16. Carrie Underwood
Stock Watch: Up. As of May, the country superstar is now the top earner of all time among “American Idol” alumnae, having sold more than 12 million albums and 18 million digital tracks. While she hasn’t release and album since 2009’s “Play On,” Underwood has stayed in the spotlight through high-profile appearances on a number of awards shows and the 2011 “Idol” finale.
Latest Album: 2009’s “Play On”
Extracurricular Activities: Underwood has done more acting than singing recently, having made her debut in the world of sitcoms (on an episode of “How I Met Your Mother”) and movies with the April release of “Soul Surfer.” In 2010, she married hockey star Mike Fisher. —Jeff Royer
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