After being asked to record an album of '80s covers, Adam Lambert has called it quits with RCA. The singer cites "creative differences" with the label, saying the only effort it was willing to back from the singer was that one.
The news of the album sparked backlash from Lambert's horde of fans, who felt the 31-year-old "American Idol" alum should not be tied down to a collection of remakes. The singer avoided confirming the album when asked earlier this week, telling The Hollywood Reporter that "rumors are funny little things."
Lambert penned a letter to THR on Friday announcing his departure from RCA and his refusal to adhere to the label's request.
Thank you for your continued interest in, and support of, my musical career. After reading your article on July 8th, and seeing the very impassioned responses, I thought it would be good to write and let you know what is actually happening with my next album.
I've had an amazing few years working with the team at RCA; I admire all of them a great deal, and truly appreciate the energy & enthusiasm that went into making both "Trespassing" & "For Your Entertainment" successes.
That said, at this point, we are indeed having the oft-cited "creative differences" as to what my next project will be. Your article was correct, the label is "pushing for an (80's) covers album," and feels that this is the only kind of release they are prepared to support. While there are lots of great songs from that decade, my heart is simply not in doing a covers album.
Over the past four years, I have been truly fortunate to work with an amazing roster of producers, writers and engineers. Thanks to them, I have grown as both a songwriter and a vocalist. Artistically & professionally, I think it is essential that I continue with this evolution. I am already deep into writing new material with some very talented colleagues for a brand new album, and I can't tell you how excited I am to share this new sound & direction. This music is where my heart is, and I believe that is what my fans want to hear. So after careful consideration, I have made the decision to respectfully part ways with RCA. My passion for the music & respect for the fans will always come first. I am excited to find a new label team who shares this vision.
What exactly Lambert's musical career will hold following this split is unclear, but his itinerary will at least be full with a recently announced role on Season 5 of "Glee." Both of his past two albums, 2009's "For Your Entertainment" and 2012's "Trespassing," saw success, with the latter debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.