Adam Lambert – VH1 Behind the Music Set to Air August 10

Read the VH1 press release announcing the return of their popular series Behind the Music HERE.  Read an excerpt below, including information about  Season 8 Idol, Adam Lambert’s episode, which is set to air on August 10.

Family, friends, industry experts and “musical luminaries” including Barry Weiss and American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen were interviewed for the series.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — VH1′s most celebrated music documentary series “Behind The Music” returns with seven of today’s most successful and celebrated artists. The five-time Emmy® Award-nominated series gives viewers a front row seat to the most exclusive and intimate interviews with the artists as well as their families, friends and colleagues. Featured this season are Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin. Beginning on Wednesday, June 29 at 9 PM ET/PT with “Behind The Music: Missy Elliott,” the series will bring viewers never-before-seen footage of these talented musicians and the people who know them best.

“Behind The Music: Adam Lambert” Premieres Wednesday, August 10 at 10 PM ET/PT

Glam-rock powerhouse, Adam Lambert has taken pop music by storm with his handsome looks, electrifying stage theatrics and jaw-dropping vocal acrobatics. In this episode of “Behind the Music” Adam Lambert opens up to VH1 about the challenges he faced during his childhood including realizing he was gay in 6th grade. After finally coping with his identity, Adam freed himself at the age of 18, coming out to his family and moving to Hollywood, CA to pursue his dream of being an entertainer. Struggling to make ends meet, Lambert received his first big break when he landed a part in the European tour of “Hair” at age 19. The excitement of his first role brought out Adam’s wild side as he began to experiment with sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. For the next eight years Adam was continually cast in various stage productions including “Wicked.” At age 27 and without a record deal, Adam had a realization during a psychedelic experience at the Burning Man festival that if he wanted fame he would have to take control and make it happen. In turn, Adam decided to audition for the iconic TV show, “American Idol.” Making the top 13, Adam was poised to go far in the competition until scandalous photos of him dressed in drag and kissing another man leaked on the Internet. Adam remained tight-lipped about the photos to the press, determined to keep the focus on his talent. As he advanced to the final round of the competition, the media began to debate whether America would elect a gay Idol. Placing second, Adam quickly landed a record deal with RCA and 19 Recordings, taking the opportunity to come out about his sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. However, Adam wasn’t done shocking the world, and during his debut television performance at the “American Music Awards” he stunned audiences by kissing his male bassist onstage. Following a huge backlash from viewers, Adam released his debut album “For Your Entertainment,” which skyrocketed to #3 on the Billboard chart in its first week. Viewers of this episode of “Behind the Music” will see never-before-seen home video footage, interviews with family, friends, industry experts and musical luminaries including Barry Weiss and “American Idol” Season 8 winner Kris Allen. With constant criticism about being too bold, too offensive and too gay, Adam Lambert comes clean to VH1 about who he really is and the obstacles he has overcome to get where he is today.

The current series is executive produced by Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz and Jeff Olde for VH1. Executives in charge of music talent are Rick Krim and Leah Horwitz. The Ice Cube and Ricky Martin episodes were executive produced by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films.

*All times are ET/PT

 

  • zzatrms

    WOOT I’m marking the date on my calendar now!!!! Thanks MJ

  • Studio57

    I love that VH1 loves Adam. I also hope that the August date will coincide with a single release- pretty sure they did that with Xtina. And “never released video footage” for the win!

  • theonlygirl

    I am so excited! I always love more new stuff of Adam, especially behidn the scenes things since I think he is so very fascinating as a person, as well as a singer.

    The premiere date is also making me hope for a late summer single, but that’s more of wishful thinking for now.

  • JackedUp

    I cannot wait!

  • emmuzka

    I love everything Adam, but this sounds like a warmed up True Hollywood Story. I hope that Behind the Music really digs behind.. something. Adam is a pretty open book. And there is no band drama since his is a one man name.

  • smeggingnuts

    I can’t wait to see what they filmed from the studio…since we know the did.

  • Chicagolaw

    Very excited for this! Actually, I think I am even more excited to get a vague idea of when the single will be out. Yay August!

  • JNM

    I don’t understand why. He got second place on a game show and did one cd that sold ok. Is that really enough to be featured on “Behind The Music”? Apparently it is. Pretty pitiful.

  • CindyM

    JNM says:
    05/23/2011 at 2:56 pmI don’t understand why. He won a game show and did one cd that sold ok. Is that really enough to be featured on “Behind The Music”? Apparently it is. Pretty pitiful.

    Ummm….he didn’t win.

  • brian_ny1976

    ill mark my calender to stay away from vh1 in that time slot…lambert is a tool..

  • iluvai

    Hope it coincides with a single. Either way, it’s awesome.

  • JNM

    Too true. He didn’t even win. LOL

  • emmuzka

    I don’t understand why. He won a game show and did one cd that sold ok. Is that really enough to be featured on “Behind The Music”? Apparently it is. Pretty pitiful.

    *Digs up the conversation during the True Hollywood Story announcement*

    *washes* repeats*

    There! Like new!

  • koshka

    Thanks for posting the announcement.

  • musicality

    He’s up there with some really big names. It seems most in the Industry think of him as a singer and not a former American Idol contestant. That’s quite a feat.

  • Milly21

    OMG i cannot wait!!! so excited!
    i too, hope this is around the time his new single is supposed to be released. i remember they were going to initially air his episode in June, the fact that they pushed it to August makes me think they really want it to coincide with the single.

    i hope its not too close to the E! true hollywood story also. i hope we get to see more behind the scenes on the making of his new album.

    and Adam got a Behind the Music and E! THS cuz he’s an interesting character and these networks really like him. I didnt even know who Miranda Lambert was until a few weeks ago, Adam is lightyears more famous than her and yet she’s still getting one too. so i dont see a problem here.

  • OnePlusSix

    Too true. He didn’t even win. LOL

    He may not have won the Idol TITLE from the show, but he’s a winner all the same (in many, many ways) and evidently VH1 believes it too to be doing the episode (especially when there are others they could avail off). Food for thought….not everyone’s cuppa but definitely enough to make it happen. Live and let live!

