The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Adam Lambert is walking away from his recording contract with RCA after the label insisted his next release be an 80’s cover album, something which he steadfastly refused.
I’m going to trust Adam’s instincts on this one.
He sent a letter to THR explaining his decision:
“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.”
Artistically and creatively, this is great news for Adam. Many people feel that the label mismanaged his last album Trespassing, failing to give it the promotion and attention it needed, especially in the U.S. Hopefully his new label will be a better fit.
I understand Adam’s decision to turn away from an 80’s cover album, but damn, I already made a list of the songs I wanted him to remake. Now I’ll never hear his version of “Sugar Walls.”