updated 09/29/2009 AT 7:10 AM ET
•originally published 09/29/2009 AT 7:45 AM ET
Season 8 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert is no also-ran. His first album, not due for release until Nov. 24, zoomed to the No. 2 spot on the Amazon.com sales list Monday, behind only Barbra Streisand’s much-publicized new jazz album, reports the New York Post.
The distinction ranked Lambert, 27, ahead of Madonna, the Beatles and Susan Boyle on the online retailer’s sales list – and shows that one needn’t nab the top title on Idol to win the sales race, as also evidenced by such chart-topping later-place finishers as Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Chris Daughtry.