  • Buffynut

    JNM says:

    05/23/2011 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t understand why. He got second place on a game show and did one cd that sold ok. Is that really enough to be featured on “Behind The Music”? Apparently it is. Pretty pitiful

    One album that sold over 1.2 million worldwide. Ya, hard to believe that other countries besides the US matter! One single that is 1.8 million in the US and another that is 800,000. Total track downloads in the USA = 3+ million (worldwide figure is much higher but can’t find it right now;) concert DVD that will probably go Gold in about 8-10 weeks. Gold or Platinum certification (for either singles or the album) in 10+ countries. Oh ya, there is that Grammy nominaion for best male Pop vocal.
    VH1 also knows that he is a news magnet and people want to know what he is doing and VH1 wants the ratings! I mean he tweets and it makes the celeb news. he changes his hair and it makes the celeb news. He’s also open and honest and does a great interview. Why wouldn’t VH1 want to capitalize on his celeb status?

  • iluvai

    Buffynut, I haven’t been following his sales lately. Those are some impressive numbers. Yay for Adam!

  • Buffynut

    iluvai says:

    05/23/2011 at 3:28 pm

    Buffynut, I haven’t been following his sales lately. Those are some impressive numbers. Yay for Adam!

    Ya, RCA Ed updated them last week! :)

  • jms

    emmuzka, I agree it doesn’t sound like it’s going to have anything new in it. It’s hard to dig up new stuff on someone whose already shared everything. The only thing we can hope for is something interesting from the tour. I figure I’ll skip watching it and catch any highlights on line. :)

    I’m thinking Adam was awfully lucky to have all the media interest and attention when he was picked to film this. I suspect if the selection of the stars were to be done today he wouldn’t be on the list. This should be great for getting his name back out there before the release of his next single and album.

  • Tess

    Unless someone has a life that is somewhat interesting and a history that can be documented and commented on it is pretty tough to have a “shiny magazine type show” paying any interest in a performer….it would be pretty boring stuff to show someone selling paint or shoes as the highlight of their lives prior to becoming famous (and I use that term loosely…no reference to their industry status).

    All of the peeps being highlighted this year have interesting lives as well as being able to put out music peeps enjoy. No one, I don’t think, is saying that Adam is more deserving than someone else to be part of this process…he just has a back-story and a current story that makes for interesting TV.

  • Mel1

    …he just has a back-story and a current story

    I don’t think it’s just having a back story (and I don’t know what his current story is), otherwise Danny would have a THS and BTM. Also, Chris Medina and Durbin would be booked next.

  • CindyM

    I’m thinking Adam was awfully lucky to have all the media interest and attention when he was picked to film this. I suspect if the selection of the stars were to be done today he wouldn’t be on the list. This should be great for getting his name back out there before the release of his next single and album.

    They filmed it only about a month ago. I imagine they could have shifted gears if they wanted to. Adam is still getting attention from the media and sites still use him for hits today. Hell, he still gets mentioned in articles about this years idol.

    I can’t wait for this. I’m hoping for some Hair footage as well as other preidol performances. You know someone has them!

  • Dakota01

    No one is saying that Adam is more deserving than someone else, but the one thing Adam has had in his favor since his Idol days … the media is endlessly fascinated with him. Seriously, you can’t put a value on that type of exposure. It keeps him in the limelight, and that’s not a bad thing. Sure VH1 could have chosen someone who has sold more albums, etc., but maybe VH1 didn’t find them as interesting as Adam or think they would draw the viewers that Adam will. VH1 has been a big supporter of Adam since the beginning. It is great that he’s been included with lots of “bigger” names in the BTM series. I can’t wait to watch. I really hope they have included some studio footage. That I would love to see.

  • Mel1

    I suspect if the selection of stars were to be done today he wouldn’t be on the list

    I don’t know what had changed so much for Adam that he still wouldn’t be selected today.

  • Tess

    don’t think it’s just having a back story (and I don’t know what his current story is), otherwise Danny would have a THS and BTM. Also, Chris Medina and Durbin would be booked next.

    Back story (as far as the entertainment business) isn’t about having a girlfriend who has been severly injured or a wife die from a heart ailment. An entertainment backstory is about the person themselves….its like Ricky and being part of a boy band, or Enrique being the son of a famous singer and the boyfriend of the world’s most gorgeous tennis star. And I would gather that, like Ricky…Adam’s current story is that he is having opportunities even though he is gay and, for Adam, that coming out at the beginning of his career hasn’t been the death knoll that it could have been.

  • aa618892

    *Digs up the conversation during the True Hollywood Story announcement*

    *washes* repeats*

    There! Like new!

    Lol! Thanks! Perfect.

  • hoodathunk

    Adam seems to get stuff like this all the time before he actually deserves or earns it. Is there a VH1 “Behind the Music” for Kelly, Clay, Fantasia, or Carrie? Cause it seems to me they all should have one before Adam.

  • Fullmoon

    I think what makes VH1 BTM different from THS is that the artist themselves gets to sit down and talk about their life and experience in front of the camera. In the THS Adam didn’t have a real sit down discussion. I don’t know if Adam had the time to do an interview or not but from the other ones I’ve seen the artists spends a lot of time on camera.

  • emme

    Not a lot of Adam love here. I imagine that he got his own special because he is in fact “special.” People are interested in him for better or worse. Good Luck to him.

  • Tess

    Cause it seems to me they all should have one before Adam.

    One or more of these people may have been invited to be a subject…we will never know. Some people like having their lives out in the public eye…some don’t. Maybe Kelly or Carrie declined if they were invited…maybe some producers think that Kelly or Carrie are kind of boring outside of their fabulous vocal abilities. The bottom line is that BTM is not about fairness…being “famous” never is.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Adam seems to get stuff like this all the time before he actually deserves or earns it. Is there a VH1 “Behind the Music” for Kelly, Clay, Fantasia, or Carrie? Cause it seems to me they all should have one before Adam.

    Well, VH1 is a television station that is interested in selling a story, not who “deserves” to be on it the order they won/placed on the show.

    Fantasia has her own show already.

    I’m guessing they see Adam’s life trajectory of highs and lows more interesting than the story of a farm girl who wins Idol and becomes a superstar, dating football players and marrying a hockey player.

    My favorite BTM episode was the fake one from Garth Brook’s alter ego, Chris Gaines.

