Adam Lambert leaves RCA Records

Adam Lambert has walked away from his label RCA Records. He made the announcement via a letter to THR’s Shirley Halperin.

RCA wanted Adam to record an 80s cover album to which Adam refused to do. This was the only type of album RCA was willing to support.

Adam will now look for a new label.

He recently joined the cast of Glee for the upcoming season.

It’s admirable that Adam is standing up for his “vision” (whatever that may be since his past two albums have generally been disappointing considering his talent). However, one should take pause and wonder why an 80s album is the only kind of release RCA was willing to support. They’re the label – they know the numbers and the market. They should probably know better than Adam after two albums worth of data.

As for the fans, here again, a dose of irony. When it was announced that Adam was dropped by 19 Recordings, they insisted that he was still on RCA’s roster — a sign that his career has not faded. Well, here we are 6 months later with him not having a label. The fans will move the bar again to justify that Adam’s career has not failed. My guess it will be Glee (which is why I was upset the last time).

I am intrigued at what kind of “vision” Adam shares with Glee. It all makes sense now: he’s desperate. He no longer had a label deal that’s why he accepted Glee even if this is not his target market. I actually think that joining Queen would have been his best career option. Maybe it can still happen.

Adam Lambert leaves RCA Records

Adam Lambert leaves RCA Records

Adam Lambert Statement

Dear Shirley,

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.


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