Upon checking my Instagram this morning, I couldn’t help but let out a legitimate chuckle at Kris Allen’s latest photo, a screen-cap from an iTunes downloads chart.
I have no idea if Kris Allen saw the hilarity in leading his Season 9 runner-up Adam Lambert, or was just happy to be sitting in a comfortable spot in the Top 10 whenever this chart was grabbed. It is the first day people can buy Thank You Camellia, the followup to his self-titled debut. Hell, he’s a nice guy. He probably wanted to help his old buddy out by whipping his fans into a frenzy upon seeing such horror over something so arbitrary. (And don’t even tell me some endless thread on some LiveJournal site hasn’t already been making top-bottom jokes in between penning album-release-day slash.)
Adam Lambert’s Trespassing has been out a week and has already sold between 70,000-80,000 copies. Whether or not he has a #1 album will be known tomorrow when Billboard releases the final sales tallies.
Lambert’s Trespassing will likely sell more albums given its broader marketing and pop appeal, so please, don’t even attempt to school me with historic numbers, Google trends, and anything else you idiots think of. And by idiots, yes, I am referring to a majority of Glamberts who have been spending an awful lot of time rating and reviewing his album. 3250?! Are you kidding me? Sitting in the top spot is uber-douche John Mayer and he only has 546 ratings. Tenacious D has 646. But Adam Lambert has…3250?! Wait. It’s now at 3252. You people are still nuts, aren’t you? There MUST be an organized effort to give 5 Stars so THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WILL RECOGNIZE WHAT A MUSIC PHENOM ADAM LAMBERT REALLY IS. Few artists are even close to that number, although I must say I DID breathe a sigh of relief when witnessing over 43,000 ratings for Adele’s 21. And how long has that album been out again?
Forcing me to go to the Community section of Adam Official now, aren’t you? (NOTE TO SONY: Please hire someone who knows about experience design to start mapping out your artist websites. Also, page load is ridiculous. You need to better optimize on-site graphics for all browsers. And NO ONE uses white-on-black text for content-heavy sites anymore.) There’s an entire section devoted to this sort of thing, including a large effort to increase views of Lambert’s videos. Not saying all fans don’t do this sort of thing…well, most um, don’t. But American Idol fans are a whole other breed.
And in case you were wondering, I have yet to listen to Thank You Camellia but I DID listen to Trespassing last week. Reviews of both of these albums to follow but needless to say, I enjoyed it and have no problem admitting it. Definite improvement over For Your Entertainment, although Better Than I Know Myself would have not been my choice for a first single. Obviously trying to capture a tiny bit of something off the minor success of Whataya Want From Me, Better Thank I Know Myself just doesn’t grab you the way other tracks–such as Cuckoo–does. Instead of playing it safe by something so tailored for the Hot Adult Contemporary realm, why not try to FULLY position Lambert as a sort of Mika 2.0? Just go with the gay for chrissake.