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For a few brief moments after the 2009 American Music Awards aired on ABC, it certainly did look as if Adam Lambert was in for a very rough ride, especially as his debut album, “For Your Entertainment,” was about to be released the next day. The backlash for the performance he put on did not fail to appear but, as Reuters
informs, not only did it not harm album sales, but might have actually boosted them.
They don’t say that bad publicity is better than no publicity at all for nothing. Although Lambert’s album is, critically speaking
, a piece that stands its ground without too much outside help, the fact that he generated a genuine media storm with his AMAs performance only brought more attention to it. Consequently, shortly after the fallout began, fans rushed to download the album, pushing it high up on digital charts.
“[Lambert] is now taking his first steps as a solo artist in the music business that is enduring a decade-long tailspin. US album sales so far this year are down about 13 percent from the same period in 2008. But one day after its release on Monday, Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’ from Sony Music, soared to No.4 on Apple’s iTunes album charts overtaking the soundtrack to the ‘Twilight’ movie sequel ‘New Moon’,” Reuters informs.
As we were also telling you
the other day, estimates for future sales are very good, with some critics saying that “FYE” might even get to more around 500,000 items in its first week. Whether that truly turns out to be the case or not, both critically and commercially, Lambert’s album, despite the fact that it was completed in just a few months, is one of this year’s strongest contenders. The others materials in the competition include Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster,” Rihanna’s “Rated R” and Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream.”
This last one definitely has the most potential to become this year’s biggest seller, with some estimates saying that it will move up to 700,000 copies in its first week alone, an amazing feat for an album from a woman who, a few months ago, no one had heard of.
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|Comment #1 by: Chance on 27 Nov 2009, 08:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The CD is outrageous! His vocals are amazing and I can't wait for his music videos to these songs. What a fantastic new artist.
|Comment #2 by: jd on 27 Nov 2009, 10:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
How do you know if it helped or hurt. Lambert's album is estimated to sell 210-220K, according to Hitsdailydouble.com. Susan Boyle will sell 600K, they say more if they get more product out by Friday.
Sooooo, if A.L. sells below 200K then the controversy hurt. Who knows he could have been on track to sell 500K. We can't tell because the controvery happened before the album was released.
|Comment #3 by: RODNEY on 27 Nov 2009, 21:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i am amazed by Adam and believe that his sales will reflect that same feeling. Amazment
|Comment #4 by: edam on 28 Nov 2009, 00:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Adam's album is sensational. I've never heard a voice as good as his....I hope he goes far.
|Comment #5 by: Lynn on 28 Nov 2009, 17:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
You're right. We'll never know if the sales of FYE were hurt by the AMA performance, no matter how many CDs he sells this week. Without those few seconds of bad judgment, maybe his sales would have gone through the roof. Oh well, hopefully, lesson learned. Love the CD and the FYE video. Great video.
|Comment #5.1 by: Beauty on 01 Dec 2009, 17:41 GMT|
I think it ultimately helped his album sales! Adam's AMA performance actually weeded out his "fluff" numbers for his debut sales which left him with what probably is a more accurate perception of his fan base/supporters. It only succeeded in Adam not getting as many bad reviews on his effort due to many people thinking they were going to hear "Tracks of My Tears" redux. It also helped to set a reasonable sales goal for his 2nd effort, since he probably didn't get inflated sales numbers this time around, only to have them drop off dramatically next time because people were somehow mislead on what type of artist he actually is. It actually helps him avoid "flopping" for his 2nd effort, because the drop-off from this album to the next will be minimal and therefore he can maintain his relevancy to the music mainstream by sustaining, if not increasing, his sales performance.
|Comment #6 by: TT on 28 Nov 2009, 17:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
From reading all the comments following the controversy, I have to believe it was a wash. He lost some fans who said they had planned to buy it but now will not ,and he gained some fans who said they hate cheesy American Idol stars but like that he was not typical and pushed the buttons of the prudes. I bought the album even though I hated the performance. Unlike others, his fan base was as broad as his musical styles. He could afford to go in whatever direction he liked. He knew he'd lose some fans along the way but ultimately will be very successful anyway. If he had gone the conservative route (Track of My Tears stuff,) my mother would have been happy, but he would have lost those fans who loved the wild side and would probably have become bored, himself. "Ya can't please everyone so you've got to please yourself." I must say, I don't get the Susan Boyle appeal, but good for her. Congrats to both these new artists.
