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Adam Lambert splits from record label


Adam Lambert has walked away from his record label after executives pushed him towards recording an album of 1980s cover songs.

The singer, who shot to fame on "American Idol," has parted ways with RCA after releasing two albums through the label, and he has now revealed a disagreement over this third project prompted him to end his contract. Lambert insists he did not want to record a covers album and says the split came down to "the oft-cited 'creative differences.'"

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In an open letter to The Hollywood Reporter, he writes, "I've had an amazing few years working with the team at RCA; I admire all of them a great deal. ... That said, at this point, we are indeed having the oft-cited 'creative differences' as to what my next project will be. ... The label is pushing for an ['80s] 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."

Lambert insists he is already writing songs for his new release and hopes to share it with fans soon. He adds, "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. ... I am excited to find a new label team who shares this vision."

Jul 13, 2013 3:09PM
I love Adam Lambert and have both of his albums.  I like his last one - but his first album I LOVE LOVE LOVE.  It is one of the best pop albums ever.  I hope he continues to make great pop music  He has one of the most amazing voices in pop.  Good for him - if he doesn't want to do all covers - he should move on.
Jul 13, 2013 2:17PM
When he did ring of fire on american idol I thought he was the best cover artist I had ever seen.  Go find it and you may see why.  Hopefully this will not give him a black eye in the industry.
Jul 13, 2013 2:09PM
GOOD FOR YOU Adam! Originality and individuality is desperately lacking now days, and for you to stand up and buck the "cheese" factor is admirable. Your voice is AMAZING, your talent AWESOME, and I personally cannot wait to hear your work! P.S. I like you even MORE for standing up for yourself! What? Are these record executives 80 plus years old?
Jul 13, 2013 1:18PM


 Although the covers by you would be awesome! You are much too talented to NOT do your own music. Sorry RCA couldn't realize your visions or talent. Good luck with future indeavors. With most of todays music and so-called "artists" lacking in talent, it's sad to see that all your hard work over the years has not been more fruitful. I hope your next label pairing will appreciate and support you more.

Always a fan, Kat

Jul 13, 2013 1:12PM
As I re-read the story I've figured it out....He doesn't make any money doing "cover songs". But he does get paid more( publishing rights ) for original songs. Smart, but he still looks like a douchebag.
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