Adam Lambert Parts Ways With RCA, Says “My Heart Is Simply Not In Doing A Covers Album”

Jul 13th, 2013 // 4 Comments

Adam Lambert has left RCA, the label behind his first two albums, due to “creative differences” and loud protests by Glamberts. Although Lambert had already enlisted collaborators and started writing his third album, RCA was pushing the Trespassing star to release an ’80s cover album and “feels that this is the only kind of release they are prepared to support,” Lambert said.

“While there are a lot of great songs from that decade, my heart is simply not in doing a covers album,” Lambert continued, in a letter addressed to The Hollywood Reporter. He (and his fans) had a point: Yes, he signed up for Glee. Yes, he has earned his new Glee role with a series of remarkable covers, which date back to his American Idol upbringing.

However, RCA seemed to have missed what fans ultimately took away from these covers, as shown in THR comments: Lambert has great taste, but he also has a vision for himself that spans multiple genres and decades, one that could not be contained in even the most inspired covers album. “This music is where my heart is, and I believe that is what my fans want to hear,” Lambert said of his third album, currently in the works.

On July 8, a label source told The Hollywood Reporter that “enthusiasm was lacking” for Lambert’s Trespassingthe Idolator reader-voted Best Album Of 2012 — and the label would support a covers album “so long as execs have input into such aspects as song selection and cover art.” As reporter Andrew Hampp disclosed today, fans should stay tuned with more details from Billboard.


  1. Oh I might add one of those is Chris Brown who is getting in trouble with the law every time I read a magazine or news report. This type of artist is why the music business no longer deserves the once great reputation it had when I grew up.

  2. melody

    ADAM left RCA in order to be able to create and grow..
    No more NO from the uninspired label.

    What a great decision.. now he is free to pave his own path..

    Yes to all that is the fiercely talented MR. Lambert

  3. barbls`

    Adam’s music is where his fans heart is! His music keeps evolving and giving us great music. Adam has such integrity and class! Hemarches to his own drummer, which makes him even more exciting! Mad Respect for him! RCA didn’t get the critically acclaimed Trespassing and never supported it or Adam’s singles! I am just so excited for the new music Adam is working on and seeing him on Glee! He is so super talented! Goodbye RCA! So glad to see you go! You don’t deserve Adam!!

  4. Maggie Magoo

    RCA seems confused about their role. The artist creates. The label sells. RCA failed utterly by not even attempting to sell the critically acclaimed Trespassing, even after it debuted at #1 and was enthusiastically received by fans, polls and critics worldwide. Then, instead of looking at the talent they had, they panicked as a result of their own failure and wanted to play it safe–not realizing Adam’s covers are incredibly good BECAUSE he interprets them with originality and heart–because he is an artist, not a studio hack. Compounding their failure to sell, they lost one of the rare Great Ones. Just Dumb: “They coulda’ had it all”. Adam and his Glamberts moving on together to better places. None of us are afraid of the future. We can’t wait!

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