It’s untitled, with a Nov. 24 date and, as yet no lead single. Still Season 8 American Idol runner up Adam Lambert’s debut album is No. 1 on the Amazon Bestsellers List, ahead of Barbra Streisand, the Beatles, Madonna and Susan Boyle.
It’s a testament to his extreme popularity. He follows the lead of that other famous runner up, just mentioned, of Britain’s Got Talent whose album which coincidentally will be released the same day as his. Weeks ago, the Susan Boyle debut album topped the Amazon list as soon as it was made available for pre-orders. The New York Post notes that it was via word of mouth and social networking that that news spread rapidly and pre-sales pushed the album to the No. 2 spot on the Amazon Bestsellers List. Since the article was published, the album has since hit No. 1. It should be noted that the list is updated every hour and so the album’s position on the chart will naturally vary.
That said, it does give an up-to-the minute indication of the popularity of the singer who made such a remarkable impression during the season. Fans have not forgotten the unforgettable runner up who the American Idol winner Kris Allen famously said, “Adam deserves this.”
He will not be the first such runner up with runaway success. One need only take the example of Jennifer Houston, the only Idol alum with an Oscar and a Grammy, and astonishingly in retrospect she was the seventh place finisher in season 3. Other notable Idols who did not win and yet have had standout careers include Chris Daughtry and Clay Aiken.
Looking back, Adam Lambert gave us quite a preview of what an album from him could potentially reveal. A string of signature performances while still in competition on a reality TV talent show. There was Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Love, which naturally was one of his standout performances, well suited to his rock star talent, stage presence and charisma and similarly, so was his cover of Steppenwolf’s Born to be Wild.
He showed versatility early in the season singing the Johnny Cash Ring of Fire classic, quite unlike the original and brazenly so. Many others: Mad World, from Tears for Fears. And Smokey Robinson himself, gave high praise and a standing ovation when the Adam Lambert sang his song, the Tracks of My Tears on Motown week which saw him as the contestants’ mentor. Reminisce the season via the videos below.
So that was American Idol, and a string of remarkable covers. What can we expect from the Adam Lambert debut album? In an interview with EOnline as MTV News reports, he stated the following:
“I think there’s a little bit of a misconception out in the public that people that come out of ‘American Idol’ are puppetted and kind of controlled. That hasn’t been my experience one bit. They’ve been completely supportive and collaborative with me, and all the powers that be are really trying to facilitate my artistic vision.”
Regarding the songs on the album, while noting he is working with celebrated producers including RedOne (Lady Gaga), Ryan Tedder (Leona Lewis) and Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera), he goes on to say:
“For a handful of these songs, I’ve gotten to write on them. So, I really feel I’ve gotten to inject a lot of this music on the album with my own personal vocal stylings and my own lyrical content. A lot of it talks about stuff I really care about and that I find interesting, so that feels really good.”
Such tidbits keep us curious as we eagerly anticipate the new release on Nov. 24, 2009. Readers, share your thoughts. Will you be buying the Adam Lambert debut album? Have you already ordered it on Amazon?
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