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FREE MP3 Download – In These Arms by The Swell Season (aka Glen & Markéta)

October 14, 2009 1 comment

For a limited time, Amazon is offering a FREE download of the single ‘In These Arms’ by the Swell Season from their album ‘Strict Joy’ (which comes out on October 27). Click here to download!

** ‘In These Arms’ can also be downloaded for FREE from Spinner.Com and BabyStew.Com **

Don’t know who the Swell Season are? It’s actually a.k.a. the Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová who gave us that amazing Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly” (from the movie ‘Once’). And this is what they had to say about ‘In These Arms’:

Hansard reveals ‘In These Arms’ — today’s featured track — stemmed from a small idea that just walked into the studio one day and grew into love song about trust and faith in another person. “Sometimes you’re just meant to commit to someone’s life, and you’re meant to go through all these experiences,” Hansard says. “But it’s all good because it’s all part of something that’s already been written.”

Have a listen! They really excel in writing these heart-melting love songs….

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Dish Of Salt: Adam Lambert On AMA, Debut Album & More

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Adam Lambert chats with AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman about the excitement of announcing the 2009 American Music Award nominees, performing his debut single at the AMA and the release of his debut album.

** Bonus Adam on being a ‘glampire’ after the jump, care of RadarOnline
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Jason Castro – Let’s Just Fall In Love Again (Music Video)

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It’s cute … I like how they made the video look like it was just home movies spliced together. Especially given how retro the sound of ‘Let’s Just Fall In Love Again’ is…

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Adam Lambert + Kris Allen + Allison Iraheta : Tour & Album News Round-Up (Part 2)

October 14, 2009 7 comments

As I expect more and more leaks to occur, I’m just moving all the relevant posts here early (Previous album news round-up is found here and stalkerazzi media found here).

Check back / bookmark since I’ll be updating frequently as new info / articles / video / radio interviews comes in. Adam’s Radio/Video interviews will be posted on PAGE 2. Kris’ Radio/Video interviews will be posted on PAGE 3. Allison’s Radio/Video interviews will be posted on PAGE 4.

Article link(s) for Kris Allen:

** Listen to the world premiere of Live Like We’re Dying here **

Album sales: Adam Lambert gets soooo close to 200K by Brian Mansfield

Sales of Kris Allen dropped 59 percent in its second week, selling about 33,000 copies.
Kris Allen, Kris Allen (33,000, -59 percent, 113,000/4,000 digital, -85 percent, 28,000 digital total)

‘American Idol’ encores compete for our attention By Sean Daly (St Petersburg Times) Grade: C-

As happens with myriad Idolists on their first albums, a plethora of hot pop producers all but bleach any wink of personality. It becomes not about the artist, but about the beat-making knob-twiddlers who once charted with Britney. It’s a lousy way of doing business. It also destroys people like Allen, who didn’t have gobs of panache to begin with. I hate to say it, but Kris might want to start pricing lofts in Branson, Mizzou.

Kris Allen: How to explain the ‘American Idol’ champ’s disappointing chart performance? by Michael Slezak

The first-week sales results for Kris Allen are in, and they’re not spectacular. The American Idol champ moved 80,000 copies of his self-titled debut album, placing him at No. 11 on SoundScan’s chart (behind Justin Bieber, Casting Crowns, and Norah Jones, though ahead of Leona Lewis), and perhaps more alarmingly, giving him the lowest first-week sales returns for an Idol winner in the show’s eight-season history.

A Jive Records spokesperson, however, says the label isn’t panicking, pointing to the fact that Kris’ lead single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” reentered the Billboard Hot 100 this week at No. 70, and that the singer’s target audience (the Hot AC radio format) is one where slow-and-steady progress is often the norm. In fact, she says, fellow Idol acts such as Daughtry and David Cook have proven that first-week sales are only part of the equation for pop-rock product. “We 150 percent believe in the Kris Allen record,” she said. “And the indicators of radio growth and digital single sales prove we’re correct.”

