Don't Ask Adam Lambert to Do '80s Covers
He covered ’80s songs on American Idol and might even belt '80s jams on Glee this fall. But record an ’80s covers album? Now that's going too far.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Adam Lambert is walking away from his recording contract with RCA after releasing two full-length albums, Trespassing and For Your Entertainment. The reason for the split? Yup, you guessed it: The label insisted the glam rocker's next release be an '80s covers album, and Adam ain't havin' it — even though you know it would be totally awesome.
In response to an earlier post on the site about the possibility of his recording an ’80s covers album, Adam sent in a letter to THR explaining his decision.
“We are indeed having the oft-cited 'creative differences' as to what my next project will be," he wrote. "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."
“Over the past four years, I have been truly fortunate to work with an amazing roster of producers, writers and engineers. Thanks to them, I have grown as both a songwriter and a vocalist. Artistically & professionally, I think it is essential that I continue with this evolution. I am already deep into writing new material with some very talented colleagues for a brand new album, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this new sound & direction. This music is where my heart is, and I believe that is what my fans want to hear. So after careful consideration, I have made the decision to respectfully part ways with RCA. My passion for the music & respect for the fans will always come first. I am excited to find a new label team who shares this vision."
Is this a smart career move for Adam? Do you sort of wish he'd record an ’80s album?