When Adam Lambert first walked into the judges’ room on the eighth season of American Idol, it was no mystery that he was different than anything we had seen before!
He was someone different, edgy, all around intriguing and with vocals like none other. Shortly after his first audition the buzz surrounding him began to grow exponentially.
Lambert coasted through early rounds making it to the Top 13 delivering brilliant renditions of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” and most notably a chilling rendition of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. Making it all the way to the final two, Lambert lost out just barely to Kris Allen.
With incredible exposure and support from fans as well as industry executives, Lambert went on to sign a deal with RCA Records and eventually put out two top Billboard Top 10 albums, with one of those albums going Platinum.
So with such early and quick success you would think Lambert would be given the liberty to decide what he would like to do for his third album. However, apparently that wasn’t the case. In the past few days there were reports that Lambert’s record label wanted him to do a full album of 80’s covers for his third album. As these rumors began to leak the Lambert fan base seemed divided on the idea. Some showed support while others wanted more original music. After a lot of back and forth from fans there seemed to be on overall consensus, Lambert as the original artist he is should be producing new music and it seems that Adam himself feels the same way. Lambert made it official himself that after two full length (and successful albums) he has decided to part ways with RCA Records.
In an open letter to The Hollywood Reporter Lambert states: “I’ve had an amazing few years working with the team at RCA; I admire all of them a great deal, and truly appreciate the energy & enthusiasm that went into making both “Trespassing” & “For Your Entertainment” successes. That said, at this point, we are indeed having the oft-cited “creative differences” as to what my next project will be. Your article was correct, the label is “pushing for an (80’s) covers album,” and feels that this is the only kind of release they are prepared to support. While there are lots of great songs from that decade, my heart is simply not in doing a covers album.”
You may or may not be a fan of Adam but there is something really respectable about standing up for what you believe in. What do you think? Good decision by Adam or not?