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Adam Lambert tops album chart

'Trespassing' tops Carrie Underwood album in slow week

One “American Idol” displaced another on the U.S. album chart this week, as Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing” supplanted Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” in the No. 1 slot.

Lambert’s RCA/19 release tracked 77,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended May 20.

It’s the first No. 1 album for the 2009 “Idol” runner-up, but it came amid a week of flat sales stats. “Trespassing” is the lowest-selling No. 1 entry since singer-songwriter Amos Lee’s “Mission Bell” reached No. 1 with a 40,000-unit debut week in February 2011.

“Trespassing” doesn’t come close to matching the numbers for Lambert’s major label bow: In December 2009, his “For Your Entertainment” entered at No. 3 with 198,000 sold.

It’s a further measure of music’s late-spring slumber that in its 65th week, Adele’s “21” (Columbia) managed to hold at No. 2, reaping 63,000 with a 36% decline. In its third week, Underwood’s “Blown Away” (RCA/Arista Nashville) took the No. 3 post with 54,000 (down 55%). Despite a 24% dip, Norah Jones’ “Little Broken Hearts” (Blue Note) rose one rung to No. 4 with sales of 45,000.

Three more new titles — all sporting film or TV connections — entered in the lower reaches of the top 10.

Satiric rock twosome Tenacious D, fronted by actor Jack Black, took their second top-10 round with “Rise of the Fenix” (Columbia), which bowed at No. 5 with 44,000. Their sophomore album “The Pick of Destiny” peaked at No. 8 in 2006.

The moody rock duo Beach House scored its first top-10 set with “Bloom” (Sub Pop), which entered at No. 7 with 41,000 shifted. The group features vocals by keyboardist Victoria Legrand, niece of film composer Michel Legrand.

Still matriculating on the charts, Fox’s “Glee” cast claimed the No. 8 pole with “Glee: The Music, The Graduation” (Columbia), which racked up sales of 39,000 out of the box.

The week’s top-10 holdovers include the “Now 42” hits compilation (No. 6, 42,000 sold, off 36%), Lionel Richie’s collaborative “Tuskegee” (No. 9, 39,000, down 45%) and boy band One Direction’s “Up All Night” (No. 10, 34,000, 15%).

Fresh titles from John Mayer and the Tedeschi Trucks Band are top contenders for next week’s post-Memorial Day chart.

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