Adam Lambert Releases a Statement On the Release of his Pre-Idol Recordings

Adam Lambert has released a statement responding to the release of pre-Idol songs from Hi-Fi Recordings.   The songs are songwriter demos he recorded for hire.   He can’t be too happy this material is going to be out there ahead of his big post-Idol debut.   Kinda sucks for Adam:

“Back in 2005 when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio. The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on. I’m thrilled to be working with some of today’s hottest songwriters and producers and can’t wait for people to hear what my music really sounds like.”

Here’s a self-serving statement from the CEO of Hi-Fi:

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John Hecker, CEO of Hi Fi Recordings, said the tracks were recorded in 2007 and 2008 before Lambert’s rise on the popular Fox singing competition. The album will be titled “On with the Show.””We were presented with a business opportunity, ” said Hecker. “We accepted because Wilshire Records had a long working relationship with Adam, and it resulted in excellent music that they had the rights to. The music has an audience, and it deserves to be heard. I think it’s great music. At the end of the day, from my perspective, we’re really helping Adam.”

Really? Releasing a bunch of half-assed garbage demos ahead of Adam’s all-important debut CD is helping him? I want what Hecker’s on. Or maybe not.

I mean, if even Ryan Seacrest and Perez Hilton assumed the song was a brand-new cut, what’s the rest of the record-buying public going to think?

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151 Comments

  1. Hey, if these guys own the rights to these recordings, then there’s no reason on earth they shouldn’t release them and try to make a few bucks. I’m sure they would entertain an offer from Adam’s “people” to buy the rights (which is probably what will happen). I doubt the little rinky dink label has pressed any CDs yet.

  2. i really don’t think adam has anything to worry about. i think his fans love his voice so much that they would listen to him sing just about anything. we know these songs aren’t his real style.

  3. i think his fans love his voice so much that they would listen to him sing just about anything.

    True. But I think the problem is that many non-fans will be confused and buy a product that they think is his major label debut; and subsequently, be turned off by the lackluster quality. That sucks.

  4. but why would “non-fans” buy his stuff anyway. i think everyone will hopefully know that this is pre-idol anyway.

  5. The problem is that non-fans will hear the song, or check it out online or in music stores, and think that is what Adam’s music sounds like. If they don’t like it, they will be less likely to check out his real single. It will mold first impressions for many people. So, it does suck for him. It’s not the end of the world. But, Adam does want to build the excitement for first real music and control his “sound”.

    Nonfans are the millions and millions of teens, young professionals and others that do not watch Idol. That are busy in school, work, families and don’t follow the show, or have gotten bored with it, or just don’t like the conservative, traditional slant to the music and program. They are potential and desired new fans.

  6. This really sucks. In the interest of making a buck these people are going to associate him with some lame tracks he did in session work four years ago. Gimme a break.

  7. You can bet your sweet a** they “leaked” this song to force Sony/BMG to buy the tracks. It was their way of showing that if it is by Adam Lambert people are going to listen NOW, even if people find out it is old session stuff.

  8. Rock, meet hard place. Sure hard core fans will either forgive him for the milquetoast material or love it anyways, but for the vast music-buying public, it’s a huge PR/branding disaster. The last thing Adam and his label want is to start out his post-AI career with a whimper. Best case scenario here is for the label to cough up a ransom’s load of cash to make this disappear. And in this economy with the precarious financial footing that labels stand on, that’s a most unpleasant situation to find themselves in.

  9. I feel really awful about this. Poor Adam!!!!!!!! Why is everyone after this man? It’s so unfair. He’s been used by the media, the gay community, the evangelical christians, mercenary record labels, unscrupulous bloggers….. Everyone.

    This is just too low. their jeopardizing his future and it’s unforgivable. Simply despicable. Poor Adam. I hope RCA has a strategy to minimize the damage. I hope Adam isn’t feeling too bad bout this tonight.

    This is just an utter bullocking shame.

  10. Well, it kinda sucks, but I don’t think its a huge deal. This album (if it comes out) isn’t going to get a lot of promo or distribution. I don’t see radio picking it up. I think if Adam is able to get radio play with his first “real” single, then that’s where non-fans will here his music and give it a chance.

  11. It could be Perez Hilton’s attempt to ‘get’ Adam. I heard that Perez can be pretty vicious and Adam said something about Perez this week. So it could be like some sort of ‘pay back’.

    Perez is known for that.

  12. We might give the guy from Hi Fi Recordings the benefit of the doubt that he was fed false information by Wilshire Records, but Adam has now clearly debunked the information in that statement and on the website. If Hi Fi doesn’t now correct the record, and quickly, Adam should get his lawyers on this ASAP.

  13. he problem is that non-fans will hear the song, or check it out online or in music stores, and think that is what Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s music sounds like. If they donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like it, they will be less likely to check out his real single. It will mold first impressions for many people. So, it does suck for him.

    Not really. The statement released by Adam doesn’t sound upset. I remember when this happened to Christina Agruillera and other artists. They actually took the recording companies to court to stop it.

    Most people won’t even hear this. When Adam’s real single comes out this fall, the promotion for it is going to be HUGE. Besides, this is just another way to keep Adam in the media spotlight. Now that everyone knows that it is officially not Adam’s songs, etc., most won’t play it or promote it.

    Its unfortunate yes, but its not a “career crashing moment”. It happens all the time. In fact, its actually a compliment to Adam. I’m so glad Adam has such a chill laid-back attitude. If not, he’d have a heart attack. lol

  14. mj
    Jun 19th, 2009 at 10:00 pm
    I better not hear this on radio stations.

    LOL. You wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t.

    Someone on the other thread said they’d already heard it on their local radio station this evening.

  15. Someone on the other thread said theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d already heard it on their local radio station this evening.

    Most likely they were playing it as a novelty. I doubt it’s on any playlists, which is what’s needed to make a difference.

  16. Adam has no recourse. When you sing demo tracks you’ve few if any rights to the tracks you lay down. You’re essentially a voice for hire.

  17. Most likely they were playing it as a novelty. I doubt ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s on any playlists, which is whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s needed to make a difference.

    yeah. for sure. Its pretty dead before they even release the album.

    Some people are so money hungry. lol It should be a warning to upcoming, hopeful artists to get a contract before they do these demos. They should never give up all their rights.

    personally, I don’t think the song is bad… Its definitely not Adam’s best. lol But his vocals are great. Its almost like Adam’s No Boundaries single…. I dunno…. lol

  18. I don’t buy the “conspiracy” theory – Perez puts anything and everything on his website and knows anything Adam Lambert related will get hits. Please, all we need is another internet frenzy ala Danny is a d-bag. Bah!

