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Adam Lambert Talks Music With Rolling Stone

by on Nov.12, 2009, under All About Adam, Interviews

Adam Lambert talks music with Rolling Stone; Adam’s new music for his debut album titled “For Your Entertainment” which will be released November 23rd. It was amazing to hear Adam talk about his expectations for his music, details about personally writing for his album, what his song lyrics mean to him and how he feels his listeners will relate to those lyrics, working with artists who he admires tremendously and what it was like for him singing their songs, his musical background as well as his favorite genres of music, his album cover, his new band, and his ever changing fashion “look”.

We all know Adam Lambert has worked long and hard for the day he can share his music with the world. I love his candor, his passion, and his enthusiasm. Adam Lambert is extraordinary.

To pre-order your Deluxe version of Adam’s “For Your Entertainment” click iTunes

Rolling Stone magazine also has a feature article about Adam Lambert which should be hitting the news stands soon.

photo by Robert Sebree

photo by Robert Sebree

Adam Lambert on the Demons and Dance Behind “For Your Entertainment”

Singer opens up about his new band (Madonna’s guitarist!) and his album’s Radiohead moment

by Jenny Eliscu, Rolling Stone

In our new issue, Adam Lambert tells Rolling Stone how whiskey and David Bowie influenced his debut album, For Your Entertainment. American Idol’s first real rock star also opened up about working with Muse and writing one of the record’s most tender ballads. Here’s more from Jenny Eliscu’s conversation with the man RS dubbed a glam-rock sex god during his fantastic Idol run:

Tell me about the process of making this record.

We did some recording on tour, not that much, though. What we ended up doing was conceptualizing on the road, and then just collecting as many demos and ideas as possible. Before the tour started, I did write for like a month. Over the course of the tour, we collected a lot of different music and found what resonated with us. The cool thing about the whole process was that we took a lot of the songs from demos and really developed them and tried to tailor them to the vibe that I was going for on the album, which was to blend old and new, to take classic rock-sounding track and say, “How can we modernize this, how can we give it an electronic edge?” I think it went pretty well.

Going into it, before you heard a single demo, what were the things you were certain you wanted it to be?

I wanted to do somehow not a classic and Eighties rock thing, the stuff I got credibility for on Idol. I wanted it to be dance, I wanted it to be pop, I wanted it to be international — these were our check boxes. I really wanted to do a new pop glam thing. I didn’t want to create an album that was cohesive, because that’s not my personally, I wanted something that was all over the map, because that’s the kind of music I like to listen to, and I like to sing a lot of different styles of music, and there should be something different for every mood you’re in.

Do you think your look will go through different phases?

I love dress-up, I love costume, I love make-up and all that shit, so I have a feeling that I’m going to tailor a look for each song. I kind of think that for the first single, “For Your Entertainment,” we’re going to go for more of an old Hollywood look, like 1930s style, but influences of Berlin, kind of dark, black and white, opium den, old glam? I want it to look like Valentino, old movie star, like black and white, pencil moustaches — that kind of vibe.

You’ve spent a lot of time absorbing lots of music. Do you have a large record collection?

Yeah, I’m a freak with iTunes, I’m constantly fucking buying music. I love listening to whatever’s new and fresh, and I’ll go back and explore. I went through a period of time where all I was listening to was stuff from the late Sixties, the whole flower power fuckin’ psychedelic hippie-type music, like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Beatles. I remember at one point I was listening to a lot of disco. I love disco music, anyone who doesn’t love disco, I don’t know?

Every generation has some kind of music they have baggage about.

Yeah. I love dance music, I’ve always loved dance music. I think anything with a good beat that makes you feel like getting ready for the evening, going to work, in the gym, it’s inspiring, it makes you feel good. It makes you move and it makes you want to feel sexy and flirt with somebody and have a drink. There’s a lot of that on the record, because I love that.

What was it like working with Lady Gaga? She brought you a demo from a few years ago?

We just talked about the direction of which way it would go, and she said, “I really want to make more current than the demo is, and dance it up, make it a little more disco-y, and I was like, “Yeah, let’s do it.” I think we accomplished it.

Did you do more work on it with respect to lyrics? How much did it change the song itself from the demo?

On American Idol, I tended to interpret things vocally, there’s a lot of ad-libbing and stuff going on. It was a simple melody before, and we made it a lot more in your face and over the top.

What about “Music Again,” the song Justin Hawkins from the Darkness contributed?

