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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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We have a new winner, or should I say loser.

Johnny Depp, who came in second to Adam Sandler last year, is numero uno on Forbes annual Most Overpaid Actors list. Reportedly, the once-powerful box office star’s recent flicks have returned only $1.20 for every $1 he was paid. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Denzel Washington, Channing Tatum, Christian Bale also made the embarrassing list.

The publication factors the last three films each actor starred in before June 2015. The films must’ve been released in at least 2,000 screens and not been a cameo or animated film. With two high-profile gigs next year, Alice Through The Looking Glass and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tall No Tales, Depp should find redemption.

On the flip side, Forbes reveals Chris Evans is the actor that provides the most bang for the buck. He generates a whopping $181.80 for every dollar paid. While no women landed on the dishonorable list, they occupy five of the ten slots on the Top 10 Best Actors For The Buck. Girl power folks!!! Check out both lists below and weigh in afterward.

check out the Top 10 list after the jump

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For the first time ever, Forbes has ranked the top-earning YouTube stars. They might not be household names, but these online personalities rake in the money for pretty much just talking. For instance, the top earner Felix Kjellberg aka PewwDiePie pulled in $12 million for his expletive-heavy video game commentaries.

“The list measures earnings before subtracting management fees and taxes. Our figures are based on data from Nielsen, IMDB and other sources, as well as on interviews with agents, managers, lawyers, industry insiders and the stars themselves,” according to Forbes.

Check out the 13 DIY filmmakers who have made millions doing what members of older generations may consider more play than work.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

Calvin Harris Tops Forbes Highest-Paid DJs List Again

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The Scottish producer once again tops Forbes annual Highest-Paid DJs list. With a substantial gap between himself and the runner-up slot, Calvin Harris isn’t loosening his grip on the No. 1 spot anytime soon.

Thanks to a hit album, high-paid gigs and lucrative endorsements, Harris raked in $66 million the past twelve months. Coming in at a distant second place was David Guetta who raked in $37 million. Rounding out the Top 3 is Dutch DJ Tiesto.

Speaking of the Dutch, the Netherlands was well-represented with three DJs in the Top 10. Sadly though, not one woman made the cut. Forbes did mention that sister duos Nervo and Krewella came close.

Overall, the Top 10 DJs took in $274 million combined. When compared to the Top 10 in 2012, it’s more than double. Then, the higher tier of DJs earned $116 million. Check out this year’s top-earning electronic kings below.

check out rest of the list after the jump

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Being the face of the revolution against President Snow pays.

Forbes reveals that Jennifer Lawrence is the highest paid actress over the past 12 months. At a whopping $52 million, she soars above her compatriots. No doubt a good chunk of that coin comes from The Hunger Games franchise. Her lucrative endorsement deals for brands such as Dior certainly pad her bank account quite nicely as well.

Coming in at the runner-up slot is Scarlett Johansson at $35 million thanks to The Avengers and Lucy. Rounding out the Top 3 is Melissa McCarthy at $23 million.

Last year’s top dog Sandra Bullock falls to No. 15 on this year’s list, earning $8 million according to the publication. Check out below which other actresses are laughing all the way to the bank.

check out the list after the jump

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Iron Man 3 is the highest-grossing movie so far in 2013 with $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales. With those kind of receipts, one would think it’s star Robert Downey, Jr. would easily take the crown on Forbes Highest-Grossing list. It’s only a natural conclusion. Unfortunately for him, Robert only starred in one film the entire year. Sneaking past him to steal the title was someone who starred in four films. Here’s a little hint. It’s someone from the Fast and The Furious franchise.

Before we get to the winner, I just wanted to commend both Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence for breaking into the male-dominated Top 10. Bullock knocked out the competition with her one-two punch of Gravity and The Heat, while Lawrence hit the bullseye with Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Check out the Top 10 below. In addition to the top slot, there are a couple of other surprises. At least for me, there was.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

After losing out to Elizabeth Taylor last year, Michael Jackson reclaims the top slot on Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Without the $184 million from her record-breaking Christie’s auction this year, Liz drops all the way to No. 4. Meanwhile, MJ is once again the king by earning $160 million from the past year.

That figure is already impressive enough but when you compare it to the publication’s top earner on their recent Celebrity 100 list, it’s astonishing. Madonna raked in $125 million. It’s the third time in the past five years that a dead celebrity has outranked a living one. Apparently, it pays more to be dead than alive these days. Check out the rest of the Top 10 deceased celebrities below.

check out the Top 10 list after the jump

If there’s one industry where females dominate the males, it’s the fashion one. When you compare the cumulative earnings total of the Top 10 men to the women, it’s a measly $8 million as opposed to the ladies who bring in a whopping $83 million. Gisele Bundchen alone raked in $42 million while the top-earning male model cashed in only $1.5 million. Insane right?

Check out Forbes’ Top 10 Earning Male Models from September 2012 to September 2013 below. Almost half of them I’ve featured in my Model Behavior feature. I’ve linked their names to their respective dedicated post where numerous more photos are there for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

check out the list and pics after the jump

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