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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

    Gay Anthems

    Gay Anthems
    5 songs

    Pop Remixes

    Pop Remixes
    1 song

    Dance Pop

    Dance Pop
    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    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.   Trespassing
  7.   Think
  8.   For Your Entertainment
  9.   Aftermath
  10.   Evil in the Night
  11.   Better Than I Know Myself
  12.   Mad World
  13.   Runnin'
  14.   Beg for Mercy
  15.   Two Fux
  16.   Sleepwalker
  17.   Another Lonely Night
  18.   Turning On
  19.   20th Century Boy
  20.   Strut
  21.   Soaked
  22.   Hourglass
  23.   Fever
  24.   These Boys
  25.   Heavy Fire
  26.   Rumors
  27.   The Original High
  28.   Nirvana
  29.   Take Back
  30.   Pop That Lock
  31.   Naked Love
  32.   Kickin' In
  33.   Cuckoo
  34.   Under the Midday Sun
  35.   Time for Miracles
  36.   Climb
  37.   Sure Fire Winners
  38.   No Boundaries
  39.   After Hours
  40.   There I Said It
  41.   Underground
  42.   Outlaws of Love
  43.   Crawl Through the Fire
  44.   MP3's Killed the Record Companies
  45.   Pop Goes the Camera
  46.   The Circle
  47.   Jamming with Lasers
  48.   Down the Rabbit Hole
  49.   Voodoo
  50.   Want
  51.   December
  52.   Time for Miracles, song
  53.   Music Again
  54.   Broken Open
  55.   Welcome to the Show
  56.   Shame
  57.   Things I Didn't Say
  58.   Lucy
  59.   Shady
  60.   Just the Way It Is
  61.   Rough Trade
  62.   Meet My Band
  63.   Can't Let You Go
  64.   Wonderful
  65.   More Than
  66.   Fields
  67.   Did You Need It
  68.   Castle Man
  69.   A Loaded Smile
  70.   Pick U Up
  71.   Chokehold
  72.   Underneath
  73.   Light Falls Away
  74.   Ring of Fire
  75.   The Light
  76.   Broken English
  77.   Tribal Segment
  78.   First Light
  79.   Run Away
  80.   Sacrifice