  19. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m so glad Adam has such a chill laid-back attitude. If not, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d have a heart attack. lol

    No kidding! lol. Thank goodness Adam is the polar opposite of Susan Boyle. You can tell from his interviews that he does hear a lot of what’s going on…he just chooses to keep it in perspective. Craziness.

  20. Think about it this way, when it blows over, at least there will be more of Adam’s music out there for is fans and people to listen too.

  21. This sucks. If I was Adam I’d be livid right now. RCA/19E is probably livid. I’m not sure how much this will hurt Adam. But it certainly won’t help. :(

  22. When Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s real single comes out this fall, the promotion for it is going to be HUGE

    I would hope he has as single out before the fall so he can promote it on tour.

  23. Think about it this way, when it blows over, at least there will be more of Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s music out there for is fans and people to listen too.

    Exactly!! lol

    Lets look at the glass half full here!!!

  24. CRB
    Jun 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    Adam has no recourse. When you sing demo tracks youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve few if any rights to the tracks you lay down. Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re essentially a voice for hire.

    There is one legal recourse I can think of: As a session singer the artist performs with the assumption that the songs are not meant for public release. He can take them to court under breach of trust. An argument can be made to that effect. Also, as an artist signed to RCA, they can take them to court for illegal use of their artist. Since the album was not released until after Adam signed with RCA.

    There’s always a legal argument to be made. The question is will RCA think it worth their while financially to make it? Or do they have another strategy up their sleeves?

    I don’t think they’ll stop the publishing of the record. I do think they’ll try to burry it another way, by legally postponing the release perhaps. A cease and desist order.

  25. Carly Smithson said that she sang the Lessons Learned demo for Diane Warren that eventually ended up on Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts album. I’d pay my $0.99 right now to buy that recording if it were available for purchase. I wonder if any of these demos ever ended up on an album. That sort of complicates things, one would think.

  26. @ LisaE
    “True. But I think the problem is that many non-fans will be confused and buy a product that they think is his major label debut; and subsequently, be turned off by the lackluster quality. That sucks.”

    Yup, Adam has to go beyond the Idol fan base. A lot of people are warming up to Adam. Don’t want something like this to happen. I am not sure how all of these will pan out.

    @glamfan

    “But why would à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“non-fansà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  buy his stuff anyway. i think everyone will hopefully know that this is pre-idol anyway.?

    Why shouldn’t “non-fans” buy Adam’s stuff. He is good and the world deserves to know about him and enjoy his music. The world outside AI is really really big. As a fan myself, i want him to be able to touch as many lives as possible. He is a wonder.

  27. This happened to Christina too.

    In 2000, by which time she was a household name, a single emerged into record stores called “Just Be Free”, one of the demos Aguilera recorded. When RCA Records discovered the single, they officially advised fans not to purchase it, since it was unauthorized, and had German authorities pull the single off shelves as well. Months later, indie label Warlock Records was set to release Just Be Free, an album which contains the demo tracks. Aguilera filed a breach of contract and unfair-competition suit against Warlock and former producers Michael Brown and Robert Alleca in an effort to block the release, arguing that the album didn’t reflect her music direction because of her age when she recorded it, and how they used Aguilera’s name, likeness and image without permission to advertise a product.[citation needed]

    In the end, the two parties came to a settlement to release the album to the public. She lent out her name, likeness and image for an unspecified amount of damages. Many of the details of the lawsuit remain confidential. When the album was released on August 21, 2001, it had a photograph of Aguilera when she was fifteen years old, and the following statement from her written in its liner notes:
    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“

    Dear Friends:

    Just Be Free was recorded when I was 14 and 15 years old. At that young age, I made the recordings as a possible stepping stone to a career in music, which is my ultimate passion. They were made just so that I could get my foot in the door of the music business.

    I did not intend that the recordings would be widely released, especially after I signed with a major record label. I have not updated or finished the versions recorded in my childhood, and they are being released “as is,” although I tried to prevent the release for several years.

    The recordings do not in any way reflect my current musical taste and where I am as an artist. The growth and vocal development I experienced as I matured into young adulthood is not reflected in the recordings. The album of new recordings that I intend to release this fall will be the album that truly reflects my artistry, my vision, and my passion. The Just Be Free recordings will hopefully be a footnote in a musical career that I dream will last for many years to come.

  28. “The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on”.

    Oh, thanks god. I knew I could count on him! good good good!!!!!

  29. Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s always a legal argument to be made.

    Now there’s a truth. Maybe they can stall them or hold them up in court or something.

    Think about it this way, when it blows over, at least there will be more of Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s music out there for is fans and people to listen too.

    This really isn’t Adam’s music though and that’s why I have a problem with it. This was Adam going in and singing demos so he could pay his bills. Whatever is on those recordings is Adam’s voice, but that’s it.

  30. This is music biz poker. Perez may have been dealing a hand for pay back.
    If Perez hadn’t “debuted” this so prominently, declaring it so clearly the First Single, it wouldn’t be such a firestorm. He “vouched” for the authenticity. Even if he later hedged, he made it happen.

    But as posters have noted, this may be the HiFi/Wilshire demo owners upping the ante so RCA will pay more.

    What HiFi/Wilshire also just showed is how they only need the internet for distribution. They don’t need to press CD’s. They don’t need radio to harm Adam’s artistic brand. They can put these drekky demo’s up on pay per download. It’s a big world out there.

    Adam and RedOne are in the studio tonight, per Twitter by Alisan, Adam’s friend and co-songwriter. This may indeed, as other posters have suggested, be forcing RCA to release a Real Adam single or two way early. They cannot have months of banal junk being Adam’s “sound”. Wilshire/HiFi know this. RCA knows this. But Adam’s statement made it sound like RCA is “willing” to let the demo’s be released. Which is RCA saying, we won’t pay as much as you think. Oh, and by the way, he’s in town another two weeks. And he doesn’t need to go to rehearsals. We’ll ace you.

  31. papercut
    Jun 19th, 2009 at 10:13 pm
    This happened to Christina too.

    It’s a different situation. Aguillera’s was a demo offered to the record company in hopes of release. Adam did session work as singer for hire, recording songs as a showcase for the songs not himself as the artist. His voice singing those songs was never meant for publication. I’m not sure what difference that makes legally and to whose favour, but I know it does.

