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Former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert made history this week by topping the Billboard 200 album chart with his new album Trespassing. Lambert became the first openly gay male artist to top the Billboard 200.
Numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks album sales for Billboard, show that Trespassing sold just 77,000 copies, but that was enough to knock Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away out of the No. 1 spot.
Trespassing is Lambert’s first No. 1. In 2009, For Your Entertainment debuted with 198,000 copies sold, but only reached No. 3. Trespassing also had the lowest sales week for a No. 1 album since Adele’s 21 only sold 76,000 copies in August 2011. It is also the lowest sales for a debut No. 1 since Amos Lee’s Mission Bell sold just 40,000 copies in its first week in February 2011.
Finally, this also makes Lambert the seventh Idol finalist to have a No. 1 album.
Entertainment Weekly notes that 21 hit No. 2, selling another 63,000 copies this past week.
Underwood’s Blown Away, which had topped the charts the previous two weeks, slid to No. 3, selling 54,000 copies. While it was a 55 percent drop from last week, the album has sold 441,000 copies in total. The Idol winner performed the album’s title track at the Billboard Music Awards, so that might help her out next week.
Norah Jones’ Little Broken Hearts fell just 24 percent from last week, selling another 45,000 copies, which is good enough for No. 4. The fifth spot is held by Jack Black and Kyle Glass’ Tenacious D. The comedy-rock duo’s new album, Rise of the Fenix, sold 44,000 copies in its first week.
The rest of the top ten includes Now 42 (42,000 copies sold); Beach House’s Bloom (41,000); The Glee cast’s The Graduation Album (39,000); Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee (39,000) and One Direction’s Up all Night (34,000).
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” single topped the Digital Songs Chart with 293,000 downloads, knocking Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” to No. 2. Maroon 5’s “Payphone” slid to No. 3.