It has a classic rock riff to it that I thought was so sexy. Another band that was a major reference was Queen. You hear that influence in a couple different songs, and the chorus of that song, I wanted the harmonies to sound like Queen, I wanted it to be really full. Also, bands like Sweet used to do that with their vocals, glam bands. I just wanted to show people I had a sense of humor with this shit. It’s fun, it’s supposed to be kind of campy.

“Broken Open” is one of the album’s big ballads. Can you talk about the record’s slower songs?

There’s three songs that are really emotional, a little bit slower, softer. One of them is a song that Muse wrote, “Soaked.” That opens up with a real soft vocal, it’s very tender, the lyrics are very vulnerable, then it goes into a soaring ballad-type feel. That was another example — we got the song from Muse, and I was shitting myself, I couldn’t believe it, I thought, “This is incredible, I can’t believe they’re giving me a song.” I’m a huge fan, and it, too, like the rest of the three that I’m talking about, have this real retro feel to it, melodically and even in the style of the production, very Seventies, at times very Sixties, almost like a Shirley Bassey song mixed with a Queen record. “Broken Open” you could put it in the same category as a downtempo Goldfrapp song or even like Radiohead, there’s shades of that in there, very electronic but mellow, very ethereal. The lyrics are basically encouraging someone to feel safe in being vulnerable. “Lay here, it’s safe here, I’ll let you be broken open.” It’s about that moment where someone really opens up emotionally to you. I just wrote that from some experiences that I’ve had with certain people in my life, and I hope that it comes across that way.

The songs you write on your own, do you tend to gravitate toward ballads or sadder songs?

I like to write both, I just like to write something that means something. Even “Strut,” it’s not incredibly hooky, but it’s a self-empowerment thing. Strut it out, work your shit, and feel good about yourself and let it all hang out, sooner or later you’re going to find love and be happy in your life. So it’s fun and it’s lighthearted, but it definitely has some weight to it, as far as what it’s trying to say. There’s another one called “Aftermath” which is probably the most Idol-esque type song on the album. The cool thing is that the lyrics are basically about dealing with your demons. I think there’s a universal message in it. It might be about coming out, it might be about self-acceptance, taking the chance of keeping it real and doing what you feel in your heart you have to do, even though it’s scary, even though people might not like it. It might be about going to AA. Any sort of traumatic life moment, and in the aftermath of it, of making that decision and dealing with whatever it is you’re dealing with, you’ll find solace in it. It’s another kind of empowerment-type anthem.

People criticized your album cover for its theatrical camp, but you’d argue that’s actually where a lot of pop music is heading, correct?

I think that especially right now in the pop scene, theatricality is definitely back. Look at artists like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, for example, two very kitschy, tongue in cheek artists. Even people like Rihanna, it’s very theatrical, it’s very dramatic, it’s very fashion. All that’s happening, and people like Madonna have been doing it for years, and Michael Jackson was the master of it. I just think that people want that again. I was fortunate that I got picked for Idol and people liked it, because that was the kind of music I wanted to do, add more presentation to it, a little more showmanship, not just about the voice.

When was the first time you hit one of those crazy notes and realized you could do it?

One of the real high crazy ones? That was in my twenties, I couldn’t do it when I was a teenager.

Was it a process of training and training until it came naturally?

I kind of rejected voice lessons, in a way, I stopped taking voice lessons when I was 20, and I found my voice after that, when I wasn’t being told what to do. I wasn’t worrying about singing correctly. When you take voice lessons, you get kind of programmed to sing correctly, and when I stopped singing correctly, I had a cooler sound, I think.

When you were auditioning the guys for your band, what was the vibe you were looking for?

The guitar player is somebody I’ve been writing with and I’ve known for years, actually, Monte Pittman. I had a band together for a little while here in L.A., a short-lived band, and we had written songs together and we’re going to keep writing songs together. I told him a long time ago, “You’re going to be in my band.” There’s a loyalty there, and we have a working relationship that’s really great. He’s been playing with Madonna for years, he’s great. The drummer has a really good energy, and he’s an Aquarius like me. I get kind of dorky about the astrology, I hate to admit it.

Have you gotten any new tattoos recently?

No. I thought about it. I need to find something that I want first. I’m not sure what else I want to put on my body, but I’d like to. RollingStone.com

My thoughts…

photo by Robert Sebree

photo by Robert Sebree

I absolutely loved hearing what Adam Lambert had to say about his new music!! It was enlightening when Adam discussed his song lyrics; what the lyrics mean to him as the artist and how he envisions the interpretation possibilities for his listeners.

Even though several of the songs on the album were written by other big name artists who Adam respects tremendously, Adam still made those songs his own. Adam is completely original and always “Adam” which I admire. Loved hearing his excitement about getting the song from Muse.

