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Adam Lambert

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