Adore Delano Sets 'Drag Race' Record
Drag queen Adore Delano has brought the "Party" to Billboard's charts.
The "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant sees his "Till Death Do Us Party" album log the biggest sales week of any "Drag Race" competitor, as the set debuts with 5,000 copies sold in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Delano (real name Danny Noriega) finished among the top three contestants on the just-finished sixth season of LogoTV's reality competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race." Noriega also might be familiar to music fans as a contestant on "American Idol." He competed on the 2008 edition of the series and was among that year's top 16 contestants.
While not every contestant of "Drag Race" is also a musician, a fair number of them have released commercially-available songs and albums -- including all seven of the shows winners (six regular season champs, plus an "All Stars" winner). Previously, the biggest sales week for a single or album by a "Drag" competitor was in 2013, when Willam's "Boy Is A Bottom" song debuted with just over 3,000 downloads sold.
Delano also debuts on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "I Adore U," popping on at No. 49. It sold 4,000 downloads in its first week (ending June 8) and additionally bows at No. 34 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs.
Here's a look at all of the show's contestants that have notched a Billboard hit:
- Nina Flowers: Ranny's "Loca," featuring Flowers - No. 15 on Dance Club Songs, 2010
- Sahara Davenport: "Go Off" - No. 35 on Dance Club Songs, 2012
- Jessica Wild: Ranny's "You Like It Wild," featuring Wild - No. 30 on Dance Club Songs, 2011
- Raja: "Diamond Crowned Queen" - No. 35 on Dance Club Songs, 2011
- Willam: Has charted five entries on the Comedy Digital Songs chart thanks to parody singles of popular hits. In 2012, "Chow Down" (featuring Vicky Vox & Detox) and "Love You Like a Big Schlong" reached Nos. 12 and 25, respectively. The following year "Boy Is a Bottom" (featuring Detox and Vox) hit No. 6, "RuPaulogize" (featuring Sharon Needles) reached No. 14 and the "Blurred Lines" spoof "Blurred Bynes" (again with Detox and Vox) hit No. 5.
- Sharon Needles: The album "PG-13" reached No. 9 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and also hit No. 186 on the Billboard 200. Needles also charted an entry on the Comedy Digital Songs chart with "RuPaulogize" (see Willam, above).
- Detox: Has charted three entries, with Willam (see above).
- Adore Delano (see above).