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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.

Yours,
Adam

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Glambchops
Glambchops

I really like Adam Lambert.  Always have ever since he sang on Idol.  But I don't get the conflict.  He is going to be singing 80s covers on Glee anyway, and if he gets any more frontmen gigs for Queen, he's going to be singing 70s covers, so I don't understand the big difference or the big brouhaha some people are making.   If he's going to sing oldies then he should have stayed with RCA.  That's what I don't get so that's why I think they made him walk away.  I may like the guy, but I'm not going to spin a story just to make him look better.  It is what it is.  He's not the first and he won't be the last.  I don't think RCA is a great promoter of Idol singers anyway unless your name is Carrie.

Rosebud12
Rosebud12

I have a serious question for the glamberts commenting here - why do you participate in something that obviously makes you so angry?  90% of what comes out of the glamberts mouth is vitriol.  The rest is periodically rationalizing something or other, trying to convince the world he's more than he is, and making hateful unprovoked comments about Kris Allen because he won some stupid show 4 effin years ago.  Do you have any idea how you come across to people not engaged with your particular obession?  There's something so off about it all.   

Rhett Butler
Rhett Butler

Note to ROSE CARROLL-HADDIX:  Sweetheart...YOU are the loser because you bring up things that happened 4 years ago.  Losers usually don't move on with their lives as it appears you have not.  So I'd be looking in the mirror first, before I called anyone, especially a talented person who works his butt off even while he has a broken wrist, a baby on the way, had three surgeries and still finds time for his fans and family and charitable work...a loser.

Rickey...there's a hell of a lot of us who also hate the obnoxious glamberts...just like the one I replied to and all the ones bashing you.  Maybe you need to define "obnoxious" to these people because obviously they don't know the meaning of the word.

PamEardley
PamEardley

Hi, obnoxious Glambert here!!!   Just wanted to drop by and have my say!!  Wow after reading all the comments, its a wonder your disliked!!  "Don't  vote for the gay??"   You should have a hell of a lot more ppl hating you for that one, than just the Glamberts!!   And Adam desperate?? For what??  He has always been smart about what he wants to do with his career and he did do an episode of PPL (that's Pretty Little Liars, in case you do not know that) last year in October, so this isn't a huge surprise that he wouldn't want to do something like that again, Maybe the Glee ratings are down, A lot of the Glamberts will now tune into Glee for Adam!! That's a bonus for the show.Adam will do well this year with Glee, talk of Queen again and a new label who will SEE his vision, not set him back to the 80's!!  Give him a decent chance, he has all the Glamberts respect for a reason,, he is genuine and kind hearted and thoughtful, you give respect , you get it, its simple math!!

Melody2
Melody2

Rickey, I don't frequent your site so I never knew what was happening with Adam fans. However, your disdain for Adam was so strong and blatant, how can you blame the Glamberts. If you preferred Kris, you should have concentrated your efforts on supporting him, and just ignore Adam. Instead, you were just like these hateful "fans of others" the way you wrote about Adam. You should have acted in a more professional manner. When it came to Adam you were no better than your buddies from "Vote for the Worst" (who also spewed hatred and were homophobic).

Melody2
Melody2

If you've seen comments from any article about Adam, he gets more vile and hateful comments than every idol combined. These haters want with all their hearts for Adam to fail, that they've been screaming failure from the start. Rickey is no different. I know MJ is also a Kris supporter, but in a more subtle way. Not mean and spiteful like Rickey. Rickey, take a page out of MJ's book.

IdleTime
IdleTime

Not being a Lambert's fan, I find Rickey's distaste for Adam and the Glamberts quite entertaining.  When/how did that come about?

rhett203
rhett203

Hey, Rick - you know that "I cannot stand the obnoxious Glamberts" comment? No worries - they can't stand your obnoxious, bitter self either.

