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Adam Lambert Defends Album Cover

Adam Lambert Defends Album Cover

Earlier this week, Adam Lambert unveiled the glamorous artwork for his new album cover, For Your Entertainment.

The 27-year-old American Idol vet took to his Twitter to defend it: “Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It’s an [homage] to the past. It IS ridiculous. For those that don’t get it: oh well… Glad to have gotten your attention.”

Adam added, “Debut single is called For Your Entertainment get ready to shake yo asses to this song. It’ll make ya dance for sure. :)”

On Tuesday, Adam and Katy Perry took to the red carpet together at the premiere of This Is It. They hit it off so well, they had dinner together last night with friends!

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  • drake k-d

    wow dude needs to learn there’s a difference between getting the idea and pulling it off.
    it just looks cheap and poorly designed, the idea is fine and boy sure has got balls for trying.

    he looked so much hotter at the premiere though, shish.

  • pellegrino

    He looks like P!nk. He definitely needs to be attacked for that alone.

  • Imogen, 20

    I like his sense of humor, he doesn’t take himself seriously at all and others shouldn’t either. He’s always said he’s ridiculous sometimes so he understands the polarized reactions.

    And I’m glad he defended it because the girl who designed it was attacked in hate mail via Tw.itter and had to lock her account!

    HAVING said that, Adam, you are a total sweetheart, but that does not excuse the poor poooooooooor choice of cover.

    Babe, it’s not the androgyny that’s offensive. Bowie’s album covers were stunning. It’s the terrible execution.

    The font, the colors, the airburshing looks like it was designed then drawn by a 4th grader. CHEAP and hilarious.

    Why didn’t his management, friends, family…advice him? And how did they hold themselves from laughing?

    I love you Adam but there’s no way I’m walking into a shop and buying THAT lmao.

    You can do OTT and camp WITHOUT looking TACKY. I know his Tw.itter followers jumped up by thousands since this cover but if his management actually think this won’t damage sales BIGTIME, they’re lacking common sense.

    You only have to look on blogs to see how many fans have said they wouldn’t be seen caught dead with that cover, let alone non fans who were potential buyers.

    I still love you and your crazy ways Adam and I still think you should change the cover.

  • Tom

    It is a lame cover. The glam thing has been done for along time. He is a copy cat want a be.

  • Superapple

    It’s not a homage, it’s an insult.
    The cover is just ridiculous.

  • Pinkrose

    He needs to go away…or as Lainey would say, “Sit your azz down.”

  • yes

    @Tom: It IS a lame cover but he’s not a copy cat lol. His album cover is different to every other Idol contestant and every album in the shop. I don’t know how you define wannabe either because people like Slash, Tim Burton, May and a ton of other legends are fans of his, he can sing his face off and he’s always been crazy off his head. Just watch his pre Idol video interviews of him in the Zodiac show lol. He’s endearingly ridic. He’s like a big kid off stage lmao.

  • mrsefron.

    BE YOUR OWN PERSON ADAM. WHO CARES WHAT HATERS SAY.

    It’s WHATS INSIDE THAT MATTERS ! — THE MUSIC INSIDE THE ALBUM. which will be AAAAAMMMAZINNG.

    People are sooooo ignorant…WHO CARES if your gay or straight , black or white…boy or girl..!!!

    loveeee you adammmmm! <3

  • mrsefron.

    BE YOUR OWN PERSON ADAM. WHO CARES WHAT HATERS SAY.

    It’s WHATS INSIDE THAT MATTERS ! — THE MUSIC INSIDE THE ALBUM. which will be AAAAAMMMAZINNG.

    People are sooooo ignorant…WHO CARES if your gay or straight , black or white…boy or girl..!!!

    loveeee you adammmmm! <3

  • LOL

    I DON’T CARE THAT SHE GOT HATE MAIL VIA TWITTER SUE THE GIRL WHO DESIGNED IT.

    RCA are really stupid huh.

    Adam I f-n love you, just watched your interview on Oprah, you’re funny and adorable and talented BUT if you have to EXPLAIN something, it needs tweaking.

    The CONCEPT and IDEA is fine. NOTHING wrong w androgyny or camp FGS. But it was so POORLY designed that it looks completely cheap! No one wants to buy something tacky HELLO.

    Jeeez is there a way to contact him. Someone needs to tell him this cover simply put, WON’T SELL.

  • JKR

    It’s hilarious and ridiculous to see that some people are so insecure that they make their decision on what to buy on how it might look to strangers they will never see again who happen to be in a store. Get over yourself! No one in a store is going to notice or CARE what you take to the cash register. “Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. WHAT will they think of me if I buy a CD with a poorly designed cover? Oh dear!!!”

    The cover is cool and Adam is even cooler. Can’t wait to hear the music.

