Adam Lambert’s new covers album High Drama debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, dated March 11.
It’s the American Idol alum and Queen front man’s fifth top 10-charting effort on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart as the set debuts at No. 7. High Drama marks Adam’s highest-charting effort on Top Album Sales since 2015, when the studio set The Original High debuted and peaked at No. 2 (July 4, 2015-dated chart).
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Additionally, the album debuted at No 126 on the Billboard 200 Album chart, and at No. 7 on the Top Current Album Sales chart.
High Drama sold 8,500 copies in the U.S. in the week ending March 2, according to Luminate. Physical sales comprise 4,500 (effectively all from CD sales) and digital album sales comprise 4,000.
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The Billboard 200 albums chart currently uses a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units.
High Drama is the singer’s first album of covers and features unique takes on hit songs such as Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero,” Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World,” Sia’s “Chandelier,” Billie Eilish’s “Getting Older,” and Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.”
“It’s a fun challenge to figure out a way of doing a 180 with a song,” Adam described performers covers. “This album is a foray into my world. Over the past decade, I’ve explored a few different areas and sounds and energies, and I feel like part of this new chapter in my career is me being really clear on who I am, and what I am, and what I’m not. I think that’s all coming out in these tracks.”