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Lambert's album sells well in wake of controversy

By Jo Piazza, Special to CNN
Adam Lambert's controversial AMA performance does not appear to be hampering his album sales.
Adam Lambert's controversial AMA performance does not appear to be hampering his album sales.
  • Adam Lambert's album is holding its own among holiday competition
  • The "Idol" runner up's debut is selling well on iTunes and Amazon
  • Lambert admitted he got a little carried away with his AMA performance

(CNN) -- Adam Lambert's suggestive American Music Awards performance hasn't hurt sales of his first album.

With stiff competition from a slew of holiday compilations and Susan Boyle's first album, Lambert's debut is still managing to sell well online.

"For Your Entertainment," Lambert's first album after his run on "American Idol," where he came in second to winner Kris Allen, is the fifth most downloaded album on iTunes behind Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle, the "New Moon" soundtrack and John Mayer.

Lambert's 14-song album is also in the top 10 of music purchases as the ninth most purchased album.

On Sunday night Lambert shocked America with a performance that included simulated oral sex with a dancer and a gay kiss with his male keyboardist.

Video: Adam Lambert's AMA controversy

ABC, the network that aired the awards show, received more than 1500 complaints and canceled Lambert's follow-up performance on "Good Morning America."

The CBS "Early Show" picked up Lambert after the ABC cancellation. He was interviewed, performed two songs and took questions from the live audience.

Lambert told CBS he thinks much of the uproar over his AMA performance is because he is a gay man.

Watch a discussion about the controversy on HLN's 'Showbiz Tonight' Video

He admitted that he got a little carried away at the awards show, but said that none of his risqué dance moves were planned in advance. "I do see how people got offended, and that was not my intention. My intention was to interpret the lyrics of my song and have a good time with it," Lambert said.