Take the “Brouhaha” Straight to the Bank

Not that Adam Lambert wouldn’t have done well with his album sales anyway…but controversy sells.  Always has, always will.  :)  Dana, Glamb #6

As evidenced by Miley Cyrus just a few months ago, a little controversy rarely hurts in the sales department. Adam Lambert is on track to beat retail expectations for his RCA release, “For Your Entertainment,” according to early returns compiled by keeper-of-the-charts Billboard Magazine.

The artist appeared on the “The Early Show” this morning on CBS, noting that some of his more aggressive moves on his American Music Awards appearance weren’t all rehearsed. “The song lyrically is sexual, and I was just performing the lyrics of my song,” Lambert said. “I think in the future I will probably make a little bit more of an effort to stay consistent with what I do during rehearsal to what I do during the show. That’s something I’m learning now, and that way if anyone has a problem with what I’m doing, it can be explored during rehearsal.”

But all the chatter and debate isn’t stopping people from picking up his first post-”American Idol” release. Billboard writes that “For Your Entertainment” should sell at least 225,000 copies when it debuts on next week’s chart, and could possibly move more with post-Thanksgiving shoppers invading retailers. Lambert’s promo tour continues tonight with an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman.”

Lambert’s sales will be right in line with many a recent “Idol,” and will far surpass those of Kris Allen. The latter, who actually won this season’s “Idol,” landed at No. 11 on this week’s chart, selling only 80,000 copies of his self-titled debut, according to Nielsen SoundScan, during the holiday sales season, when numbers are typically inflated. 

Perhaps Allen should scruff up his puppy-dog image. Earlier this year, teen sensation Cyrus was under attack for briefly dancing on a stripper pole during Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Awards. Yet, ultimately, the appearance bolstered Cyrus’ star power, as her “Party in the U.S.A.” remains in the top 10 of the U.S. pop chart. And her “The Time of Our Lives” EP has sold 780,000 copies in just 13 weeks. 

Lambert’s debut week numbers should be somewhere near those for “Idol” winner David Cook, whose self-titled effort last year sold 280,000 copies in the first week. And around the same time, the self-titled effort by last year’s “Idol” runner-up, David Archuleta, sold 180,000 copies in its first week.

Full Article:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/11/the-adam-lambert-brouhaha-resulting-in-a-sales-winner.html

Comments

  1. He did great this morning on CBS! Loved him and loved that his mom made an appearance. Glamb #176

  2. Hate to sound like a broken record, but just finished watching Adam on Letterman(Central time zone for the holidays). Could he be any more adorable, and the passion with which he sang the song was incredible, whole different vibe from The Early Show. Maybe because it was right after the AMA’s and nothing had a chance to “shake out” yet, he was feeling so intense. Great job by both Adam and the band. By the way, just listened to VH1 interview of Adam with Michelle Collins (2 parts) and it is hilarious. She is one crazy woman and had Adam in stiches.

    • Michelle is hilarious. She is a riot. Love her!!! The one thing I love to hear Adam do besides sing is laugh. He has a contagious beautiful laugh. Michelle and Adam were just too funny. He has an great sense of humor. I would love to meet her just to sit down and talk and laugh. I was laughing so hard at the two of them until I was crying. Of course meet Adam alos but that is understood without having to mention it. The 3 of us would have “the time of our life”….we would probably have to change clothes a couple of times….my friends have when we get on a roll.

  3. Halfpint4Adam says:

    And I am glad to have contributed to the album sales! It’s time for people to stop taking things so seriously and get so easily offended and appreciate Adam’s incredible talent instead!!! THE PAST IS GONE! I’ve got every song on that album stuck in my head – what a great first album from Adam!!! So pleased! And that “For Your Entertainment” Video – hot hot hot!!!

    • I do appreciate his talent so very much. That’s why I voted for him 1000s of times on Idol. I’m just not hearing that voice or the emotion in his current music. He had the world in the palm of his hands and could have brought the house down with his vocals on Sunday. The song just didn’t let him bring it. Not like I’m used to hearing. He can out sing EVERYBODY out there and I mean EVERYBODY with the right music. I agree the video is HOT!