Album sales: Kris Allen fails to make Top 10 by Brian Mansfield

Kris Allen’s debut album sold just over 80,000 copies in its first week, entering Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Current Albums chart at No. 11 and giving Kris Allen the lowest opening-week sales of any American Idol winner. (John Mayer’s Battle Studies topped the chart, selling nearly 286,000 copies.)

Kris Allen, Kris Allen (80,000, debut, 80,000/24,000 digital)

Hits Daily Double projects sales of 84,846 – I think the final tally will be higher though.

Interview With 2009 American Idol Winner Kris Allen By Harold Leighton (Epoch Times)

HL: Who is your greatest influence? KA: Michael Jackson. His music has always inspired me to make music since I was a kid.

HL : Who do you look up to as a singer now? A: Bono. I know that’s a pretty obvious answer, but I just love the passion that he puts into singing. He never sounds like he is just singing; he is telling that song in singing form.

Chalk up another radio concert for Kris! HE’s headlining Charlotte’s 95.1 KIIS-FM’s Kissmas Office Party on December 17!

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Five Questions with Kris Allen – Who knew that we’d get such good questions form Cosmo girl???

THE THEME THAT GOES THROUGH THE WHOLE ALBUM IS RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION, SOME KIND OF DISCONNECT BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE. WHAT ABOUT THAT THEME RESONATED WITH YOU AS SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO GET INTO?

“I’ve been in a very long relationship [with wife, Katy]. We’ve been together for like 8 years, and 98.94 percent of the time it’s incredible, and the other whatever percent, there are fights and stuff, and that’s how it is; I’m okay with that. When it happens, it’s easy to get in that moment and remember how you feel, whether that’s angry or upset. I tell people this: It’s hard to write about walking in the park, but it’s easy to write about a breakup.”

WHEN YOU WERE WORKING ON THIS ALBUM, DID YOU LET YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS LISTEN TO ANY OF THE TRACKS IN PROGRESS?

“I tried not to let [my parents or brother] hear anything, because I wanted it to be a surprise and I didn’t want them to get too involved either. I love my parents, but when you get too many people involved it gets…hard. But I did get feedback from Cale [Mills, an old friend and current bandmate]. We are partners in crime, and I feel like he’s got a good ear for things, and he’s got good ideas, so after a recording session he’d be like, “maybe you should do this,” and I’d always take his opinion.

And, obviously, I let my wife listen to stuff. She just likes music. She likes listening to stuff on the radio; she likes listening to indie rock stuff too. She’s like the average listener.”

Kris Allen: The AMAs Red Carpet Interview by Lyndsey Parker (with Video)

REALITY ROCKS: But moving on, what are your plans for touring and all that stuff?

KRIS: I actually don’t know yet! We’re still working that out. We don’t have any plans; we may go on an arena tour with someone, or do the small club/college thing. Either one I’d be really excited about.

REALITY ROCKS: If you were to open for someone, do you have a wishlist of who you’d like that to be?

KRIS: Um, there’s a lot of people, you know? I know John Mayer’s going on tour in February, but he’s already got Michael Franti. Dang you, Michael Franti.

It’s Kris Allen vs. Adam Lambert in a battle of ‘American Idol’ alumni: Digital Dose By John Soeder – Grade B-

If you prefer your pop-rock middle-of-the-road, Allen is your guy. His songs are expertly crafted, competently sung and ultimately pretty boring.

Kris Allen – Kris Allen Review by Michael James (411 Mania) Grade : Average

Kris Allen is a mixed bag when it moves on to less familiar material. As with most Idol debuts, the album canvasses a variety of styles, throwing things against the proverbial wall to see what style resonates resonance with the buying public.

There are a few moments of genuine artistry on Kris Allen, and they are not surprisingly the album’s high points. “Alright With Me” features an intro of percussion and layered vocals which are reminiscent of Peter Bjorn & John, before building into a slice of upbeat guitar pop. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the brooding “I Need to Know,” which features a slow, woozy vocal over a churning piano melody. The song provides an intriguing window into Allen’s future potential, mostly because it eschews a sledgehammer pop chorus in favor of tasteful restraint.

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert total poseurs on debuts by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -Both: C+ – oh, this guy thinks he’s too cool for school! bleh!

