Album Sales: Adam Lambert tops the Billboard charts, beating out Adele and Carrie Underwood

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An American Idol runner-up replaced an Idol winner atop the Billboard 200 this week, as Adam Lambert dethroned Carrie Underwood with his sophomore album Trespassing, which sold 77,000 copies in its first week.

With his No. 1 debut and 77,000 copies sold, many are touting that this makes Lambert the first openly gay artist to ever top the albums chart (another gay Idol contestant, Clay Aiken, topped the Billboard 200 with Measure of a Man, which debuted with 613,000 copies sold in 2003, but he didn’t come out until 2008). Still, it’s a landmark achievement.

Other Top 10 debuts included Tenacious D’s The Rise of Fenix and Beach House’s Bloom, but despite the newcomers, overall sales were relatively soft.  Check out the full Top 10 below:

1. Adam Lambert, Trespassing – 77,000
Adam Lambert’s passionate “Glamily” helped propel his second LP into first place with sales of 77,000 — a strong result for an album that has yet to spawn a significant hit (“Better Than I Know Myself” sputtered on the chart, and followup “Never Close Our Eyes” is slowly climbing). While Lambert’s No. 1 album is a major achievement, his debut, For Your Entertainment, sold over twice as many copies (198,000) in its first week in November 2009. As Billboard notes, Trespassing‘s start is 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.”

2. Adele, 21 – 63,000
Speaking of Adele, look who’s sticking around in second place after 15 months on the chart — with over 9t.1 million copies sold, the British powerhouse doesn’t quit.

3. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away – 54,000
The former No. 1 album dropped 55 percent, and thus fell to third place in its third week. So far, Underwood’s fourth set has sold 441,000 copies total (the tenth best-selling release of 2012 so far), and a high-profile performance of windswept single “Blown Away” on Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards may help the album score a nice hold this coming week.

4. Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts – 45,000
Norah Jones, who debuted in second place behind Underwood, is enjoying more merciful declines. Little Broken Hearts dipped just 24 percent in its third week, pushing total sales of the Danger Mouse-produced album to 215,000.

5. Tenacious D, Rise of the Fenix – 44,000
The absurd comedy-rock duo, composed of Jack Black and Kyle Glass, earned their best chart placement yet with Fenix. They formerly peaked at No. 8 with their 2006 soundtrack The Pick of Destiny.

6. Various Artists, Now 42 – 42,000
The pop compilation dropped 36 percent in its third week and has shifted 202,000 total units.

7. Beach House, Bloom – 41,000
Batimore’s buzziest dream-pop duo, which had formerly never even broken into the Top 40, earned their best-ever sales week with Bloom, which critics (and apparently buyers, too) loved.

7. Glee Cast, The Graduation Album – 39,000
The Glee cast (which was named one of the Top 10 digital-selling artists of all time) notched its 14th Top 10 debut, but The Graduation Album‘s sales of 39,000 were the lowest ever for one of Glee‘s TV soundtracks.

8. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee – 39,000
ABC’s Duets, a show on which Richie was originally supposed to appear, debuts next week, but the soulful crooner probably isn’t too worried about having left it behind. His country collaboration album has sold an impressive 790,000 total copies this year.

10. One Direction, Up All Night – 34,000
Simon Cowell’s boy band hasn’t left the Top 10 in their ten weeks on the chart, but their stay near the top may soon come to an end. Still, with total sales topping 650,000 this week, we doubt their label Columbia is worried.

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