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Just in time for the Season 13 premiere of American Idol, Forbes released their annual roundup of the top-earning alums from the reality show. Despite it’s declining ratings, the show still produces viable platinum-selling artists. Just look at previous winners Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips who’ve reversed the downward trend that hit rock bottom when Lee DeWyze took the Season 9 crown. It’s too early to tell if reigning champ Candice Glover can maintain the momentum, but I have high hopes.

After losing the title last year, Carrie Underwood earns bragging rights among her fellow Idols. According to the publication, Underwood earned $31 million from June 2012 through June 2013. Just to punctuate how huge that is, her earnings exceeded the annual earnings of last year’s judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Carrie’s total comes from her platinum-selling Blown Away album, highly-successful tour and multiple endorsement deals.

Phillips makes his debut on the list by scoring the most successful coronation song in Idol history. “Home” sold more than four million copies. He ties for third place with Adam Lambert. The person you’ll be shocked that made the cut is Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. For the longest time, he was perceived as the worst Idol winner (that is before DeWyze came along). The Soul Patrol leader earns his spot by being the first and only Idol act to have a Vegas residency at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Check out the Top 10 list below. I’ve also added clips/music videos from each former Idol contestant to familiarize yourself with their recent work.

check out the entire list after the jump

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Depends on which source you believe. Hollywood Reporter’s insider claims FOX is moving the American Idol Season 13 finale to New York City. If the network follows through with this, it will be the first time in the reality competition’s history that it’s left the Los Angeles area for the season closer. I, for one, am completely down for this idea.

find out which venue is on the short list

American Idol XIII Promo: The Stats Don’t Lie

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Up until now I’ve refrained from posting any of FOX’s American Idol promos. With their latest though, I couldn’t resist. As I’ve said before, until The Voice can produce a bonafide superstar like Idol has, the veteran competition will still be on top. The statistics don’t lie as evident in their latest promo.

408 #1 hits, 19 platinum albums, 11 Grammys, and an Academy Award. It’s safe to say that no one has a track record like American Idol! Hell, they even have a Dancing With The Stars mirrorball trophy thanks to Kellie Pickler. The only thing missing from their mantle is an Emmy. That’s the one category that The Voice has bragging rights. The NBC show recently dethroned The Amazing Race for Best Reality Competition.

American Idol returns to FOX on January 15. Though they’ll never return to their glory days, I predict Season 13 will be a comeback of sorts. Harry Connick, Jr. is the best thing that’s happened to the show in ages. The chemistry on the new judging panel is undeniable and infectious. Check out the new promo below, along with the previously released ones. I highly recommend, “Who Will Be Next?,” “Inside Look At Season XIII,” “Fun With The Judges,” along with “The Stats Don’t Lie.”

check out all the promos after the jump

Candice Glover Unleashes Monstrous New Ballad

In: Donovan, Music
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The twelfth season of American Idol was the lowest-rated in the show’s history and the subsequent tour canceled several dates. Originally, Candice Glover’s debut album was slated to hit stores on July 16th, but then pushed back to October 18th. It was again delayed and now scheduled for February 18. Much better if you ask me, since American Idol will be back on the air for its 13th season and can promote it heavily.

Even with the odds stacked up against her, I predict Glover will outsell Lee DeWyze and not become the lowest-selling American Idol winner ever. After all, female Idol winners typically do better than their male counterparts. If Candice’s album is anything like the lead cut, she’ll definitely continue that trend. She may not beat Phillip Phillips’ numbers, but I foresee a respectable run.

Cried” is a million times better than her coronation song “I Am Beautiful” which barely cracked Billboard’s Hot 100. The new single is soulful and a monstrous of a ballad. It probably won’t break into the mainstream charts, but could do very well on adult contemporary and urban radio. Candice is too good of a talent to let slip through just because Season 12 was marred with awful ratings and judging drama. Give the heartfelt track a listen below. I can see Candice absolutely slaying this during a live performance. Her “Lovesong” cover on the show still gives me chills.

listen to the sensational ballad after the jump

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With “The Art of Letting Go” debuting just the other day, naturally Mariah Carey is on the promotion train pimping out her new single. I’m sure the last thing she wants to talk about is her badly-reviewed one season stint as American Idol judge. However, that’s not the case for Angie Martinez who interviewed Carey for Hot 97. I think it’s time for people to heed Mariah’s track and let it go.

When asked about the FOX singing competition, Carey tries to avoid it at first but then dishes some tea and throws a bit of shade. She reveals she hated going to work, how she felt duped by producers and calling someone Satan. Clearly, she’s talking about Keith Urban ;) Check out the interview snippet below.

watch the interview clip after the jump

Tori Kelly appeared on the ninth season of American Idol which was the last one featuring Simon Cowell on the panel. In fact, he was the only judge who said ‘no’ to her during the auditions. I’m chalking up that brain fart to him already mentally checking out of Idol because Tori is good, like really good.

Since the FOX singing competition, Kelly has become a YouTube personality with her amazing covers and released a couple of EPs. With Scooter Braun now managing her, she’s primed for a major breakthrough. Her upcoming album will feature collaborations with Pharrell and Ed Sheeran to name a few. Check out her new visual for “Dear No One” below. It’s well produced and appears to have some decent money behind it.

watch the music video after the jump

Daughtry Waits For Superman In New Video

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I haven’t liked a Daughtry track in ages, but their latest has me jumping back on their bandwagon. “Waiting For Superman” is the lead cut off their fourth studio album, Baptized. Can you believe they’ve released that many albums already?

With their new track, the Chris Daughtry-led band modify their hard rock sound to a more radio-friendly one. This decision might yield results similar to their smashes “It’s Not Over” and “Home.”

For the accompanying video, the band enlisted Shane Drake to direct. His wide array of work includes Tegan and Sara (“I Was A Fool”), Kelly Clarkson (“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”) and The Wanted (“Walks Like Rihanna”). The visual also features Thomas Dekker (The Secret Circle) and Patrick Muldoon (Days of Our Lives). Check it out below. It’s definitely one of their better produced clips.

watch the music video after the jump

The auditions for American Idol Season 13 begin today in Boston. It’s only fitting FOX officially unveil its latest judging panel line-up. Question is… can they save the show?

Initially, music producer Dr. Luke was to fill the third slot, but due to a professional conflict of interest, he had to step down. This sent the show’s producers into a panic trying to find a last-minute replacement. Enter Harry Connick, Jr. Personally, I’m not sure why it took this long to bring him on board. He’s always been a great mentor and never been afraid to mince words with the other judges, but not in a Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj uncomfortable way.

Connick Jr. joins Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the panel. Lopez makes a return after a season break, while Urban is the only returning member from last year’s lineup. Randy Jackson also returns, but in a mentor role. He takes over for a departing Jimmy Iovine. Just when I thought I was finally rid of Jackson, he returns. I just hope Idol doesn’t dedicate too much time for his input. I’m so over him. Check out what everyone, including Ryan Seacrest have to say about the upcoming season below.

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