Melody2
Melody2

Rickey: Maybe the "Glamberts" lash out at you because of your blatant disrespect towards Adam. I hadn't noticed your actions toward him until the S8 finale when you kept repeating in your webcam, "Don't vote for the gay, vote for the Christian." Then it went downhill from there.

Noelle
Noelle

Surprised he voluntarily walked away.

Kathie Hein
Kathie Hein

Yeah, he left THEM. More like, they said "do this and make us money for a change" and he refused because he's an "Artiste" and they dropped his sorry ass.

burker
burker

Oprah needs to give him his own show...

Rickey
Rickey

Only for the FB timeline for some reason... Hmmm

Angela Hale
Angela Hale

He sounds like Cher, anyway. He should do the 80's album.

PamEardley
PamEardley

@Rosebud12  If your a Glambert, you have moved on from Obsession and gone into passion and dedication!!   We are passionate and dedicated, that's how we support him!!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@PamEardley You are not obnoxious. This was an awesome comment!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Melody2 Well, I can't ignore anyone since I was covering the entire show. But I will remember you when Glee comes and I will try to be nice. I feel better now actually so hopefully I don't forget. I just switch these things on and off when I write really. Although, if I end up writing something nice about Adam, the Glamberts usually write that I am being sarcastic! So it kinda doesn't matter, they've already made up their minds about me. My initial anger was because of Glee. 

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Melody2 I don't need to do that because the Adam Lambert fanbase is not my bread-and-butter audience. She's actually taking pages from the Rickey book for YEARS. Almost everything she is doing now is taken from what I've done through the years. 

If she was as vocal as me she would lose a huge chunk of her traffic. Meanwhile I am free to say anything I want without being beholden to any group of fans.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@IdleTime Well I knew they were obnxious from the beginning and when I was known as a Kris Allen supporter, a lot of them already had something against me. However, I was still OK during the season because that's how things normally go. The Summer Tour was great actually -- but again, balancing fan interests was a headache because the Glamberts were trying to "prove" that Adam was more popular than Kris every step of the way.

It all fell totally apart when the Kris Allen fans turned against me for something I wrote about his album -- and then I had disdain for Season 8 in general, since even with some amazing experiences and meeting great people during that season, the negatives were just off the charts. I have never been treated as badly by any group of people than from those in Season 8. For me, it was the worst season on a personal level. It also proved to be the biggest turning point for the blog: I decided to do more things with the same passion that I did with American Idol.

So basically this is just me, completing the circle of recovering from all this. These insults that these fans hurl at me are THE SAME insults they have been writing for FOUR YEARS now. And yet: Adam's career is now hinging on Glee (of all things) and Rickey.org is more successful than it was four years ago.

In a sense this is more symbolic then specific with Adam. I knew this would happen with his career and maybe I'm just impatient right now and thus my frustration with the Glee thing. But all these failed Idol careers are the norm and we've seen a lot.

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@Melody2 I'm feeling better now as I mentioned. But as I've said before, Adam NEEDS Glee now, not the other way around -- but the fans will insist that it's the other way, just as they do when rumors of Adam judging American Idol will "save" American Idol ratings (and even worse integrity).

IdleTime
IdleTime

@Rickey @IdleTime Wow. Thanks for that.  haha.  Didn't know that S8 was such a sour note for you.  You really take it all so seriously and personally.  I agree that the Glamberts can be quite obnoxious (additionally fused by Allen's win).  But why can't you stay neutral about Adam?  Why such "glee" on his downfall?  He's a bit annoying, but still...

Rickey
Rickey moderator

@IdleTime @Rickey I'm more or less neutral now after that season. I will probably be neutral on Adam once the Glee thing is over (when there isn't anything the fans can use against me if I say anything bad about Adam).

I don't take anything personally actually. But season 8 was very personal because I was literally hung out to dry by some people in the "media" when everyone was attacking me. So that was new and it's left a mark. I am so much better now actually. I opened myself up a bit in the past, but now I've shut everything off.

(That's why I can write all these things without remorse! LOL)