  4. Pat/Glamb#36 says:

    Adam is a class act. He is fielding all these questions asked by the media with such confidence. He did great on both shows today. The record buying public is a forgiving bunch. This will all blow over in a few days or weeks and he’ll be able to continue his climb to super stardom as we Glambs have predicted. His album is great and will sell well. Not everyone will buy it the first week it comes out either so we shall see.

  5. I TOO LOVED HIS PERFORMANCE TONIGHT ON LETTERMAN, AND I NEVER WATCH THAT SHOW,
    I THINK DAVID IS A LITTLE BORING!!
    I JUST WISHED THEY HAD TIME TO SIT DOWN AND TALK!!
    EARLY WAS GREAT TOO! I WAS LATE FOR WORK TO WATCH!!
    LOVE THE NEW VIDEO ON FYE ITS HOT!!!!

  6. I just finished watching Adam on Letterman and have to agree with Carrie – Adam sang with such passion – it was wonderful seeing the Adam we’ve all come to know and love. It was different from the morning show when I think he was feeling the pressure of being under the public’s scrutiny. While I still have misgivings about the debacle on Sunday night, it’s no surprise that Adam keeps reminding us of why we fell in love with him in the first place. I do hope that Pat is right – that this will blow over in a matter of days or weeks. For Adam’s sake as well as ours.

  7. JuliannaTheAdamLambertObsessedFan says:

    I absolutely love Adam Lambert. He has the most natural talent ever. He is flawless in everyway and his voice is so crisp and clean every time he sticks one of his high notes chills run down my body as if I just jumped into a pool of freezing ice water. His first album is amazing I just can’t wait to c what his next albums are gonna bring to us. This is gonna be #1 on the charts. <3 Adam Lambert. :)

  8. Halfpint4Adam says:

    Just saw him on Letterman myself! Between that and the 2 performances on the CBS show, I’ve got to say he is amazing Live!!! And those are not easy songs to sing, especially Music Again!!! 3 great performances! My only complaint about the AMA performance was the quality of the singing, but he surely made up for it 2day! Awesome awesome job! Love ya Adam! xox

  9. I called ABC-GMA discussion line this morning after watching the Early Show. I told them I am thankful they gave up ratings to CBS as Adam’s performance was stellar. AMAs were just one facet of an incredible artist. I also said I am thankful I can shut off the weekly programs filled with violence and sex that have always dominated the ABC lineup. Talk about a double standard.!! Adam has been so cool through all of this, always polite. Always a class act! And yes, the album is awesome!!!!!

  10. I was sorry to see that Inside Edition put a negative spin on Adam’s interview with the Early Show. It seemed that they edited things to make him sound Kathie Lee Gifford even got on and said that she doesn’t believe that Adam didn’t plan to do everything on the AMA’s. If she knew anything about Adam, she would know that he doesn’t lie! (honest to a fault, at times?) Isn’t she the one who was using under age kids from foreign countries to make her Walmart apparel line??
    He did a fantastic job today!!! Hopefully, people will move on and worry about more important issues( wars, healthcare etc.) LOL His album is amazing which is no surprise!!! I can’t even pick a favorite song since I love just about everyone!!

  11. I noticed that I left out a word above. Sorry, it’s getting really late! Should have said— It seemed that they edited things to make him sound bad.

  12. It is morning here in Germany and just saw the DL show. Good to wake up hearing Adam’s song!!!
    Thanks Adam! It kept the blues away!!…
    By the way, when will it be available here in Europe. Fans like me are waiting??

