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From Kelly To Carrie, Underwood Becomes American Idol's Biggest Earner!

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You had a good run of it, Kelly!

American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood has surpassed Kelly Clarkson as the biggest earning alumni of the show, with over 12,296,000 album sales and over 18,482,000 digital tracks sold! WOW!

Let's give credit where credit's due though - Kelly Clarkson had one hell of a reign, and she's still doing very well with over 10,600,000 albums sold and 15,900,000 digital tracks sold.

As far as tour revenues are concerned though, Carrie's got Kelly beat by a lot with $66,000,000+ in earnings, whereas Kelly has brought in around $32,000,000.

Underwood's earning score also gets a boost from her recent acting gigs, including the April film release Soul Surfer, which brought in a box office gross of $39.5 million. She's also snagged some recent guest appearances on TV shows, such as How I Met Your Mother.

As for Kelly, she hasn't done her acting thing in a while, but we mustn't forget her role in 2003's From Justin to Kelly.

…Okay, maybe she actually WOULD prefer if we forgot about that. JK Kelly! We love you lots and we can't wait to hear your new single in July!

Are U happy to hear that Carrie Underwood usurped Kelly Clarkson's top earner title? Or are U loyal to Team Kelly?

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29 comments to “From Kelly To Carrie, Underwood Becomes American Idol's Biggest Earner!”

  1. 1

    Team Kelly. And this is only true in the US. Globally, Kelly is FAR AND AWAY the most popular and highest earner. Carrie is also a famewhore, which contributes to her sales.

  2. Blunt says – reply to this


    so what, underwood still isnt a better singer. Nothing beats THE ORIGINALS, besides Simon once summed it up best "Kelly's a white girl with a vioce that's Etta James meets Aretha Franklin , all with a rock star image"…. Suck it underwood lol

  3. 3

    I love both Carrie and Kelly– so I hope this article does not start more fan wars. MJO497- no need to trash Carrie. She is NOT a famewhore and stays in Nashville most of the time to avoid paparazzi.

    Both Carrie and Kelly are super successful. Kelly does better overseas as country music is not big in Europe at all. Carrie is finally touring Autralia in June and has toured Singapore, but she has not done a full Worldwide tour yet as country music is not big internationally. So Kelly has the edge there.

    But Carrie has the edge in the USA. Also — note Kelly has been doing this for 4 more years then Carrie— so that says something too. But again– they are both nice people, and both phenominal artists and singer.

    No need to hate on either of them!

  4. 4

    Just curious, if you were driving with your baby in the back and about to get in a car accident and instead of driving you threw your hands up in the air and said "Jesus Take the Wheel!"… would you go to jail for that?

  5. 5

    Oh yeah!..I`m like soooo happy… it totally change my life knowing that she`s making like sooo much money..like OOOHHH m freacking G!!

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  7. 7

    i love how simon cowell predicted carrie underwood would go on to sell, the most albums and songs and bethe most successful on like the third week of the show.
    the guy does know what hes talking about

  8. 8

    Team Clarkson all the way. Underwood is just a screeching/scream bitch . . . with emphasis on bitch as in bitch.

  9. 9

    HAHA put in the global statistics and you will see that Kelly triumphs by a country mile (yes pun was intended). I like Carry but she is no Kelly. Everyone in the UK knows Kelly, who knows Carry? sorry

  10. Merab says – reply to this


    two nice girls…
    but what´s so interesting about their music?
    I tried to listen to them ..but deleted their songs very soon after from my i-pod
    yeah..good voices…but there´s absolutely nothing there besides that …not interesting music at all

  11. 11

    See I couldn't even spell her name correctly, shows something…

  12. 12

    They forgot about Carrie Underwood's numerous endorsement deals: Vitamin Water, Nintedo DS, Olay Skin Care Products, and she also has songs on Wii and Rock Band video games. She also wrote and recorded that Narnia movie song that got a Golden Globe nom, and was paid well for that. Plus, Carrie gets paid a minimum of $500,000 per private show, and those shows are not included in her touring revenue. So she makes even more then those figures above.

  13. 13

    Re: jesyrene – Seriously— you kelly Clarkson fanatics are only making her fanbase look bad. You know Carrie is a great singer just like Kelly is. I love both of them and I am SO SICK of Kelly fans trashing Carrie. Why do you do this every single time? So predictable it is annoying. Carrie doesn't scream anymore then KElly does. They are both belters with big voices and they both Rock. So suck it.

  14. 14

    i saw kelly live and daaaamnnn that girl has a voice along with a sweet personality! i fell in love with her. she's number one in my book. carrie seems too dull to me. maybe i'm biased though.

