Reading the statement by Hi Fi Recordings that they want to help Adam Lambert’s brand as much as they can, and that their release of music the rocker recorded pre-Idol has nothing to do with them wanting to make money off of him, I find it completely laughable. If anyone out there is holding onto some vintage Lambert tunage, they’re releasing it because they want their own kickback off the Rolling Stone cover boy.
Let’s get real. Many people thought he’d win this season of American Idol, and when he lost, there was a huge uproar. He’s different than what we’re used to on the show, which brought him fame in and of itself. The big question during the season, and even more afterwards, was if he was gay or not. He came out to Rolling Stone magazine, and they placed him on the cover. Everyone talks about Lambert’s pre-Idol stuff that’s been loaded onto YouTube.
So when Hi Fi Recordings, the holder and rightful owner of recordings Lambert did in 2005, releases it as an album this summer, they want the cash. Cha-ching is the only sound they’re hearing when they listen to his music. The CEO of Hi Fi, John Hecker, disputes this, saying they felt it was the “right thing” for the fans to hear the music, and he promises Lambert will get his share of the profits, claiming he wasn’t looking for any profit for himself.
Lambert isn’t very happy with this release, saying it’s not a representation of who he is as an artist, despite the fact that he not only recorded this music, but reportedly also co-wrote it. He says he was a struggling artist back in 2095 and was hired as a “studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks.” He’s obviously distancing himslef fromt his material as much as possible.
Instead, Lambert would rather promote the music that will be released on his first post-Idol album, including stuff from the people behind Lady Gaga. That’s all in his right, and while I don’t think he should totally diss the work he did a few years back, Hi Fi really needs to own up and admit they just want a little of the Lambert Loot for themselves.
Interested to hear the music Lambert recorded back then? Here’s the single that was released, Want.