  • dundies

    LOL a little bit touchy are we

  • durango

    It’s amazing that this CD cover has garnered far more attention and discussion than most CDs, music included, ever do. Grabbing people’s attention is all that a CD cover is supposed to do. Bravo, Adam !

  • Spock

    @dundies:Ummm actually if you read all his tweets his reaction was adorable. It even made idiot Perez respond w kindness. The media’s selection of his tweets sets the tone differently.

  • turango

    This CD cover has already garnered more attention than most CDs, music included, ever do. Grabbing the attention of potential buyers is all the cover is supposed to do. Bravo, Adam !

  • BalloonBoy

    @turango: Can I just say that it is only polarizing when 50% love it 50% hate it. With this, like 80% of people FANS included, just found the design tacky.

    I think it’s hilariously awesome, I love it’s complete ridiculousness but that doesn’t mean sales won’t flop. Because they will ADAM ARE YOU READING THIS LOL.

  • JKR

    Great article: http://bit.ly/KdZBV

  • haha

    It’s split down the middle haha. The side with his hand is effeminate, the side without is more masculine.

    I love this crazy cover but if his music is this bad (?), uh oh.

  • oh god

    LOL I love him.

  • JKR

    @Balloon Boy: I think you just made up the 80%. A Twitter poll shows: 37% love it, 43% don’t like it, and 21% are “on the fence”. For some people, they like it more the more they see it and the more they understand about it.

  • WHY? I DON’T CARE!

    It looks girly

  • mickey

    He is boring.

  • http://justjared.buzznet.com SuzyQ

    How shallow of those that “hate” the cover to say that they are not going to buy what is probably going to be the most fantastic album of music because of it. Oh well, your loss. We who love Adam will just make up for your stupidity and ignorance. It’s just a picture and I happen to love any Adam picture. But, in the end its Adam’s music which is magical, fun, memorable and exciting, not the cover. Whatever happened to the old adage “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? Keep being yourself Adam, everything will be fine and your Rock God future secure. xxxooo

  • J. Ryan

    i blame the people behind the scenes: agent, publicist, etc.. its not about selling records (actually it is but there’s an even bigger problem) its about his image. we get that he’s gay but this is ridiculous. he’s not marketable to the general audience. this is why he lost idol. i imagine he’ll tank about as bad as that guy that lost to kelly in season one… and that was bad.

  • kaylie

    I hate how people are saying they wont want to buy this because of the cover. How lame! Exactly like someone else said, who cares if some stranger at the cash register is gonna see you buy it, it’s not like you’re ever going to see them again! And if you don’t want to buy the cd, that’s what the internet is for, buy it on Itunes! He isn’t a copycat either. I haven’t seen any other cd like that in any stores. It would catch my eye. I just hope people aren’t dumb and don’t buy the cd just because of the cover. Who cares?? You’re going to wish you bought it when he becomes the next Elvis.

  • kaylie

    And to you, J. Ryan, Adam isn’t going to “tank” like the guy that lost to Kelly. Have you seen the guy Adam lost to anywhere? Adam is sure getting a lot more publicity and attention then, whats his name? People were preordering his albums before the cover or any song names were released. More than the Beatles, Mariah Carey and Barbara Streisand. I bet the winner’s wasn’t even close to selling as much as his. Now you tell me thats “tanking”. The winner is going to “tank”. And you will see Adam should have won when you see how many albums he sells.

  • April

    Seriously people….true colors here. Adam is talented but this cover, stupid.

  • JKR

    Adam’s success does not require or imply Kris’s failure. Adam lost to Kris in the AI finals because 38 million votes were cast from Kris’s home state where power-texting was facillitated by unscrupulous ATT sponsors, while computer algorithms were used to block Adam’s phone lines. This has been verified, it isn’t just a theory.

    Adam and Kris are no longer in competition with each other. Adam is destined to be a superstar and no CD cover – good, bad or indifferent – is going to stop him. If you don’t believe it, just wait and see.

  • oh well…

    sorry but he’s not famous enough to make a crappy cover & try to pass it off as artistic expression. maybe after his 4th or 5th album he can make mistakes… not with his first one out.
    nobody outside of the u.s. knows anything about him. they will take one look at this cover and think he’s a eurovision song contestant from the balkans tryin tu makes amerikan stile musik.

  • Wicked Glitter

    We are so used to Adam looking like the hot man that he is, that we were all taken a little aback by this cover. I think it’s adorable now, because Adam is adorable. This is totally dress-up., so much fun. Adam’s cd and his concerts are going to be outrageous, and fun.

