The singer's 2009 debut, For Your Entertainment, entered the chart at #3 and has sold more than 1 million copies to date. Lambert leads a parade of new faces in the Billboard 200 top 10, which also includes jokey rock duo Tenacious D, whose Rise of the Fenix came in at #5 (44,000), as well as indie duo Beach House, in at #7 with Bloom (41,000) and the graduation disc from the cast of "Glee" (39,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele, 21 (#2, 65,000), Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (#3, 54,000), Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (#4, 45,000), NOW 42 (#6, 42,000), Lionel Richie, Tuskegee (#9, 39,000) and One Direction, Up All Night (#10, 34,000).
Further down the line, rock icon Santana charts with the all-instrumental Shapeshifter (#16, 21,000), followed by reunited pop grungers Garbage with Not Your Kind of People (#17, 19,000) and country legend Willie Nelson, whose covers album Heroes (#18, 17,000) features his unique versions of songs by Coldplay and a cameo from pal Snoop Dogg.
Other new faces include: Godsmack, Live & Inspired (#19, 17,000), Best Coast, Only Place (#24, 14,000) and punk lifers Hot Water Music, Exister (#34, 10,000). Perhaps she'll get the "American Idol" bump next week, but daughter of Elvis Lisa Marie Presley makes an inauspicious debut with her latest album, Storm & Grace, which moved just over 9,000 copies.
In the days after her death, disco diva Donna Summer was back on the charts, with 1979's greatest hits double-disc On the Radio running up to #74 (6,000), followed by three other singles compilations at #90 (5,000), #95 (5,000) and #194 (2,000).
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