Word of mouth and Twitter propel orders of his first album to No. 2 on Amazon.com

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 29, 2009 07:45 AM
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Season 8 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert is no also-ran. His first album, not due for release until Nov. 24, zoomed to the No. 2 spot on the Amazon.com sales list Monday, behind only Barbra Streisand’s much-publicized new jazz album, reports the New York Post.

The distinction ranked Lambert, 27, ahead of Madonna, the Beatles and Susan Boyle on the online retailer’s sales list – and shows that one needn’t nab the top title on Idol to win the sales race, as also evidenced by such chart-topping later-place finishers as Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Chris Daughtry.

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Lambert’s sales figures are all the more impressive because his label, RCA, made no announcement that the disc could be pre-ordered, so the reaction was basely solely on word of mouth, notes the Post.

Collaborating with him on the album are Lady Gaga’s producer RedOne, One Republic’s Ryan Tedder and Grammy-nominated music producer and songwriter Max Martin.

In a much-quoted Rolling Stone interview, Lambert admitted of eventual Idol winner (and Lambert’s roommate during the competition) Kris Allen, “He’s the one guy that I found attractive in the whole group on the show … totally my type – except that he has a wife.” This prompted Allen to tell PEOPLE, “I’m flattered. And think it’s hilarious.”

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