Kelly Clarkson shot to superstardom after winning Season 1 of American Idol in 2002 and has sustained a successful singing career ever since, earning a total net worth of $28 million, according to .
Her powerhouse vocals and charming personality recently led her to become a coach on the current season of The Voice, and she reportedly earns the out of any of the coaches who have ever appeared on the show. Over the years, her multiple chart-topping hits have also helped her rake in the big bucks, so here’s a breakdown of how Clarkson made her money along the way.
Record deals, album sales and chart-topping singles
Clarkson released her debut album Thankful in 2003 immediately following her American Idol win and reportedly signed a $1 million deal with RCA Records. reported in 2015 that the label gave Clarkson around $1 to $3 million dollars for each of her studio albums released under the company.
However, in 2016 Clarkson split with RCA following disputes over her . In 2016, she signed with Atlantic Records for an undisclosed amount.
Throughout her career, Clarkson has released a total of eight studio albums, and sold over 25 million copies and 45 million singles worldwide, according to , which have helped add to her total net worth. She has also headlined eight tours and co-headlined five tours from 2002 to 2018.
Marriage to Brandon Blackstock
Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock in October 2013, and they share two kids of their own and two stepkids from Blackstock’s previous marriage. As any married couple knows, the money that each partner earns is money that goes into the household. According to , Blackstock, a talent manager, has a total net worth of $5 million.
Like many millionaires, Clarkson and Blackstock invested in real estate. In March 2017, the couple listed their Hendersonville, TN, mansion for . They initially bought the 20,000-square-foot waterfront estate for $2,860,00, but added renovations that helped them earn quite a profit.
Clarkson joined The Voice as a coach on Season 14, and according to was offered $14 million for the gig thanks to a bidding war with the American Idol producers. She is reportedly the second-highest paid coach behind Blake Shelton, who has appeared on every season of the singing competition show since Season 1.