While Adam Lambert was enjoying the sun and snow in Aspen with a gang of buddies last week, the media was looking into Idol Alums’ 2013 earnings.
My San Diego Union Tribune had this about our hometown boy today. I saw lots of requests for the article on Twitter, so I thought I’d post it here. Visit here if you want the site.
~ Carol ~
Adam Lambert a top-earning ‘Idol’ alum
Former San Diegan ties with Phillip Phillips as the third highest-earning ‘American Idol’ alum of the past year in annual Forbes tally
By George Varga
Former San Diego vocal powerhouse Adam Lambert came in second on “American Idol” in 2009, losing the top spot to Kris Allen. But, five years later, it is Lambert whose career is proving by far the more lucrative.
In Forbes magazine’s annual tally of the 10 top-earning “Idol” alums, Lambert tied for third place with 2012 winner Phillip Phillips. Both made an estimated $5 million in 2013 , according to the financial magazine’s estimates. The 2014 edition of “Idol,” whose viewer ratings have plummeted in recent years, will debut tonight, Jan. 15, on Fox.
Lambert made his debut on the TV series “Glee” in 2013, collaborated with the classic-rock band Queen and electronic music star Avicci, and headlined at the San Diego County Fair’s Grandstand Stage. He currently has no concert dates scheduled, according to his website.
Forbes’ “Idol” alum tallies are based on pretax earnings from June 2012 through June 2013. The earnings amounts are based on record sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan and the Recording Industry Association of America, and concert ticket sales from Pollstar Pro. Forbes also based its calculations on information provided by “industry veterans, the musicians’ handlers and some of the artists themselves.”
The second-highest earner on Forbes’ list was Kelly Clarkson with $7 million. Fellow country-pop star Carrie Underwood easily lived up to the title of her 2012 album, “Blown Away,” earning $31 million. Over the past five years, Underwood has raked in $83 million, Forbes estimates, through her concert tours, record sales and lucrative endorsement deals.
Daughtry, the rock band led by “Idol” veteran Chris Daughtry, came in fourth with $4 million, followed by Scotty McCreery ($3 million), Taylor Hicks ($2.5 million) and Fantasia Barrino ($1.5 million). Kellie Pickler, Katharine McPhee and Jennifer Hudson were tied, with earnings of $1 million each.
Conspicuously absent from the Forbes list is 2009 “Idol” winner Kris Allen and 2012 runner-up (and Chula Vista native) Jessica Sanchez. Also missing from the list is last year’s winner, Candice Glover, along with past “Idol” winners Lee DeWyze, David Cook, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard.