Top 10 Things to Know About Adam Lambert
- He is one of the best singers in rock/popular music, combining a gorgeous tone with sensitive phrasing and expression. His second single, “Whataya Want From Me,” was nominated in 2010 for the 53rd Annual Grammy Award Best Male Pop Vocal. For an example of pure singing ability, listen to this performance in Brigadoon when he was 22. Meatloaf praises Adam as the greatest singer since Janis Joplin. In introducing Adam at the 2010 KISS concert, Boston radio DJ Matt Siegel said “Every once in a great while…and we’re talking generations, somebody explodes on the national stage and changes everything.” A classically trained singer explains Adam’s extraordinary vocal technique. In 2012, Adam toured with the rock band Queen in Kiev, Moscow, Poland and London, stepping into the shoes of legendary frontman Freddie Mercury to great critical acclaim.
- He is a complete entertainer – singer, dancer, actor – with a commanding stage presence and charisma that make his live performances electrifying. Check out this AOL sessions performance of ‘Trespassing’. In the American Idol finale performance with Queen and fellow contestant Kris Allen, Adam owned the stage.
- He is enjoying significant commercial success. Adam’s second album, Trespassing, debuted in 2012 at #1 on the Billboard album charts for both CD and digital sales. For Your Entertainment debuted in November 2009 as the top-selling U.S. CD, with nearly 200,000 units sold in the first week, and surpassing one million in worldwide sales in July of 2010. His single “Whataya Want From Me” reached #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #2 on Adult Pop. He was the first artist in 2010 to have two #1 VH1 Top 20 music videos (“Whataya Want From Me” and “If I Had You”). His album and singles have gone gold and platinum in many countries, including the U.S., Germany, Singapore, Australia and Canada. Barely one year after Idol, he launched a solo world tour, selling out most venues in 100 cities in the U.S. and overseas.
- He is a savvy entrepreneur who is actively involved in all aspects of the business, from creating and producing his shows to the design of merchandise and his fan site. In a bold and unusual move for a pop artist at such an early stage of his career, Adam executive produced his second album, working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars and Dr. Luke. “These are just a few of the hitmakers who appear in the production and songwriter credits of Adam Lambert’s sophomore album, “Trespassing.”” reports Billboard Magazine in an excellent article about Adam’s executive producing role. “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.”
- He spans musical genres, from funk and soul, hard rock and electropop to ballads and Broadway, and inhabits iconic songs with utter conviction. His audacious song choices on American Idol blew away many observers, like this male sports writer. Adam’s Tracks of My Tears elicited a standing ovation from Smokey Robinson.
- He appeals to an extraordinary range of fans across generational, political, ethnic and national boundaries. He is a synthesizer and unifying artist, whose music draws from multiple sources and attracts listeners with diverse tastes through his singularly beautiful voice and emotional connection to each song. This video documentary captures the diversity and enthusiasm of his fans. He is said to have the largest web site of any RCA/Sony artist. In 2010 he was the best loved topic on social media.
- He is a boundary-smashing sex symbol, appealing to women and men, straight, gay and bisexual of all races. He may be the first openly gay popular artist whom women unabashedly adore anyway and consider one of the sexiest men alive. With Trespassing, he made history as the first openly gay singer to score a #1 album in the U.S. Here’s a fascinating essay about his appeal, “Complex Hotness: The Meanings of Adam Lambert.” Fans swooned over this acoustic, androgynous version of Broken Open, a song he co-wrote for his debut album.
- He is a style icon. Fans and style-makers pay close attention to his fashion choices and beauty. He is often the subject of print and online fashion and beauty shoots. Here are images from a series shot by Robert Sebree. This Jed Root series is stunning too. Fans also respond to artists he admires, such as Muse, Goldfrapp and Miike Snow, often sending their sales soaring.
- He is articulate, considerate and humble. On American Idol, Adam was the one contestant who consistently thanked the band and behind-the-scenes team. In interview after interview, he is disarmingly open, self-aware, thoughtful and funny, while exuding innocence, wonder and gratitude. Even after landing on numerous “most beautiful” and “most sexy” lists, he professes surprise and says he was an “ugly duckling” who achieves his beguiling appearance through “smoke and mirrors.” He says it is very important for him to remain grounded and not be changed by his sudden celebrity. Professionals love working with him. This is from PLSN (Projection, Lights, and Staging News), Sept 2010: “Adam is an extremely dedicated and hard working singer and artist who has his hands in every aspect of the show and design,” said Shane Johnson, stage manager of the Glam Nation tour. “It’s really a pleasure to be out on a tour with a man of his caliber.”
- He is generous and charitable. He is grateful to and protective of his fans, and has created an intense connection with them through web chats, Twitter and other opportunities to interact with him. In this live chat session for fans who contributed to his DonorsChoose.org campaign, which has raised over $550,000 for arts in the public schools, he says “If you have success, you should spread it around.” For his 29th birthday, his fans broke the single-day record for charity:water. Adam has become an advocate for Marriage Equality and anti-bullying. He released a remix of Aftermath to benefit the Trevor Project. To date, his fans have given over $1 million to various charities that he supports.
Adam Mitchel Lambert was born January 29, 1982 in Indianapolis and grew up in the San Diego area. He developed an interest in musical theater from the age of 10, and embarked on a professional career from the age of 18, appearing in touring productions of Hair and Wicked. He also performed with his own rock band Citizen Vein, in cabaret, and for the popular, edgy Zodiac Show in Hollywood, CA. Realizing that he wanted to pursue a career as a recording artist, Lambert decided to audition for American Idol, where he became runner up in 2009 and drew international attention. Many critics consider him to be the best performer ever to appear on the show. He released his debut album, For Your Entertainment, in November 2009, via RCA Records/19 Entertainment. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in December 2009, selling 198,000 copies in the United States in the first week. As of mid-July 2010, the CD has sold over one million copies. He has released three singles, “For Your Entertainment”, “Whataya Want From Me” and “If I had You.” The first sold very well internationally, but became controversial in the U.S. following Lambert’s homoerotically charged live televised performance in November 2009 on the American Music Awards. “Whataya Want from Me” reached the top 10 in the U.S., has been a #1 hit in several countries, and months after its release, is holding steady on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lambert received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal for his performance on “Whataya Want From Me.” His third single “If I Had You” also charted in the U.S. and many other countries, and the accompanying music video jumped to the #1 spot on VH1.com in three weeks. In 2010 Lambert headlined his first solo, 100-plus-city “Glam Nation” world tour across the U.S., Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Lambert’s second album, “Trespassing”, was released on May 15, 2012, and landed the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts.
Trespassing Central (compilation of reviews, credits on the CD)
Breaking Open Adam Lambert (review of CD)
Music Video of Whataya Want From Me (#1 on VH1 Top 20, MMVA winner, Best International Video)