Carrie Underwood loses title of top earning 'American Idol' alum

Underwood Is Not the Top-Earning "Idol" Alum of 2015
Underwood Is Not the Top-Earning "Idol" Alum of 2015



Carrie Underwood just got "blown away!"

The 32-year-old country singer is no longer Forbes' Top Earning American Idol alum, after holding the coveted title in both 2013 and 2014. The publication's 2015 list revealed a surprising name has risen to the top of the "American Idol" food chain: Adam Lambert.

The Season 8 runner-up, who released his third solo album in June 2015 and has been known to perform with Queen in his spare time, banked a solid $10 million in pre-tax income last year, which officially knocked Underwood out of her spot. The "Ghost Town" singer's earnings are a Forbes high for the "American Idol" group and it is also a career high for him.

While "American Idol" has failed to produce bankable stars in recent years, the show's top alums haven't exactly been resting on their laurels. Forbes released a Top 5 ranking of the show's top earners, and their salaries are nothing to mock. Carrie Underwood pulled in $8 million) and was followed by Chris Daughtry ($6 million), Phillip Phillips ($5 million), Scotty McCreery ($4 million), and Kelly Clarkson ($4 million).

In most cases, the talent's tours brought in their big salaries followed by their album sales.

With "American Idol" entering it's 15th and final season on Wednesday, only time will tell if they can eek out one more top earner.

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