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Adam Lambert

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Before becoming a front-runner in the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert made his name in the theater world, where he performed alongside Val Kilmer in the debut production of Ten Commandments: The Musical and landed an understudy role in a touring production of Wicked. The California native then parlayed his theater background into a multi-month run on American Idol in 2009. Lambert's flair for neo-goth clothing and eclectic arrangements made him a critical favorite, as did his dramatic tenor vocals. Following performances of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," Tears for Fears' "Mad World," and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," Lambert found himself pitted against Kris Allen in the grand finale, which he ultimately lost by a slim margin. Lambert was unanimously praised by the American Idol judges, however, who all but guaranteed him a successful recording career following the show's conclusion. Although Lambert didn't win the Idol competition, he received far more attention than his castmates during the following months, during which he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in June ("I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," he stated in the accompanying article, thus putting an end to the public's speculation) and elicited standing ovations during the summer-long American Idol tour. He also signed with RCA and began recording his debut album, working alongside producer Rob Cavallo while soliciting material from the likes of Lady Gaga, Linda Perry, Justin Hawkins, and RedOne. One month before For Your Entertainment's release, Lambert unveiled his first single, a track from the 2012 soundtrack titled "Time for Miracles." His debut album followed in late November (arriving one week after the release of Kris Allen's own debut) and sold close to 200,000 copies during its first week, outdoing new releases by Rihanna and Lady Gaga in the process. Meanwhile, a risqué performance at the American Music Awards -- during which Lambert kissed his male keyboardist and danced suggestively with both sexes -- helped gather additional headlines, not to mention a fair amount of controversy. Lambert's five-song EP Acoustic Live!, featuring stripped-down versions of songs from For Your Entertainment as well as the Tears for Fears cover "Mad World," was released in December of 2010. The following year, Lambert delivered the concert album/DVD Glam Nation Live, featuring performances recorded during the Indianapolis, Indiana stop of his 2010 Glam Nation tour. Lambert's full-length sophomore effort, Trespassing, was released in 2012, with the album featuring a bevy of big-name collaborators including Bruno Mars, Nikka Costa, Sam Sparro, and Pharrell Williams. It hit number one but sold fewer copies than For Your Entertainment, and Lambert announced in 2013 that he was leaving RCA. He returned several times to American Idol, however, and also announced in 2014 that he would tour with Queen, where he would front the band in place of the late Freddie Mercury. In 2015, Lambert returned as the first former contestant to appear as a judge on American Idol. His next studio release would be The Original High -- his first on Warner Bros. following his departure from RCA -- on which he had worked with Swedish songwriter/producers Max Martin and Shellback. The album appeared in June of 2015. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Adam Lambert

    Pop Remixes

    Pop Remixes
    2 songs

    Dance Pop

    Dance Pop
    2 songs

    LGBT Pride

    LGBT Pride
    2 songs

    Gay Anthems

    Gay Anthems
    5 songs

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Adam Lambert

Top Songs by
Adam Lambert

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Whataya Want From Me
  3.   If I Had You
  4.   Ghost Town
  5.   Never Close Our Eyes
  6.   Think
  7.   Trespassing
  8.   Another Lonely Night
  9.   Aftermath
  10.   For Your Entertainment
  11.   Better Than I Know Myself
  12.   Evil in the Night
  13.   Mad World
  14.   Runnin'
  15.   Two Fux
  16.   First Light
  17.   Rumors
  18.   Rough Trade
  19.   Time for Miracles
  20.   Ring of Fire
  21.   These Boys
  22.   The Circle
  23.   Sleepwalker
  24.   After Hours
  25.   Lucy
  26.   There I Said It
  27.   Nirvana
  28.   Take Back
  29.   Shady
  30.   Can't Let You Go
  31.   A Loaded Smile
  32.   Welcome to the Show
  33.   Things I Didn't Say
  34.   Underground
  35.   The Original High
  36.   Pop That Lock
  37.   Kickin' In
  38.   Run Away
  39.   MP3's Killed the Record Companies
  40.   Pop Goes the Camera
  41.   Turning On
  42.   Beg for Mercy
  43.   Tribal Segment
  44.   20th Century Boy
  45.   Voodoo
  46.   Want
  47.   Light Falls Away
  48.   Fields
  49.   Climb
  50.   Sure Fire Winners
  51.   Strut
  52.   Soaked
  53.   Fever
  54.   Music Again
  55.   No Boundaries
  56.   Shame
  57.   Chokehold
  58.   Broken English
  59.   Naked Love
  60.   Cuckoo
  61.   Crawl Through the Fire
  62.   Under the Midday Sun
  63.   Meet My Band
  64.   Jamming with Lasers
  65.   Down the Rabbit Hole
  66.   Wonderful
  67.   More Than
  68.   Hourglass
  69.   Did You Need It
  70.   December
  71.   Time for Miracles, song
  72.   Pick U Up
  73.   Broken Open
  74.   Castle Man
  75.   Heavy Fire
  76.   The Light
  77.   Outlaws of Love
  78.   Underneath
  79.   Sacrifice
  80.   Just the Way It Is