  • aa618892

    It really is pretty amazing that even while not high profile and working on a new album, Adam continues to fascinate. Even the last two seasons of Idol, he is probably the most often mentioned former Idol. VH1 has been a huge supporter and I am very happy they think so highly of Adam. I think there is a very high regard for Adam in the industry and they sense the greatness in him and they want to be in on the ground floor. A LOT is riding on this next album, IMO. If he doesn’t deliver it could all turn against him but right now he is a hot commodity. I am confident it will be great but it is kind of scary.

  • JazzRocks

    I don’t think the BTM people give a darn what Idol contestants “deserve” to be featured. This isn’t about the TV show. They chose the person they wanted because they apparently think Adam is not only talented but fascinating.

    I think so too. :)

  • hoodathunk

    Fantasia has her own story already.

    That makes sense because she had the reality show with VH1, and the book & movie. She certainly isn’t shy about sharing her story.

    Maybe Kelly or Carrie declined if they were invited…maybe some producers think that Kelly or Carrie are kind of boring outside of their fabulous vocal abilities. The bottom line is that BTM is not about fairness…being “famous” never is

    Good point. I need to stop thinking the world of entertainment is fair.

    It does seem to me Carrie & Kelly are much more private.

  • Tony

    Adam has a “Behind the Music” special? Seriously? No….SERIOUSLY?

    I guess Rock Of Love 12 was cancelled.

  • tamalepie

    I can’t wait for this. I’m hoping for some Hair footage as well as other preidol performances. You know someone has them!

    I’m hoping for some video from his childrens’ theater group days. IIRC, Adam’s dad said there is some footage around from those days.

    I really hope they have included some studio footage. That I would love to see.

    Someone was filming a few of his studio sessions recently, so it’s likely.

    I do hope this coincides with a single! It was moved from June to August, so that would position a single perfectly for a fall release.

  • FREIDAG

    I am so excited for this I can hardly wait. Another amazing opportunity for Adam and one that hopefully will, as others mentioned, coincide with his single release! Fingers crossed!

    I can’t wait for this. I’m hoping for some Hair footage as well as other preidol performances. You know someone has them!

    OMG so much this! My Conviction still gives me chills! Anyone who hasn’t seen it check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upw_IUoUe8I

  • aa618892

    Adam seems to get stuff like this all the time before he actually deserves or earns it.

    I think it is up to VH1 and THS to decide who deserves and earns these things. Their criteria for choosing subjects may not coincide with what some people think they should be but Adam apparently meets them. As an Adam fan I couldn’t be happier.

  • bridget

    I’m very happy Adam got this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the show.

    I hope he will talk a little about his experiences performing internationally (for example, how he felt about performing in Kuala Lumpur).

    I also think it will be interesting to hear what Kris Allen was asked about, how he answers.

  • Mel1

    Aside from Adam being incredibly talented and a rare openly gay artist at the start of his career — I always remember someone in the industry saying this about Adam: Not quoting verbatim, but the gist was that Adam was a cool, hip person. Someone with tremendous charisma and personality. He thought the media would be instantly attracted to Adam for that, and that would help him in getting further in his career. He did go on to say that he thought Adam was smart and pretty knowledgeable about the music industry.

    I think if Adam had a bland personality, he probably wouldn’t land some of these nice “gigs” (like Oprah).

  • aa618892

    I can’t wait for this. I’m hoping for some Hair footage as well as other preidol performances. You know someone has them!

    Oh yeah, somebody has to have that nude scene from Hair, heeeay! LOL

  • musicality

    Adam seems to get stuff like this all the time before he actually deserves or earns it. Is there a VH1 “Behind the Music” for Kelly, Clay, Fantasia, or Carrie? Cause it seems to me they all should have one before Adam.

    I suspect that the program directors of any show don’t give two sh*ts about any of the contestants on American Idol. I doubt they have board meetings to discuss what is “fair” to other people who were on a tv show that they are in no way affiliated. Highly doubt they are comparing the accolades and CD sales of Adam against other Idols. They are looking for interesting tv. Those outside the bubble find him interesting.

  • Buffynut

    Anyone have a guess as to why Adam seems to attract so much negativity. He’s a nice guy, trying to make a living, singing. Yet, as a fan, I feel I often can’t even enjoy his successes because of the negativty that seems to always follow!!

  • Mel1

    Buffynut, I totally agree with you. I think sometimes my posts get deleted because I get defensive when so much negativity gets thrown at Adam.

  • jersey

    Buffynut, LOL! Welcome to the world of idol fandom! The same thing can be said for absolutely EVERY idol.

  • Fullmoon

    How many high profile gigs does Adam have to get before people stop asking why? Why not? Let’s not forget that Adam is an International star and almost 1/2 his fanbase is International. These shows get seen worldwide. His THS is still being broadcast across the globe. His label/management isn’t just focused on US appeal but Internationally and so do these shows. This is all groundwork for many many more things to come.

  • smeggingnuts

    Hasn’t JHud had one of these too?

    This is the entertainment industry. They do what they think their viewers will like and what will get people to watch. Can’t please everyone all the time. Its not about whats fair or keeping tally on a game show on who got what and who turn it is for something. Its what VH1 thinks will pull in viewers. VH1 LOVES Adam he was even their first POSTED artist this summer. Obviously the response from that factored into their decision to give Adam a BTM. They obviously thought the interest was there.

    hehe my interest is there and I can’t wait

  • CindyM

    Lol Oprah, E!, VH1 Acoustic concert, Grammy nomination, Rolling Stone cover, VH1 BTM, the list of undeserved things gets larger in the Idol bubble. Face it, the media and industry don’t give two shits about who the Idol bubble feels is deserving. They cover who they want. Besides, Adam will never be deserving for some people because he didn’t win.:)

  • YeahRight

    I think it is up to VH1 and THS to decide who deserves and earns these things. Their criteria for choosing subjects may not coincide with what some people think they should be but Adam apparently meets them. As an Adam fan I couldn’t be happier.

    Or they do it for rating because they know his fans would watch anything that has his name on it.

    But yeah, you look at the list of people included in the new season — Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige (which ought to be good; that one should be 90 minutes), Missy Elliott, Ricky Martin…and Adam Lambert. It’s like he doesn’t belong with those big names.

