“American Idol” alums continue to rule Billboard’s albums chart this week, as Adam Lambert inherits the No. 1 spot from Carrie Underwood, who spent the last two weeks at No. 1 with her album “Blown Away.” More significantly, with his second album “Trespassing,” Lambert becomes the first openly gay artist to claim a No. 1 album in the U.S., as the set sold 77,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Trespassing” sold about a third as many copies as Lambert’s debut album “For Your Entertainment,” which was released in a crowded holiday sales frame in 2009. “FYE” sold 198,000 copies its first week and debuted at No. 3, behind albums from Susan Boyle and Andrea Bocelli.
Underwood’s “Blown Away” falls to No. 3, one spot behind Adele’s “21,” which crossed the 9-million sales mark last week; it could hit the 10 million sales by summer’s end, or at least by the holidays. Elsewhere, Tenacious D, Beach House and the latest “Glee” album all post top 10 debuts.
On next week’s chart, expect new arrivals from John Mayer, returning ’90s rockers Garbage and Lambert’s old friend Kris Allen, who won the “Idol” crown over Lambert way back in the show’s 8th season finale.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Adam Lambert, Trespassing (77,000)
2. Adele, 21 (63,000)
3. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (54,000)
4. Norah Jones, …Little Broken Hearts (45,000)
5. Tenacious D, Rize of the Fenix (44,000)
6. Various artists, Now 42 (42,000)
7. Beach House, Bloom (41,000)
8. The Cast of Glee, Glee the Music: Season Three – The Graduation Album (39,000)
9. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee (39,000)
10. One Direction, Up All Night (34,000)