Hallelujah! Adam Lambert’s new label deal is out and it couldn’t be better news! Although we heard months ago during an interview with Ryan Seacrest that Adam was signed to a new label, he wouldn’t reveal who it was with. Speculation came to a head a few weeks ago when blogs were reporting that Adam was being followed on Twitter (twollowed?) by Warner Bros. Records. Adam finally confirmed this yesterday in an exclusive interview with Billboard.
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The biggest surprise is how long he’s been signed. It turns out the day after he announced his separation from RCA, he was contacted by Warner Bros. Records! To make it even better, pop music geniuses Max Martin and Shellback are the Executive Producers on his next album. Hopefully he’ll reveal why he waited so long to announce the new deal. And since the wait has been so long, what was so special about yesterday to release the news? I think Adam has really matured – he was able to keep this a secret for 1 ½ years! Shirley Halperin reported the RCA “undeal” on July 12, 2013 in an exclusive for The Hollywood Reporter and the same Shirley Halperin also got the exclusive for the following Billboard story. Wow, is she on Adam’s “good list!”
- Some of my favorite quotes from the article are:
“As (Max) Martin tells Billboard exclusively: “Shellback and I first realized in 2009 that a voice and talent like Adam Lambert’s doesn’t come around very often. We loved the experience and hoped our paths would cross again.”
- Adam revealed “the first single will be out in April. I think people are going to be really surprised. The album feels like a new era for me — emotionally, lyrically, sonically. It feels fresh, it feels new. It’s still me. It’s still stuff that fans know and love but it’s a new chapter 100 percent.
- I wanted something more internal and more grounded. A little less with the theatrical and the camp and the presentation. I wanted to bring it in a bit more. Being on the road with a British rock band, and being in London a lot this year, rehearsing with them and doing TV gigs, I think that has affected my sound and where we are headed with it.
- I learned a lot about my fans through the years — the big picture of it and how you have to listen to them.
Is your heart beating faster now?! First single in April! Read the following Billboard exclusive and let us know your thoughts in the comment section.
~ Carol ~
Exclusive: Adam Lambert Signs New Major Label Deal, Max Martin to Executive Produce Album
by Shirley Halperin and Michele Amabile Angermiller
It’s said that you can’t keep a good man down, but in the case of Adam Lambert, he was down barely 24 hours.
The American Idol season-eight runner-up and current frontman for Queen tells Billboard that he has found a new home at Warner Bros. Records, and that the label got in touch right after news broke that he had split from RCA Records.
“The next day, Warner Bros. contacted us, which I thought was pretty amazing and it was a kind of relief,” says Lambert. “It was just a scary thing to make that announcement to the world.”
Ever the go-getter, Lambert and his management team at Direct Management Group regrouped and brainstormed, deciding to reach out to Swedish songwriter-producers Max Martin and Shellback. The two first worked with Lambert months after his Idol near-win and the collaboration yielded two hits, “Whataya Want From Me,” which reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “If I Had You,” which spent 20 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 30.
“So I scheduled a meeting with Max Martin and Shellback. We started talking about life, politics, fashion, everything under the sun,” Lambert recalls. “They said, ‘You seem different, Adam,’ and I said, ‘I feel a little different.’ And I just asked them for their help.”
Four years after their first sit-down, the trio picked up where they left off, with Martin and Shellback offering to executive-produce the 32-year-old singer’s next release, his first under his new multiple-album deal with Warner Bros., due out in early summer.
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