Sunday, January 31, 2010

Adam Lambert Joins ET for the Grammys. Interview with Steven Cojocaru

American Idol Adam Lambert Joins Entertainment Tonight as the Fashion Critic for the Grammys. Watch the interview with Steven Cojocaru.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Adam Lambert works at getting beyond 'the kiss'

It was David Bowie who first cannily reasoned that if you look and act enough like a rock star, you might actually become a rock star.

The same thinking paid off in spades for last season's American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert. He might have lost the final vote to Kris Allen, but his attitude, his charisma and his gift for playing rock 'n' roll dress-up – not to mention a supple voice that can really wrap itself around the high notes – marked him as one of the few true, born entertainers ever to grace the series. He arrived a star. He just needed a venue.

Granted, Lambert's cockiness has since cost him a few fans on the "family values" side of things. Two days shy of the release of his debut album last November, the neo-glam extravaganza For Your Entertainment, he earned the ire of puritanical TV viewers and conservative pundits when he kissed a male keyboardist and shoved a male dancer's face into his crotch during a live performance of the title track on the American Music Awards. One of the most ridiculously overblown epidemics of gay panic this side of BrĂ¼no erupted, and America still hasn't completely gotten over it.

"The TV networks have been punishing me for it. They wouldn't let me do any live TV. They still haven't," says Lambert, 27 (until Friday), reclining beneath a painting of Marilyn Monroe in a trendy Ossington Ave. boite. "I'm not bothered by it anymore. It is what it is and I do think it'll blow over. Time heals and people are fickle and all that. But it's even made some other networks nervous about other projects, ones I shouldn't talk about for `political' reasons.

"It's too bad. Especially because, I feel, the media has a responsibility to progress society. It would be really nice if the media tried to open their minds and desensitize certain parts of the U.S. to certain things. I see straight people kissing all the time, so why is two men kissing obscene?"

Lambert – in town this week for a Monday MuchMusic appearance and some interviews before he heads to the Grammy Awards Sunday night as a fashion correspondent for Entertainment Tonight – has earned innumerable cool points by refusing to apologize ever since. Still, there's been some speculation that For Your Entertainment has stalled about 40,000 copies shy of gold status in the States because of lingering homophobia.

For his part, Lambert is just incensed that 1,500 angry letters to the FCC in a nation of 300 million can have such repercussions. Team Lambert, for instance, is still trying to figure out what scale of tour it should mount this year, if any.

Ideally, of course, he'd love to go big and theatrical, with "costumes and video and lighting and explosions: the whole thing."

What he'd prefer not to do in the meantime is become a crusader for gay rights in pop music. "On the one hand, I think it's cool because there isn't a lot of visibility for a young, gay, male musician. But ... I do resent slightly the fact that when I'm presented in the media, it's `openly gay singer and American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.' ... My occupation is not `openly gay guy.' I'm a singer. My sexuality should be a sidebar, if anything."

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Adam Lambert to Critique Fashion at the Grammy Awards

He's said to be considering a guest-starring role on a TV show, but Adam Lambert will soon be seen in a different capacity on the small screen:

He'll serve as a fashion correspondent for Entertainment Tonight at this year's Grammy Awards. The show airs this Sunday night.

What kind of judge will the former American Idol star make?

“I’ll be ok,” he says. “I love clothes, I love fashion. I pay attention to that stuff. I’m a big fan of most of the people that will be there... I won’t be mean. though. I’m not mean.”

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Adam Lambert performs "Strut" on the Ellen Show

American Idol Adam Lambert performs the new single"Strut" on the Ellen Show

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Adam Lambert Shows off His Many Sides in "Whataya Want from Me" Video

PJust-released clip paints 'American Idol' runner-up as an emotionally raw and exhausted man.

It's not easy being Adam Lambert.

That seems to be the message behind the music video for Lambert's "Whataya Want From Me," which premiered on MTV and VH1 on Friday, January 15.

