Lambert is the seventh 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard 200 summit
TOP OF THE POP CHARTS: As it leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, ascends 2-1 on three airplay charts: Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and the all-format Radio Songs survey.
On Pop Songs, Gotye is the third consecutive new act to reign, following fun. ("We Are Young") and the Wanted ("Glad You Came"). That's the longest streak of rookie rulers since 2001, when Eve ("Let Me Blow Ya Mind," featuring Gwen Stefani), Blue Cantrell ("Hit 'Em Up Style") and Alicia Keys ("Fallin' ") all led the list consecutively with their first chart entries.
On Adult Pop Songs, Gotye is the first singular male act to reach No. 1 in a first chart visit since Owl City perched at the top spot with "Fireflies" the week of Jan. 30, 2010. Before that, no new solo male had notched a No. 1 with an introductory charted title since Daniel Powter ("Bad Day") in 2006.
"Somebody" has now topped a whopping 14 domestic Billboard charts: the Hot 100, Digital Songs, Radio Songs, On-Demand Songs, Ringtones, Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, Rock Songs, Rock Digital Songs, Alternative Songs, Alternative Digital Songs, Triple A, Dance/Club Play Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay.
It's topped 25 rankings on Billboard's international charts menu.
'ROCKY MOUNTAIN' HIGH: Godsmack notches its record-extending 20th top 10 on the Active Rock airplay chart, as its Joe Walsh cover "Rocky Mountain Way" climbs 12-9. Dating to the chart's inception 15 years ago this week, Foo Fighters rank second with 18 top 10s, followed by Disturbed and Nickelback (17 each).
(Both the Active Rock and Heritage Rock charts launched the week of May 31, 1997, the former chart ranking songs among harder-edged rock stations and the latter a tally of airplay on stations focusing on more traditional rock acts. The charts combine to form the Mainstream Rock list, which premiered the week of March 21, 1981.)
On the Billboard 200, Godsmack's "Live & Inspired" album begins at No. 19.
ALL 'HELLO' BREAKS LOOSE: Karmin tops Dance/Club Play Songs with its first chart entry, "Brokenhearted."
After reaching No. 1, the duo - engaged couple Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan - has its sights set on a bigger number. The pair is on a mission to say hello to six billion people. I.e., the world.
Not so coincidentally, Karmin's debut EP is entitled "Hello." The set debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 last week.
"This is a lot bigger project than we anticipated, I think," says Heidemann of the tandem's gargantuan greetings goal.
"I need a Band-Aid," says Noonan. "For my face."