Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Adam Lambert makes music history

Adam Lambert has become the first openly gay artist to have a #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart!

Other gay performers such as Elton John and George Michael have hit #1, but only before they came out, and they haven't managed that honor since.

Lambert's second studio album, Trespassing, debuted at the top with 77,000 albums sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

However, Trespassing is also the smallest sum at No. 1 on the chart since the tally dated Aug. 20, 2011, when Adele's 21 sold 76,000 in its 12th nonconsecutive week atop the list. 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.

This also marks the first time that one American Idol replaces another at No. 1. Lambert's arrival bumps last week's leader, Carrie Underwood's Blown Away, down to No. 3 (54,000; down 55%).

(Via After Elton & Billboard)

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