The brand-new clip showcases the glam rocker in a sparse industrial apartment. But instead of the "glittery alien from Planet Fierce" persona we've come to expect from the showman, we're seeing an emotionally raw and exhausted man, uncomfortable in a cold, new-looking home and torn between the different roles he's forced to play in his very public life.

The various "Adams" are all represented in the video, and the one thing they share in common is that they're all miserable. There's slick-artist-in-a-tailored-suit Adam, happy in front of the paparazzi but depressed once the limo door shuts. We also meet plain-James Adam, clad in a simple black T-shirt and jeans, who spends his time lounging on a couch and crying. Of course, there's also rock-star Adam, who pops up with his band to sing the chorus of the song.

Which "Adam" persona is the real deal? The "Whataya Want From Me" video suggests that all of them are. Lambert's a lonely emo kid, a frustrated superstar, a glam-rock glitter addict and a guy who orders Chinese takeout when he's depressed, just like the rest of us. He can be all those things, so don't try to pinpoint him as just one thing.

At first glance, one could interpret this video as Adam's "fame isn't all it's cracked up to be" statement (see: Britney Spears' "Everytime" clip). Although most of the video takes place in a private apartment, Adam is always reacting to the ever-present camera that lingers, harasses and, at one point, slams the door on him. Adam's relationship with the intrusive camera runs the gamut from trying to ignore it to getting violent with it. Sometimes he wants it to be close; other times he's giving it death stares from across the room.

So what does the camera represent?

Is it the point of view of his lover, upset with Adam's newfound fame and the baggage that comes along with it? Maybe. Or perhaps the camera represents his fans. Adam's relationship with his obsessive fanbase is complicated, particularly after Adam recently tweeted begging his followers for a little privacy.

A case could be made that the camera represents everyone — his fans, his lovers, even his detractors. Early in the video, Adam cradles a television remote, which could either be a wink to his reality-show past or a nod to the controversy that surrounded his American Music Awards performance. The suit that "angry artist" Adam wears later in the video looks an awful lot like the outfit he wore on the red carpet of the AMAs, just hours before he became defensive and lashed out at ABC for censoring his awards-show debut.

Lambert performed "Whataya Want From Me" (co-written by Pink and Max Martin) during his post-AMA media blitz. The song's chorus — in which he's literally asking the listener what they want from him and begs them not to give up on him — seemed all the more poignant coming from a star in the midst of a public firestorm. One can't help but think that veteran music-video director Diane Martel (also responsible for videos from "Idol" alums Clay Aiken and Jennifer Hudson) was at least partially inspired by Lambert's complicated situation.

In the emotional video's final moments, the camera returns to find Adam Lambert sitting up in the bed he hasn't made. He's relieved that the camera/ his lover/ his fans/ the attention of the world took the song's meaning to heart. Despite all the drama, we haven't given up on him. In fact, we're happy to get back in bed with him.


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Monday, January 25, 2010

Season 8 - Hollywood Week Introducing Adam Lambert

American Idol Season 8 Video: Get to know Hollywood Hopeful Adam Lambert.


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Adam Lambert performs "If I Had You" on Oprah

American Idol Adam Lambert performs "If I Had You" on Oprah

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Adam Lambert: Life After Idol - interview

American Idol Season 8 Runner-Up Adam Lambert talks about what his life has been like in the months after Season 8 concluded.


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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Oprah promo for show with Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle

Oprah promo for show with American Idol's Adam Lambert and Britain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Adam Lambert: On His Album - interview

American Idol Season 8 Runner-up discusses his new album, "For Your Entertainment".


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Adam Lambert talks about Simon Cowell's exit from American Idol with Oprah

American Idol star Adam Lambert is finding these days that he's pretty famous — there are few places he can go where he isn't recognized. And despite all the notoriety surrounding him after his controversial appearance on the American Music Awards in November, he's comfortable with the fact that people are touched by his music.