  13. ADAM IS AMAZING!…HOW MUCH MORE DOES HE HAVE TO EXPLAIN???????????????????
    GET REAL PEOPLE! ADAM……..IS…….ADAM ! ADAM, AS HE SAYS HAS STRONG “OPINIONS”..AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES HIM SO FANTASTIC AND REAL! HE IS SO CREATIVE, SUPER TALENTED AND VERY COURAGEOUS…AND HOW REFRESHING HE SPEAKS HIS MIND! ADMIRATION
    HANDS DOWN ADAM! HOW THESE DOUBLE STANDARDS NEED TO DISAPPEAR….IT SEEMS
    ON THE TOUR ADAM”S MOVES WERE ACCEPTABLE ………EVEN MENTIONABLE IN GREAT DETAIL
    ON THE GLAMBS SITE, AND YET NOW THE TABLE TURNS PEOPLE ARE NON ACCEPTING AND
    FINDING IT SO DIFFERCULT TO UNDERSTAND . PLEASE GET A LIFE……………….
    ADAM IS A GROWN MAN…NOT A LITTLE BOY……..HE IS AN ENTERTAINER AND A BLOODY FANTASTIC ONE AT THAT!

    • Silvana/Argentina says:

      SOOOOOOOO RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      How much more does he have to explain?????????? I still can’t believe this. His never been a Church Choir boy.

      HE IS AMAZING, ALWAYS BEEN, AND HE IS A CLASS ACT.

      And how he is habdling all this, CHAPEAU!!!! TO YOU ADAM.

    • Good on you GLAMAUS !!!!!….agree, agree, agree. I’m now going to watch the David Letterman show….as you probably are…so talk to you later !!!

      Love, Yvonne (Australia)

  14. BUY 2 CD’s !!!!!!I KNOW I’AM GIVING THEM FOR, CHRISTMAS GIFT’S !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!F Y E ,,,,,,,GO ADAM !!!!

  15. AdamCanSing says:

    hi all, so glad to have other Adam fanatics to talk to….I loved this performance, I saw him on CBS (outside in the early overcast cold)… I watched all the interviews…I love him no matter what…but I still feel unsettled..I so want him to succeed and for everyone to see him as we do…the S&M sexual content doesn’t bother me at all…but I am still disappointed that he didn’t just do a stellar singing performance …I hate Hollywood…wish he could just focus on the music and get lots of attention for that…I still am not sure he had no idea what the aftermath would be of going with the moment….even more, does he care? I just want to hear him perform…and don’t want him to disappear from television, the radio or the internet so I can keep in touch with him…

  16. AdamCanSing says:

    What about Madonna’s “coffee-table” book called, blatantly, Sex, – remember that scandal?
    What about Molly Cyrus’s early almost nude photos posing with her DAD?

    I guess there are some similarities…but Adam surprised the network since he hadn’t rehearsed the more graphic moves, did have “children” watching because of his American Idol appeal, isn’t as well known or established yet, and of course, is openly gay.

    When will I feel better about all of this? WHEN I HEAR HIS MUSIC ON THE RADIO!!! I don’t care if they focus on other songs, and FYE doesn’t get as much airplay, but I NEED TO HEAR HIM ON MY RADIO! not here and there on one show or another, not on my personal downloaded music, not just on our fan sites!

    Glam#508

  17. I love all of Adam’s performances. Any “children” should have been in bed before it aired, it was almost 11 pm. If it had been Madonna or Katie Perry or whoever female, it would have been reported as a hot performance. It was just because he is a guy, and gay that such a storm was raised. I loved it…..and I just bought the album! Go, Adam! The world needs more Adams!!

  18. Controversey only makes a big difference in sales if the artist is good and ‘our Adam’ is fantastic.

  19. i can’t wait to see the official numbers. i spent the first day after the AMA’s worried sick for Adam. i’m certainly glad people realize what a true talent he is, as WE have known all along. hold true to our love for him, Glambs! he’s the real deal. =]

  20. All I can say is—–I LOVE ADAM! My heart bursts for him! I wish we could all tell him in person, to his face, what/how we think/feel for him. But somehow, I think he knows! How could he not!

