Singer Adam Lambert made history this
week when his sophomore album Trespassing debuted at Number
One on Billboard's album chart.
The 30-year-old Lambert is the first
openly gay male artist to top the chart.
Trespassing sold 77,000 copies
according to Nielsen SoundScan, making Lambert the seventh American
Idol finalist to climb to the top spot on the chart.
Lambert officially came out gay on the
cover of Rolling Stone after competing on the talent show.
But more recently he's said that even while on Idol he didn't
actively conceal his sexual orientation.
“I was out of the closet the whole
time [I was on American Idol]. The whole time. No one ever
said to me, Ryan Seacrest didn't go, 'You gay?'” he
host Chelsea Handler.
In discussing Trespassing,
Lambert told NPR that the track Outlaws of Love is about the
discrimination faced by gay people.
told Guy Raz. “And when I wrote that song … there had been a
lot going on with, you know, the gay marriage, kind of going back and
forth in California,” he said, referring to the legal challenge to
Proposition 8, the state's gay marriage ban. “And it just made me
sad. And so I wanted to write something about that sadness, about
that feeling where sometimes it's like a hopelessness that kind of
comes over you when you look at the situation. How you're probably
not going to change these people's minds because they're set.”