"The biggest change between before 'Idol' and now would probably just have to be the level of notoriety. I mean, it changes everything," he told Oprah Winfrey on her show Tuesday (January 19). "I try to go throughout my daily life just as if nothing has changed, but you don't have much anonymity anymore, which feels really good. People come up, and say hi and they enjoy your work."

Even though he is appreciative of the mostly positive fan response, he told Oprah that in December, he started to feel the stress from his newfound fame. "I just kind of got a little stressed out, and I was taking it all very seriously and getting really nitpicky about things. I was really beating myself up about performances and how I looked and this and that," he explained. "As the year came to an end, [I realized] this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I need to enjoy this. This is amazing. I got what I wanted."

He recently also received advice from Madonna about how to handle fame when he met her briefly at her New York apartment last year.

"I said, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'm just really intimidated right now.' And she said, 'Why?' " he recalled. " 'Because I love you!' And she said, 'So love equals intimidation for you?' And I said, 'Yes, pretty much. Most of the time, I think, when I feel love, that's the way it manifests itself at first.'... [She said], 'Just keep your eye on the prize and put your blinders up,' " he added. " 'Don't get sidetracked with all the extra fuss.' "

Lambert, however, knows how to create headlines for himself, with the AMA performance or coming out in Rolling Stone magazine. or his American Music Awards performance — and he said he doesn't regret them, particularly the latter.

"I knew that label would be attached to me from there on out, and I think people would jump to conclusions with that label," he says. "I've seen a lot of press where they say, 'openly gay singer Adam Lambert.' It's like the gay part comes before the singer part, and I'm like, 'That doesn't define who I am.'"

As for Simon Cowell leaving "American Idol" after this season, Lambert, who placed second last season, admits that he's definitely going to be missed.

"I think the audience will definitely miss Simon, and I think the contestants will miss out on, like, really honest criticism," he said. "I think that that's important to making you a better performer — you've got to hear the good and the bad. He makes you step your game up and calls you out when it doesn't work. But I also think he's got a very specific taste. There's certain things he's not into, for example, country music. He doesn't like it ... I think that ultimately after the first couple weeks of auditions, the audience tunes in every week for the contestants. They grow fond of one or a couple of people. We tune in to hear the contestants blossom or not."
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Adam Lambert of the Oprah Winfrey Show, part 2

American Idol Adam Lambert of the Oprah Winfrey Show, part 2

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Adam Lambert on the Oprah Winfrey Show, part 1

American Idol Adam Lambert on the Oprah Winfrey Show, part 1

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle to Appear on Oprah Today

Recent singing sensations Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle will join forces on today's syndicated episode of Oprah. As per the Daily Mail, a US source reveals that, "Oprah bosses have been really keen to get Susan on. America has gone Susan Boyle crazy and as US TV's biggest show, it makes sense for her to appear. It just goes to show what a huge star Susan Boyle has now become in America." Oprah airs at 4:00pm on ABC.

After an audition for "Britain's Got Talent," in which Susan immediately impressed the judges, the audience and then anyone with access to YouTube's expectations by singing her way through a version of "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables. A tornado of rumination and amazement grew around Susan Boyle feverishly, with over 300 Million YouTube hits and nearly two million Facebook friends to prove it.

'I Dreamed A Dream' was recorded during the summer of 2009. Susan first entered a recording studio in July in Edinburgh, picking songs that resonated with her. The final results shocked both her and veteran producer Steve Mac with its beauty and musical impact. "It was important that I could feel everything I was singing," she says. The 12 track collection features Susan Boyle performing signature songs such as "I Dreamed A Dream", "Cry Me A River," as well as her haunting rendition of The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," Madonna's "You'll See," The Monkees' "Daydream Believer," and "Who I Was Born To Be," an original recording written especially for Susan.

Adam Lambert got the attention of the nation last year during the eighth season of AMERICAN IDOL, for which he was the runner-up. His wide vocal range and unique musical style has helped Lambert land high on the Billboard charts with multiple debuts on the Hot 100 and the Hot Digital Songs charts. His first album, For Your Entertainment (19 Recordings/RCA), recently debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Charts with 198,469 albums sold in the first week.

