Adam Lambert First Openly Gay Man to Top Billboard Charts

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.”

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41 comments

Tony Lyons
Tony L.7 months ago

WTF should somebody's sexuality be significant when talking about their artistic talent! Adam is a highly talented man: he is honest, decent and caring... and has faith in himself. He's a positive influence on others... long may he prosper.

Omer Kurkcu
Omer KURKCU4 years ago

Nice.

Dan(iel) M.
Dan(iel) M.4 years ago

Good for him. Also for promoting LGBT issues.

Isha Isha
Isha Isha4 years ago

love how he talks about music having no orientation, he’s my inspiration

Dubstep

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

A class act ...

Robin Rae Swanson
Robin Rae S.4 years ago

What about Boy George? Or was it that many people thought he was a cross-dresser? He certainly didn't hide his gayness. I can also think of many more ...

Samantha Christopher
Samantha C.4 years ago

I don't watch American Idol. Originally when I saw his first video, I thought he was a poser. Seen it before. But as I have watched each new video, I have changed my opinion and really like what he does. The only thing that changed when I found out he was gay was absolutely nothing! It's people like him that will hopefully change the world for the better.
Congrates Adam and keep on being you!

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch4 years ago

I have been a "Glambert" since I first saw him on American Idol!

I have, and will continue to purchase all his music.

Kamakshi Pande
Kamakshi Pande4 years ago

great!!

Nancy Crouse
Nancy Crouse4 years ago

Way to go Adam! I loved your talent on Idol and I have been following you since. I'll buy your new Album too. God Bless and its about time we had someone from the LGBT community
(male) on the top of the charts. We have fought for equality and it is paying off.