Adam Lambert is slowly but surely pushing the sales of his first album, “For Your Entertainment,” toward the top 10 in album sales of American Idol alumni. After debuting at No. 3 in November 2009, the Season 8 runner-up has sold 770,000 copies of “For Your Entertainment” to date in the U.S., moving him ahead of Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks and just a few thousand shy of Season 2 third-place finisher, Josh Gracin. And with the release of a new album, news of another slated for the spring, and awards season kicking into gear, album sales will likely remain steady for the Adam Lambert for some time to come.
“Idol Chatter” reported this week that among American Idol alumni, Adam Lambert’s album performed seventh-best for the week ending Dec. 25. According to Nielsen Soundscan and Billboard magazine, “For Your Entertainment” sold 4,000 copies for the week, up by a thousand over the previous week’s sales, no doubt benefitting from the release of Lambert’s latest project, a five-song EP of live music pulled from interviews and Glam Nation Tour performances. In fact, “Acoustic Live!” debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week at #126, selling 10,000 copies. It was the third bestselling album among American Idol alumni, following Fantasia Barrino’s “Back To Me” and Carrie Underwood’s “Play On.”
Probably not coincidentally, the two artists preceding him in album sales this week also received nods for 2011 Grammy Awards (and Carrie Underwood received a Golden Globe Awards nomination for her contribution to the latest “Chronicles of Narnia” soundtrack). Also — as in Adam Lambert was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Whataya Want From Me,” the second single from “For Your Entertainment.”
The same day his new album debuted Thursday, the glam rocker ended his Glam Nation Tour at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
He’s come a long way since American Idol, but Adam Lambert only seems to be just getting revved up. He is also working on a new studio album. In an interview in Australia recently, he said that the album was being “theorized.” He added, “I have things that I’m writing down, little notes that I’m writing here and there, but nothing’s started yet on it. But hopefully it’ll be out by the spring or summer of next year.”
Besides the Grammy Award nomination, Adam Lambert was also recently nominated for a Teen Choice Award: Male Artist.
Note: All sales are for U. S. sales only — and only for album sales since American Idol. International sales, EPs, and independent albums sold prior to American Idol are not included.
Brian Maysfield, “Carrie Underwood gets awards show bump; Adam Lambert’s EP charts,” USAToday.com
“Adam Lambert Video Hits Australia Interview Parts 1 and 2,” YouTube.com