Lambert additionally recorded the soundtrack "Time for Miracles" for the disaster movie 2012, released on October 20, 2009 as a side project single. The song also appears on For Your Entertainment. Lambert recently participated in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009 with his fellow Top 10 contestants. He is the recipient of the Young Hollywood Award for Artist of the Year and the Teen Choice Award for Reality/Variety Star. Barbara Walters also named him one of the 10 most fascinating people of 2009.

As an actor, Lambert appeared in WICKED twice, once with the touring company in March 2005 for a six month contract, and then opening in the sitdown Los Angeles production in February 2007 and remaining with the show until October 2008. For both engagements in Wicked,he was a member of The Ensemble and understudied the role of Fieryo, the show's love interest.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Check out Adam Lambert's Hotel Party

American idol Adam Lambert and friends Vevo hotel party For Your Entertainment.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Soundcheck interview with Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta.

How do you go from America's living rooms to solo stardom? Soundcheck's exclusive interview with American Idol stars collectively know as Kradison - Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen - discovers three singers on the bring of superstardom. Plus, the scoop on the Idol tour, the "boys hotel", and who worked with whom on their albums.



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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sarah Silverman and Adam Lambert present award at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards

American Idol's Adam Lambert and Sarah Silverman present the award for Best Comedy at the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Adam Lambert - "Whataya Want From Me" Video Premiere!

Check out the premiere of American Idol Adam Lambert's "Whataya Want From Me" Video!

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Adam Lambert sings "Starlight" LIVE!

Adam Lambert sings Starlight by Muse on the opening night of the American Idol 8 Tour on July 5, 2009.


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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Adam Lambert's "Whataya Want From Me" Video: Sneak Peek!

With all the leather and glitter and controversial awards-show performances, it's sometimes easy to overlook the human side of "American Idol" star Adam Lambert.

He gets sad. He feels lonely. He is insecure. And all of those things are on display in the video for his new single, "Whataya Want From Me" (from his For Your Entertainment LP), which premieres on MTV and VH1 Friday. For proof, we offer you this sneak peek.

In the clip, we see Lambert stripped of his trappings, wandering around a sparse (yet tastefully minimal) apartment. There are no outlandish costumes, no creative eyeliner applications — just a guy feeling very much like an island unto himself, which is something Lambert probably feels from time to time. It's no secret that it's pretty lonely at the top.

Which is why he looks so utterly honest when he sings the chorus of the song: He's literally asking the listener what they want from him. He's begging to know how much more he is expected to give. Lambert is a man who takes pride in being true to himself, yet, as the song — and video — seem to imply, being the center of that kind of attention is a double-edged sword, and comes with a big downside. If he edits himself, one portion of his fanbase will chastise him. If he goes all out, he draws the ire of the FCC. So, really, what does everyone want from him?



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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Adam Lambert On the Record with Fuse - Part 3

American Idol Adam Lambert On the Record with Fuse - Part 3

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Adam Lambert On the Record with Fuse - Part 2

American Idol Adam Lambert On the Record with Fuse - Part 2

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Adam Lambert On the Record with Fuse - Part 1

American Idol Adam Lambert On the Record with Fuse - Part 1

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Adam Lambert Fuse Preview VIDEO

Adam Lambert discuss Burning Man and theater.


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Adam Lambert discusses rumors with Jay Leno (video in archives)

Another day seems to mark another high-profile appearance for Adam Lambert these days, and the "American Idol" runner-up wasted no time addressing some of the latest rumors surrounding him on "The Jay Leno Show" Monday night.

First of all, Adam was quick to dispel the notion that he was starting up his own makeup line. While he definitely didn't rule out doing something of the sort in the future: "I haven't started a makeup line. I might, but I haven't yet," Adam said, it just wasn't something he was focused on doing at the time being (even if Leno joked that he'd be interested in buying some).

