Adam Lambert's "Ghost Town" has made its first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. The track, the week’s highest-charting debut, reached the No. 73 spot on this week’s chart. It also became Lambert’s first Hot 100 entry since his 2012 hit “Better Than I Know Myself” surfaced at No. 76. "Ghost Town" is also the highest-charting entry from Lambert since “If I Had You,” which debuted at No. 30 in 2009.
“Ghost Town” is Lambert’s lead single off the album “The Original High.” The LP debuted at No. 3, just two spots behind James Taylor’s “Before This World” and one spot below Taylor Swift's “1989,” which has been No. 2 for many weeks.
The success of “The Original High” has special significance for Lambert, 33, because it is his first album for Warner Bros. The Indianapolis-born singer quit his longtime label RCA sometime back. “When I decided to leave the last label, I had a moment of, ‘Well, I hope I didn’t just kiss my chances goodbye’,” he told National Post.
“The Original High” was recorded in Sweden and was executive-produced by Max Martin and Shellback, the same duo who worked with Ariana Grande on “Problem” and are also behind Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” and Swift’s “1989.”
Lambert thinks the new album is quite different from his previous releases. “I think I had gone down the road of doing campier, theatrical kinds of ridiculous, thematic pop on my past couple of albums,” Lambert told the San Diego Union Tribune. The musician is currently in London to promote “The Original High,” his third solo album since he rose to stardom in 2009 on Fox's “American Idol.”
“I wanted to steer it back into ‘realness,’ reality, authenticity and things that were universal concepts everybody could relate to,” he continued. “I just wanted to connect with the listeners in a real way.”