    The Image and name argument could work though.

  32. I’m copying at pasting this from IDF. The same thing happened to Christina Aguilera (also signed to RCA)

    This is so similar to what happened to Christina.

    In 2000, by which time she was a household name, a single emerged into record stores called “Just Be Free”, one of the demos Aguilera recorded. When RCA Records discovered the single, they officially advised fans not to purchase it, since it was unauthorized, and had German authorities pull the single off shelves as well. Months later, indie label Warlock Records was set to release Just Be Free, an album which contains the demo tracks. Aguilera filed a breach of contract and unfair-competition suit against Warlock and former producers Michael Brown and Robert Alleca in an effort to block the release, arguing that the album didn’t reflect her music direction because of her age when she recorded it, and how they used Aguilera’s name, likeness and image without permission to advertise a product.[citation needed]

    In the end, the two parties came to a settlement to release the album to the public. She lent out her name, likeness and image for an unspecified amount of damages. Many of the details of the lawsuit remain confidential. When the album was released on August 21, 2001, it had a photograph of Aguilera when she was fifteen years old, and the following statement from her written in its liner notes:
    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“

    Dear Friends:

    Just Be Free was recorded when I was 14 and 15 years old. At that young age, I made the recordings as a possible stepping stone to a career in music, which is my ultimate passion. They were made just so that I could get my foot in the door of the music business.

    I did not intend that the recordings would be widely released, especially after I signed with a major record label. I have not updated or finished the versions recorded in my childhood, and they are being released “as is,” although I tried to prevent the release for several years.

    The recordings do not in any way reflect my current musical taste and where I am as an artist. The growth and vocal development I experienced as I matured into young adulthood is not reflected in the recordings. The album of new recordings that I intend to release this fall will be the album that truly reflects my artistry, my vision, and my passion. The Just Be Free recordings will hopefully be a footnote in a musical career that I dream will last for many years to come.

    So maybe at least RCA can bury this in litigation long enough to delay the release until AFTER Adam’s official RCA album comes out.

  33. Well, it kinda sucks, but I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think its a huge deal. This album (if it comes out) isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t going to get a lot of promo or distribution. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see radio picking it up. I think if Adam is able to get radio play with his first à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“realà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  single, then thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s where non-fans will here his music and give it a chance.

    This, exactly this. As if this little rinky dink label has the money to get a song on the radio? It’s really much ado about nothing.

  34. Adam can get past this. I’m sure people will realize that it takes longer than a couple of weeks to produce recorded music and that this is some random past recording. He did work in Hollywood for 7-8 years!

    I don’t think it will have any bearing on his first real CD.

    No one except us obsessive Adam followers will get worked up about this, but it is good that he put out a statement, and maybe RCA will get it settled (best possible case).

  35. Natasha Jun 19th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    This really isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s music though….

    Given the history of what the Idol/RCA/Sony/BMG sausage mill turns out for first albums it is pretty doubtful (think snowball’s chance in Hades) that “Adam’s album” will reflect much of what Adam is musically. I would guess that it will be closer to a Kristy Lee Cook 72 hours start to finish effort than a careful crafting of Adam’s future musical road map or even a snapshot of where he is now. A quick album to cash in on Idol fame is the modus operandi here.

  36. For those who heard it without realizing what the song really was, the reaction was mixed. Some thought it was catchy (?). Some thought it was weak with wimpy lyrics and little opportunity for vocal range. *raising hand* A lot of us thought it was leaked demo music, tho that turns out to be incorrect. That said, it was clear to die-hard fans that this was not recent and did not reflect the kind of music he has been making for the last few years. It was basic pop, along the lines of No Boundaries (maybe a little better?), and this all sounded fishy. The good news is that this was addressed very quickly (yay for the internets!). It is hard for me to believe that Seacrest was fooled (?), but in any case Adam issued a statement (critical to speak out immediately) and we go from here. I suspect that 19/RCA will try to buy Hi-Fi out, or, if not, get out a *real* track as soon as possible, in conjunction with the Tour, as some of you have speculated.

    What really got to me was how the recordings came about. We know how hard Adam has worked for success, and his past effort continues to bite him in the ass. Once you’ve addressed your sexuality, hey, let’s jeopardize your recording career. Delightful. This must really hurt him, and it’s too bad, after Lyndsey’s great interview. But, hey, People came out together, so another cute picture of Adam (very cute) and a little blurb about how he has been trying to be himself. Come on, Hi-Fi, give the guy a chance.

  37. Oh sure, these people just want to help Adam by releasing crappy throw-away demo work he did 4 years ago, that he didn’t even write. Oh and it’s it great that all the money made out of this will be off of Adam’s name with no money actually going to Adam! And instead it could potentially turning off future sales for him. Yes, I see how this helps Adam so very much! Sure, if by “help,” one means completely screw over, than sure.

    These people suck, hard. And not in good ways.

  38. I don’t think it’s all that bad. Some people liked it. Ok, I agree the melody and the lyrics sounds amatuerish. But he displayed great vocals. The fact that it is already being picked up on radio (as others claimed) is a good sign. This will disprove what other non-fans are saying that his voice is not radio friendly.

    Also, this will ,in a way, keep Adam in the music scene while waiting for his album which will be a surprise for everyone. It is just equivalent to Kris’ No Boundaries (which also is a song that he doesn’t intend to sound like in his album). I’d like to think positive about this so that positive energy will set in.

  39. Problem is that I have already read on several sites from “Glamberts”, that his single is OUT and is fabulous. I read many great testimonies of how great this single was. When I followed the links to listen to it, I must say I was shocked (and not in a great way). I now know better, but I suggest some of those posts should be edited or something. If I wasn’t following Idol, I would have thought it was his first single.

  40. I have to think this won’t end up being that big of a deal (because to think otherwise just sucks). But I feel so bad for Adam and hope this all blows over quickly and we can concentrate on getting ready for his real debut album!

  41. Problem is that I have already read on several sites from à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Glambertsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , that his single is OUT and is fabulous.

    I worry people are going to get confused too. It’s really bizarre that this company can put together some random demos recorded years ago and release them as an album by Adam Lambert.

  42. Ah, my fellow lawyers are already at work. On Seacrest’s site it says “Want” has been removed at the request of Sony. They are going to bury Hi-Fi in legal hell.