    And I still don’t know what they’re going to talk about. Those other names — stories to tell. Him — not so much.

  • Fullmoon

    Buffynut, I totally agree with you. I think sometimes my posts get deleted because I get defensive when so much negativity gets thrown at him.

    I’m learning and you know what it get’s easier. Someone once told me it is a good thing because it means he’s relevant. When they stop talking about you than you need to worry. Every true superstar and legend had positive and negative thrown at them. It gives enough material for media to talk about you for the next 25yrs.

  • smeggingnuts

    YeahRight
    Or they do it for rating because they know his fans would watch anything that has his name on it.

    IKR isn’t it awesome he has enough fans that it effects the ratings that much.

  • FREIDAG

    But yeah, you look at the list of people included in the new season — Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige (which ought to be good; that one should be 90 minutes), Missy Elliott, Ricky Martin…and Adam Lambert. It’s like he doesn’t belong with those big names.And I still don’t know what they’re going to talk about. Those other names — stories to tell. Him — not so much.

    How do you know?
    In their careers I’m sure Ricky Martin, Missy Elliott etc. have been interviewed to death by some of the very same publications and/or TV shows who have interviewed Adam. If their stories haven’t dried out by now then Adam’s surely hasn’t. I’m betting that he has a ton more stories to tell. And I’m certain that he’ll tell them well. :)

  • owanbe

    Anyone have a guess as to why Adam seems to attract so much negativity. He’s a nice guy, trying to make a living, singing. Yet, as a fan, I feel I often can’t even enjoy his successes because of the negativty that seems to always follow!!

    At least he has this same problem with the best of them all. Try read Beyonce, Rihanna, Lgaga, Ke$ha and co articles to see what I mean.
    I for one, is happy he is drawing so much hate. It confirms why all those opportunities keep coming to him because he simply cannot be ignored and is very relevant to the pop/music landscape.
    To get hate and attention is BETTER than to be totally ignored and deemed irrelevant.

  • riskylady

    Abramson said that after the network decided to revive the series in 2009, producers tried to reinvent the show by focusing on stars who are still making music and appeal to their evolving demographics — and not so much on aging musicians.

    “We try to get the most relevant artists to our audience,” Abramson said. “Our audience gets younger and younger.”

    Last season got the show plenty of attention when Fantasia Barrino addressed her suicide attempt for the first time; the season also featured notable specials on Jennifer Hudson, Lil Wayne and T.I.

    This is from the L.A.Times article about BTM – it explains a little about how they chose their subjects. Over 200 artists have been profiled by BTM (there is a list on a website). VH1 has already shown their love for Adam: He was First on the revived Unplugged series, and the First POSTED. I suppose the audience responses were to their expectations, otherwise they wouldn’t be continuing. And, IMO, no one should underestimate the international interest – almost every article, blog, YouTube, Twitter conversation, on and on, has plenty of international participants from all over the world. Check the locations of the donors on the charity:water site for example. That over $320k raised was from everywhere, not just the US.
    I realize that non-fans don’t get this, because they are not participating, but it does exist.

  • Maura73

    Oh the comments are adorable. As an Adam fan I’m glad to hear that though he’s between albums, Adam’s still creating buzz.

    Also, his second album will be out in the fall, which means a single sometime August/September. The BTS will work well into the promo for the single and the album.

    Adam’s a hypertalented guy, and I wish him the best :D

  • YeahRight

    I’m betting that he has a ton more stories to tell.

    I think people who’ve been in the business longer have a ton more stories to tell.

  • Mel1

    Riskylady, I know what you mean about international interest. Adam is in magazines and news articles all over the world. Even non-news stuff gets reported like getting a tat, going to concerts, going shopping, eating lunch.

  • Buffynut

    j

    ersey says:

    05/23/2011 at 5:05 pm

    Buffynut, LOL! Welcome to the world of idol fandom! The same thing can be said for absolutely EVERY idol

    I disagree. Haley is getting it ten fold this week, true. But I’ve beeen in threads for Kris and seen nothing but congrats, Kelly, Daughtry, etc. I’d say Adam gets way more than his fair share.

  • Oksana2000

    I’m betting that he has a ton more stories to tell.

    I think people who’ve been in the business longer have a ton more stories to tell.

    Maybe, just maybe, his stories fascinate people MORE??

  • bridget

    Glass half full, forcefield up – Adam’s opportunities can only be questioned/criticized BECAUSE he, in fact, has them.

    I think/hope there will be new stories related to FYE international tour especially, work on the second album, and – most interesting to me (cuz I’m nosy), relationships (personal, family, and work).

  • TurkeyIdol

    Resentment and/or jealousy can’t be good for ones soul!

  • JazzRocks

    owanbee, I think you meant to say:

    To get hate and attention is worse better that to be totally ignored and deemed irrelevant.

    Fullmoon:

    I’m learning and you know what it get’s easier.

    Yeah I’m learning too. Not gonna oil any squeaky wheels. Following Adam’s lead – he never appears to let that stuff bother him.

  • JazzRocks

    Oh and I have to echo what Buffynut said:

    I disagree. Haley is getting it ten fold this week, true. But I’ve beeen in threads for Kris and seen nothing but congrats, Kelly, Daughtry, etc. I’d say Adam gets way more than his fair share.

    I’d add Cook to that list. Not that I would ever say anything negative about Cook because I like him and wish him success.

  • owanbe

    owanbee, I think you meant to say:

    To get hate and attention is worse better that to be totally ignored and deemed irrelevant.

    Exactly and I have just got it corrected!!! Hugs for helping me out.

  • Mel1

    I think it bothers me because I still picture all those comments on youtube and after articles, people wanting him to die, bludgeoned, imprisoned, the worst names thrown at him…

  • jersey

    Have you been in Fantasia threads? Kat McPhee threads during season 5? Blake threads? Gokey threads? Lee threads? I think everyone of them gets more than there fair share of hate. And least we not forget the biggest idol punching bag of all, Taylor Hicks?

  • Milly21

    I know people outside of the Idol buble who saw Adam’s True Hollywood Story because they find him interesting and they are no fans of him. they just find him fascinating and weird at the same time.

    I think its hilarious how Adam’s hardcore fans dont think he’s getting what he deserves, and yet other people think he’s getting way too much. i for one am happy with what he’s been getting. i think he deserves what he’s achieved.

