Week Ending May 27, 2012. Albums: Idols’ Ups & Downs
Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, who were the winner and runner-up, respectively, on American Idol three years ago, both take some lumps on this week's Billboard 200 album chart. Allen's sophomore album Thank You Camellia debuts at #26, with sales of just 16K copies. Allen is only the second Idol winner to fall short of the top 20 with his or her sophomore album. Taylor Hicks' The Distance stalled at #58 in 2009. (Note: the 2010 and 2011 winners, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery, have yet to release their sophomore albums.) Allen's debut, Kris Allen, reached #11 in 2009.
Lambert's sophomore album Trespassing drops from #1 to #12 in its second week (22K). It's the first #1 album to drop out of the top 10 after spending just one week in the top 10 since Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park in November. The difference, of course, is that Lambert is a household name, while Miller isn't all that well-known outside of the hip-hop world. Lambert's drop wasn't unexpected: His 2009 debut album, For Your Entertainment, also spent just one week in the top 10.
Pop Quiz: Only one sophomore album by an Idol winner has reached #1. Name that album. Answer below.
Albums by three other artists who rose to fame on Idol are listed in this week's top 30. An instant album by this year's winner, Phillip Phillips, debuts at #11, one notch higher than last year's winner, Scotty McCreery, debuted with American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Scotty McCreery in May 2011. (That album went on to peak at #10).
Carrie Underwood's Blown Away holds at #3 for the second week. The album holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the fourth week. This is Underwood's longest run at #1 on the country chart since her debut, Some Hearts, logged 27 weeks on top in from November 2005 to May 2007. Underwood was Idol's Season 4 winner.