In 2010, I had the opportunity to see and hear Adam Lambert perform live when his Glam Nation Tour made a stop at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The venue, the original home of the Grand Ol’ Opry, holds historical significance to the music community as well as hosting a variety of performers throughout each year. He put on a fantastic show and I enjoyed it very much. Performing music from his debut album, For Your Entertainment, Lambert’s powerful voice and eclectic performance style kept the audience enthralled for the entire evening.
Lambert, who has never denied his homosexuality but avoided the issue during his stint on the eighth season of television's American Idol, made history this week by becoming the first openly gay vocalist to have an album debut at the number one position of the Billboard album charts.
His second album, Trespassing, was released on May 15th and premiered at the top of both Billboard’s Top 200 chart and digital albums chart.. The album, with its mix of dance songs and power ballads, has received strong reviews from music critics. Although other LGBT recording artists, including Elton John and George Michael, have had number one albums, they were released prior to the artist’ coming out.
"I do feel like a trespasser, but not in a literal sense, because I don't think I've broken into any property recently. I'm pretty eccentric, and as far as the music industry is concerned, I feel like a bit of an outsider. There are times when I feel like I'm breaking new ground by breaking in." – Adam Lambert discussing the inspiration for the title of his second album, Trespassing.
Interestingly, Lambert’s debut in the number one position replaced another American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, whose Blown Away was number one last week. Lambert is the seventh American Idol finalist to reach Billboard’s number one position following Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Underwood, Chris Daughtry (of Daughtry) and Scotty McCreery.
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