Adam Lambert earned the top spot on the Billboard music charts this week — and a place in pop music history. The former American Idol performer became the first openly gay man to have an album chart at No. 1.
“Other gay performers such as Elton John and George Michael have hit No. 1,” notes website AfterElton.com, “But only before they came out, and they haven’t managed that honor since.”
Lambert’s sophomore album, Trespassing, sold 77,000 copies when it debuted May 15. “Thank you to the Glamily[sic] for helping me make HISTORY!” Lambert said in a Tweet, according to Huffington Post.
Discussing the album’s title, Lambert said, “I do feel like a trespasser … 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.”
Included on the chart-topping album is the song “Outlaws of Love,” which The Advocate describes as an “equality anthem.”
“I wrote Outlaws of Love to lament the LGBT community’s struggle for equal rights and acceptance,” Lambert explained. “…we find ourselves essentially ‘outlawed’ in certain communities because of our basic human desire for companionship.”
The pop star added, “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. I am thrilled that President Obama had the guts to speak out — even in an election year — for the traditional American values of justice and equality for all. It’s a bold step in the right direction.”