  43. Problem is that I have already read on several sites from à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Glambertsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , that his single is OUT and is fabulous. I read many great testimonies of how great this single was.

    I’m telling you – those AI fan lenses are mighty powerful. The ‘anything my Idol puts out sounds fabulous to me’ shade simply overpowers the senses.

  44. this is so obnoxious. i just hope the “die hards” who will love anything he sings (*guilty as charged*) will refuse to buy this despite how hungry we are for new music… download it illegally, perhaps.

    if adam isn’t making money off of it, especially something that may hurt his career in any way, there’s no chance in hell im putting any money in their skeezy pockets.

  45. December… remember… November… whatever – not a good track at all to me.

  46. Everything needs to be kept in perspective here. Adam is not the first nor will he be the last that is screwed by this very unscrupulous business.

    If you look at this on a positive side, if this company is releasing “demo” tapes from Adam they must think that he is worth some bucks to them one way or another. So what does this say about Adam’s “hype”? That he is reaching beyond idol and into the mainstream of the industry.

    No one is going to spend the money for the marketing of this album, because their return is very limited. And really, what reputable distributor is going to handle this once they find out from RCA that this is not Adam’s contracted album. We need to remember that people aren’t as dumb as we sometimes think they are….they’ll figure it out and they’ll figure it out quickly.

    They know that a major single and album would be promoted heavily. That the artist would be “out there” doing his thing. There won’t be any media blitz for this album, no AOL sessions, no TV, no press, nada other than the firestorm on the internet and the album itself. The recording company isn’t going to pay for online advertising or promotion.

    Just remember it takes more than an album jacket to sell an album….and if someone is stupid enough to buy it (and I mean all the over-zealous fans out there who have heard about this whole hub-bub online) and shell out 10 or 12 bucks for drivel….well enjoy listening to it and remember how you screwed a nice young man you profess to be a fan of!

  47. Ah, my fellow lawyers are already at work. On Seacrestà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s site it says à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Wantà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  has been removed at the request of Sony. They are going to bury Hi-Fi in legal hell.

    Ellie2, this actually gave me warm fuzzies. I should probably seek help :P

  48. Ellie2, that’s encouraging. I’m just going to take a deep breath and trust that there are experienced people in control, and this will not go much farther.

  49. Everything needs to be kept in perspective here. Adam is not the first nor will he be the last that is screwed by this very unscrupulous business.

    Exactly. Just like anyone else who gets into the public eye anything done prior to being “famous” is up for the highest bidder. Just another day in the life of show business. Will it tarnish his career before it really gets started? Doubtful.

    ETA: I like the Tina Turner cover myself, if that’s really him. LOL

  50. With all the demos/recordings of Adam being let loose in the internet left and right, my gut feeling is something good will come out of this. RCA may be forced to release a single before any recording company will release Adam’s pre-Idol recordings.

  51. that billboard article made them sound even smarmier. ICK.

    i wonder if adam’s visit there in May was because they were seeing if any of those tracks might work for his new album. adam and 19 probably passed on them and now these people are going to release them anyways, but are trying to make it look like adam was on board in may.

    and at least the second song is a dance remix of someone else’s song (tina turner) so it is a little less indicative of what he would write or sing (in my opinion). plus it was done by Fonzerelli who, it seems, is a friend of Adam’s. im less concerned about that one. and i found myself dancing to it… hehe.

  52. All this talk is boosting his digital album AGAIN. It was at #54 now it’s at #48.

  53. I am a big Adam fan, so I would buy a CD of him singing in the shower at this point. I’m also missing the weekly addition of a new song we all got each week on idol, so hearing something new will be fun.

    I don’t think this will hurt Adam at all. I am dissapointed that HI-FI is being disrespectful by trying to launch it before Adam’s post-idol CD, but that’s predictable. Everyone is always trying to make a buck.

    Adam has a huge fan base and we already get that he was recording before IDOL. We have all seen the stuff on you tube and we like just about anything done by Adam. We also know that the Post Idol CD will Kiss A$$!

  54. So Wilshire recorded this lame song called “December” sung by Dublyn Jones and no one wants to buy it, then realized that the voice they hired years ago to record the demo just became famous and decided to change the name of the song to “Want” and try to release it as a single to either blackmail Adam/RCA into a settlement or to make a quick buck off an “album” of Adam demos without his permission or cooperation? Wow, what scumbags. At least Adam’s voice sounds great, he’s got nothing to be ashamed of. The boy puts his all into every effort.

  55. According to Hi Fi, Lambert co-wrote the material that will appear on the album and even made a trip to the Wilshire Records studio in Los Angeles as recently as May 2009 to hear it. “He was in the Wilshire Records studio right before the finale actually, and he was blown away by the material.”

    Hmmmm….Someone is not telling the truth. Adam was talking about recording these tracks in 2005. If he really did go back into the studio during the Idol season to hear the tracks, this could definitely make his label unhappy. What was the reason and was it with the labels blessing? It’s more likely that the producer is a total scumbag, but who knows?

    Will Adam and his label be tied to the tracks as the train approaches?

    Will there will be any unpleasantness growing between Adam and his label?

    Will this effect Adam’s future in any way, positively or negatively?

    Stay tuned to find out the answers, same battime, same batstation.

  56. Oh man, if the label is telling the truth, that looks bad on Adam’s part. But why would Adam go check out the record and not tell RCA about it? UGH.

  57. Well…we wanted to hear about the music and not the gay! Guess everybody got their wish.

  58. According to Hi Fi, Lambert co-wrote the material that will appear on the album and even made a trip to the Wilshire Records studio in Los Angeles as recently as May 2009 to hear it. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“He was in the Wilshire Records studio right before the finale actually, and he was blown away by the material.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Uhm when would Adam have had time ‘just before the Finale’ to go visit these scumbags? I think he was rather busy.

  59. Stay tuned to find out the answers, same battime, same batstation.

    AHAHA! there’s enough adam news every day to have an adam news network (ANN?). for pete’s sake.

    here is a tweet from one of his current friends/cowrighters alisan porter

    “Well I was supposed to get my nails done…but somehow I ended up in the studio with red and @therealglambert!!! Way better.”

    maybe this was the result of a “holy shit, get in the studio and get out a REAL single ASAP” call.

  60. On the positive note, everyone will eagerly await his next album (if they can’t stop Hi-Fi) to compare his pre-idol recordings to post-idol recordings. I don’t think this will damage Adam’s career. Everyone wants to hear him and see what he’ll do next. This Hi-Fi is just a drumroll to the big event.

