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Find Out Who Dethroned Carrie Underwood As the Top Earning 'American Idol' of 2015

by Sophie Schillaci 11:24 AM PST, January 06, 2016
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Move over, Carrie Underwood!

The 32-year-old country darling has been dethroned as Forbes' Top Earning American Idol alum, after holding the title in 2013 and 2014. For the publication's 2015 list, a somewhat surprising name has risen to the top: Adam Lambert.

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The season eight runner-up has been busy over the last year, with the majority of his $10 million earnings (a career high!) coming from his high-profile gig touring with Queen. Lambert also released a new album with Warner Bros. Records last year, titled The Original High.

"I feel like a big part of my career has been doing other people's music, and I really love that," Lambert told ET back in April, "but as an artist, the reason why I got into this industry is because I want to make my own art. That's part of what makes me tick, that's part of what I love about it." 

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Underwood comes in on Forbes' list at No. 2 with $8 million earned last year. Her latest album, Storyteller, sold more than 150,000 units in its first week, and she's poised for a big year in 2016 thanks to her Storyteller Tour.

Another surprising name on the list comes in at No. 3, with Chris Daughtry and his band raking in $6 million touring over the last year. Phillip Phillips ranks at No. 4 with $5 million, while Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson tie things up at No. 5 with $4 million each.

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