Many of us heard a Queen vibe when we listened to preview of “Music Again”. It was exciting to read that was Adam’s intent. He also mentioned we would hear the Queen influence in a couple of his songs. I can’t wait for the whole album!!

I’m glad Adam had the opportunity to talk about the intent of his album cover. He clearly knew exactly what he wanted for his debut album. I hope he continues to trust his instincts when it comes to his creative expression.

Adam has his own band and the anticipation builds for live performances. The fact he chose Monte Pittman for his band is awesome and why he chose him is endearing. Adam’s comment about astrology and his drummer’s positive energy made me smile.

Could Adam’s “For Your Entertainment” look possibly be the theme for his music video or his performance on the American Music Awards? I don’t know, but whatever he does, it will be fabulous!!

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Pre-Order Adam Lambert’s Debut Album Today!

by on Sep.27, 2009, under All About Adam

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Pre-order Adam Lambert’s Debut Album

Guess what popped up today? Adam Lambert’s debut album is now available for pre-order in many countries around the world!! Adam Lambert’s yet untitled album is dropping November 24th, but you can pre-order it today. Amazon.com offers links for many countries around the world to pre-order the most highly anticipated album of the year!

For all Amazon orders in the United States, click Amazon.com.

Amazon order links for International Fans: Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany,
Amazon Japan

Adam Lambert’s album has only been available for hours, not days and it’s all ready at the #2 slot in “Bestsellers in Music” on Amazon. Adam’s album is also ranked #1 right now in the “Movers & Shakers in Music” category on Amazon. It’s clear that all the hype around Adam Lambert has never been just hype, it’s as real as it gets. People all over the world are highly anticipating Adam Lambert’s music; we’ve waited a long time for Adam Lambert and we’re ready!

photo by Robert Sebree

photo by Robert Sebree

Adam Lambert Talks to Rolling Stone About His Album

There has been quite the buzz about “Strut”, one of the tracks on Adam Lambert’s debut album. Many people in the industry think it’s up for consideration as Adam’s first single. Here’s what Adam had to say to Rolling Stone.

“AMERICAN IDOL” RUNNER-UP LAMBERT has two rules for his debut album: “No negativity or whining, naming Seventies rockers T. Rex and electro-pop act Goldfrapp as big influences. “I want it to be positive. I’m not a big fan of emo-type lyrics.” The 27-year-old singer – who call his as-yet untitled LP “nouveau-glam pop rock” – has coralled an A-list lineup of song writers and beat makers to help craft tunes: Max Martin, Lady Gaga producers RedOne, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and Linda Perry (Lambert is still recording and finalizing the checklist). He also reunited with Idol judge Kara DioGuardi to pen “Strut”, a Depeche mode-meets-Queen self-empowerment anthem that highlights Lambert’s range. “I love stuff that makes you feel sexy, puts you in a good mood.” he says “The song is supposed to be a confidence booster. The message is be yourself. Let it all hang out.” by Nichole Frehsee, Rolling Stone

photo by Robert Sebree

photo by Robert Sebree

Ryan Tedder and Aimee Mayo co-wrote a track for Adam Lambert’s Album

There is also quite a bit of talk on twitter about another track from Adam Lambert’s album. This one was written by Ryan Tedder and Aimee Mayo. Aimee is not only a well known song writer, but clearly a big fan of Adam’s talent. Here’s what she had to say on twitter.

Ok there are a bunch of questions about the song Adam cut. The only way I know to describe it is it needs it’s own MOONWALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8:40 PM Sep 25th from web

I am Adamcrazy and want to tell everything I want to blast in from my tip-toes from the top of the Eiffel Tower but can’t til I get the OK.
8:41 PM Sep 25th from web

All I can say about it is I can’t stop seeing the video in my head. If it didn’t make the record I might never stop crying. ABSOLUTELY <3 IT 8:43 PM Sep 25th from web I just heard Adam Lambert sing my song!!!!! This happened. It is PROOF that DREAMS come true. His voice is so sexy it hurts. Thank U 10:24 PM Sep 25th from Twitterena AimeeMayo at Twitter.com

Here’s what Adam Lambert had to say on Twitter about his recording sessions with Ryan Tedder.

In Denver recording w Ryan Tedder!!! Get ready for your Sonic Lobotomy!
5:55 PM Sep 20th from Echofon

Denver Tedder sessions were major! Looking forward to working with the fantastic Dr Luke and Claude Kelly tommorow!
4:50 PM Sep 22nd from Echofon

I know it sounds corny, but this album is a dream come true. I am lucky to be working with the BEST producers & writers in the world!
4:52 PM Sep 22nd from Echofon

Get ready to shake yo asses!!! There be some beats a comin!
4:53 PM Sep 22nd from Echofon AdamLambert at Twitter.com

Run, don’t walk, and join the thousands of people who pre-ordered their copy of Adam Lambert’s debut album today!!

