Adam Lambert First Out LGBT Artist With #1 Album Debut
Three years ago, Adam Lambert awakened long-dormant thoughts and inspired me to write down and share them on a public website. I write by profession, but I had never shared such personal writing before. Within an hour of my first post, a reply came from “E.K.”, responding to my nostalgia for the transgressive, underground world of gay discos I had inhabited almost nightly in my late teens. What “E.K.” wrote to me seems almost prophetic today:
I’ve been pondering the idea of “Change” and think what we are seeing is a real tectonic shift, or maybe a convergence of factors, like I saw in the 60s … things happening at the right time and place. We needed George Bush to be exactly who he was to usher in the era that would vote for the first black president – you know, he HAD to be so bad that people would actually vote for the black guy. His theme was change. Now we have this young man (on a much smaller scale, I know, but big things start small) entering the picture at a time …. and singing the song “A change is going to come “, when there is a shift in most American’s thinking about Gay marriage. He is the perfect vehicle, talented, yes, but sooo comfortable in his gayness, so accepting of everyone, so sure of himself, so eloquent and non-threatening in his message. None of us doubt that he will be a huge international star, and he will not have to face the issues that Freddie Mercury or Elton John did. A change IS going to come! I’m sure of it.
Rolling Stone – On the Charts: Adam Lambert Makes History “WINNER OF THE WEEK: Adam Lambert. (And American Idol, whose past and present eras make their presence known on the charts this week). Lambert’s Trespassing album debuts at Number One on Billboard‘s album chart by selling 77,000 copies, making the one-time Idol runner-up the first openly gay male artist to top the chart.”
PressParty – Adam Lambert tops chart and makes history in the USA with ‘Trespassing’ “The dreaded sophomore slump is something Lambert won’t have to contend with as he is is currently leading the chart with his new record, and this impressive feat has made him the first openly gay recording artist to achieve a No.1 album in America.”
Hits Daily Double ADAM LAMBERT IDOLS AT #1 “You don’t necessarily have to win American Idol to have a successful pop music career. Adam Lambert, who finished second in the eighth season of the Fox music competition to champion Kris Allen, sees his sophomore 19/RCA album, Trespassing, debut at #1 on this week’s HITS chart, selling nearly 78k.”
After Elton – Number One With A Bullet: Adam Lambert Makes Music History “Fans of Adam Lambert have been waiting on pins and needles studded gloves and platform shoes for the last week, wondering if his dazzling second album would sell enough copies to top the Billboard Album Chart (something his first album For Your Entertainment missed, having peaked at #3). Well, Glamberts can rejoice, because Trespassing is officially the #1 album in the country. His PR reps were the first to break the happy news this morning“
The Home Planet – History has been made. A moment of silence and then…COMMENCE CAPLOCKS SMASH “In the end some may try and pretend that it’s not really a big deal (“He didn’t sell as much as his first album tho!?), and yeah maybe thinking that a #1 album from an out gay artist means that this country is FINALLY ready to move in a better direction is a bit naive, but in the end it’s still a big deal. No….scratch that….IT’S A FUCKING SUPER COLOSSAL MAMMOTH AMAZING FAN-FUCKINGTASTIC BIG DEAL!!”
MTV – Adam Lambert Hits #1 With Trespassing “Just in time for the “American Idol” finale, former runner-up Adam Lambert is showing the kids how it’s done. The glitter-dripping glam rocker will land his first #1 album next week when his sophomore disc, Trespassing debuts in the top spot on sales of 77,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.”
About.com – Adam Lambert Is First Out Gay Artist To Hit #1 on Billboard Album Chart “It seems only fitting…just two weeks after President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to endorse gay marriage rights,Adam Lambert has become the first out gay recording artist to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart. When the new album chart is officially published tomorrow morning, Adam Lambert will be ruling the album chart.”
Advocate – Adam Lambert: First Openly Gay Musician To Debut at Top of Billboard Charts “Released May 15, Trespassing premieres at the top of both Billboard’s Top 200 chart and digital albums chart, With a mix of dance songs and ballads, including the equality anthem “Outlaws of Love,” the album has also received exceptionally strong notices from music critics.”
Queerty – Why Adam Lambert Having The Number One Album In America Is Such A Big Deal “As Adam himself told us, the music industry isn’t easy on gay dudes, even in 2012: “In the time that [Ricky Martin] was really popular, it would’ve been really hard to be out. It probably would’ve shot his career in the foot,” Lambert told Queerty in March. “The music industry in general, is a tough market for a gay man. It’s really conservative. It’s hard.”
Daily Kos – A Cultural Milestone? Is this a big deal? “
Today for the first time in US music history, an out LGBT artist will top Billboard’s album chart. That artist is Adam Lambert, the album is Trespassing, and, may I add, an outstanding pop album that may be one of the best pop albums in the last ten years or so.
While some may want to diminish this moment by noting that LGBT artist have most certainly topped the Billboard album chart before, it is also true that none have been publicly LGBT while sitting atop Billboard’s perch. It was, until now, an unspoken rule that to occupy this spot, gay artists had to hide their sexual orientation, even outright deceive the public about it if necessary. This, therefore, is most definitely a unique moment in US music history. Others may want to diminish the moment by pointing out that this was a slow week in sales, but no out artist has ever topped the charts even on slow sales weeks.
This is a cultural milestone to be sure. Is it a big deal? To me, and the life I lived, and the life I know gay kids are living at this moment, to the dreams those gay kids have, to be able to see this moment in our cultural history, that they can exercise the full range of human activity while being just as public about their sexual orientation as straight people are, this milestone gives them hope.
Toronto Sun – Adam Lambert boots Adele from No. 1 “He may not have won season eight of “American Idol,” but glam superstar Adam Lambert’s sophomore album “Trespassing” had enough steam behind it to claim the top spot on the Canadian album chart this week.”
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