    I really hope the next album is amazing. As much as i liked the first album, i dont think it was amazing. i thought for the quality of the music he put out 800,000 plus copies sold isnt bad. I think his singles choices were horrible, although i didnt really see a real radio friendly single in there. i think he’s gotten adequate single airplay for the songs that were put out there.

    Also Adam seems to have a ton of industry respect. Adam knew a lot of industry people before he even became famous, so that shouldnt really be surprising that celebrities really like him and treat him as their own. I dont think i’ve seen another AI alum who has had as much industry respect except maybe Jennifer Hudson and Carrie and Kelly.

  • riskylady

    I think people who’ve been in the business longer have a ton more stories to tell.

    “…and not so much on aging musicians.
    “We try to get the most relevant artists to our audience,” Abramson said. “Our audience gets younger and younger.”

    Seems to be a disconnect here.
    And, it’s well known that Adam’s fans are skewing younger both here and worldwide.

  • FREIDAG

    I think people who’ve been in the business longer have a ton more stories to tell.

    And I think that the longer you’ve been in the business, the better the chance that you’ve already told your stories ad nauseum. ;)

  • Bowie1

    To all the negative comments I am reading here on an Adam Lambert thread because VH1 WANTED to have a Behind The Music episode with the very articulate, charismatic, intelligent, and gorgeous AFL…..I say, using Adam’s words….“FORCE FIELD UP”!! Adam’s star is continuing to grow and shine INTERNATIONALLY and I say smart and BRILLANT idea VH1 to have AFL in your new series!!

  • YeahRight

    Maybe, just maybe, his stories fascinate people MORE??

    How can his stories fascinate people more than folks who’ve been in the business longer? Like I said, that Mary J. Blige episode should be a good one. In fact, I can’t believe she hasn’t had a Behind the Music already. Same with Ice Cube. His should be good. He has a lot of stories to tell.

    I can’t say the same about Lambert. He already had an E! True Hollywood Story. Already heard most of his stories on that. What else could he possibly add on from that?

  • holeigh_annie

    Adam has a “Behind the Music” special? Seriously? No….SERIOUSLY?

    I guess Rock Of Love 12 was cancelled.

    No shit. He needs to put out a greatest hits album next to celebrate his illustrious career, apparently that is long past overdue. Was this one voted on by a fan poll as well?

  • aa618892

    I can’t say the same about Lambert. He already had an E! True Hollywood Story. Already heard most of his stories on that. What else could he possibly add on from that?

    Only one way to find out!

  • Oksana2000

    And, it’s well known that Adam’s fans are skewing younger both here and worldwide.

    Sometimes I lurk at Adam’s fansites in my homecountry. So far I found 4 (four) separate fansites and from reading comments I believe that the OLDEST fan is about 31. Basically they are teens and college kids.
    They find Adam fascinating.
    I believe that VH1 knows its audience.

  • Cate

    I am happy for any positive exposure Adam gets. He is a talented, fascinating person and with a good heart to boot. Sorry if someone else’s idol seems overshadowed.

  • Mel1

    Yep. Fans voted for BTM, THS, Oprah, Grammy nom, Barbara Walters, etc., etc. etc.

  • aa618892

    Yep. Fans voted for BTM, THS, Oprah, Grammy nom, Barbara Walters, etc., etc. etc.

    Yeah, the same 2000 fans who bought 600 copies each of his album, eps, and somehow sold out his tour all over the world in order to inflate his numbers, haha.

  • Milly21

    I’m someone who never got into the Idol fandom of things until Adam’s season, but as someone who’s lived outside of the Idol bubble, even though i’ve seen every single season, I’d say that from what i’ve noticed the idols who get the most hate or who have gotten the most hate are always the ones who are the most polarizng, the ones that come to mind are Adam, Fantasia, Clay, Jennifer Hudson, and Taylor Hicks.

    I was never a part of messageboards or anything related to Idol during season 7 or beforehand so it’s surprising to me that people actually hated on Katherine Mcphee. I would have never known about any hate if it werent for me reading that on here. and i never noticed david cook hate or anything like that either.

    It just goes to show you how small the idol bubble really is, and maybe just maybe that’s why Adam gets the stuff that he gets like the Behind the Music, because he has appealed to people OUTSIDE the Idol bubble. most of the fans of Adam that I know didnt even watch his season, but got into him during that whole period of hysteria from the media immediately following the end of the season. heres to hoping for more hysteria when his new album rollout begins. lol

  • Mel1

    I think the US is the only country where Adam’s fans are a mix from teens to seniors. Every country outside the US, skew from tweens to around 20s, and a scattering above that. Of course, AI audience skews “older”. All the band and crew noticed the huge demographic (age) difference from the US.

  • Oksana2000

    You know, sometimes I go to other blogs. One thread, 10 comments. Another thread – 12 comments. Nothing is happening. Blogger thinks for few minutes and brings Adam’s centric thread. Voila’ – 1000 comments of which 999 are mostly negative.
    Never fails.
    Love him, or hate him, people talk about him.

  • bridget

    He needs to put out a greatest hits album next to celebrate his illustrious career, apparently that is long past overdue.

    ?

  • HotHotHot

    He needs to put out a greatest hits album next to celebrate his illustrious career, apparently that is long past overdue.

    Wish he would. Has some great pre-idol stuff!

  • Oksana2000

    bridget says:
    05/23/2011 at 6:22 pm
    He needs to put out a greatest hits album next to celebrate his illustrious career, apparently that is long past overdue.

    ?

    Don’t “?”
    It was so called sarcasm.

  • Mel1

    Milly21, there are a lot of Adam fans who post on several of his fansites, and they were never AI viewers. Thus, not having an interest in AI blogs, just Adam blogs. However, the ones who discovered Adam from AI, also like Cook, Archie, Kris, and many other AI alums.

  • aa618892

    Wish he would. Has some great pre-idol stuff!

    I would love him to release some of the CV stuff and really like most of his self produced Pop stuff. Great idea!

  • MayMirabella

    Adam’s official website has a lot of of discussion and many threads. Adam has a ton of fan sites which is cool. I participate in The Adam Lambert Connection fan site. ( TALC)
    I went to the GlamNation Tour and met several members of TALC and those gals are so sweet and so much fun.

