Oh, RCA , do you want to get more money and more young,
non-bee-fans for him? Then make an album which is full of ’80s covers!
An as-yet-unsolved mystery of the American Idol alumni world: when will season eight runner-up and fan favorite Adam Lambert release a new album? And what will it sound like?
The Hollywood Reporter has gathered some potentially major intel on what could be the follow-up to 2011’s(2012′s – editor) Trespassing. According to sources, Lambert’s label, RCA Records, is pushing for an all-covers album. Specifically from one highly influential decade: the 1980s.
It should come as little surprise considering Lambert’s version of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World,” which he performed on Idol and subsequently on various tour dates, has been heralded as one of the best and most original performances the Fox show has ever seen — and heard.
And if Lambert’s July 3 appearance at Hollywood club Playhouse, which doubled as a fundraiser for Trevor Project, is any indication, he’s already diving into the task by taking on another Tears for Fears hit, 1985’s“Shout,” which he played that night as part of an hour-long set, as well as on July 2 at a concert in San Diego.
Asked at the event whether he had plans for an all-covers collection, Lambert stayed mum on any recording plans, saying only,
“Rumors are funny little things, aren’t they?”
But asked which song defines the decade of big hair and glam, he offered “Shout,” noting,
“Tears for Fears are pretty amazing.”
A rep for the singer tells THR,
“Nothing has been determined yet,”
but acknowledges that the idea of a concept album of songs from another era is just one of several currently being bandied about.
RCA Records would not comment.