January 7, 2016


Adam Lambert is 2015's Top-Earning 'American Idol' Alum

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Steve Jennings/WireImage

While not everyone loved American Idol's finale season opener, people are still showing tons of love to its alumni, and no one's feeling it more than Adam Lambert.

The "Ghost Town" singer is 2015's top-earning Idol alum, according to a new list by Forbes. Lambert made a killing last year with his new solo album, The Original High, and especially by playing frontman to Queen's latest arena tour. All in all he earned $10 million, which is a career-high for him according to the mag.

Below him at No. 2 is Carrie Underwood, who was the top Idol earner for both 2013 and 2014. She earned a cool $8 million thanks to her new album Storyteller and will likely top the list next year as its accompanying tour takes off at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Chris Daughtry comes in at No. 3, also thanks to a packed live schedule with nearly 100 shows played with his band. Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson also make this year's Top 5 list thanks to new albums and tours. Check out the full Top 5 list with their earnings below:

1. Adam Lambert - $10 million
2. Carrie Underwood - $8 million
3. Daughtry - $6 million
4. Phillip Phillips - $4 million
5. *Tie* Scotty McCreery - $4 million
5. *Tie* Kelly Clarkson - $4 million