    My dream for the Idol Finale is to have James sing with Steven Tyler and Adam Lambert…a trio of sorts…and they will blow the roof off the place. It would be great.

  • soverymel

    LOL to people objecting that Adam hasn’t “earned” or doesn’t “deserve” a BTM. Like anything else in the entertainment industry, it’s about who can put the butts in the seats, full stop. Apparently VH1 is happy enough with the response they had to Adam’s Unplugged show and his online Posted gig to want to continue the partnership.

    I’m really hoping that the studio behind the scenes filming we heard about is in this show, so we get a glimpse at some of the new music for album #2. And Adam hasn’t really delved all that deeply into his time in Germany with the production of Hair, which seems like it was a real turning point in his life, so I would love to hear anecdotes from that time. Also hopefully more stuff from the tour, from getting to go the Grammys as a nominee and maybe even talking about getting to collaborate with Nikka Costa, such a big deal for him since she was the artist he namechecked as his dream collaboration back when he was just an unknown Idol finalist hoping to get through Hollywood Week.

    I can’t wait!

  • Dera

    I can’t wait to watch VH1 BTM with Adam Lambert. I love him and his music. Adam’s voice melts my heart. After all he got his Grammy Nomination nod as best male pop vocalist next to Michael Jackson. How crazy and awesome is that. Since debut of FYE I couldn’t listen to any other music. Adam is doing a great job with his career and yes he has fans around the globe. Attended three of his GNT concerts in SoCal and he was fabulous. Can’t wait for his second album and I’m sure it will be a mega hit. Love watching and listening to his GNL CD/DVD.

  • Fullmoon

    I can’t say the same about Lambert. He already had an E! True Hollywood Story. Already heard most of his stories on that. What else could he possibly add on from that?

    E! THS and VH1 BTM doesn’t mean they have the same viewing audience. VH1 has a much larger audience watching and for those who didn’t see THS they have VH1. There was so much more THS could have told about Adam but didn’t. Any fan can tell you there is tons of material out there. They touched very little on his theater background, his Zodiac Show background, his underground lifestyle that includes his ups and downs struggles getting to where he is now. Then you have all the great stuff that has happen since Idol. This is how the public gets to know an artist and gets invested in him/her enough to not just buy the artists single but their whole album and maybe enough interest to want to see them live on tour. Win Win.

  • MayMirabella

    Adam did tour for 6 months all across the United States and around the world. Many of his concerts were sold out. I was lucky to buy my tickets for the tour from someone at one of his fan sites who had extra tickets for sale for good seats. But for some cities, tickets were hard to get. Plus Rolling Stone really likes Adam and featured him on the cover shortly after Idol was over. He gets a lot of press and the paparazzi are fascinated with him. The man walks down the street and there are pictures, he goes shopping, there are photos, he gets a tatoo, there are photos released. The media is fascinated with him.

    I am looking forward to his new album which will be released in a few months. He said it is going to be different from the last one and I do believe it will lean more towards rock and less techno this time. I am gathering from his interviews, it will be different and who knows, this album and singles could explode and really go to the top of the charts, hard to tell. I think Adam’s success is finding the right songs as he has the charisma and looks and talent.

  • MayMirabella

    Also he was in the top 10 videos of the week for several weeks. He had the top video for a few weeks there. So as far as VH1,he has done well there. He has solid fans who vote in earnest for his videos.

    I am continually surprised that people have heard of Adam but never watch Idol. They discovered him after the show and/or subscribe to Rolling Stone or have seen him on Leno, Letterman, Oprah, Ellen. Adam is so honest and he gives straightforward interesting interviews. And all the talk show hosts talk about what a nice guy he is. I think that helps him greatly as even the Idol employees have commented on how he was one of the nicest contestants to ever be on the show. That impressed me.

  • bridget

    It was so called sarcasm.

    Oh, sorry. I know it was an attempt at sarcasm – but the point that Adam doesn’t have enough material for a greatest hits album (yet) seemed moot to me, as the producers of BTM have evidently made clear that they’re no longer only interested in featuring artists with long-established careers.

  • YeahRight

    E! THS and VH1 BTM doesn’t mean they have the same viewing audience. VH1 has a much larger audience watching and for those who didn’t see THS they have VH1. There was so much more THS could have told about Adam but didn’t. Any fan can tell you there is tons of material out there. They touched very little on his theater background, his Zodiac Show background, his underground lifestyle that includes his ups and downs struggles getting to where he is now. Then you have all the great stuff that has happen since Idol. This is how the public gets to know an artist and gets invested in him/her enough to not just buy the artists single but their whole album and maybe enough interest to want to see them live on tour. Win Win.

    How do you know VH1 has a larger audience? I haven’t heard anything about that. I thought VH1 and E! were about even. Then again, I’m not really checking out stuff like that. I think it’s the same viewers who check out the True Hollywood Story and the Behind the Music. His fans. Those are the same viewers right there.

    And they probably didn’t include all of that other stuff because it’s an hour episode. Just like how this Behind the Music is going to be an hour, too. Probably don’t have time to go deep into his life. They want to stick with the stuff folks already know.

  • SpenserJ

    I think it’s the same viewers who check out the True Hollywood Story and the Behind the Music. His fans. Those are the same viewers right there.

    I always like the BTM specials – even when they’re about a band I’m not really a fan of. Typically, they do a good job at telling an interesting story. I say this because, I’m not sure it’s only a certain individual’s fans who will watch that show.

    I loved JLo’s Behind the Music last year. She was so candid and open.

  • bridget

    I hope they interview Neil.

  • Fullmoon

    I think it’s the same viewers who check out the True Hollywood Story and the Behind the Music. His fans. Those are the same viewers right there.

    This is not true. I’ve watch almost all of THS and BTM shows and weren’t fans of most of them. Some I became fans of because of the show some not. VH1 has a much larger audience because it is a cable network that actually shows music videos and many other shows/concerts that focus on music. E! doesn’t focus on music.

  • dcglam

    Adam’s current story is that he is having opportunities even though he is gay and, for Adam, that coming out at the beginning of his career hasn’t been the death knoll that it could have been.

    This ^
    It’s all about business and TV ratings. No matter where he is or what he does, Adam Lambert attracts a crowd.

