Weblinks: Top “Idol” Earners, Facebook/Vevo, Haggard

As a new season of American Idol gets underway, Forbes lists the Top Earning Idol winners and contestants from previous years. Not surprisingly, Carrie Underwood comes in at No. 1 by a landslide, with $20 million in earnings during the measurement period.

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Facebook is having preliminary talks with music video service Vevo to replace YouTube as the platform’s host. More from CNET.

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Merle Haggard was released from the hospital on Friday (1/20) follow a bout with pneumonia. As previously reported, the 74-year-old has canceled tour dates through the end of the month.

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