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2009 top-earning Idols + most successful alum

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by phoenixflamezzz, May 26, 2010.

  1. phoenixflamezzz

    phoenixflamezzz New Member

    Because this year's F2 isn't giving us much to talk about.

    From Forbes:

    10. Kris Allen - 1.7m
    9. Clay Aiken - 2m
    8. David Archuleta - 2.2m
    7. David Cook - 2.8m
    6. Jennifer Hudson - 3.5m
    5. Jordin Sparks - 3.7m
    4. Kellie Pickler 7.6m :eek:
    3. Daughtry - 10.2m
    2. Kelly Clarkson - 11.7m
    1. Carrie Underwood - 13m

    Also, Billboard released a list of the 24 most successful Idols, from a ranking system that combined radio airplay, album sales, and single sales.

    24. Allison Iraheta
    23. Diana DeGarmo
    22. Danny Gokey
    21. William Hung :saint:
    20. Kimberley Locke
    19. Taylor Hicks
    18. Blake Lewis
    17. Bo Bice
    16. Katharine McPhee
    15. Elliot Yamin
    14. Josh Gracin
    13. Jennifer Hudson
    12. Adam Lambert
    11. Kris Allen
    10. Ruben Studdard
    9. Fantasia Barrino
    8. David Archuleta
    7. Kellie Pickler
    6. Clay Aiken
    5. David Cook
    4. Jordin Sparks
    3. Chris Daughtry
    2. Carrie Underwood
    1. Kelly Clarkson

    Obviously, these can be debated to death by fans, but I just thought both lists were interesting to look at.
  2. WindSpirit

    WindSpirit OmnipresentAdmeanistrator


    William Hung ahead of Gokey, Iraheta, but especially ahead of Diana Degarmo? :huh: She's had a decent career for several years now. Wow. And Elliott Yamin after all those people? He's had a few CDs out, also a few hits that were played on the radio, etc.
  3. taf2002

    taf2002 zexy demon

    I can't understand Jordan Spark's position on either list. I have never heard her on the radio...I thought all her CDs bombed.

    Re Elliott, he is ahead of people like Bo Bice & Katherine McFee so he is having a decent career. It is Allison Iraheta that really surprises me..I thought she was doing better than this.
  4. phoenixflamezzz

    phoenixflamezzz New Member

    What? Tattoo, No Air, One Step at A Time, Battlefield...all hit the Top 10 on pop radio airplay. Kelly is the only Idol that has more. And her combined single downloads is something like 9 million. Her first album went platinum. Her second album did bomb, though. But she had a VERY successful debut album. Plus, she toured with the Jonas Brothers and Britney Spears this year. That's alot of $$$$.
  5. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest

    :lol: The Pickle being ahead of five American Idol winners, Glambert, and J-Hud

    and closing in on the gaiken
  6. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    It's actually surprising that more country singers don't try for Idol, or that the show doesn't facilitate them getting to the top ten more often.
  7. WindSpirit

    WindSpirit OmnipresentAdmeanistrator

    You're gay, how can you even find it funny? Besides, it's a 5-year-old kid's insult. Are you going to make a funny now using Kelly's name and the word fat? I'm laughing already.
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  8. Jayar

    Jayar Well-Known Member

    I'm gay, too... and I call him Gay Claiken. And Kelly Clarkson is not fat... although you just called her that.
  9. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Kellie's had some fun songs. I hear her on country radio pretty frequently, though she hasn't had a #1 single yet.
  10. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    What did Clay Aiken do last year to earn him money? I haven't heard anything about him in quite some time.

    It's not a surprise that Kellie Pickler is earning a lot of money. She does a lot of touring and she's doing country. Country sells much better than most other genres, where people are more likely to illegally download. Plus, country radio is good to Idols.

    I think Casey James will be able to do quite well for himself if he does country cross-over.
  11. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    I guess Kellie Pickler is good if you don't mind nasal voices... :shuffle:
  12. taf2002

    taf2002 zexy demon

    Hasn't he been on Broadway for a couple of years in Spamalot? I think it's closed now though.
  13. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest

    :wall: Get over yourself, for chrissakes!

    Not that you deserve any explanation, but ... "the Gaiken" is a term of endearment Kathy Griffin used in her stand-up a couple of years back. I like Clay, for the record, and I believe that he's a good role model.

    I also like Pickler, and will admit to liking a couple of her songs. Do you object to me caling her The Pickle, here on this private forum?

    We use a lot of terms here that we'd never used in a blog or what-not. The Gaiken is one of those for me, but that's because I don't know him personally nor do I have an endearing gay public like the ultimate FH Griffin. I don't find it offensive when someone like Kathy using "the Gaiken", gently, in her act. And neither did Clay.

    ETA: Yes, I'm gay (thanks for pointing that out, whew, what a relief!) Along the same lines of The Gaiken, et al, my gay friends and personal FHs may call me "girl" or what-not all they want. But it'd be offensive (and pretty off-base, lol) for someone else to use it.
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  14. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

    Billboard's list is interesting cause it does include some of the contestants from the pre-digital era who benefited from higher physical CD sales in the early part of the 2000s (William Hung, Josh Gracin).

