making five million dollars each.

The rest of the list is full of unforgettable American Idol contestants who appear to dabble in the business picking up gigs, but not providing a serious and steady stream of music. Artists like Fantasia Barrino and Taylor Hicks are loved by the fans, but didn't ever really stake their claim in the music like other stars.

Don't expect 2014 to be any different for Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson! They will continue their domination of successful American Idol artists as they know just what their fans want to hear!

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