  61. *****Wow, this is making me sick. I just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want anything to hurt Adam.

    That’s how I feel. I hope 19E feels the same way.

  62. Squirrely
    Jun 19th, 2009 at 11:07 pm
    All this talk is boosting his digital album AGAIN. It was at #54 now ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s at #48.

    It was at 46 earlier today when I checked it’s at 50 now.

  63. So 19 didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know about this until today? Talk about ambush tacticsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.and weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re supposed to believe this sleaze CEO that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to take care of Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s brand? What a two bit scam artist.

    Eek. They must be in less than a good mood over at 19 right now.

    Bullshit on taking care of Adam’s brand. I don’t want this jackass anywhere near Adam or his brand.

  64. A similar situation happened to Taylor in 2006…Sleezy producer from his past put up songs on Itunes…

    Taylor Hicks settles suit with producer
    Posted 8/29/2006 7:14 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Reigning American Idol Taylor Hicks has settled a lawsuit he brought against a Nashville producer over the rights to three songs he wrote and recorded before becoming a TV phenom.
    Hicks gained possession of the master recordings of the songs under the deal, revealed Tuesday in documents filed in federal court in Hicks’ hometown of Birmingham. In exchange, Hicks agreed not to pursue further court action against producer William Smith, who recorded Hicks several years ago and recently placed some of the songs on the iTunes website for sale.

    No money will change hands under the agreement, which an attorney for Hicks, Joe Leak, described as “amicable.”

    “We were primarily just making sure that Taylor had the rights to the music,” said Leak.

    Hicks filed suit earlier this month claiming Smith and his companies wrongly tried to profit from selling three songs that Hicks wrote and recorded with Smith à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ The Fall,Son of a Carpenter, and In Your Time.

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-08-29-hicks-lawsuit_x.htm?POE=LIFISVA

  65. The media is picking up the “summer’ album” positively. Why can’t we be positive? That’s only one single we heard. Maybe we expected too much from Adam. What if the RCA album does not meet our expectatiions? I fell in love with Adam because of his great vocals. Whatever songs he sings is magical to me.

  66. Maybe Adam did go listen too it but had no idea they planned to release it.

  67. Oh man, if the label is telling the truth, that looks bad on Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s part.

    I think that, at this point in Mr. Lambert’s career, and based on all the evidence I’ll vote for the scumbag of a label pr guy blowing smoke up everyone’s ass not Adam.

    I think this is actually pretty exciting. Whose telling the truth, what did Adam actually know, who is going to sue who, is Perez behind all of this, or maybe some jilted suitor of Adam, will he loose his title, is RCA going to drop him for breach of contract, is Danny’s cousin the pr person for the label? This is better than any TV re-run that I would be forced to watch on a boring Friday night.

    Stay tuned….more conspiracy theories after the break!!

  68. The media is picking up the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“summerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ albumà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  positively. Why canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t we be positive?

    Maybe because they’re messing with Adam and he won’t see a penny from it?

  69. The article is saying they are going to release this song on itunes June 29.

    This is already on itunes. Its been out for awhile. Just like people didn’t know about the tina turner mix track from years ago, people won’t know about this want single either. lol

  70. The media is picking up the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“summerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ albumà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  positively. Why canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t we be positive?

    Maybe because theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re messing with Adam and he wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see a penny from it?

    Not to mention this is messing his brand for his future, and lying about it and by their own douchbaggery admission, didn’t tell Sony/19 or Adam about this at all, and just sprang it on them.

    Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s only one single we heard.

    But it’s not a single. It’s a demo session that someone did 4 years ago to pay the rent to a song they didn’t write, and probably hated, associating Adam with that, isn’t going to do him any good. Though yes, despite all of that, his voice is pretty. I agree, but his voice deserves more than this kind of dreck music and Adam deserves not to have this company profit while screwing him over. Which what any positive press about this crap of theirs does, and at Adam’s expense.

  71. xuziqueue
    Jun 19th, 2009 at 11:42 pm
    You can already download it.

    I couldn’t find it on Itunes. Not as December nor Want.

  72. I will not download it…I will not download it….I absolutely will not download it…

  73. The whole thing is skeezy. The worst part was Hecker’s self-serving statement:

    “I’m working [Adam’s] brand with as much care as anybody could,” adds Hecker. “I do not want to hurt this guy, I want this guy to be as huge as he should be, and I think this music is only going to help.”

    Gag me.

  74. I think this music is only going to help.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Yeah buddy, you’re only hoping it’s going to help line your sorry pockets.

  75. I agree with many of people here that while it sucks, it won’t hurt Adam’s career in any way. The majority of people are not aware of Adam’s music pre-Idol or some stuff that he had to do to make a living. When the real album comes out, it will be promoted huge…and that will be what people see. I am positive that people are smart enough to be able to distinguish pre-Idol crap vs. the work that truly reflects Adam.

    Time to start a new trend on Twitter #hifiisadouche

  76. And Adam’s not going to see a dime from this so-called “album.” The Hi-Fi guy tries to dance around that question, but it’s clear Adam was paid for session work and now he’s shit out of luck as far as any additional $. Sucks all the way around. And I’m guessing that if this album does drop, Adam’s name won’t be on any of the songs as a writer or co-writer. I call bullshit on that one.

  77. ***Time to start a new trend on Twitter #hifiisadouche

    that’s free marketing/media for them. Best to not call attention to them.

  78. Time to start a new trend on Twitter #hifiisadouche

    haha. yeah!!

    Is it me or does anyone notice that now that MJ finally posts a thread outlining producers both Kris and Adam are working with, people are still flooding to the “drama” thread. It must be human nature. lol

    Speaking of Adam and Twitter, he really needs to start using it more. lol He’s got over 14,000 people in just 2 1/2 days, and no new news. lol His email newsletter was nice though. RCA is really good at keeping his fans up to date on whats going on with him. I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I went into my email and saw one from Adam Lambert. lol

  79. Another Adam song is on iTunes. It’s that song he sang as Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Val Kilmar. I guess the live production was filmed and made into a DVD, and they released Adam’s solo to iTunes late in the season. I didn’t buy it, but it came up under his name. LOL.

    I don’t know about all the songs on this so-called “album” but I’m guessing at least this “Want” song was a for-hire demo, considering there’s evidence of someone else singing it under a different title. It’s possible that Adam did some original songs with the same studio, but I don’t see how they would have the rights to them if that is indeed the case.

