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With American Idol beginning its farewell season, Forbes decided to crunch some numbers to determine the top earning alums to come from the FOX reality show. It’s a bit surprising who topped the list in 2015.

Adam Lambert didn’t even win Season 8 but tops the annual list for the first time. He surpasses Carrie Underwood who held the title the past two years. The Storyteller singer has to settle for second place with $8 million. Poor little rich country girl 😉

According to the publication, Glambert earned an estimated $10 million which mostly came from playing arena shows fronting the legendary rock band Queen. It’s not like The Original High flew off the shelves. None of the album’s tracks, including “Ghost Town,” became hits. It truly is a shame. Definitely underrated.

Surprisingly, Kelly Clarkson tied for fifth place with $4 million. Forbes reveals that only three of her concert shows were eligible during the scoring period of their rankings. Check out the Top 5 below.

check out the Top 5 of 2015 after the jump

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Carrie Underwood is hardly the first to take a ride with James Corden. Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Jason Derulo are just a few who have ridden shotgun on The Late Late Show. However, my favorite Carpool Karaoke segments always seem to involve an American Idol alum. Jennifer Hudson singing her order at a fast food drive thru still cracks me up til this day. Carrie’s turn is equally as fun.

The 32-year-old country superstar, as expected, duets with Corden on several of her biggest hits including “Jesus Take The Wheel,” “Smoke Break” and “Before He Cheats” to name a few. Underwood also takes the Brit to a western store to pick out a pair of boots and cowboy hat. However, it’s their fun cover of Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” that made me smile the most. Check it out below.

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Is it me, or is this woman getting more stunning by the day? Carrie Underwood has it all. Looks, legs, killer voice, adorable baby and most of all, hot hockey hubby. I wanna hate her, but she’s so darn likeable. I digress.

The 32-year-old country singer just unveiled the music video for “Heartbeat,” the latest single off Storyteller.

Underwood saunters about in a mysterious forest during the wee hours of the night. It’s pretty much glamor shots of the American Idol winner rocking some disheveled hair for the entire thing. A bit random, but she looks fantastic. Give it a view below.

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Heading into the 43rd annual American Music Awards, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift led the pack with six nominations apiece. The “Hills” singer walked away with two awards while the “Blank Space” chanteuse snagged three statues. Other multiple winners of the night were One Direction, Nicki Minaj and Florida Georgia Line.

As with most music awards show, the telecast was all about the performances. Jennifer Lopez kicked the night off by performing a slowed-down version of her hit “Waiting For Tonight” before pulling an insane dance routine to a mashup featuring the year’s biggest hits. Girl slayed it and then some.

Other memorable performances were Demi Lovato joining Alanis Morissette on “You Oughta Know,” Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor making out to “Marvin Gaye,” Ariana Grande performing “Focus” without her signature high ponytail, Pentatonix with their Star Wars tribute and Nick Jonas and Justin Bieber each singing a medley of their hits. By far though, the emotional high point was Celine Dion’s tribute to Paris. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Check out all the performances below and share your thoughts on your favorite AMA moment.

watch all the performances after the jump

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After a greatest hits compilation and delivering a baby, Carrie Underwood is back with a brand new album. Looking better than ever might I add. The 32-year-old American Idol winner looks beyond stunning in her newly-released music video and in the cover art for her forthcoming fifth studio LP, Storyteller. Motherhood definitely agrees with her.

Smoke Break” is the first taste off her new effort. Carrie stays true to the formula that’s made her a country superstar. It’s a feel-good rockin’ country anthem. It’s all about letting your hair down and unwinding after hard times.

Interestingly though, there’s not one person lighting up a cigarette in the accompanying visual. Underwood drives down Nashville roads en route to a gig while vignettes of individuals embodying the song’s lyrics are shown. Check out the Randee St. Nicholas-directed clip below.

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DJ Earworm is best known for his wicked year-end mashups featuring the biggest songs of the past year. Who knew he was such a Carrie Underwood fan? Given his love for everything electro-pop and dance, I would’ve never guessed. But apparently he just adores the American Idol Season 4 winner so much, he created a four-minute homage to her.

He crafted a video mashup highlighting the 32-year-old country sensation’s biggest hits including “Something in the Water,” “Little Toy Guns,” “Blown Away,” “Before He Cheats,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Good Girl,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “See You Again,” “Wasted,” “So Small,” “All-American Girl,” “Last Name,” “Undo It” and more. Check it out below.

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Quelle surprise! On the heels of the staggering success of the ambitious The Sound of Music Live!, NBC hired Smash producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to executive produce another beloved musical for 2014. As expected, last week’s event heralded in a new holiday tradition. With 18.6 million viewers, the peacock network would’ve been stupid to not stage another production. No word on what musical just yet, but here’s what NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told The New York Times.

“All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us,” Greenblatt told the Times. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again.”

Reportedly, the only requirement is that it must be a family-friendly Broadway classic with a slew of familiar songs. I guess that rules out Priscilla! Queen of the Desert, Rent or The Book of Mormon 😉 With recent movie renditions of Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, that also rules them out. I’m betting they do another Julie Andrews classic. Mary Poppins anyone? Or something from the hey day of musicals.

Although the Sound of Music Live! production took over 18 months to orchestrate, all parties involved confidently believe it won’t take nearly as long, having gone through the experience already. The Carrie Underwood starrer cost reportedly $9 million to produce. With a 22-song soundtrack available on iTunes and a DVD/Blu-Ray release next week, I’m sure the network will be raking in the profits for years to come. I also foresee jacked up commercial prices for the next musical.

In other Sound of Music-related news, a cast member from the beloved movie passed away Monday. For those who didn’t believe Underwood killed it with her performance, clearly they were wrong 😉 Obviously, I’m joking, albeit in bad taste.

find out which original cast member passed away after the jump

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NBC’s big gamble (reportedly $9 million production) paid off. The live special of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer scored boffo ratings. It was NBC’s best Thursday performance (excluding sports) in the adult demo since the ER finale on April 2, 2009 and best overall viewing since the Frasier finale in 2004. The musical earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, peaking at 19.3 million viewers during the 9pm hour. The NBC offices were definitely alive with the sound of music today for sure.

No doubt, Carrie’s huge fan base tuned in to support Nashville’s favorite daughter. I’m sure a fair amount also checked it out to see how Underwood would handle the iconic role of Maria von Trapp which was immortalized on film by the legendary Julie Andrews. While no one can ever touch Andrews, especially in this role, I thought Carrie handled the musical numbers quite well. Her acting, however, left something to be desired. Not surprisingly, she was quite wooden. With exception to very few outlets, Underwood was raked over the coals. Check out some of the scathing reviews in between the musical numbers below.

On a more positive note, I thought the Von Trapp kids were fantastic. “Do Re Mi” and Liesl’s duet with Rolf on “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” were two of my favorites. Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess was simply divine. Her Broadway roots definitely shined through. Acting opposite her, must’ve been daunting for Underwood. Also props to NBC for pulling this off so masterfully. Given the scope and logistical nightmare, I’m shocked there were no major technical problems. I hope NBC plans to bring another beloved musical to television next year. This is one holiday tradition I can get behind.

watch all the performances and read the reviews after the jump

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