Adam Lambert a top-earning 'Idol' alum

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.

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.

This Sept. 20, 2013 photo shows Adam Lambert, left, and Brian May of Queen performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

Adam Lambert fan club founder passes on, Glamberts mourn
Gale Chester Whittington
Adam Lambert’s fan community lost a special member this week. On Friday (August 16) fans learned that Gale Chester Whittington passed away, leaving a huge hole in many people’s hearts. Gale was passionately dedicated to Adam Lambert and his love for his idol became the focus for his life. He formed the “Adam Lambert Fan Club” (ALFC) on Facebook, which has more than 40,000 likes. He posted every tidbit of news he found related to Adam including interviews, video, news articles, and fan art.

Adam Lambert Refuses to Do Covers Album, Splits From Label

Although that last bit may seem like a jolt of glum Glambert news, a personal letter that Adam sent to The Hollywood Reporter indicates that this split is for the best.

Earlier this week, THR ran an article addressing rumors that Adam's third album for RCA might be a compilation of '80s covers, and a firestorm of Glambert debate ensued.

Yes, the possibilities for awesomeness here were undeniable. Anyone who's heard Adam sing Tears For Fears' "Mad World" or Michael Jackson's "Black or White," or noted the funky new wave influences in his original songs like "Kickin' In" and "Cuckoo," knows that Adam does the '80s very well. I admit that I may've started my own mental wishlist of possible songs for the disc (among them Duran Duran's "The Chauffeur," the Psychedelic Furs' "Into You Like a Train," and Yaz's "In My Room").

But, still. At the end of the day, the majority of fans (myself included) were understandably concerned that recording an album entirely composed of covers, especially this early in his career, would damage Adam's credibility as an artist in his own right.

Apparently this was a concern Adam had as well. So he has elected to leave RCA, as he explains in an open letter to THR, published Friday.

"I've had an amazing few years working with the team at RCA….That said, at this point, we are indeed having the oft-cited 'creative differences' as to what my next project will be," Adam wrote to the publication. "Your article was correct, the label is 'pushing for an (80's) covers album,' and feels that this is the only kind of release they are prepared to support. While there are lots of great songs from that decade, my heart is simply not in doing a covers album…So after careful consideration, I have made the decision to respectfully part ways with RCA. My passion for the music & respect for the fans will always come first."