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Adam Lambert Talks Music With Rolling Stone

by on Aug.25, 2009, under All About Adam, Interviews

photo from Rolling Stone

photo from Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert was honored by Rolling Stone for best selling issue of the year! Adam’s cover issue of Rolling Stone magazine sold out in record time both on newsstands and online. Congrats Adam!!

While he was there, Adam talked to Rolling Stone about his debut album and his ideas for his solo concerts in the future.

Adam Lambert’s “Sexy” November Debut Stocked With Surprises by Rolling Stone

The American Idols Live tour is in full swing, but Adam Lambert still has one eye on his debut album, due in November via AI’s 19 Recordings through a licensing deal with RCA. When Lambert stopped by the RS offices last week to discuss Paula Abdul’s departure from Idol, he stayed tight-lipped about any possible song names, lyrics or the album title — “Nope, can’t tell you yet — it’s all a surprise,” he says — but stressed that assembling the album quickly is only adding to its intensity.

“We did a surprising amount of work before the tour started, we had about a month,” he says. “I got a lot of co-writing done, some great initial vocal material recorded, and just general collaborations with different producers.” His list of collaborators has grown to include OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé), along with Lady Gaga producer RedOne, Linda Perry, Greg Wells and Sam Sparro. His only promises: “a lot of surprises” and “it’s going to feel really sexy.” (Watch Lambert talk about his first album in our video interview, above.)

On tour, Lambert reports his David Bowie medley of “Life on Mars,” “Fame” and “Let’s Dance” is “going over really well, and I have a blast doing it.” Fans are clearly having a good time too — the list of objects thrown at Lambert has grown from bras to light S&M gear, he reports. So what should fans do to get his attention? “Just clap and scream and have a good time,” he says. “It’s not about you guys getting my attention, it’s about you living your life in a positive way. If you feel sexy when you hear a song, just be sexy and feel gorgeous. You don’t need to throw a bra in my face to let me know that you feel sexy, though it cracks me up.”

Offstage, Lambert is currently listening to Muse’s new single “Uprising” (”It’s very glam rock and very cool”) as well as the new LPs by Kasabian and Peaches, and the latest from IAMX, one of the former singers from the Sneaker Pimps: “This recent one is gorgeous, it’s just epic and the production’s great, his melodies are awesome.”

After after a month on the road with the Idols tour, Lambert says he has definitely learned a few things that’ll come in handy down the line. “When you dance and move around it creates a different reaction from the audience — they love it,” he says. “And getting a sense of interaction with them, I love that. It’s like a trial run, a test audience for things to come. I would love to do a live show with dancers and fashion and scenic elements — definitely bring my love of the theater to a concert-style performance.” Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert Interview with Rolling Stone 8-10-09

Lambert Adds Hitmaker Max Martin to List of Collaborators by Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert delivered some news about his November debut album via a giddy tweet this morning: “In NYC to record song with MAX MARTIN!!! Soo excited. This album is getting so great!!” Martin is the Swedish wunderkind responsible for Kelly Clarkson’s mammoth “Since U Been Gone,” Britney Spears’ “… Baby One More Time,” Pink’s “So What” and “I Kissed a Girl” by Lambert’s cape-wearing pal Katy Perry.

As Rolling Stone reported earlier this month, the American Idol runner-up has also locked down writing and/or recording sessions with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé), Lady Gaga producer RedOne, Linda Perry, Greg Wells and Sam Sparro. Rolling Stone

Adam Lambert is also featured in the September 3rd issue of Rolling Stone in “Lambert Rocks ‘Idol’ Revue” now available at newsstands. Rolling Stone spent the day with Adam Lambert and Kris Allen beginning with their GMA early morning performance in NYC through the AI Tour evening performance in Atlantic City, NJ on August 7th. It’s a behind the scenes look into their busy schedules and both Adam and Kris share some personal thoughts as to what goes through their minds before they walk on that stage to perform for thousands of fans. Pick up your copy of Rolling Stone today to read this insightful article.