After that, Lambert immediately shut down any whisperings of a supposed feud between himself and his father over his controversial same-sex kiss at the American Music Awards. He admitted that he talked to his father about the performance, but the conversation was a brief one as Adam claimed he didn't feel like he had to apologize for the incident. The two are in fact still on speaking terms, and the disagreement was just a blip on the radar.

Of course, Adam couldn't go on without performing; he stuck to his guns and sang "Whataya Want From Me," again deciding to ignore the song that brought
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Adam Lambert sings "Blue Moon" during High School

American Idol Season 8, runner-up Adam Lambert sings "Blue Moon" while at Mt. Carmel High School


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Adam Lambert ruled 2009

Last year had been a roller coaster ride for Adam Lambert. From his first audition on American Idol in January to his infamously risque AMA performance in November, Americans watched Lambert transform from an obscure theater performer to mainstream superstar before their eyes.

The extremely talented Lambert can wail like a hard rock banshee or sing slow, ethereal ballads that melt hearts. His voice is truly an amazing instrument. It's been a while since an artist of his unique caliber and vocal range came along. Adam is not just a singer, he's a performance artist with mass appeal, a feat never before accomplished by a male (Lady Gaga managed to be the first female to achieve the same distinction this year).

Adam had people tuning into Idol this year in record numbers, giving a much-needed shot in the arm to the aging show. Adam's popularity was based on his originality and versatility, and he continued to deliver amazing, goosebump-inducing performances week after week. Even before the competition was over, Adam was featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, which later named him Entertainer of the Year.

It came as a shock to many when folksy crooner Kris Allen ultimately won the competition, but it didn't stop Lambert from becoming the undisputed standout star of the summer Idols tour; in fact, he was the only Idol mobbed by autograph-seekers after every show. Newsday columnist Glenn Gamboa declared Lambert was the only Idol who was "ready for stardom now" back in August.

His legions of fans (known as "Glamberts") are fiercely loyal - they happily donated over $253,000 to public schools at Adam's request. Lambert told his fans to give to people in need instead of buying gifts for him, a show of generosity rarely observed in celebrities.

Following his stint on Idol, Adam has appeared on the covers of major magazines like Rolling Stone, Details, Out, and Billboard. He has been unabashedly outspoken about his sexuality and the fact that he doesn't want to be seen as some kind of gay role model. Adam told CBS's The Early Show cohost Maggie Rodriguez, "I'm not a babysitter, I'm a performer" following his AMA performance that landed him on ABC/Disney's sh-t list. The network canceled two scheduled live appearances by Lambert (CBS scooped him up right away), but tried to make nice by airing pre-taped appearances on The View and Barbara Walter's Most Fascinating People of the Year special.

His hotly anticipated major-label album, For Your Entertainment, made an impressive #3 debut in November on the Billboard 200. His second single from the album, "Whataya Want From Me," co-penned by Pink, has just been released.

So what does 2010 hold for Adam Lambert? Expect more great music, more fun, and more controversy. Adam wouldn't have it any other way. After all, he's here for our entertainment.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Adam Lambert gets half-hour Fuse interview show

Fuse will run a half-hour On the Record interview with Adam Lambert as part of its "Idol AllStars Takeover" programming Monday, the night before the American Idol season premiere. In the interview, Adam talks about middle school, collaborating with Pink, coming out of the closet and his album cover.

"People saw that cover and they were like, 'He looks a little feminine to me, I don't understand.'" Adam says on the show, which premieres at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. "I'm, like, yeah ... I had so much airbrushing on that picture on purpose. The Hunky Dory cover that [David] Bowie did, Boy George and Motley Crue and Prince -- like all these artists that did this over-the-top lipsticky glammy thing. The minute someone Idol does it, who's actually gay, it's like, 'Oh No!'"

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Randy Jackson says no Adam Lambert or Kris Allen clones on next American Idol

There won't be anyone quite like Adam Lambert on the next season of "American Idol."

