photo: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesIt’s been a busy week for Adam Lambert news here at Reality Rocks. First he reunited with his “Idol” streaker from Season 8; then he performed for AT&T’s Live Proud event; then he announced that he’d joined the cast of “Glee.” And now it has been revealed that he has parted ways with his label of four years, RCA Records.
Although that last bit may seem like a jolt of glum Glambert news, a personal letter that Adam sent to The Hollywood Reporter indicates that this split is for the best.
Earlier this week, THR ran an article addressing rumors that Adam’s third album for RCA might be a compilation of ’80s covers, and a firestorm of Glambert debate ensued.
Yes, the possibilities for awesomeness here were undeniable. Anyone who’s heard Adam sing Tears For Fears’ “Mad World” or Michael Jackson’s “Black or White,” or noted the funky new wave influences in his original songs like “Kickin’ In” and “Cuckoo,” knows that Adam does the ’80s very well. I admit that I may’ve started my own mental wishlist of possible songs for the disc (among them Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur,” the Psychedelic Furs’ “Into You Like a Train,” and Yaz’s “In My Room”).
But, still. At the end of the day, the majority of fans (myself included) were understandably concerned that recording an album entirely composed of covers, especially this early in his career, would damage Adam’s credibility as an artist in his own right.
Apparently this was a concern Adam had as well. So he has elected to leave RCA, as he explains in an open letter to THR, published Friday.
“I’ve had an amazing few years working with the team at RCA….That said, at this point, we are indeed having the oft-cited ‘creative differences’ as to what my next project will be,” Adam wrote to the publication. “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…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.”
Adam’s full letter can be read at THR.com.
Watch this space for more details on where Adam ends up, but I have a feeling that a mega-talent who’s been in demand by everyone from Brian May to Ryan Murphy won’t be label-less for long.