Adam Lambert And 'Trespassing' To Hit No. 1, Make History

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A week after appearing on the hit show that launched his career, the "American Idol" alum many say is the greatest vocal talent to have ever graced the stage notches his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. In doing so, not only did he notch a personal best with "Trespassing" but Adam Lambert made chart history simply by being himself.

According to Billboard magazine projections, when the totals for album sales ending the week of June 2, 2012 (actual sales week May 14-20) are finalized, Adam Lambert just might enjoy his first No. 1 album. Trespassing, the sophomore set from the "American Idol" Season 8 runner-up, is currently on track to either debut in the top position or within the top three. And if the album does happen to reach the pinnacle of the Billboard 200, it will also make chart history.

No openly gay artist has ever placed an album in the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart. That is not to say that gay artists have never accomplished the feat, something easily disproved by pointing out that Elton John put several albums in the top spot during the 1970s, but an artist admittedly gay has never seen an album go No. 1 after they were open about being so. If Trespassing holds out against sales juggernaut Adele and 21, not to mention fellow "American Idol" alumnus Carrie Underwood, whose Blown Away has been the No. 1 album for the past two weeks, Adam Lambert will be the first openly gay artist in history to have held the No. 1 position on the albums chart.

No small feat, that.

At the same time, Lambert debuting at No. 1 would be the first time an "American Idol" alum succeeded another finalist from the show at the top spot. The closest that came to happening was when Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken's Measure of a Man spent two weeks at No. 1 for two weeks in October 2003 and winner Ruben Studdard's debut, Soulful, debuted at the top in mid-December. It would also be the eleventh No. 1 by an "Idol" finalist, the second by a runner-up, and the fourth by an alum that didn't win the competition.

According to Billboard, all the news concerning Trespassing, which was released on May 15, isn't necessarily cause for celebration. It is projected to only sell between 70,000 and 80,000 copies, making it the lowest-selling No. 1 in nearly a year (Adele's 21 spent its twelfth nonconsecutive week at the top with a sales total of 76,000 units in August). And even though it would be a personal best for Lambert as to chart placement (2009's For Your Entertainment debuted at No. 3), it still would fall well short of the 198,000 copies his first album sold its first week in circulation.

To give the new album a bump, Adam Lambert appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" the day the album dropped. He also returned to the "American Idol" stage to perform the album's latest single, "Never Close Our Eyes," on the Top 3 results show.

Still, the operative term in the sales forecast is "projection." Carrie Underwood's performance Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards may have given her album a boost. Of course, the fact that Adele walked away with 15 of the Billboard trophies that same evening could very well put her 21 back on top for a 24th nonconsecutive week.

(photo credit: Greg Hernandez, Creative Commons)


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The fact that he accomplished this without a radio hit and without the support of many many stations, makes this a real reason to celebrate. He reached no. 1 because of people who love and support his music. The politics won't keep Adam down. Stronger than that. So celebrate!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
He accomplished #1 thanks to die-hard fans buying multiple copies to get him #1, huge promotions on major TV shows, very weak and lucky competition with other singers. For heaven's sake, Adel's 21 has been top 10 for 20 weeks and still #2. The talentless 30 year old screamer even doesn't know how to play any musical instrument and his songs are all mediocre at best. He lacks creative musical intuition thus always a follower.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
What makes a fanbase so intent on helping his music survive politics? Something pretty special about a singer who has followers full of passion. Congrats to Adam and his fans. Hopefully their actions will help him become recognized by more and more people. I know I was amazed by some of those tracks and man, what a beautiful voice!!!

Submitted by Jan (not verified) on
I adore this man. He vocal capabilities are amazing and he is the best out there. I've listened to "Come to Me" from Brigadoon over and over and his limitless talent overwhelms me. Thank u for your post.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
OH LOLLL. You're stalking the boy HARD, you even know his age? Adam Lambert did over 110 shows back to back with no vocal damage and your girl Adele destroyed her vocal chords in the BEGINNING of her tour and had to cancel her tour and have surgery based on no vocal training and listening to her idiot producer to sing out of her range. It is technically impossible for "die hard fans" to buy 80K albums in bulk. With a vocal range short of 3 octaves, THAT's his instrument, opera trained and if you have the guts, go watch Brigadoon Come To Me on uTube to eat your words. Trespassing has a Metacritic score of 80, VERY rare. Adele is an anomaly. Bruno Mars debuted at 55K. Your argument is invalid. You bitter idol fans are unbelievable.

Submitted by zoiebull1 (not verified) on
BRIGADOON..would love to hear him sing that

Submitted by KellyC1963 (not verified) on
You said it perfectly. I saw him in seven of his GlamNation shows and four on the idol tour and that man can SING! I am proud of him and anyone that tries to take this away from him is just a bitter person.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Talk to any musical professional and they will tell you about Adam's vocals

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Talk to any musical professional and they will tell you about Adam's vocals

Submitted by lambertslabelle (not verified) on
Its for shure a question of taste if you like or not like certainly dont like...why do you bother and lose time of your precious life to write senseless comments???? Listen to the music YOU like and let us be proud Glamberts,standing behind our man. (also like Adele a lot by the way...) If you have nothing nice to say...just say nothing.


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