Easygoing "Idol" judge Randy Jackson told reporters during a Friday teleconference that he expected to see clones of the over-the-top eighth season runner-up or even croony champion Kris Allen show up to audition for the Fox talent competition's ninth season, which premieres Tuesday (8 p.m. EST), but there were none to be found this time around.

"Usually, whoever comes in first or second, that next season of auditions, you have a lot of those kinds of people," he said. "It's almost like a signal to everyone at home that was like them that now it's time to try out for 'American Idol.' It didn't happen like that this time. We got a very interesting, unique cast that's only unique to this season nine."

Jackson, who serves on the judging panel with Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and newcomer Ellen DeGeneres, said audition cities Dallas and Atlanta offered singers with the most starpower while Orlando, Fla., was "really strange" in terms of finding talent. He also said he was on the lookout for female crooners because the past two winners have been male.

"I think there's some really talented girls that showed up this time," he said.

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Adam Lambert: "Glee" Rumor not True. "Oprah" rumor DEFINITELY TRUE

Adam Lambert won't be making a cameo in hit musical comedy drama Glee.

Although the American Idol singer was tipped for a special appearance, he has confirmed he won't be appearing on our screens anytime soon.

Writing on Twitter, Lambert said: "Glee guest star rumor: it's a rumor. Sorry guys."

Adam did however, reveal other shows he'd love to feature in. He wrote: "If I had to pick a show to guest star on I'd loooooooove to be on True Blood. Or Weeds.

"Those shows are amazing. Prob need some major acting classes though first. The casts of both those shows are first rate."

Lambert continued: "I'd love to be on Gossip Girl too! Leighton is amazing. I should be Blair's shopping buddy!"

Though "The Oprah Winfrey Show" does not comment on upcoming bookings, Lambert spilled the beans on his Twitter on Thursday, in which he said, "Oprah: def true."

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Adam Lambert performs "Down The Rabbit Hole" LIVE! at NYE party.

Adam Lambert - Gridlock New Years Eve Bash - Singing "Down The Rabbit Hole"

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American Idol Season 9 commercial!

The American Idol promo commercial features Kradam - Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Check out Season 9 starting next Tuesday.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

People's Choice Awards Tonight!: Will Twilight and Adam Lambert Win?

If you're the tuxedo-and-tie kind of movie fan, then the Oscars are for you. If you prefer a more laid-back evening of back-patting, then perhaps you're more into the Golden Globes. But, this time of year, if you're a true populist, there's only one awards show to turn to: the People's Choice Awards.

On Wednesday night (January 6), the biggest stars in movies, TV and music come together for one big, unpredictable, random party to celebrate each other and the fans who voted for them. We'll be there to bring you all the breaking news, natch — but to help get you in the mood, take a look at some of the potential story lines we'll be monitoring:

Old School or New School?
Categories like Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Movie Actress have the names of classic stars who have been thrilling us for several decades (Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Drew Barrymore) squaring off against relative newbies (Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Pattinson). Is the RPattz phenomenon big enough to take down Depp? Will Twilighters get Kristen Stewart some of the recognition that critic-driven telecasts have overlooked? Or will someone like Jennifer Aniston or Sandra Bullock remind the kids that they've still got a long way to go?

Awkward Encounter?
If only because of their shared first name, it's hard to imagine a recent celebrity couple more adorable than Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift. Now, just a few weeks after their breakup, the two find themselves RSVP'd to the same event. Will Taylor and Taylor make evasive maneuvers or flaunt a continued friendship or something in-between? If both set their feet on the red carpet at the same time, you can bet all eyes will be on them.

Spinning the Strongest Web
Forget about bank-account digits and rankings on magazine power lists. These days, the most prestigious numbers for a celebrity are how many followers they have online. In a category you definitely won't find at the Oscars, Favorite Web Celeb pits viral-clip king Andy Samberg vs. "Funny or Die" founder Will Ferrell and Twitter powerhouses Ashton Kutcher and Diddy. For good measure, also included in the competition is Miley Cyrus, whose dominance of all things social media came to a screeching halt recently when she surprised fans by deciding to unplug from Twitter.

