Adam Lambert Talks “One-Hit Wonder” Status and Trespassing With Billboard

By Carol Hagey            Since May 2009

By Carol Hagey
Since May 2009

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Dr. Luke. Bruno Mars. Pharrell Williams.
These are just a few of the hitmakers who appear in the production and songwriter credits of Adam Lambert’s sophomore album, “Trespassing.” But it’s not the impressive roster of collaborators that makes the boldest statement in the credits. It’s the forthcoming set’s executive producer: Lambert himself.

While it is rare for an artist to executive-produce his or her own release, Lambert, the flamboyant season eight “American Idol” runner-up, insisted on having full creative control of what he admits could be the decisive album of his career, his moment to prove himself as more than a TV-fueled seasonal sensation. “That’s why I’ve been so obsessed and neurotic about it and why I wanted to be the executive producer and co-write a lot of it,” he says of “Trespassing,” due May 15 on RCA Records/19 Recordings.
“This is a big make-or-break thing for me, especially for someone who comes off of ‘Idol,'” he says. “I did have a hit, which was great. That was one big step. Now what? Is that going to be it? Am I a one-hit wonder? So I wanted to get really involved in the process to make sure I was doing everything I could to create a great album.” He pauses. “And I think I did.”
It’s a drastic change from the approach taken with the singer’s 2009 debut, “For Your Entertainment,” which was hastily recorded during an “American Idol” summer tour in the months following his appearance on the TV show. Despite reaching No. 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 838,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and nabbing a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Whataya Want From Me,” the release felt rushed and was mostly a “guessing game” in terms of choosing songs that would properly portray his musical style and connect with fans, Lambert says.
This time around, Lambert, who turned 30 earlier this year, doesn’t have to deal with the pressure of churning out an album quickly to capitalize on the promotional momentum of “Idol.” He’s spent more than a year writing new material and working closely with RCA senior VP of A&R Rani Hancock to bring on other collaborators, including Benny Blanco, Bonnie McKee, Nile Rodgers and Sam Sparro. The result is a 12-song set (the deluxe edition features three bonus tracks) of electro-dance-funk and dark emotional ballads that display a more contemporary pop sound and move away from the theatrical glam-rock and vocal showboating of Lambert’s full-length debut.
“He’s really made a record that’s different than what he made coming off of ‘Idol,'” says Dana Collins, one of six artist managers working with Lambert at Los Angeles-based Direct Management Group, which also helms the career of Katy Perry. “You get off that, you’re on the treadmill and you jump into the studio and get presented with four dozen songs. You choose the ones you like, record them and tour at the same time. Then you go out and promote that record.”
Lambert says the subject matter of “Trespassing” is much more personal than “For Your Entertainment.” “I wanted it to reflect my social scene, not just what I knew my fans were going through,” he says. “So I’m writing about my gay friends-you know, going out and getting laid. I’m in a relationship right now, so I’m exploring monogamy and a serious thing, which is really cool. But I was single before that and there’s a lot of joy in that, too. So there are songs about going out and getting freaky.”

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~ Carol ~

About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)


  1. glamity58 says:

    This album needs to be big. I am so hoping America finally embraces his music. We need to request him on radio. I’ll keep trying.

    • MARILEE says:

      you are soooo right ! my CD arrives this week and can’t wait !!! so far I like what I have been seeing on his guest appearances !!!

  2. Leilani aloha says:

    Congrats Adam!!!
    U did it!!!
    We Love love love it!!!
    Can’t wait for my albums to arrive next week!!!!

  3. Mary at the Lake says:

    Such a great and informative article..I learned so much about the industry and the process from this..Thanks for the mention Carol!!


  4. I think the first album is a masterpiece. Still listening to it all the time. Tracks are so varied that it never gets boring. Not many artists can hold one’s interest through the whole album. I preordered the new album and expect it tomorrow. Can’t wait! Adam should be a big star. He has proven that he has staying power in this fast-moving culture.i wish him good luck with “Trespassing.”

  5. Lila - Glamb #3 says:

    Love it! There are quite a few good songs on this album. One of them has got to hit!