DA Top 10 Forbes listing may2011-2012 cropped
David’s hard work shows! Forbes indicates —

10. David Archuleta ($1 million, tie)

Season Seven’s runner-up is still tops in the eyes of many fans. In addition to modeling for Bench, he enjoyed some success with two albums in 2012—Begin and Forevermore (exclusively in the Philippines)—and will spend the next two years on hiatus while he works in Chile as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It is a pity that TV5’s Nandito Ako was NOT included in the annotation cos for sure, THAT was a big source of his earnings for that period. After-all, IT was the fulcrum of his stay in Manila. Take note also that he is the only one listed who did not have a major CD release or US TV/movie projects during the time period measured.

Forbes’ explains how they compile their listing

Methodology: Our numbers are based on estimated income earned from May 2011 to May 2012, before subtracting taxes, American Idol’s cut and any remaining fees for agents, lawyers and managers. The totals were compiled with the help of data from Pollstar, RIAA and others, as well as interviews with industry insiders including managers, publicists, agents and some of the musicians themselves.

Lyndsey Parker of Reality Rocks featured Forbes’ listing and had this to say —

Other slight surprises on the list include David Cook, David Archuleta, and Kellie Pickler–all of whom recently parted ways with their record labels, but seem to be doing just fine…

Below is Forbes’ full top Idol earners list.

1. Kelly Clarkson ($8 million)
2. Carrie Underwood ($5 million, tie)
2. Daughtry ($5 million, tie)
4. Scotty McCreery ($4 million)
5. Jennifer Hudson ($3 million)
6. Jordin Sparks ($2 million)
7. Adam Lambert ($1.5 million)
8. Katharine McPhee ($1.1 million, tie)
8. Kellie Pickler ($1.1 million, tie)
10. David Archuleta ($1 million, tie)
10. David Cook ($1 million, tie)
Click on the image above to take you to the Forbes article. Isn’t it interesting that the two Davids are still neck and neck, after all these years? And that half of the top earners are actual winners of the show. Goes to show that AI is indeed good jump off point for a career, if you have real talent and heart to pursue one

But since David is uber-frugal, only willing to spend money on food (a-hahahahahaha), he might just come out on top of that tie, hehe.


~ jackryan4DA