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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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63 Comments

# 1
drake k-d @ 10/29/2009 at 5:24 pm

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.

# 2
pellegrino @ 10/29/2009 at 5:25 pm

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

# 3
Imogen, 20 @ 10/29/2009 at 5:52 pm

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.

# 4

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

# 5
Superapple @ 10/29/2009 at 6:07 pm

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

# 6

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

# 7

@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.

# 8
mrsefron. @ 10/29/2009 at 6:21 pm

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

# 9
mrsefron. @ 10/29/2009 at 6:23 pm

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

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.

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.

LOL a little bit touchy are we

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 !

@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.

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 @ 10/29/2009 at 7:27 pm

@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.

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.

LOL I love him.

@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! @ 10/29/2009 at 8:17 pm

It looks girly

He is boring.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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... @ 10/29/2009 at 9:25 pm

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 @ 10/29/2009 at 9:39 pm

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 @ 10/29/2009 at 9:44 pm

I do not like him. so whure looking gay ash

@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.

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** @ 10/29/2009 at 9:59 pm

i think it looks good

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

WhoisMickey @ 10/29/2009 at 10:20 pm

@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.

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.

@BalloonBoy:

So, just how did you arrive at those percentages?

Why is he explaining himself? God I hate twitter.

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!!

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

“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.

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.

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.

@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 @ 10/29/2009 at 11:48 pm

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 @ 10/29/2009 at 11:48 pm

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 @ 10/29/2009 at 11:53 pm

“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.

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 @ 10/29/2009 at 11:59 pm

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 !!!

I love Adam’s CD cover and i know i am one of the few. I get the guy. I get his humor. It doesn’t matter if the haters (especially the men) here doesn’t like him. What’s important is that there are fans who do. I doesn’t matter if the numbers are small.

What i like the most of Adam is that he is a catalyst of change. Admit or not, he is changing the world one day at a time. He is the first out gay to launch a career. He has a strong female fan based. Some might not like the cover but they will still buy the music. Honestly, noboby buys music because of the cover. This is the digital age, cover is nothing.

As for the guys hating Adam, what more can i say that wacko has not said.

i’m a fan of adam but yeah, i’m not so sure about this cover. whatever the idea was behind it, it seems poorly executed to me.

that being said, i’m so excited to hear his first single! ^_^

@pellegrino: Attacked?? WHY?? Who SAYS?? Dork!

oh well... @ 10/30/2009 at 5:34 am

@JKR: i live in europe you nut. there is no way we will buy this tat. why do you think the world would embrace an unknown AI winner with bad cover art? that’s why they’ll give him a different cover for the european market.

Looks like a drag queen.

I think the fact that anyone is interested in getting incensed or offended by this cover speaks more loudly that all of the actual commentary. There are lots of cheap, offensive, tacky, hilarious, ridiculous, campy album covers that no one ever mentions. So the fact that so many are is the real news! I just love this guy!

waffle bowl @ 10/30/2009 at 2:29 pm

@Grace: Girl, please. Nobody’s trying to replace Freddie or Elvis, wouldn’t matter if we had 100 singers pop out of nowhere that looked and sang exactly like them, Freddie and Elvis are forever irreplaceable.People compare Matt Bellamy from Muse and Mika to Freddie, doesn’t mean they’re replacing him, either. People compare Justin Timberlake to Michael Jackson because of their similar singing and dancing styles, doesn’t mean that Justin will replace Michael, nor will he ever. People compare Beyonce to Tina Turner, doesn’t mean that people will forget about Tina anytime soon. Many contemporary artists are compared to those from the past, that does not mean they are replacing them. People are just remarking on the similarities, that is all. Fine if you disagree on the comparisons, but there’s no need to get your panties in a bunch and start panicking that Freddie and Elvis are going to be written out of the history books. They won’t,TRUST ME. How many classical composers have there been since Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven died? Has anybody replaced them? No, so no need to get scared for Freddie and Elvis.

Does he have a hat on or is his hair blue?

when i saw the cover i thought it was some bootleg cover some fan had made
lmao, he’s really pushing it imo
more like drag than gay

I guess I always love weird things,they are not boring! I love the cover.

Jokergurl @ 10/31/2009 at 1:08 am

He looks like he fell out of the 1980′s of course that’s what he’s supposed to look like, it’s an homage to the 80′s glamor rock. I do like the colors and the lighting though.

yes, campy but not good campy. love adam. hate the cover and hate the single but love adam. he is more talented than this single hints to. a disappoint for a glambert fan here.

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