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