|Comment #7 by: John on 29 Nov 2009, 07:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Well where are all the Kris Allen fans? No one showed up to buy his album. Idol has become a popularity contest not a singing contest now. Adam's CD is amazing! Best $16.00 I have spent in a long time!
|Comment #8 by: Sam on 30 Nov 2009, 12:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Bought the cd, and ready to send back. It was weak, tehcno, bubble gum.
He has sold more tha half less than Aiken, less than Bo Brice. To give you some indication of where he's going!
|Comment #9 by: sue on 30 Nov 2009, 14:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Who knows what the records would have been with or without all the controvery that came from his AMA performance. As a big fan of Adam, I thought some of it was over the top for TV (but I also knew from the set that it wasn't going to be a G rated performance, why else did they save his performance until the end of the show). It still didn't stop me from driving to the nearest Target to purchase the CD. I LOVE IT!!! LOVE It!!!!
|Comment #10 by: Laurie on 30 Nov 2009, 15:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I love Adam Lambert. His performance did not change that at all. His album is amazing and I wish him tremendous success. One thing I notice about Adam is his ability to speak, he is eloquent, polite, extremely composed, a class act. Add to his intelligence, talent, good looks, ok I will admit the man is HOT and you have a complete package.
|Comment #11 by: AdamGlam4Ever on 30 Nov 2009, 19:18 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Adam Lambert is - by far - the best talent we have today. He's the new Elvis, without a doubt (which was emphasized in the very sexy photoshoot in November's "Details" magazine). He had me from the Idol audition and never disappointed. As far as AMAs, he has explained that he's still learning and plans not to go beyond what was actually rehearsed in the future. (Can't blame a guy for getting a little adrenaline rush in his first major awards show performance which resulted in a couple of transgressions!)
|Comment #12 by: USExpat on 01 Dec 2009, 08:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This man is the whole package. Only the future will really tell the true potential of this astounding young man-it won't be determined with this CD. His CD is original (he wrote one of the best songs:Broken Open) and fun. I too don't get the Susan B thing as she is singing covers, but I think the world is so wracked with insecurity that it needs nostalgia and to remember better times--witness the success of Glee which is more karaoke than music. Make no mistake--Adam could do Susan's album in a minute and make it his own--can't imagine Susan doing Adam's.
|Comment #13 by: Kosha on 01 Dec 2009, 16:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
One performance should not make a difference in how Adam Lambert moves you.
I love the CD, and I've been a fan of his since day one.
|Comment #14 by: Beauty on 01 Dec 2009, 17:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Probably so (didn't look up the first week sales of those 2 artists), but HE DID SELL MORE THAN AI COMPETITOR/WINNER, KRIS ALLEN! Kris Allen ONLY managed to sell about 85K copies during his 1st week. With all the wholesome goodness surrounding Kris and the only controversy surrounding him being his displeasure at Simon Cowel for suggesting that he not disclose he has a wife, you would think that he would sell FAR MORE! Also with Kris' fan base demographics (pre-teen, teen, soccer mom/dad, christian/inspirational, conservatives, adult contemporary, pop/rock, etc.) you'd think his appeal and popularity would be far more reaching and saleable than Adam's. Also, he's apparently doing MUCH better than the overhyped (and already established) Rihanna! If he continues to push his singles and get the right mix of "S&M Rock God" and "Sweet Choir Angel" and continues to temper it all with his witty, charming and disarming personality during interviews, then he should be just fine! Rihanna sold about 160K during 1st week of "GGGB" and pushed her singles and videos to make it sell upwards of 2.5M! I think Adam can do the same, especially if you count his worldwide totals as they come in (they're breaking him in the UK and Japan 1st in January).