'Idol' Chatter
Adam Lambert lost to Kris Allen in May on "American Idol." Since then, some think Lambert's career has been soaring higher, proving that he should have finished first. Now, could the guyliner-wearing rocker get a second opinion? In the Favorite Breakout Music Artist category, Lambert and Allen will square off, alongside such potential spoilers as Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga. The ultimate "Idol" opinion, however, could be expressed by another alumnus from a Simon Cowell-fueled talent contest: Susan Boyle. Will the people prefer their Cinderella story from the U.K. or the U.S.?

Favorite Movie
The past year has had a lot of problems, from H1N1 to the economy, but how did people choose to escape? We'll learn the answer soon as Favorite Movie awards one of the night's most desirable prizes to either a youth-empowering fantasy ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"), a romance ("The Proposal"), a lighthearted comedy ("The Hangover"), or two vastly different cult-heavy franchises ("Star Trek" and "Twilight"). The people are speaking, and the message seems to be loud and clear: Give us vampires, Vulcans, boy wizards or Mike Tyson cameos, but get us out of here!

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Adam Lambert performs "Sure Fire Winners" LIVE!

Adam Lambert - Gridlock New years Eve Bash - Singing "Sure Fire Winners"

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Adam Lambert to appear on special Oprah show?

Oprah Winfrey usually keeps the subject of future shows top secret -- but she may have tipped her hand yesterday about an upcoming Adam Lambert show.

On the "Share Your Story" page of her Web site yesterday, the show appeared to be hunting for fans of the "American Idol" runner-up for a show built around the controversial singer.

"Calling ALL Adam Lambert Fans!!!" the posting said.

"Did you vote for him as many times as you could? Were you holding your breath when the new American Idol was announced, hoping and praying it would be HIM?

"If you are a HUGE fan of Adam Lambert's, email us now and tell us why you want to be in the audience for this once-in-a-lifetime show," the solicitation read.

When Lambert was interviewed on the show briefly last October -- for an episode about reality TV stars -- the talk show host invited him back to perform after his CD was released.

This would appear to be the make-good on that invitation. Speculation seems to be January 29th - a birthday both stars share.


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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Adam Lambert performs "Whataya Want From Me" at Gridlock NYE

Adam Lambert - Gridlock New Years Eve Bash - Singing "Whataya Want From Me"

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Adam Lambert performs "Sleepwalker at Gridlock NYE

Adam Lambert - Gridlock New Years Eve - Singing "Sleepwalker"

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Billboard CD reviews: Adam Lambert and Kris Allen

ARTIST: ADAM LAMBERT
ALBUM: FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT (19/RCA Records)

It doesn't rewrite (in hot-pink glitter ink) the entire rule book on what a pop record can be. But Adam Lambert's debut album, "For Your Entertainment," is still the most audacious, confident debut yet from a former "American Idol" contestant. And that's not even the best thing about the release, which includes writing and production contributions from a sizable portion of the top 40 A-list. Lambert's vocals were a thing of scenery-chewing wonder on "Idol," and here he successfully showcases the full range of his remarkable instrument, from skyscraping glam-rock sneer ("Music Again") to lush future-soul croon ("Broken Open"). Even when the material doesn't rise to the occasion -- as in the aptly titled "Sleepwalker," penned by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic -- Lambert's singing gives the music a tactile sensuality. Not surprisingly, considering the expectations surrounding the album and its hasty mode of manufacture, "For Your Entertainment" can feel scattered and shallower than it should. Even so, it practically vibrates with pleasure.

