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.