They don’t call him Glambert for nothing.
Adam Lambert channeled his inner disco queen this weekend in San Francisco, where he worked a tribute to Donna Summer into his set at Alice Radio Summerthing’s event in Golden Gate Park. “I love Donna Summer so much!” he effused, before launching into a cover of late disco diva’s classic “Hot Stuff.” “Do you love Donna Summer?”
The crowd cheered because of course they love Summer, and of course they loved Lambert’s rocking rendition. In addition to his signature glam-rock flare, he mostly to the song he brings extra cowbell. It worked though, and made for a particularly nice lead in to “Cuckoo,” off his latest album Trespassing.
“In memory of Donna,” as he says, check the performance out below:
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Last week, Phillip Phillips became our new American Idol. As confetti fell and bright lights shone upon his face —one that doesn’t look much different from last year’s winner, Scotty McCreery— a dark, Sasquatch-sized monster peaked through the curtains of the Kodak Theater.
The creature has no name, but is commonly referred to as the American Idol Shadow. Besides a few select performers, the Shadow haunts winners, losers, runners-up and even judges. Read more…
As we hold our breath in anxious anticipation for the May 15th release date of Trespassing, it’s good to know that Adam Lambert is right there with us. At last night’s 2012 NewNowNext Awards, which aired on our sister station Logo, Adam delighted the Glambert Nation by choosing to perform the title track from his new album instead of the first single, “Better Than I Know Myself.” Now, he has neither confirmed nor denied that “Trespassing” will be the next single from the record, but after the reception that this high energy rendition of the song got from the audience, we can certainly imagine that it’s definitely in the running.
Thematically, the song reminds us of a 2012 update of the song “Signs”, originally recorded in 1970 by the Canadian rock act Five Man Electrical Band, but popularized by the hair metal act Tesla in 1990. Both songs use the metaphor of signs to detail the way that an overly rigid and uptight society tries to get individuals to conform; with the song “Signs”, “long haired freaky people” are being oppressed, and in “Trespassing”, you could easily infer that Lambert is referring to the LGBT community. As Lambert sings in the song’s chorus:
“Well I was walkin’ for some time/When I came across this sign/Saying ‘Who are you?’ and ‘Where are you from?’/We don’t like when visitors come/’No Trespassing’, that’s what it said/At least that’s what I could read/’No Trespassing’, yeah my ass! Wait ’til they get a load of me.”
We love it when Adam Lambert speaks to issues of empowerment, and this awesome performance has got us even more psyched for the May 15 release date of Trespassing!
To watch the video, head over to LogoTV.com.
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We feel like just mashing on the keyboard with open palms because there really are no words to describe the excitement we get from Adam Lambert‘s announcement of the release date for his new album, Tespassing. After being delayed from an original March release date, it’s reassuring to know we don’t have to wait too much longer, with the highly anticipated release now due on May 15th. We know all you Glambert fans are busy trying to build time machines to travel forward and get your hands on a copy, but as Katy Perry says “All this money can’t buy me a time machine.” So use your time between now and May 15 productively — watch the “Better Than I Know Myself” video on repeat!
Adam Lambert’s ‘Trespassing’ Album Gets May Release Date [Idolator]
Adam Lambert fans, at the ready, on your marks, get set — jump up and down filled with glee! The NewNowNext Awards have announced that Lambert will be performing live at their next ceremony on April 5th, and we’ve got our little hearts set on hearing some tracks from his forthcoming album, Trespassing. Joining Adam on stage will be the inimitable Neon Hitch, whose star is quickly rising following her collaboration with Gym Class Heroes on “Ass Back Home”, and who is nominated for a Brink-of-Fame: Music Artist Award. The whole affair will be hosted by the progeny of rock royalty, Kelly Osbourne, so there’s more than enough to get excited about.
The NewNowNext Awards is essentially a showcase of pop culture, and it’s up to YOU to decide who will be deemed a winner for 2012. At NewNowNext’s website, you can vote for nominees in categories as diverse and crazy as “Cause You’re Hot” and “Beyond Style” or “TV You Betta Watch,” or if you’re as Twitter-head you can simply Tweet your vote and include the #NNNAwards hashtag — does it get any more interactive than that? More performers will be announced over the coming weeks, so keep your ear to the ground. This is the award show that hosted Lady Gaga‘s first televised performance, so you never know — you may get to witness the birth of the next big thing at the NewNowNext Awards!
The NewNowNext Awards Premiers on Monday, April 9th at 10/9C on Logo. Visit NewNowNext.com for more information or to vote for the winners!
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We were lucky enough to spend an hour or so with Adam Lambert earlier this week when he swung by our New York City headquarters. We talked to him about a variety of topics, including his new video for “Better Than I Know Myself” and some of the thematic differences you’ll notice between For Your Entertainment and Trespassing, but we also got his thoughts on some recent goings-on in the pop culture world. We’ll be sharing the full interview with you over the coming weeks, but we wanted to get this clip out to the Glambert Nation as soon as it was humanly possible.
Since Adam is no stranger to controversial live television performances (*cough* the 2009 AMAs!!! *cough*), we thought we’d get his opinion on Nicki Minaj’s “Exorcism Of Roman” number from at the Grammys this past weekend. “It was a really intense idea,” he told us. “I was just trying to follow what the narrative was, I was a little lost. But it was interesting and she went for it.”
Lambert continued, “Being an artist, it doesn’t always work, whatever it is that you’re doing. But there’s something to be said about going for it. She has a point of view, and she’s bold, and she wanted to tell a story. I just wasn’t sure the story, but it looked rad.”
We’ll have more from our interview with Adam Lambert for you next week! (PS, only 32 more days until Trespassing comes out!)