ARTIST: KRIS ALLEN
ALBUM: KRIS ALLEN (19/Jive Records)

In a way, the media buzz surrounding Adam Lambert could be a blessing for Kris Allen. Unlike most "American Idol" winners, he's a perpetual underdog who mustn't live up to hype so much as defy reserved expectations. Allen does this with ease on his self-titled debut, continuing in the guitar-driven pop direction he established in the spring while sounding supremely confident. It's a wonder why the song "The Truth" wasn't chosen as the Arkansas singer-songwriter's first single, since it has the kind of anthemic thrust he'll need to please fans while recruiting new ones. The track "Before We Come Undone" boasts one of the album's catchiest hooks, while a Salaam Remi-produced version of his much-praised cover of Kanye West's "Heartless" throbs with a hip-hop backbeat. Allen doesn't straddle genres and octaves like "AI" runner-up Lambert, but he did co-write the majority of his album -- a rarity for an "Idol" -- and he overdelivers on the promise he showed on TV.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Adam Lambert performs "For Your Entertainment" at Gridlock NYE

Adam Lambert - Gridlock New Years Eve Bash - Singing "For Your Entertainment"

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Adam Lambert performs "If I Had You" LIVE at Gridlock NYE.

Adam Lambert performs "If I Had You" LIVE at Gridlock New Years Eve party.

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ADAM LAMBERT Glitters on the Red Carpet at GRIDLOCK New Year's Eve Bash



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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Adam Lambert performs "Soaked" at Gridlock NYE

Adam Lambert - Gridlock NYE - Soaked

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Adam Lambert performs "Strut" LIVE at the Gridlock NYE party

Adam Lambert - Gridlock New Years Eve bash - Singing "Strut"

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Adam Lambert performs "Music Again" LIVE at Gridlock NYE.

Adam Lambert singing "Music Again" at the Gridlock NYE event at Paramount Studios in Hollywood on January 1st, 2010. The sound on this is horrible, but great camera angle. :)

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Adam Lambert lights up Gridlock New Year's Eve party

"Do I look like a firework?" Adam Lambert cooed from the stage at Gridlock's fourth annual New Year's Eve bash. "That was my motivation."

Sporting his signature finger-less gloves and going a little heavier on the usual glitter and guyliner allotment, the "American Idol" runner-up had his work cut out for him at the Paramount Pictures lot Thursday night: executing his first full set of original music in front of about 4,500 revelers, each of whom had paid at least $150 to get in and had already downed a few, and making a proper return to the spotlight -- complete with fireworks -- following the American Music Awards fiasco that ostensibly got him barred from big-ticket television specials like Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

And like any good professional entertainer, Lambert delivered, only this time without the cheap theatrics. Sure, there was the occasional crotch grab and pelvic thrust (all self-directed), but his most controversial move of the night turned out to be a dramatic swig from a flask, followed by a disclaimer of sorts. "I'm not promoting alcoholism by any means," he cautioned, "but long live rock 'n' roll!" Downright saccharine compared with the AMAs a month ago.

Is this a new, dialed back Adam Lambert? Hardly. This is what a $50,000 nontelevised production budget affords you, and as the man of the hour explained to reporters earlier in the night, "The show was thrown together last minute . . . kind of fly by the seat of our pants." Indeed, his 40-minute performance lacked the sophisticated stage direction of "Idol" but felt more like a club gig, and Lambert, ever the showman, seemed happier for it.

Clearly relishing his headlining slot, Lambert hit his groove with dance-floor-ready songs such as "For Your Entertainment," the title track off his debut album, and "Fever," which, he explained to the crowd, was also recorded under the influence (Lady Gaga was to blame).

But his best moment was undoubtedly the grand finale: wailing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" with the same conviction that carried him through four months of competition on "Idol."

Naturally, the person taking most stock of the environment was Lambert himself, who revealed earlier in the night that on New Year's Eve 2008, he was also performing, as part of a cabaret just down the road on La Cienega Boulevard.

"I sang at midnight like I'm doing tonight," he reminisced. "Only there's a couple more people at this venue."

Make that the last understatement of his fairy tale year.
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