If it were up to last season's American Idol runner up Adam Lambert, Susan Boyle would not be moving on to the next round of her career. Lambert, speaking to Britain's Gay Times, experienced a seemingly wide array of negative emotions -- compelling Lambert to "cry with laughter" -- when he first heard Boyle's cover of the Rolling Stones' classic "Wild Horses."
Could there be a little bit of jealousy on Lambert's part? It's no coincidence that Lambert's first post-American Idol album, For Your Entertainment -- which sold 200,000 copies in its first week -- was kept out of the top spot on U.S. charts by Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream.
Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" had an impressive run at the top of the U.S. Billboard's chart. The album succeeded John Mayer's Battle Studies on December 3, 2009, and held that top spot until January 13, 2010, when Boyle was dethroned, not by Lambert, but by Ke$ha's Animal.
Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment peaked at number 3 on the U.S. album charts. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's Christmas themed album, My Christmas, occupied the second spot on the charts for some time. Lambert did not comment on the Bocelli's album in his interview with Britain's Gay Times.
Though, in the interview, Lambert did continue speaking about Boyle. "If only it weren't for Susan Boyle!," Lambert said. "I'm happy for her success, but that album is terrible. 'Wild Horses' is the one that made me laugh the hardest. I just died when I heard it, I was crying with laughter. It was the most horrendous, sacrilegious treatment of that song!"
Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment would go on to sell 519,000 copies to date. Susan Boyle's I Dramed a Dream has sold over 4 million copies in the United States alone and has been certified 4x platinum.