Fortunately for Adam Lambert, his bold hair dues aren’t the only ones to make music history. His album, “Trespassing”, makes it to No. 1 in Billboard 200, thus giving Adam Lambert the honor of becoming the first “American Idol” to replace a peer at the lead of this list.
Some might say thank God Adam Lambert is focusing on something more than his hair. The truth is that his staying with “American Idol” worked out for the best. Perhaps his first album, “For Your Entertainment” wasn’t that successful, but over the past three years Adam Lambert improved his act. His last album “Trespassing” is all the proof we need.
If “For Your Entertainment” managed to climb at No. 3 in Billboard, selling 198,000 units in the first week, Adam Lambert’s second album sold only 77,000 in the first week since release. That changed over the months, and now it managed to get Adam Lambert a leader position in Billboard 200.
Billboard writes that “Trespassing has the smallest sales week for a No. 1 debut since Amos Lee’s Mission Bell started in the penthouse with 40,000 on the Feb. 12, 2011 chart”. Well, Adam Lambert should thank the gods for the slow sales of music records these past few weeks.
Even if Adam Lambert managed to bring a little something new to the table with his new album, it would have been pretty difficult to outpace Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” and Adele’s “21”. Carrie Underwood’s album dropped to No. 3 with only 54,000 sales, while Adele’s album is second to Lambert’s with 63,000 record sales.
At least from one point of view, Adam Lambert’s Billboard ranking at No. 1 is a good thing. He now makes it to the list of sixteen other “American Idol” finalists that made it atop the Billboard 200 list. Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McGreery, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood (of course) and Ruben Studdard had albums that made it at No. 1 in Billboard 200 at some point.
And that’s not all. According to Billboard, Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing” is the longest album produced by an “American Idol” to last atop the list. “As an Idol finalist rules the chart for the third straight week, it’s the longest that Idol has monopolized the No. 1 slot”.