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List Rules Top Selling American Idol Alumni from 2014

"American Idol" has been on the air, creating new superstars since 2002. Since then, its winners have gone on to varying degrees of success. This is a list of the top-earning "American Idol "Alumni in 2014. These numbers are based on album sales, concert tickets sales and various other merchandise sales. 

It is not surprising that such a nationally televised event is able to create music superstars, but it is amazing that "American Idol" can make legitimate success stories. These top-grossing performers include Kelly Clarkson (winner of the very first season), Daughtry, Taylor Hicks, Jennifer Hudson and the top-grossing artist of all, Carrie Underwood. 

This list compiles the earnings from 2014 and will be updated by year. 

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$10 Million



Genres (Music): Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Country rock, Pop rock, + more

Albums: Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts, Play On, Home Sweet Home, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: 19 Entertainment, Arista Records, Arista Nashville

Career Began: Checotah, Oklahoma, United States of America

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#44 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#20 on The Best Current Female Singers

#48 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#42 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

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$8 Million



Genres (Music): Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music, + more

Albums: Breakaway, Stronger, My December, Miss Independent, Thankful, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, 19 Recordings, RCA Records

Career Began: Burleson, Texas, United States of America

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#88 on The Best Singers of All Time

#14 on The Best Current Female Singers

#33 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#47 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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$5 Million



Genres (Music): Rock music, Folk music, Indie rock, Country

Albums: The World from the Side of the Moon, Behind the Light, iTunes Session, American Idol Season 11 Highlights, Phillip Phillips: Journey to the Finale, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Interscope Records

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#10 on The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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$3.5 Million



Genres (Music): Country

Albums: See You Tonight, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, Scotty McCreery – American Idol Season 10, Clear as Day, For Once In My Life (American Idol Performance), + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Mercury, Interscope Records, 19 Recordings

Career Began: Garner, North Carolina, United States of America

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#13 on The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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