Oh, heartbreak! We’ve all felt it’s cruel pincers nipping at our heart at one time or another, and we’ve all at some point cried the devastated tears of loss. And let’s be real — we’ve probably listened to one of our favorite pop stars sing about the whole sordid palaver while we’ve wallowed in our own despair. So that got us to thinking of the expressiveness of sadness in music videos, and the one motif that seems consistent across the songs of different artists — black mascara tears. Because musicians are not always the best actors, and because of the highly visual spectacle of pop music, dramatic smudged raccoon eyes in scenes where the stars are crying seems like a go to for the more melancholy songs. With that in mind, we’ve selected our favorite runny raccoon eyes — have we missed any? What are your faves?
1. Beyoncé – “Why Don’t You Love Me?”
Beyoncé wins best panda eyes on the strength of melodrama. Oh, and because she looks really hot in vintage style lingerie. Clearly tortured, Beyoncé’s panda eyes are paired with martinis, cigarettes, and just the right amount of crazy to make the whole thing unbearably sexy.
2. Katy Perry – “The One That Got Away”
There’s so much emotion in the scene where Katy Perry is crying in her future self’s wardrobe in “The One That Got Away” that we just want to give the girl a big hug. Katy gets points for realism — we’re pretty sure that even without the panda eyes we’d still feel the heartbreak.
Just like we suspected, the news that Adam Lambert would be taking over as lead singer for Queen is simply not true. Lambert took to Twitter just a few minutes ago to clear up the erroneous reports, which started with London’s Daily Star tabloid, but didn’t truly catch fire until Rolling Stone reported the news. “Oooh them clever reporters takin my quotes outta context,” Lambert tweeted, “I haven’t confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about the EMA’S. :)” In a separate tweet, he continued, “That being said, I’m truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions mr journalist!! :)”
Sorry to break the news to you, Glamberts! We’re sure you won’t take it too hard, though, as we can all comfort ourselves by enjoying the brand new video for “Better Than I Know Myself” for the umpteenth time. Additionally, Adam’s denial of these reports just go to demonstrate exactly how much faith he has in his new record and how committed he is to his upcoming tour. He told our VH1 News correspondent Kate Spencer as much in a recent video interview:
“Well, I think the thing to keep in mind too is that like, you know, I’m a songwriter and I have an album out, or coming out, and that is important to me. That is my first priority, is sharing my music and my message with my fans. But Queen is really cool! And I love the music and I love the honor of being asked and I think it sounds like a lot of fun, so I’m going to try and find a way to kind of make both things happen.”
UPDATE (8:04 p.m.): Adam Lambert Is NOT Going To Be The New Lead Singer Of Queen; Lambert Tweets That The Quotes Were “Taken Out Of Context”
Remember when we told you to hang up your Madonna hat and put on your Glam-pants today? Well, we hope you’ve got them on, because today is definitely Glamday, and we can’t think of a better way to wrap up the week. Rumors have started circulating that Adam Lambert will be Queen‘s new front man after he told the U.K.’s Daily Star he’ll be joining the band on stage at Europe’s touring Sonisphere festival, and that “The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f***ing great songs. It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would’ve been proud of.” Speculation that Adam could be the next Freddie Mercury began when he joined the rock legends on stage in an earth shattering performance for MTV’s EMAs late last year.
With everyone desperate for answers, we were lucky enough to get one, straight from the horse’s mouth. We sat down with Adam a few days ago and asked him point blank if he would ever front Queen, to which he coyly replied “There is more things happening with Queen, but that’s all I can say.” When pushed, he elaborated, “Well, I think the thing to keep in mind too is that like, you know, I’m a songwriter and I have an album out, or coming out, and that is important to me. That is my first priority, is sharing my music and my message with my fans. But Queen is really cool! And I love the music and I love the honor of being asked and I think it sounds like a lot of fun, so I’m going to try and find a way to kind of make both things happen. Yeah.” TRY. AND. FIND. A. WAY. Well we know something about that: where there’s a will there’s a way! And we certainly hope that Adam has the will to find the way.
Adam Lambert Is Queen’s New Singer [Rolling Stone]
Forget Madonna Week for a second and take a moment to fawn all over Adam Lambert‘s new video for “Better Than I Know Myself.” But it’s not what you were expecting — instead of grappling with a lover, the video sees Adam’s personality split in two and confined to adjoining rooms, as if under observation, while he attempts to reconcile the dualling elements of his personality. The dichotomy is one that is as relateable to us as breathing — it’s the timeless battle of the little devil on one shoulder, and the little angel on the other. In one room, Adam is a Glampire, dark and brooding, restless and angsty, swigging liquor from the bottle and destroying his environment out of boredom and frustration. In the next room is a peaceful Adam, calm and happy, reading, relaxing, completely at ease in his solitude. With the two facets of Adam’s personality at such distinct odds, which one will rise to the top? We’ll let you watch the video to find out what happens, in the meantime, we’ve picked up on a few visual cues from popular culture that seem to have influenced the video. Do you agree?
1. Adam Cullen?
We guessed that Adam might appear in the video as a vampire, and there are definitely vampyric elements to Adam’s darker self. His pale skin and unsettlingly bright hazel eyes for instance, are reminiscent of Twilight‘s Edward Cullen.
2. The Skin Adam Lives In
It appears that the dual Glamberts are being watched — if only by each other. The imagery of the split room, the stark contrast between the aesthetic of the two rooms, and the voyeuristic wall of glass between them reminded us of the observational room in Pedro Almodóvar’s 2011 film The Skin I Live In, in which an unwitting prisoner is kept and tortured by her Peeping Tom. To an extent, it’s the same in “Better Than I Know Myself,” with each Lambert tormenting the other, simply by the fact of their existence.