Pop Music

Chartbreaker: In a clash of Idols, Adam Lambert unseats Carrie Underwood with Trespassing

It's a big week for American Idol this week. Besides the crowning of the season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips, the singing talent show sees another of its alums rise to the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

The first time in chart history, one Idol is succeeded by another, as Adam Lambert's Trespassing debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, replacing Carrie Underwood's Blown Away. This also marks the first time an openly gay solo artist has reached the top of the album chart in an album's first week on the chart, according to Rolling Stone.

Trespassing sold 77,000 copies in its chart week, the smallest amount for a number-one album since Adele's 21 sold 76,000 in its twelfth nonconsecutive week topping the chart, Billboard reports. Interestingly, 21 sits at number two this week, selling 63,000 copies. Underwood's Blown Away lands at number three after two weeks at the top.

Tenacious D's Rize Of The Fenix debuts at number four, followed by Norah Jones' ...Little Broken Hearts and Now 42 at numbers five and six, respectively. Beach House's Bloom debuts at number seven. Meanwhile the Glee cast suffers its worst chart performance to date, as Glee, The Music: Season Three - The Graduation Album comes in at number eight, the lowest debut for a full Glee album since the show began. Lionel Richie's Tuskegee and One Direction's Up All Night experience the biggest sales drops in the top ten, with Tuskegee dropping six spots to number nine and Up All Night dropping three to number ten.

On the singles chart: Carly Rae Jepsen continues her ascent to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, this week landing at number two with "Call Me Maybe." The song is gaining on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra, which spends its sixth week at number one. "Call Me Maybe" sees an increase in radio airplay and has reached the top of the Digital Songs chart.

Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa is hurt by the new success of "Call Me Maybe," falling to number three to make room for the Canadian hit. Likewise, fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae also falls, to number four. "Starships" by Nicki Minaj, meanwhile, reaches number five again, where it peaked when it was first released.

The remainder of the Hot 100 top ten looks about the same as last week, with Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" featuring Sia falling one to number six and the rest of last week's singles in the same spots: "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction at number seven, "Glad You Came" by The Wanted at number eight, "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber at number nine and "Drive By" by Train at number 10.

Expect "Call Me Maybe" to end Gotye's reign at the top in two weeks from now, if not sooner, but don't anticipate Adam Lambert to stay at the top of the Billboard 200 next week. It's a very real possibility that Adele could retake the top spot, unless John Mayer's fifth album, Born And Raised, sees a big debut despite little to no promotion and an unbecoming haircut.

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