    Look at this……above I say ‘all if can say’…..then I go on and on! :) I just can’t stop talking about ADAM!!!! LOL

  21. Tori Pearce says:

    The children watching the AMA’s also included teenagers struggling with their own sexual confusion. My grown children have many friends that are gay or bisexual. I’m sure Adam is a trail blazer for them. Many of the tracks on his album are very empowering for these kids that have grown up feeling “different” and left out. Everything about Adam is outstanding and unique. Controversy or not, there has to be a first time for everything…how else to we break down barriers and start meaningful dialogs about subjects that are uncomfortable for us. Change by it’s very nature is not meant to be comfortable. But we are on the brink of progress here and Adam should be very proud that he paved the way.

  22. Adam is right about the double standard thing. I do hope people will realize that. My heart goes out for him and I want him to succeed so much that it makes me want to cry. His album is the greatest. His performance in the Letterman show was so splendid and moving. I feel like he meant every word he said and that he was talking to us. Adam, I love you very much! Take good care of yourself!

  23. Glamb #470 Becky says:

    I have so many Adam CD’s – can’t possibly play them all – They are playing somewhere in the house and barns all the time. He was FANTASTIC on CBS and Letterman. He is beautiful – He is talented – He is SUCH a star!! Love Him!

  24. LOVE YOU ADAM!!!! Yes I was taken aback a bit with the performance (like your mom, but not like your mom because I think you’re hot . . . and that would just be weird you know??) Your CD is so incredible — you have managed to come up with a true hybrid of classic rock, techno funk dance with queen/beatles undertones. . . all featuring your amazing voice!! A dream come true!! You will be a huge superstar, no matter what the haters try to do to you. None of it will matter – because talent and honest intentions will win out in the end. Adam has always been brutally honest with us – I will forever trust him as a real person. I will be a devoted Glambert to the end . . . Rock on Adam!!!

    Glambert #2397

  25. I watched the interview several times to be sure………….the question Adam’s Mom answered was what she thought about the controversy, NOT how she felt about his performance!!

    thanks for letting me clear that up :)

    I too cannot get his songs out of my head! GO ADAM!
    Glamb #411

  26. I want to state an observation. Talk to me about my perception on this. I have watched all the news and read all the articles on Adam’s AMA performance and what I have to question is, does not all the reactions from the media outdo the “over the top” performance by Adam? I mean, really! Let’s call a spade here. If a child or a parent in America DIDN’t watch the AMA’s, then they certainly know all about the taboo by now! What is the difference between the performance itself and what the media is doing to make sure everyone in America sees and knows about the audacious performance. Somehow, I can’t help but feel that no media venue feels so compelled to protect the children from showing the performance over and over and over again! I was more insulted by the CNN woman ranting about the performance as a video ran, oh, I don’t know, repeadedly about 10 times of the simulated oral sex act of Adam’s!!! Was that not even more publicity for him, more exposure to young people on prime time, and more hyprocrisy than I have seen in a lifetime!!!! The words alone of “oral gay sex” has been stated on prime time more this week than probably ever in the history of the US news! Thanks, oh holy ones who want to protect our children from the evils of sin, for helping contribute to the reality of the images we saw on TV during the AMA’s! And in a very negative light! If the visuals went over our children’s heads Sunday evening, then all the moral judges of the world clarified exactly what they saw in over thousands of ways and times! If our babies didn’t get it then, they do now! And now they think sex must be a horrible dirty thing indeed! What a lesson in defining what sex is and is not! No kid can expect to be screwed up by that! I know I am not screwed up just because my mother and father talked constantly about the horrible dirty sex thing that I should never do! They just forgot to talk to me realistically about how to handle a beautiful gift as sex as a young woman until I could make appropiate intelligent choices about that part of being a human being. They left it up to everyone else in the world to teach me that lesson. Or not! When did America start blaming everyone else in the world for rearing their children except the parents? We get off so easy! Hell, everybody can have a baby and expect the world to take care of it! Especially Americans! I have two daughters and you better believe that I talk a lot to them about the exposure of the world. That’s my job, like it or not! My children love talking with me about it all. They feel important, they feel equal, they feel “in the moment” with me, their champion! Life lessons for me and for my children here! That is the world we live in people! It is more of a heinous crime that this boy is being singled out as the evil that has decended upon us. Shame on us all!