    ETA:

    try here: :
    http://www.mediafire.com/?jmodfijyllt

    That’s not the same as being on iTunes under Adam’s name.

    Also, this twitter nonsense has got to stop, IMO. It reflects badly on Adam. I think he and his peeps are in a position to handle this.

  80. If Adam wrote the songs would it show up on the sonwriter’s publishing list…sorry I’m so dumb and don’t know what it is called. Could someone who knows what I’m trying to talk about go check and see if he is listed as the writer on any songs now being published? Thanks…

  81. clearone Jun 19th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    According to Hi Fi, Lambert co-wrote the material that will appear on the album and even made a trip to the Wilshire Records studio in Los Angeles as recently as May 2009 to hear it. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“He was in the Wilshire Records studio right before the finale actually, and he was blown away by the material.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Uhm when would Adam have had time à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹just before the Finaleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ to go visit these scumbags? I think he was rather busy.

    Now THAT is a load of BS!! AI/19E had Adam and Kris on LOCKDOWN right before the finale! Even if Adam had the TIME (which I highly doubt he did); Adam couldn’t make a single move without AI/19E knowing about it!

    Apparently this happened to Leona Lewis recently too, from IDF

    It’s happened to Leona Lewis too.
    QUOTE
    A four-track download EP, “It’s All for You”, that she recorded before entering The X Factor was released digitally on 18 December 2006, through The Schizofreniks record label.[25][26] The single was banned from several online stores by Lewis’s record label, Sony BMG, and was therefore unable to chart.[citation needed]

    (Wikipedia)
    Twice. Link.

    I hope something similar happens with Adam.

  82. Another Adam song is on iTunes. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s that song he sang as Judas in à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Jesus Christ Superstarà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  with Val Kilmar.

    Yes. This has been on itunes since after the finale.

  83. Apparently this happened to Leona Lewis recently too, from IDF

    yup. It happens to a lot of people. Its unfortunate but not surprising.

  84. ***Time to start a new trend on Twitter #hifiisadouche

    thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s free marketing/media for them. Best to not call attention to them.

    Yep. Let Sony and 19 handle these clowns.

  85. When Adam was unknown they did not have time to finish the album! Now that he is front page everywhere for some reasons they suddenly have the time!

    Time will tell Hi-Fi what kind of fans Adam has gathered! Unless Adam gets the normal standart basis royalties for song writing and singing or whatever I WILL NOT BUY IT, should Adam get what he his entitled too and it will not interfer with his RCA contract, I WILL BUY IT!

    Hi-Fi show us a legal contract and have Adam officially confirm it and I am sure that 90% or 80% of a few hundred thousands is better that NOTHING! Business is business after all!

  86. i was telling my mom that …….man, being an adam fan….you leave the computer for a couple of hours only to always come back to a media storm lol…i guess adam is indeed buzzworthy! this has been going on since the finale exactly a month ago!

  87. xuziqueue
    Jun 20th, 2009 at 12:01 am
    try here: :
    http://www.mediafire.com/?jmodfijyllt

    Yes as a free download, I downloaded a copy earlier this evening. I thought you meant it was available on ITunes which it’s not.

    I know loads of people online who’ve already downloaded the single for free, which makes me think whose going to buy it when they can get it gratis.

  88. wow…… RCA is so quick with Adam’s website. They already have Lindsey’s interview on it. lol

  89. Another Adam song is on iTunes. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s that song he sang as Judas in à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Jesus Christ Superstarà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  with Val Kilmar.

    Adam played the role of Joshua and the musical was Ten Commandments.

    The song is entitled Is Anybody Listening?

  90. If Adam wrote the songs would it show up on the sonwriterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s publishing listà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦sorry Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m so dumb and donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know what it is called. Could someone who knows what Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m trying to talk about go check and see if he is listed as the writer on any songs now being published? Thanksà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I did a search on ASCAP and got these results. The only one I haven’t heard already is “Sacrifice.” Have any of you heard it before?

  91. Adam at Studio C?

    MsAmberRiley

    Drumroll please… Its Adam Lambert in studio C!!! Cool! http://mypict.me/4z9s26 minutes ago from UberTwitter

    druidDUDE

    Adam lambert just joined the fun at the studio! Ahh who’s next?25 minutes ago from Tweetie

    Adam seen at Studio C tonight, both of the people twittering are from the cast of Glee I believe who I guess work at the same studio.

  92. I would still buy it just to support Adam. I have bought all his stuff even the compilation at the end of idol even though I had everything already. Just wanted to support him.

  93. Every year, fans say ‘I’d listen to so-and-so sing the phone book.’ I guess we’re about to test the boundaries of that theory.

  94. xuziqueue Jun 20th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I would still buy it just to support Adam. I have bought all his stuff even the compilation at the end of idol even though I had everything already. Just wanted to support him.

    But you wouldn’t be supporting Adam, you would be supporting the money grubbing Hi-Fi/Wilshire records out to exploit Adam’s fame for a quick buck.

  95. “I would still buy it just to support Adam. I have bought all his stuff even the compilation at the end of idol even though I had everything already. Just wanted to support him.”

    – I am with you xuziqueue. I don’t want to hear remarks from non-fans that Adam cannot sell records. Producers might shy away from him. I’d like to have a complete selection of his pre and post Idol stuff. I think Hi-Fi said that they will share their success with Adam (whatever that means).

  96. Well, I have to say I find the ASCAP database pretty wonky. I’m not going to count on it. Plenty of artists who have credits on songs on CD liner notes don’t show up in that database. Perhaps those songs weren’t submitted? I don’t think it means much, especially if they are arguing that these were demos.

    Bax, if you’re reading, perhaps you could shed some light on this (and/or hire me to improve their search interface/indexing). ;-)

  97. Well, I have to say I find the ASCAP database pretty wonky.

    I agree with you; it doesn’t always produce complete results.

  98. Hope hope hope that this doesn’t hasten the release of his real album! I hope Adam can go ahead and keep working on his real music as planned, without hurrying even more because of these douches!

  99. To those who are saying you want to buy the album to support Adam, I am sorry but you will not be supporting Adam in any way. From reading Adam’s statement, he does not want to be connected to this demo album. He does not want people to listen to songs that were not written for him or songs that comes from him.