  15. 15

    Re: chris181 – That is because Country music is unknown in Europe unless you remix your entire album to pop like Shania Twain and Taylor Swift did. They basically cheated and call themselves pop artists overseas to get radio play and sell albums. But true, real country artists like Carrie will not get radio play in the UK as there are no country stations there. Carrie refuses to remix to pop and that is why she hasn't done much in UK yet. But she is planning to tour there soon so that will change. Also– I have several friends in the UK who love Carrie and do know who she is, so she is not as unknown there as you think.

  16. 16

    No one knows Carrie outside the USA. Put in global sales and you'll see Kelly trumps Carrie any-day. Simon was lucky with his prediction because country music is such a huge genre in the USA. Look at what he has done to UK male X-Factor winners. They are lamenting as to why they entered that Karaoke contest in the first place. Poor Steve, Shayne, Joe and Leon.

  17. 17

    Fuck yeah! Carrie rules and is the most successful idol. No fat chicks here!

  18. 18

    Re: CarrieRox – Lol, well if you're going to count all of Carrie's sales outside the music, you should count Kelly's too, shouldn't you? Kelly and 50 Cent were the first celebrities to endorse Vitamin Water. And Kelly was also a spokeswoman for skin care products; ProActiv. I love both artists. But if you count worldwide sales of albums, singles, and tours. Kelly is the profound winner.

  19. 19

    Re: Whathefuck – Sorry but Kelly is the most successful even Billboard said so last year.

  20. 20

    I don't really care who sells more. I thnik Kelly has a much better voice. She sings, Carrie shrieks. She gives me a headache. If Carrie wasn't pretty I doubt she would have even won Idol,let alone sold that many Cds. If you look like she does you don't really need to be that good.

  21. 21

    Re: CarrieRox – I only know who she is because of Kelly and some of her songs to be honest are quite poppy such as 'cowboy cassanova' and 'all american girl'. i have all three of her albums, but i would say that if someone is comparing the two of them (who are both great singers), they need to look at global figures. There is no doubt that if carrie wanted to sell to the mainstream audience, she could. Also, you have to remember that kelly's record company screwed her over with the singles they released from her last album (and only releasing one single before the album release) and the fact that if they actually got behind my decmeber - which if it had support, would have done fantastically well in the UK. So they have both been unlucky with radio play.

  22. 22

    Kelly's my girl. Sorry Carrie , you may have sold more cd's in the U.S. so far, but you're leagues behind Kelly in talent and world wide sales and radio airplay.

  23. 23

    Love them both, but Team Carrie! She is the AMERICAN Idol that has sold the most in AMERICA, as Simon predicted would happen. Kelly still had a 4 year headstart over Carrie, a 4-year period where album sales were a LOT healthier than they are now.

    Furthermore, Carrie bends over backwards to still go back and appear on Idol all the time, and the Top 12 always mention how nice she is and how she gives them all congratulatory gifts. I love Kelly, but sometimes it seems she's been a little diva-like towards Idol and tries to distance herself and not go back there much at all.

  24. 24

    Kelly all the way!!!! Carrie has a really good voice but there's something special about Kelly's tone.. it's a god given talent that can't be taught or created. And Lauren from AI Season 10 should be appreciative that she was compared to have a mixture of Kelly and Carrie.. and the lil brat says I'm just me.. wft?! With all 10 seasons of Idol, nobody can touch Kelly!

  25. 25

    where do Carrie fans come off saying Kelly has a 4 year head start on Carrie. She doesn't, she has a two and a half year head start. Kelly's first album, Thankful, came out Apr. 15, 2003. Carrie's Some Hearts came out Nov. 15, 2005. Get your facts straight when you go to ream Kelly a new one.

  26. @v@ says – reply to this


    They both can wail. Different genres, and the fans of each prefer their own. Being more rock than country, I have to go with Kelly by default. Carrie has done really well, because she's a hard worker, dogged, nice to look at, and determined. She has a great country voice and persona. She could sing other genres, but acceptance might be hard to come by unless the tune was of the golden kind.

  27. 27

    Team Carrie without a DOUBT.

    Kelly doesn't hold a candle to her period.

  28. 28

    I like them both but i love Carrie. She has such a powerful voice that is quite rare. Kelly has a great tone and voice too but let them sing a duet together and see which one can hit it stronger, longer, and more powerful and it would be Carrie. Plus Carrie stays in Country format as Kelly seems to go back and fourth with Pop, Country, and Soft Rock. Team Carrie all the way when it comes down to comparing them. But both are talented. God given talent which Carrie is very "vocal" about like when she was singing How Great Thou Art not too long ago on tv :) Havent heard Kelly be very "vocal" about what she believes in. I like people that arent ashamed of who they are and what they stand for.

  29. 29

    Team Carrie all the way! :)