Out singer Adam Lambert was the
top-earning American Idol alum of last year.
According to Forbes,
Lambert raked in $10 million in 2015.
Country singer Carrie Underwood came in
second, earning $8 million in the last year. Underwood was the top
earner in 2013 and 2014.
“Adam used the launching pad of
American Idol very well to have a successful recording
career,” Martin Kirkup, who co-manages Lambert's career, told
Forbes two years ago.
“I think the main part of his career
still lies ahead of him,” he predicted.
Lambert appeared on the show's 8th
season, coming in second behind Kris Allen.
Lambert released his third album, The
Original High, and sold out shows as the lead vocalist of the
rock band Queen in 2015.
Chris Daughtry ($6 million), Phillip
Phillips ($5 million), Scotty McCreery ($4 million, tie) and Kelly
Clarkson ($4 million, tie) round out the five top-earning American
Idols of 2015.
The fifteenth and final season of
American Idol premiered this week.