Susan Boyle, Adam Lambert’s debut records out today, following Kris Allen’s last week

American Idol 8 runner-up Adam Lambert’s debut record For Your Entertainment is out today, as is worldwide sensation and Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle’s debut I Dreamed a Dream.

Neither won their respective shows, but are arguably getting more attention than Kris Allen’s debut, creatively titled Kris Allen, did last week. Of course, Adam has been doing a lot to make headlines, from public simulated fellatio to a battle with a magazine. In a cover story, Billboard talked to both men, and reports that between the two, plus Alison Iraheta, “the eighth season of ‘American Idol’ was something of an embarrassment of riches” for 19 Entertainment.

Today, Adam and Susan compete against other releases including Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster and Rihanna’s Rated R. But Susan Boyle might already be the winner thanks to her global appeal. While Adam and his over-the-top cover became the best-selling album on Amazon.com immediately after being available for pre-orders, Susan Boyle broke Amazon’s pre-order record. In a press release, a spokesperson said “she has generated more Amazon pre-order CD sales globally than any other artist.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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