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Ovation: Adam Lambert Makes Billboard History.

05/24/2012

In 2010, I had the opportunity to see and hear Adam Lambert perform live when his Glam Nation Tour made a stop at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  The venue, the original home of the Grand Ol’ Opry, holds historical significance to the music community as well as hosting a variety of performers throughout each year.  He put on a fantastic show and I enjoyed it very much.  Performing music from his debut album, For Your Entertainment, Lambert’s powerful voice and eclectic performance style kept the audience enthralled for the entire evening.

Lambert, who has never denied his homosexuality but avoided the issue during his stint on the eighth season of television’s American Idol, made history this week by becoming the first openly gay vocalist to have an album debut at the number one position of the Billboard album charts.

His second album, Trespassing, was released on May 15th and premiered at the top of both Billboard’s Top 200 chart and digital albums chart..  The album, with its mix of dance songs and power ballads, has received strong reviews from music critics.  Although other LGBT recording artists, including Elton John and George Michael, have had number one albums, they were released prior to the artist’ coming out.

“I do feel like a trespasser, but not in a literal sense, because I don’t think I’ve broken into any property recently.  I’m pretty eccentric, and as far as the music industry is concerned, I feel like a bit of an outsider.  There are times when I feel like I’m breaking new ground by breaking in.” – Adam Lambert discussing the inspiration for the title of his second album, Trespassing.

Interestingly, Lambert’s debut in the number one position replaced another American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, whose Blown Away was number one last week.  Lambert is the seventh American Idol finalist to reach Billboard’s number one position following Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Underwood, Chris Daughtry (of Daughtry) and Scotty McCreery.

Are you a fan of Adam Lambert?

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7 Comments
  1. mary i permalink

    Yes I am!!! I admire people that can take the world by storm in a quiet sort of way. My we all are evolving…. ( the Grand ol’ Opry 5 years ago, No way) Now all things are possible.. 🙂

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  2. Oh well now – HUGE Glambert checking in! Since I live in San Diego he caught my eye as the “hometown” boy from day 1 on American Idol. He grew up about 5 miles from where I live. But even if he was from anywhere else, that voice would have gripped me just as hard. I’ve seen him on the AI tour (got his autograph), was at his first ever non Idol concert at Fantasy Springs where he ripped out his first acoustic, soul driven version of Whole Lotta Love. Then I saw him three times during the FYE tour. Yes, I already have tickets for his first So Cal Trespassing tour stop in July. I’m also one of the thousands who drove him to #1 this week 🙂 He’s beautiful inside and out, as real as any entertainer I’ve had the privilege to meet (and many folks I know in the industry feel the same about him) and well, the bottom line is – that boy can SING :-))

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  3. I had him picked as a winner from the start of the season & was disappointed when he didn’t win. Man he can sing!

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  4. He was so robbed on Idol. His creativity and artistry each week was amazing.

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