C. Taylor Crothers for Rolling Stone

C. Taylor Crothers for Rolling Stone

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Adam Lambert’s Story in Rolling Stone – Coverage vs. Content

by on Jun.18, 2009, under All About Adam

photograph by Matthew Rolston

photograph by Matthew Rolston

The very premise of Adam Lambert’s feature article in Rolling Stone was to share his story in context. A story Adam tells in a real, refreshing, bold, enlightening, uplifting, humorous, and heartwarming way. Yet, the media world still feels the need to pull bits and pieces to create sensational headlines for readers. Discussions which follow lead us to the place where we are losing the very meaning of Adam’s story. The world is still trying to put Adam in a box. Haven’t they figured it out yet? The spirit of this unique young man defies confinement. Sensational stories in the celebrity world are everywhere; a dime a dozen. Adam’s story, if read and discussed in its entirety, gives the reader so much more.

One of our members here at TALC, Larissa Petrella, shares her view on the complexity and nuances of Adam’s story to demonstrate the wholeness of this man is much greater than the sum of his parts.

by: Larissa Petrella (AnkhOfTau at TALC)

Rolling Stone – Is Hope For A Generation Being Overshadowed By Irrelevant Thinking?

photo by Matthew Rolston

photo by Matthew Rolston

June 25th, 2009 – On their cover, Rolling Stone is featuring Adam Lambert: a twenty-first century shaman with the voice of an angel, the eyes of a necromancer, and the ability to enchant like the Greek God Pan. He comes bearing messages of peace, positivity, and hope to the masses. Yet somehow the enchanted forest is being missed because of the preoccupation of a few obsessively scrutinized trees.

For years it seems that America has been having a love affair with everything ordinary. Standing up and standing out are not considered priorities in a culture dominated by what seems to be disaster after disaster whether it’s economic, cultural, or environmental.

 

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 Why then are vast numbers of people suddenly so taken with someone who awakens thoughts of freedom, self expression, glamour, and celebration? Among the headlines of global pandemics, financial collapse, and environmental wrath, another major story has emerged: the rise of Adam Lambert, who is the living antithesis of everything that is driving the biggest stories of the present. In less than six months, Adam went from a virtually unknown stage actor to being the subject of one of the most memorable covers in the history of Rolling Stone.

Maybe it’s time we can start letting go of being so focused on what is wrong with the world and celebrate what we can make right by allowing ourselves the privilege to be amazed, surprised, and truly entertained. Adam Lambert may not have meant to become this harbinger of a new renaissance but he doesn’t seem to be shirking the position. Truth be told, he seems to be having a hell of a lot of fun serving as an ambassador of hope and he’s looking damn good doing it.

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Some would say that the hype surrounding Adam’s rise from struggling stage actor to America’s first Rock and Roll sovereign in decades is attributed to the controversy and fervor over the fascination with his personal life. While questions regarding his personal life have played a part of his astronomical rise to a household name, what was it that led to Adam gracing the cover of Rolling Stone, still of the most sought after feats by even the most seasoned artists?

Never has someone been chosen to grace the cover of this legendary publication because of their lifestyle or personal choices. Rolling Stone has never based one of their iconic covers on someone for the sake of a fad. You’ll never see Jon and Kate Gosselin on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone has been one of the cornerstones of the music and entertainment industry since 1967. It is not People magazine.

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Why then, Adam for the cover? Some outlets of our new millennium media seem to feel he’s merely a toy for battle weary America to play with and poke at for whatever makes him different. However, his growing legions of passionate fans are making enough noise to hopefully get the real message across. Adam is not just one in a million, Adam is one in forever. Rolling Stone set out to let the world see Adam for what he is and hopefully diffuse the spotlight that has been overexposing the least important of Adam’s truths.

Many people, some who have even survived multiple generations, are voicing their awe of his immeasurable vocal talent. His exceedingly supernatural charisma offset by his very down to earth approachability seems to leave all those he comes in contact with in an absurdly grinning and hyper-ecstatic wake. Adam seems to always magically strike the perfect balance between extremes, caught up in a perpetual twilight state between the bright, warm, winning personality and the dark, sensual prince of passion. Rarely do we see this sort of balance between the ultimate extremes even in the highest echelons of stardom.

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Most importantly, Adam’s star is rising quickly because he’s the first glimmer of hope that may be the awakening we’ve been waiting for. His sudden arrival and swift ascension may be the indication it is finally time to emerge from the shadows of dark and troubling times and celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit. The real story is not about Adam’s quick score of a grand prize like having his picture gracing the cover of a major publication; the real story is that an institution of culture like Rolling Stone is jumping at the opportunity to be a vehicle for Adam’s magical ability to heal the hearts and souls of those who have been stifled, damaged, and silenced. Rolling Stone is providing Adam’s algorithm to celebrate, embrace, and enjoy life – and of course, look damn good doing it!

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