    Kellie Pickler is actually currently opening for Taylor Swift - that can only help her rank highly in 2010 as well.
  15. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    Yeah. I'd like to be a mouse in the corner when Clay explains to his little boy that people call him "the Gaiken" because they like him. It's a term of endearment right up there with faggy. None of his fans, friends or family use the Gaiken. It's icky.

    Although, on the other hand, Clay has made it very clear to his fans (but to no avail, they still go ballistic), that he has faced that sort of mocking his entire life and is a good place with it, and doesn't need defending.

    Clay's earnings since he finished his run on Spamalot can only be guessed at, so I don't know where Forbes got the number. He has a PBS special that will be airing on some stations (starting in Chicago), and a new CD coming out on Decca records. He'll be on GMA and The View next week.
  16. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    And how would any of us know that?
  17. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    We don't. But does anyone seriously think that any of his friends and family would use this term? Or use it nicely? Kathy Griffin was using this term mockingly before he came out. I seriously doubt that anyone has ever used the term "the Gaiken" to refer to Clay Aiken other than to mock and insult.
  18. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    Okay, I'll rephrase. I'm a fan of his and have read almost everything ever publicly written or spoken about him, or relayed in a conversation to another fan- and none of his fans, friends or family have ever used "The Gaiken."

    in other news- Anoop Desai helped with fundraising for the foundation Clay started- The National Inclusion Project.
  19. Quintuple

    Quintuple papillon d'amour

    I'm just surprised Jennifer Hudson is as low as she is.
  20. Yehudi

    Yehudi Snarks about Volchkova with love

    The rankings are based purely on their music success and she only has one record. If they were measuring overall entertainment success, she surely would be higher.
  21. TygerLily

    TygerLily Well-Known Member

    Also, the 2009 idols have a disadvantage since they didn't have all of 2009 to earn money and be successful.

    The list is cool, but doesn't give a real picture of success and popularity.
  22. WindSpirit

    WindSpirit OmnipresentAdmeanistrator

    No, you get over yourself. Why do you have to be such a drama queen every time someone challenges something you wrote?

    Another mature comment, I see.

    I know where it came from. It still doesn't make it right. A term of endearment, now that's funny. It just tells me that you copycat something without thinking for yourself how offensive it can be. Or how hurtful. Not to mention ignorant. And that's sad because you're gay, too. If you had a son and kids at his school did it to him, would that seem OK to you?

    You really don't see a difference between that and using someone's sexual orientation to make a joke out of their name, do you?

    Yes, he did.

    For some unexplainable reason you seem to have put Kathy Griffin on some kind of pedestal. She's human, she makes mistakes. She can be pretty mean-spirited, too. And just because she's a comedian you don't have to laugh at everything she says. Or parrot it.

    But you said you don't know Clay, so wouldn't calling him Gaiken be offensive according to your own definition? (never mind, it's a rhetorical question)

    Btw, I used to think describing another woman as a bitch was pretty innocuous or even a compliment in some cases. After all, isn't it what some people use to call self-assured, in control, women? I guess the common presence of it in the American society and especially the media lulled me (censorship in the media is pretty tight here, so if you can hear that word on national TV it can't be that bad, can it?) because God knows in my language it's such an offensive word, you're risking a slap in the face if you use it. And if you do, you're showing yourself to be really low class. And you would never ever hear it on national TV (or any TV for that matter). It's right up the C word alley. Anyway, we had an interesting discussion about that word here at FSU some time ago and after a while it did sink in and change my view about it. So maybe instead of getting defensive, maybe you could try giving it some thought? I wasn't chastising you, I was trying to make you think.

    There's a difference between stating someone's gay, fat, etc. and changing their name to make an insult or a joke with that word. It's immature. That's for Gaiken. As for Gay Claiken, you have to ask yourself why you have to mention his sexual orientation every time you say his name. I don't think about you as Gay Jayar every time I see you post, but that's me. As for Kelly, yes, I happen to think she's fat. As many other people do. But that wasn't the point. Changing someone's name using one of their characteristics (real or perceived) to make an insult or a joke was.
  23. Jayar

    Jayar Well-Known Member

    You aren't like the rest of the world who refers to me as Gayar? Really? :p

    If Kelly Clarkson is fat, I want to be that fat.
  24. MOIJTO

    MOIJTO Banned Member

    She isn't a toothpick or gaunt, she has curves and a muffin top! They god she is human! :D
  25. taf2002

    taf2002 zexy demon

    I have never seen you referred to a "Gayar" in any post. If you were I hope a ton of people objected.

    Calling someone fat who is clearly overweight (I didn't even recognize her at first last night) is not the same as mocking someone for his/her sexual orientation. But if you want to be that overweight, go for it. And if you want to think slurs about gays are acceptable, maybe you should keep them to yourself.
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