It’s been one hell of a year for Adam Lambert.
Last summer the 31-year-old became the first openly gay recording artist to debut a record at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart, sang onstage with Queen, and, just this week, it was announced that he had landed a guest starring role on the upcoming season of Glee.
Today though, the American Idol alum announced a plan to walk away from his record label and it’s all because of an 80 s cover album. An 80 s cover album that neither he nor his fans wanted.
In a letter sent to The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, Lambert says that although he had a great number of years working at RCA, they ultimately came to a point where their creative differences became too much to bear.
Because he’s so well spoken, you can read his entire statement below:
Thank you for your continued interest in, and support of, my musical career. After reading your article on July 8th, and seeing the very impassioned responses, I thought it would be good to write and let you know what is actually happening with my next album.
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.
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.