    So if you’re a smart fan, don’t support this so-called-album. It is not helping Adam. If this CD becomes famous, it may even overshadow his DEBUT album.

  100. I agree with papercut- Hi Fi is using Adam- it does not reflect his work or even his backing.

    I hate Hi Fi right now.

  101. Okay people! Who is going to be the genious to start a #hi-fiisadouche campaign?

    I’m waiting……

  102. And I wonder what the “cover art” would be, maybe a paparazzi picture of him? (Actually that would fit nicely with the “scumbags trying to exploit Adam” theme)

  103. Adam has been a voice-for-hire for a decade. There’s a lot of him on tape. Luckily, it seems that most of the people he worked with have a normal sense of respect for their own work, or we’d also be seeing albums of the Zodiac Show, Best of the Upright, cast albums of Wicked and Brigadoon, all marketed as Adam recordings. Ha – maybe that would be better – flood the marked with recordings of everything he’s ever sung in order to devalue it. j/k

    I think Adam took the right tack in letting everyone who’s watching know that this isn’t sanctioned, it’s just voice for hire. If asked, he should just smile and say he’s worked hard singing other people’s music and is glad that most people he worked with appreciated that and are not trying to exploit it.

    But since he’s made it clear that he doesn’t want that music out there at this time, then I think the best thing to do is treat it as if Adam had his wish on it, as if it didn’t exist – don’t buy it, don’t download it, don’t play it. I imagine that that’s what most outlets will do, so the vast majority of peeps won’t even know about it.

  104. Okay people! Who is going to be the genious to start a #hi-fiisadouche campaign?

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m waitingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Not me. Sounds ineffective and a waste of time. But if it amuses you, go for it. :-)

  105. If Adam was paid to record these songs, he may have no rights to them or to any revenue generated from the sale of this album. Hi-Fi owns these recordings and it sounds like they are rushing this thing out to capitalize on his fame. It will be interesting to find out if he will share in the profit. They probably don’t own his “likeness” or name, so they may have to pay him something for the use of his name and photo.

  106. For the moment I am waiting to see how 19 and lawyers will handle this. But if need be Hifi isa douche will be born.

  107. I did a search on ASCAP and got these results.

    ASCAP only lists songs written by at least one of their members. It would appear from those search results, Adam is not a member (his name is not hyper-linked. His co-writer Monte Lee Pittman appears to be the member). New songs may not appear on this list either because they have not yet been submitted or because none of the authors are members of that association. Lots of songwriters are not (for whatever reason – likely because they chose not to join).

  108. Being Adam’s fan sure feels like riding a rollercoaster. I am so ready to take this crazy ride with him. The song isn’t bad, it’s just not great! I have no problem listening to it because of Adam’s great vocal. But I wouldn’t buy it because Adam is not endorsing it.

    I don’t think it will hurt Adam as long as his real new musics are good. The new album is what that matters. Adam really needs his positive outlook and focus to carry him through all these craziness. Or else he might break down like Susan Boyle.

    “Is Anybody Listening” is awesome! I bought it a while back from Itunes.

  109. I am not buying that song. Adam is not endorsing it. That ´s why he published his statement. We need to understand his message.

  110. Okay people! Who is going to be the genious to start a #hi-fiisadouche campaign?

    And you want to make this little-known company more high profile and widely known because…?

  111. Okay, I caved in (of course) and downloaded it (SUCH a fantard). It’s better than NB!!! I wouldn’t have bought it (I downloaded Is Anybody Listening, but I paid for it and I also bought the DVD, which is craptastic but kind of funny). I hope Adam didn’t lose any money on THIS download…

    I really would like Adam to release ONE single before or during or after the tour b/c I want new, FRESH music, but I don’t want it to sound rushed. Maybe RedOne has produced something hot…there are still two weeks until the Tour, after all.

    I have calmed down, in other words. :) I think Adam and Sony/RCA/19 will handle this just fine (please please please) and it’s not This Is My Now, plus you can actually sing along to it!!! As long as it doesn’t hurt Adam in the short or long term, I’m cool, and from experience it seems as if 19 has played the game before and knows how to proceed. Sue for the bed…and of course

    ADAM FTW

  112. Jun 20th, 2009 at 12:49 am
    I agree with papercut- Hi Fi is using Adam- it does not reflect his work or even his backing.

    I hate Hi Fi right now

    I agree with this also.

  113. Okay people! Who is going to be the genious to start a #hi-fiisadouche campaign?

    And you want to make this little-known company more high profile and widely known becauseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦?

    Because people will know the whole story and know why they should not buy this album? Because I believe the majority of people may still think that they should buy the album anyway to support Adam, even though it is pre-Idol (not realizing about the legal/voice for hire issues). I’m just sayin’

  114. I suggest that we remain calm and see what RCA does. Can something like this be legal? However, I will certainly not buy any of these songs and will do my best to spread the word. I plan to also boycott this label permanently. They definitely are bottom-feeders.

  115. According to Billboard magazine, John Hecker issued the following statement:

    The CEO says he’s “100%” confident that his company has the legal right to debut its Adam Lambert album before 19/RCA does theirs. “We would never put anything out that wasn’t fully owned by the parties involved with all the rights secured. We were really careful.”

    “I’m working [Adam’s] brand with as much care as anybody could,” adds Hecker. “I do not want to hurt this guy, I want this guy to be as huge as he should be, and I think this music is only going to help.”

    Wow, sure hope they can squash this before any damage is done to Adam’s current music with RCA.

  116. Because people will know the whole story and know why they should not buy this album? Because I believe the majority of people may still think that they should buy the album anyway to support Adam, even though it is pre-Idol (not realizing about the legal/voice for hire issues). Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just sayinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    This company obviously wants the free publicity. Why else would he offer the song to PH? He knew the scumbag wouldn’t be able to help himself (like dangling raw meat in front of a ravenous shark) and would immediately post the song as his exclusive “Glambert world premiere” without even bothering to question its origins.

    If you make it a twitter trend, you’ll raise the profile of this company through the roof and end up getting way more people aware of them and this “new” Adam Lambert album than they could have otherwise envisioned. For every 10 (maybe even 20) who decry the sleazy exploitation of this project, there will be one who still decides to buy the album. Why do you think junk mail, junk faxes and spam are still popular and effective marketing tools?

  117. Reminder:

    I just edited a post that contained the email address of Hi-Fi and a call-to-arms to send them angry emails.

