Adam Lambert’s debut album For Your Entertainment is soon to be joined by his second album in the spring or early summer of 2011. Sales for the first album are well over a million worldwide. Still I believe that if RCA released more singles it would generate even more album sales. It could become platinum in the USA. Two singles were not enough for US fans. My request for the next single would be Aftermath do to its relevance at a time when LGBT youth issues are in the national spotlight. It seems that RCA is ready to move on to a new Adam Lambert album without exhausting the old one. Many of Adam’s fans believe that For Your Entertainment still has at least several unreleased singles that are potential hits. Seeing Adam perform them live on his Glam Nation Tour has only reinforced his fandom’s belief that it is too soon to move on.
Once maybe twice in a generation an entertainer comes along that eclipses all others in talent, appeal and showmanship. Adam Lambert is our Elvis, our Freddy our Michael. Those of us who recognize the birth of a superstar are insatiable in our desire to indulge in more and more of Adam Lambert. Each song on Adam Lambert’s debut album is a treasure that we are not ready let go.
It is not enough that Adam Lambert announced that an acoustic version of some of the tracks from For Your Entertainment will be release as an EP in November. Although stripping Lambert bare allows the listener to take in the shear beauty and power of his vocals it does not satisfy his fan’s craving for at least another single release for US radio. Since Aftermath is likely to be part of the EP why not let it be released as a single as well? After all Canada is getting Sleepwalker, why can’t the US have a single?
My theory is that RCA is not really sure about how to market the career of the first openly gay man to sign with a major record label. RCA is skittish about this first album because of ABC’s overreaction to Lambert’s AMA performance of For Your Entertainment last year. Because of ABC RCA dropped the promotion of For Your Entertainment, Lambert’s first single that debuted less than a month before the AMA performance and switched promotion to the less sexually suggestive Whataya Want From Me. Whataya Want From Me progressed from Gold to Platinum in the USA and has now sold over 1,500,000 copies just here and many more around the world. The next single If I had You topped the American Idol airplay charts for weeks and is Gold in the USA. Yet fans still yearn for more. Outside of the US For Your Entertainment was added to the set list on the Glam Nation Tour as US fans jealously watched the You Tubes from around the world. That is not the only deprivation fans feel.
Fever a Glam Nation Tour favorite is a clever sexy song co written by Lady Ga Ga and Jeff Bhasker. Fever has not been released as a single in the US although the talent of Lady Ga Ga and Adam Lambert combined make this song magical. Lambert has related that the birth of their collaboration took place over a bottle of whiskey. Lambert’s liquored up and sizzling hot Fever is ignored except for his live performances.
Many say Fever has not released because of the gender pronoun used once in the lyrics, There he goes, my baby walks so slow. What is wrong with any singer expressing their own sexual orientation rather than straight-washing the lyrics? Why are other openly gay artists like Melissa Etheridge and Elton John expected to have non-specific gender references in songs? Why does the fear exist that the more conservative DJ’s won’t play Fever? Adam Lambert has an army of fans that would insist that they do play this song that they love. Unlike the US in Australia, straight rock legend Jimmy Barnes sang the classic You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, without a problem with the gender reference. RCA needs to man up and give Lambert a chance to open the minds of Americans.
Now that Sleepwalker is released in Canada and Fever and Aftermath have been released in other countries Adam Lambert’s US fans have a clear desire for new radio releases and new videos. Both Whatta You Want From Me and If I had You have done well on Billboard and have topped the charts at VH1. VH1 list Adam Lambert as the second most Goggled artist there. It would be foolish for RCA to not release a least one more single from his album before he releases his next album.
Adam Lambert’s fans want more songs to request on the radio and more videos to watch and vote for. Fans get that an American Idol contestant gets 15 minutes of fame and that Adam Lambert needs to keep his name and image out there between the end of his tour and the release of his next album. Adam Lambert certainly has several songs left on his album that are worthy of a video and radio release.
We all have favorites; I picked Aftermath. This is a video I would love to see. I never felt the power of the song until I heard Adam Lambert sing it live on the Glam Nation Tour and it moved me to tears. I love Adam’s It Gets Better video, but Aftermath was a song that was written by Lambert and his friends, Alisan Porter, Ferras and Prince Ben, before the sentiment about the LGBT youth became a fad that many celebrities feel the need to speak out about.
The issue is one that both Adam and I have had to deal with for most of our lives. It can be a very sad place to be when you do not fit into the cookie cutter expectations of life and you have to worry if others will respect that you are different and what makes you happy. I am an expert on being attacked and the funny thing is that coming out, as being a lesbian, to my family was so much less painful then coming out as an Adam Lambert fan and questioning the voting scandal on American Idol.
The goal in researching my book was just to answer the question “Did Adam lose because he was gay?” What I found was a corporate and political machine so well oiled and so focused on a win for the other guy that no one could beat him. We can debate all day about what rules were broken but I stand by the fact that Adam Lambert did not lose American Idol because America is so homophobic that a gay man could never win the contest. I have more faith in my country. I have more faith in Adam and he just proves me right every time he sells out a concert.
What Adam’s fans and I want is at least one more single released to radio play in the USA. Many fans have their favorites and their reasons for their choice. I told you mime. Tell me your choice and why it should be the next single.