  • Q3

    This is really not news — we have known this was planned for months since they taped it months ago. It was originally reported that it would be broadcast in June.

    I am very excited that this is finally going to be broadcast but sorry it will not air until August. But I assume if was pushed to lead into the release of his new album.

    VH1 and MTV ran an Adam special before (Unplugged new series debut episode) so they know what the ratings and online views were. If there was not big audience, they would not be doing another show about him.

    Behind the Music’s description: “Each show focuses on a musician or musical group, documenting both the successes of the musicians and the problems they faced during their careers.”

    Does anyone really want to say that Adam hasn’t had both successes and problems in his career?

    Adam Lambert worked for over 10 years to get where he is and there is not way that was an easy path. I hope that BTM tells a bit more of the story and really goes BTM vs. the E! THS tabloid headline version.

  • fanaround

    Great for Adam! He will tell new stories or old stories in a new way – it doesn’t matter. He is an interviewer’s dream – articulate, full sentences, thoughtful as well as just the right amount (for me anyway) of provocative. I can’t wait. I think it’s cool that they intereviewed Kris too. It’s been a while since I’ve heard a “me and Adam”…

  • koshka

    bridget says:
    05/23/2011 at 6:54 pm
    I hope they interview Neil.

    How I would love this.

  • Q3

    Buffynut says:
    05/23/2011 at 4:56 pm

    Anyone have a guess as to why Adam seems to attract so much negativity. He’s a nice guy, trying to make a living, singing. Yet, as a fan, I feel I often can’t even enjoy his successes because of the negativty that seems to always follow!!

    It doesn’t take a lot of people to spew hate and negativity around the web. There are a few people who post anti-Adam things all over the web.

    Part of this is normal for Idol fans or any fan group — Rivalry which is a polite word for jealously.

    Part is a response to the minority of OTT Adam fans that just go too far to promote him and to “protect” him. He needs no defense or protection IMO. He does fine on his own.

    But since a notable percentage of people hate and fear anyone who is gay, Adam gets some extra negativity thrown his way.

    According to a new survey by the Gallup organization, for the first time a majority of Americans—53 percent—believe that gay and lesbian relationships are morally acceptable. Only 43 percent of Americans call these relationships morally wrong.

    This is a dramatic change from the beginning of the millennium. In 2001, only 40 percent of those surveyed called same-sex relationships “morally acceptable” while 53 percent called them “morally wrong.”

    Link: http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/14578

  • turquoisewaters

    Q3 says:
    05/23/2011 at 8:14 pm

    Gallop: Only 43 percent of Americans call these relationships morally wrong.

    “only”?? I find that number disappointingly high.
    I think Adam is very well positioned to push gay rights issues forward, because he is exceptionally talented, intelligent, charming, and courageous. And now he is walking around with his cute-as-pie boyfriend. Some people might not like any of that, as Q3 pointed out, because it undermines their idea of morality. IMHO, Adam just has star written all over him. There is a reason he sold out his concerts.

  • Maura73

    @turquoisewaters ITA! So “only” 40% of the population is bigoted. Why am I not comforted?

  • milwlovesadam

    There are a lot of celebs and singers out there who are not my cuppa. I wouldn’t dream of bashing them in a blog. I don’t get the need to spread negativity.

    That being said, I am so very excited to see the special. Getting to know Adam, and his friends and family, the way his fans have, no doubt there are many untold stories out there.

    Everything Adam does is newsworthy. Haircuts, tattoos, clubs, celebrity friends, boyfriends, parties, babies, clothes, Red Carpets, we are there. He is charming, articulate, funny, gorgeous. He works a Red Carpet and even Joan Rivers loves him.He has a twitter party and Twitter explodes. He tweets an artist, and their sales go up. Fans see shows of people he supports ( Vintage Trouble, etc.) Fans see Monte perform. Fans see Tommy perform. Fans make sure to watch Terrance dance on the Oscars and DWTS. Fans heaped loads of love on Sutan/Raja on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Fans cheered and cried when he won.

    Adam is endlessly entertaining, interesting, and polarizing. Love him. Is it August 10th yet?

  • Kirkee

    Looking forward to this. Lambert is always interesting.

  • madnessinmotion

    mils, I love your posts. From your lists to posts like this one you throw so many things into a realatively short post and make it all seem like normal fandom for us to be so fascinated by everything he does.

    I like how you included polarizing as a plus on his side. That “what is he going to do next” excitement is also part of what makes him polarizing. One of the best things about being his fan is that he thoroughly loves keeping things fresh, new and different. What other fandom can look at pics of their star on tour and be able to guess withing a couple to three weeks when the picture was taken according to how they look? :)

    I don’t think this will be a complete rehash of things we already have seen and know. Adam will surely have something new and exciting to put out there to get people talking. I would bet on it. :)

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    I’m sorry. What did I miss? Where did Adam, himself, or his fans demand this BTM? Please! Move on, people. So annoying.

  • milwlovesadam

    madness: :) the feeling is “mootchal”. ( a la Young Frankenstein).

    Sorry. Off topic, but somebody needed to inject a little humor here.

    Is it August 10th yet?

  • Teri63

    mils, I love your post. I often wonder the same — why people feel the need to spread negativity about something/someone they don’t like. It seems like such a waste of precious time to me to dwell on the negative when there are so many positives to be happy/get excited about. Anyway, I can’t wait for this special. I think it’s cool they think enough of Adam to focus on him long after his stint on Idol and his debut album was released. He’s a really awesome artist and, it seems, a really good guy, too, who has worked very hard to get to succeed. I’m happy to see some success going his way.

  • limi

    Buffynut-

    Where is RCAEd’s new post about Adam’s sales, I’ve been looking for it, I must have missed it!

    I’m excited too for the BTM show, couldn’t happen to a nicer and more talented artist. Hard to understand why anyone would begrudge an artist success of any kind!!

  • bridgette12

    I’m one of those who can’t wait to see Adam’s BTM special. He’s certainly one of the most interesting artist to come out in years.

  • Buffynut
  • limi

    Buffynut-

    Thank you- you are the best! I have been looking for this, GNT numbers are really good, not to mention the single sales that keep climbing and that darn FYE album keeps plugging along!