  • kim wang ho

    I do not like him. so whure looking gay ash

  • JKR

    @oh well: You’re wrong about him not being well-known outside the USA. He’s well-known and wildly popular in Europe, Asia, and Australia!
    In fact, his international fans are likely to be more sophisticated in accepting the OTT and campiness of the CD cover. Wait and see. He’s already a worldwide star.

  • katrina

    I love it! It’s campy and cheesy, but it knows it is. The self awareness is what saves it from being lame, it is wonderful.

  • **Jamie**

    i think it looks good

  • Shawna

    I think he looks completely sexy. I would totally do him…well, if he wasn’t gay that is.

  • WhoisMickey

    @mickey:
    Mickey, for someone who’s reincarnated, you sure know how to copy people, right? This isn’t invasion of the body snatchers.

    Moving on, I must say Adam has more guts than anyone of you put together.

  • Grace

    Rock God future secure???? don’t think so.
    this guy is a Freddie Mercury wantabe and it ain’t gonna happen. Freddie Mercury will forever be the God of Rock.
    black fingernail polish, makeup, one glove – Freddie did all that back in 1974.
    next Elvis??? again, it ain’t gonna happen. you people need to wake up.

  • LSCH

    @BalloonBoy:

    So, just how did you arrive at those percentages?

  • yar

    Why is he explaining himself? God I hate twitter.

  • Dorena

    Funny how after Adam releases this cover with all the doom and gloom predictions that his presales skyrocket and he’s now back to #2 on Amazon. Love you Adam. It’s a fantastic cover!!

  • Shelby

    Gosh, he is amazing. This cover is so fun and awesome. Haters, please go pull those sticks out of your asses.

  • sam

    “You’re going to wish you bought it when he becomes the next Elvis.”

    You are kidding yourself.That is an insult to a REAL,multi-talented entertainer.

    However much the world has progressed,in terms of the general attitude toward gays&lesbians,the simple fact is,he will find it hard to ever reach that top level of fame,because of his sexuality.
    He will never be truly accepted either,there are some people’s minds you just can’t change on this subject.

    I hope for his sake,the music is as good as the hype.

  • marjorie

    LMAO!!

    The guys here are really up in arms against Adam’s cover. They can’t find humor of it. I love the gals here (not all) coz they get it. It goes to show the gays are really uncomfortable with Adam being gay. Latching on “ugly cover” to attack Adam is the ultimate homophobic expression. The guys commenting here are guys who doesn’t like Adam from the start who’s just bidding their time to attack. The sad thing is that i find homophobia and bigotry in america sad.

    I agree that some female fans don’t like the cover but they did also say they will buy the music. So no harm there.

  • wacko

    HOMOPHOBIA AND BIGOTRY RULES!!! This is america, people. Would the world expect any less?!!! Hell No! Let’s continue proving to the world that we are such people.

  • Jane

    @drake k-d: This is no cheaply made cover nor is the retro font done in error. Here is a descripton of how Adam describes his new CD: it is dancey, Glam Rock, retro yet futuristic thing. The cover freak’n fits. The cover is totally artsy and just cracks me up!! It is deliberately over done including the airbrush affect. It is a nod to Glam taken to the ridiculous and brought into the future. It is not about being a gay guy trying to be pretty – it is about Glam, taking it “out there”, and artistic vision. Adam is no drag queen and this cover will be a classic. Buy it, hang on to it and watch!! Adam Rocks!!

  • MArjorie2009

    ERRATUM:

    “It goes to show the gays are really uncomfortable with Adam being gay.”

    CORRECTED VERSION:
    It goes to show the guys are really uncomfortable with Adam being gay.

  • MArjorie2009

    ERRATUM:

    “It goes to show the gays are really uncomfortable with Adam being gay.”

    CORRECTED VERSION:
    It goes to show the guys are really uncomfortable with Adam being gay.

  • wiccagirl2009

    “Grace
    Rock God future secure???? don’t think so.
    this guy is a Freddie Mercury wantabe and it ain’t gonna happen. Freddie Mercury will forever be the God of Rock.
    black fingernail polish, makeup, one glove – Freddie did all that back in 1974.
    next Elvis??? again, it ain’t gonna happen. you people need to wake up.”

    @ Grace – Adam might have the voice of FM, eyes of Elvis but at the end of the day he is Adam. :-) Nobody is forcing you to like him. LMAO.

  • Wacko

    HOMOPHOBIA AND BIGOTRY RULES!!! This is america, people. Would the world expect any less?!!! Hell No! Let’s continue proving to the world that we are such people.

  • CelticMairin

    If “Joe Average Public” is so shallow as to not buy the album because he dislikes or is ashamed to be seen with the cover art, then he deserves to miss out on the musical experience. This is why Adam is admired so much – he ignores society’s self inflicted hang-ups.

    Never Judge A Book/CD By its Cover !!!

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