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Adam Lambert named highest-earning 'American Idol' winner of 2015

By Marilyn Malara
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Adam Lambert walks to the stage to perform on "Good Morning America" in Central Park in New York City on June 19, 2015. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/319361633a3b49a1f32b1c62b5cad9ff/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Adam Lambert walks to the stage to perform on "Good Morning America" in Central Park in New York City on June 19, 2015. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Adam Lambert is the highest-earning American Idol winner of 2015, out-earning fellow winner Carrie Underwood for the first time.

Lambert, runner-up of the singing competition's eighth season, earned about $10 million from a lucrative position as the band Queen's frontman during their tour last year. Forbes magazine first compiled the list, published Wednesday.

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Second on the list is country singer Carrie Underwood with an $8 million paycheck. Underwood was the highest-earning American Idol alum for 2013 and 2014, and may be up for the top spot again as her latest tour kicks off at the end of January 2016.

Daughtry, the band headed by Idol winner Chris Daughtry, earned $6 million in 2015 having reportedly played 91 shows during the magazine's scoring period.

This year, American Idol launches its final season on television, its preliminary auditions featuring even famous faces like Kanye West, who performed his classic hit "Gold Digger," in front of judges.

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