    Thanks again

  • YeahRight

    I loved JLo’s Behind the Music last year. She was so candid and open.

    Meh. I didn’t think she was so candid and open. She didn’t go into anything controversial. That was a J-Lo approved Behind the Music.

    VH1 has a much larger audience because it is a cable network that actually shows music videos and many other shows/concerts that focus on music. E! doesn’t focus on music.

    E! is a cable network that focuses on all things entertainment. That could be music, movies, whatever. And VH1 isn’t really all about the music anymore. I don’t know how Mob Wives and Basketball Wives focuses on music.

    Part is a response to the minority of OTT Adam fans that just go too far to promote him and to “protect” him. He needs no defense or protection IMO. He does fine on his own.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but OTT fans can make me hate a person.

  • rihannsu

    I don’t know about anyone else, but OTT fans can make me hate a person.

    I really don’t understand this idea. I mean truly OTT fans are basically crazy people. Why on earth would a person allow crazy peoples actions to affect them in any way? Why not just ignore the crazy people? What some crazy idiot fan may do or say about an artist has absolutely nothing to do with my enjoyment of the artist. Now I’ve left blog communities because of crazy people before but more because their wasn’t enough of interest to outweigh the crazy and I could get was I was looking for elsewhere.

  • cwm

    Thanks for posting that numbers thread from AO, Buffynut. Interesting stuff in there!

    I am really looking forward to Adam’s BTM episode. I think he’s fascinating.

  • Ceddies

    Add me to the list of peeps who can’t wait for this special. He IS fascinating–so much so that Barbara Walters featured him as one of her 10 most fascinating people of the year for ?2009?. She had an open slate to pick and choose anyone, and our man Adam Lambert made the cut.

  • lovingadam

    wow! yeah for adam! i can´t wait =)

  • weareallinnocent

    Cool. Looking forward to it, as with all things Adam. Fascinating indeed!

  • musicality

    I don’t know about anyone else, but OTT fans can make me hate a person.

    Hmmmmmmm…….. If that’s the case than a lot of people would “hate” everyone from American Idol. As every single Idol has OTT fans. It’s a show where people vote and AI encourages over investment. I can not think of one popular contestant who doesn’t have OTT fans. That’s a lot of “hate” to go around.

    That would also mean that a lot of people must totally despise everyone in Pop music today too. They would particularly “hate” Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Rihanna etc, etc. as they have a ridiculous amount of OTT fans. That’s a lot of hatred to carry around.

    I have an OTT cousin who’s a little bit nutty but it doesn’t make me “hate” my aunt. :) JS

  • kelli

    I know what I’ll be doing on Aug 10th. My Aunt asked me last week when Adam would be on TV and she is not a fan at all, she love Willie Nelson. I said I don’t know. She said I miss seeing him on TV. He makes my Tv look a lot better.

  • mmb

    I’m looking forward to Adams BTM. It’s great promo to kick off era #2. Jhud and tasia both used BTM as promo for their most recen cd eras. FWIW BTM is not American Masters or the Kennedy center honors, lol. It’s not some sort of lifetime achievement award. It started out years ago focussing mostly on hair and metal bands ( my personal favorites were the metallic and motley Crüe episodes). When they brough the series back last year ( or year before) the focus was on current artists and they have tried to provide a mix of established and somewhat new ( altho not debut) artists that they apparently believe will appeal to the vh1 demographic. I don’t know whether Adam and vh1 actually have some sort of promo deal, or whether vh1 just likes and supports him. Either way, as a fan I am grateful

  • TLKC

    Thrilled about this. Adam makes good copy and VH1 is obviously happy enough with the ratings on their prior Adam shows.

    Yes, we know a lot already but not everyone is as up-to-date as we are and there is a lot that can be said about the GN Tour, the year since and the recording of his new CD. (Co-writers and producers’ comments etc.)

    I’d say that I can’t wait ’til August 10th but don’t want to skip the joy of dissecting the Ste-Agathe and Moscow concerts. Hoping for good seats to the former and good video of both.

  • number8gurl

    I don’t post here very often but I read here regularly, at least when Adam is the topic of conversation and you know, I’ve been reading these comments and just shaking my head. There are some people who JUST CAN’T STAND to see Adam have success so they try to pick it apart and tear it down, somehow dilute it, deem it unimportant or prove that he doesn’t deserve it or was somehow handed the success for TV ratings or whatever. Always putting Adam’s die-hard fans on the defensive which in turns causes people to call them OTT. Personally I’m SICK of it. Adam is super talented and has an amazingly prophetic life story leading up to where he is today. I’ve no doubt he has a whole journal full of personal struggles that maybe have never been revealed because he does try to focus on the positive. As others said, if they truly go ‘behind the music’ they will focus more on his pre-Idol work and his struggle to survive along with his will to succeed, touch on his Idol journey and focus more on the journey his career has taken him thus far. And I agree with others, I have watched BTM and THS of many other artists that I wasn’t a die-hard fan of (some I wasn’t even a fan of at all) and I’ve learned a lot of things I didn’t know. It’s a cheap shot to say that only Adam’s fans will watch his BTM. These type shows are interesting, educational and entertaining which is what television should be right? Adam is a super popular, talented, funny, articulate guy who has a unique story that is BEYOND interesting. Why begrudge him this honor? I can’t wait to see what new things we may learn about Adam and even as a die-hard fan knowing as much as I do I never mind hearing about things I already know again…because, as I said, Adam is an interesting person. I will be watching on August 10th :)

  • Moria Polonius

    There are some people who JUST CAN’T STAND to see Adam have success so they try to pick it apart and tear it down, somehow dilute it, deem it unimportant or prove that he doesn’t deserve it or was somehow handed the success for TV ratings or whatever.

    *pat, pat* Calm down, number8gurl, Adam’s no exception in the Idol bubble, or even on this site. Other Idols get the very same treatment. Nature of the beast and all, don’t worry.

  • Lock

    Adam seems to get stuff like this all the time before he actually deserves or earns it. Is there a VH1 “Behind the Music” for Kelly, Clay, Fantasia, or Carrie? Cause it seems to me they all should have one before Adam.

    Oh shoot! Too bad you are not in the business. (Sigh!) But you may choose Adam as well if you are in the business cuz yeah, Adam IS that fascinating.