    PLEASE don’t do that on my blog. My guidelines contains a specific request not to do that sort of thing. If you want to rally the troups, take it to your fansites.

    Also, the twitter idea falls in the same category. Please don’t discuss it here.

  118. I for one am not that sure how to handle the HIFI situation. I know Adam already speak up about it. Not sure how RCA and 19E handling all these. I would like to know more about it before i encourage people to take some form of action such as twittering or boycott the CD.

    Not worried about Adam fan which are mostly AI fans. We’ve seen him in action so we know his capability. But the rest of the world who is starting to discover and possibly love him might misunderstand. So one thing i proactively do is to remind people of Adam’s beautiful music via the different Adam youtube materials. This way they will be reminded of the beautiful voice of Adam. What do you guys think ? Will this make a good viral effort? Is it worth doing this?

  119. HiFi Recordings posted à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Wantà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  on youtube today saying that the album à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“On With the Showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  will be released this summer. I will not be buying it unless it is endorsed by Adam himself, which seems very unlikely.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9nu7KC6OZk

    Comments on youtube indicate people know the true story behind the song and have posted Adam’s statement. Hopefully people read the comments and not just listen to the song. I also hope that RCA gets Adam’s real debut single out very quickly to quash “Want”. BTW, several people just couldn’t wait to put this song on youtube, not just by HiFi.

    I have to confess I’ve listened to it numerous times because I am missing hearing Adam sing something new.

  120. Okay, “Want” is a pretty crappy song. According to that billboard article, “the rest of the songs will sound similar” (Ahh! noo!) and the company is saying that Adam wrote a lot of stuff. ( I hope they’re lying about this only because this will give the impression that Adam would like to repeat the word “love” a bunch of times. hehe) Okay, if they really were trying to help Adam, they would not make these statements. Also they are trying to make it seem that Adam is working with them right before the finale? uhh.. yeah right! there’s no way that he wants to put out sappy stuff like this when he wants to be a real star.

    Yes, there will be the die-hard fans that will love this and would buy this. There’s also the big fans from the show that might not be catch up on the latest news but will want to pick up the album when it first comes out.. and of course would most likely be disappointed since it does not accurate reflect who he currently is as an artist. However, the majority of the music-buying audience are those that might be fans from the show or non-AI fans who would depend on the single to see if they buy it. There is going to be an impression that this single is the first from his major label debut and I don’t think that anyone can honestly say that this is a good way to debut him.

  121. Well, the twitter idea seemed like a good idea after six beers last night :redface_wp:

    BTW- I am not a fantard. Just don’t like exploitation. Which is EXACTLY what this is.

  122. This sort of thing has happened to all the successful ones and they’ve survived. This isn’t a big deal IMO, especially since Adam’s now released his statement.

    It’s not the worst song I’ve ever heard, but I get that it’s the principle of it all.

  123. Hi Fi has already made themselves look like asses. It would be stupid not to handle Adam brand smartly and cash it as much as they can. And I don’t think they’ll hurt Adam’s chance of being a superstar if the RCA album is really dope. The Hi Fi album will just be treated like Adam’s iTune album of AI8 then.

    It will only be a problem if the RCA album is not that good.

  124. This sort of thing has happened to all the successful ones and theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve survived. This isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t a big deal IMO, especially since Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s now released his statement.

    But has it happened before they even released their first album? I honestly don’t know since I don’t follow that many artists that closely.

  125. Adam sounds great on this song, as usual his voice is beautiful. The song itself is, as most have pointed out, craptastic. Blah lyrics, music and arrangement.
    I would only buy the album if Adam were to actually receive royalties from the sales and had endorsed its release.
    Otherwise, I will just get the songs in other ways, shameful to admit but I am so fan crazy I would actually listen to anything by him. I bought both the vid and studio version of NB :redface_wp:
    Plus, I want to support him so I can hear him for many years to come. So, I buy what he puts out there.
    Those detachable coattails will indeed come in handy.

  126. Well it sounds as though Dublyn Jones is the one that recorded the songà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    http://www.welsford.net/player_rockPop.html (First song – ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s now called December instead of Want)

    and hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a link to their Myspace page (pretty lame):

    http://www.myspace.com/dublynjones

    Did Wilshire take “December” down now that they’re calling it Adam’s first single, “Want?” I can’t seem to find it at that link! Wow.

  127. However, the majority of the music-buying audience are those that might be fans from the show or non-AI fans who would depend on the single to see if they buy it. There is going to be an impression that this single is the first from his major label debut and I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think that anyone can honestly say that this is a good way to debut him.

    I wouldn’t say it’s a good way to debut him, but, honestly, I think that fans as casual as this group are only goingt to buy music when they hear it on the radio or see it prominently advertised. And there’s no way that this label could pay for those things, so few people will ever hear the song or become aware of the album.

    Seriously, when an indie person or any lesser-promoted or obscurer-format artist puts out a single or album, no matter how worthy, everybody but the diehard fans says six or eight or ten months later, “Oh, wow, does he have new music out?” If something gets minimal promotion — and nobody but the big record labels can do anything but minimal promotion — the vast bulk of music listeners will never even know the thing exists.

  128. Yep weareallinnocent you’re right.

    Last night Wilshire Records had the song “December” by Dublyn Jones posted at the top of their site jukebox. The lyrics and melody were identical to the leaked “Want” song. And now today the song “December” is conspicuously missing.

    I think the company’s promotion of the identical song by a different artist on their site lends credence to Adam’s statement that the vocals were from flat rate session singing, and not as Hi Fi/Wilshire claim, some early collaboration and songwriting with Adam. And their removal of that song this morning adds to that impression.

    I will say, last night hearing both versions, I was pretty impressed that Adam’s vocals managed to make a crap song kinda listenable. The Dublyn Jones version was truly awful.

  129. If Adam touches it, it turns to gold. I love the song “Want” and I want to purchase it, because it’s Adam singing it. A lot of people are capitalizing on Adam. Including Ebay, Jewelry companies, t-shirt companies, make-up companies, magazines, and many more. We, the fans, realize that this is not his new album. So, what’s the harm?

  130. I find it very offensive that Hi Fi Recordings is featuring Adam on their home page as if he were one of THEIR properties. Even worse, they’ve edited his response/quote to make it look like he’s behind the release of this sham record. What a bunch of jerks!!! They may think they’re going to cash in on this deal, but I hope it ends up hurting them big time! I think people should boycott ALL Hi Fi/Wilshire products until they make this right.

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