|Comment #15 by: LENARD WOLFSON on 08 Dec 2009, 19:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
ADAM LAMBERT IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR STAR. I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL HE GOES ON TOUR AND HE IS THE WHOLE SHOW. THE NEW ALBUM IS FABULOUS. HOPE HE STARTS THE SECOND ONE SOON. I CAN NOT SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF HIM. VERY IMPRESSED WITH HOW HE SPEAKS AND HANDLES HIMSELF. I AM 66 YEARS OLD, HE MAKES ME FEEL UPLIFTED WHENEVER I SEE HIM OR HEAR HIM. I WISH YOU ALL THE GOOD LUCK IN THE WORLD ADAM, YOU DESERVE IT. I DO NOT NEED ALL THE SEXUAL VISUAL. HIS VOICE AND PRESENCE CAN STAND ALONE ANYTIME AGAINST ANY OTHER SINGER. YOU GO ADAM.
|Comment #16 by: where is the answer on 09 Dec 2009, 13:29 UTC|| reply to this comment|
has anyone noticed there's no number of adam lambert's ACTUAL sales anywhere to be found. there's numbers for kris allen, numbers for susan boyle. only estimates of what adam is going to sell. its been over two weeks now. HOW MANY CDs DID HE ACTUALLY SELL!!!???
|Comment #17 by: Elena Gorgan on 09 Dec 2009, 13:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
@Where Is The Answer: According to Billboard, Adam Lambert sold 198,000 copies of “For Your Entertainment” in the first week of release, being topped only by Susan Boyle with her “I Dreamed a Dream,” which moved an impressive 700,000 copies. Adam still did incredibly well, surpassing even Lady Gaga and Rihanna – also according to Billboard.
|Comment #18 by: leesa on 10 Dec 2009, 06:43 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Adam Lambert IS the whole package!!! A package of what though????? oh crap!!!
|Comment #19 by: DM on 11 Dec 2009, 04:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I intended on purchasing 2 but bought three CD's. One for me...one for my daughter and then had to get the "special edition" from his website with the pics. I wasn't big on the AMA performance, but I do love how he expands everyone's awareness and thought process. His simple honesty brings out the best in these interviews. He doesn't say what he thinks you want to hear for the sake of pleasing the public. He seems to say what he feels at the time. He seems to be up front and honest and makes few, if any, excuses.
He's a unique and crazy talented individual with presence, grace, style and because he's not selling his listeners a pile of BS, his listeners tend to be engaged. Who else would handle himself with such dignity and refrain from "selling out" amid this kind of controversy. CAn you think of another Rock celebrity with that kind of charisma? Maybe there's been a few interesting ones through the years, but none quite like this guy. Adam just acknowledges his situation and keeps moving. His confidence is astounding and the risks he takes both musically and professionally are intriguing.
The gals on the VIEW certainly loved him. Barbara started in with tough questions in her interview with him, but Adam spun it around and won her respect. Notice how everyone touches/hugs him. In nearly every interview, people are leaning in and touching. He's a special person with lots of warmth. I hope he warms and rocks the planet. I haven't played a CD so much in 20 years. I just love it. Vocals are unreal.
|Comment #20 by: Peggy on 14 Dec 2009, 04:03 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Adam is the whole package of looks, entertainment, beautiful voice, kind gentle person...not perfect but a voice that will carry over the world if heplays his cards right.....Go Adam...I am a 74 year old mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and I love Adams voice....
|Comment #21 by: Cycoblitz on 18 Dec 2009, 23:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Love the CD, best one I've heard in years. My question is why his songs are not playing on the radio. What's up with that? What does it take?
|Comment #22 by: StevenS on 12 Jan 2010, 11:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Adam's CD is selling like crazy in South Africa. The CD came out at about the end of November / start Decemeber and it's already on our SA Top 10 (No:3 and still climbing)
The only problem is that I haven't seen FYE's music once on MTV??? What's up with that? I read on Adam's Facebook profile that his second music video will be played on VH1 this weekend. VH1?????
This Cd is selling just through his fans who were waititng for the CD! If they did more advertising, even more people would buy the CD. Our South African Radio stations are playing FYE everyday but thats it. Nothing on TV. Kris Allen's CD isn't even out here yet......
|Comment #23 by: Renee on 09 Jan 2011, 14:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Most UNIQUE artist to-date! Purchased cd and can't wait for the video(s) and more music...!!!
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