The good news (for American Idol benefactor 19 Entertainment, anyway) is that these debuts from Season 8’s nice-guy champ and flamboyant, shoulda-won runner-up are super-sleek hit machines just waiting to be revved into high gear. There are so many potential singles on each disc, it must’ve been nearly impossible for the teams behind these nascent pop stars to determine which tune to plug first.

The problem, as has been the case with virtually every Idol-launched talent right out of the gate, is that neither Allen nor Lambert has carved out any compelling identity –- they’ve merely borrowed everyone else’s.

In conversation Kris Allen on ‘Kris Allen’ By Becky Bain

Becky Bain: You won American Idol less than half a year ago and since then have basically zipped between the road and the studio. Are you happy with the finished results of your album?

Kris Allen: I am. I didn’t have any expectations, I really didn’t, so I am happy about it. There was a point when I was, “Oh my gosh, I’m gonna pull my hair out,” but I listened to it and I felt like this was a good piece of work, so I’m excited about it.

BB: I think your voice really soars on the tracks where it’s just you and your guitar, like the beginning of the soulful “Is It Over.” You’ve mentioned before that you might push to include more acoustic tracks on your next album, but what about an unplugged remake of this one?

KA: I have thought about a stripped down version of the songs. We’ll see what happens.

‘Kris Allen’ – Kris Allen’s debut disc adds husk to the corn of Arkansas bred ‘American Idol’ by Jim Farber (NY Daily News) 3 Stars

The first single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” has hooks to burn. The most fetching one mimics Mraz’s repurposing of rap cadences for white-bread rock.

Likewise, the song “Before We Come Undone” has a melody you can’t deny, while the rockabilly “Alright With Me” has the bop of Buddy Holly.

In only a few places do Allen’s quirks peek through, like the ungainly folk-funk chords that open “Can’t Stay Away.” But soon enough the awkwardness gives way to a chorus that sounds like Matchbox Twenty, whose streamlined pop seems to be the main blueprint here.

Kris Allen: The Billboard Cover Q&A by Ann Donahue

The first single from the album, “Live Like We’re Dying,” is being worked to top 40 and hot AC radio and has sold 98,000 copies, according to SoundScan. Jive Label Group GM/executive VP Tom Carrabba says Allen will have 13 TV appearances between now and New Year’s Eve. For his debut album, Allen takes a similar approach, relying on his musicality for a collection of guitar-driven pop.

On the album, you worked with everyone from Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman to producer Mike Elizondo. Is there anyone out there you’d like to collaborate with?

It would be fun to write with Adele, actually. She seems like a fun girl to write with. I’m still new in the music business-it was funny, they would be like, “You’re going to write and produce with this guy,” and I’d be like, “OK!” I didn’t know who it was, so I would look them up on Wikipedia. When I went to work with Mike Elizondo, I had no idea who he was. I went on the Internet and it was like-Dr. Dre, Eminem, Switchfoot, Maroon 5, Fiona Apple and a bunch of people, and I was like, “What’s he doing with me?” [laughs] I ended up going to his house many, many times and working on a lot of songs with him.

How did fans respond when you previewed a few of the songs off the album at a tailgate party for a Miami Dolphins game in October?

“Can’t Stay Away” is a really, really fun song to perform, really funky, really groovy. I think people can really get into it. It was kind of crazy, because the first time anybody heard that song it was in that crowd-and people started singing along. That’s a good thing. I had a huge smile on my face the whole time.

What did you learn from the “American Idol” tour that you can apply to your own tour?

… I’m going to do some Christmas shows for radio, and after that we’re going to start rehearsing through February. I don’t know exactly what we’re going to do yet on tour; we may do a college, small club kind of thing, which would be really fun. We may get on an arena tour as well; maybe a little combination of both. We’re going to tour until we can’t tour anymore.

Lambert wins this ‘American Idol’ battle by Jamie Dexter (The Leaf Chronicle) – this guy is just stirring up shit with his title – he’s an Adam fan who actually loved Kris’ album too

* The Albums: To say that “For Your Entertainment” is eclectic would be like saying Elton John is colorful. You get everything on this album — 1980s hair band rock, dance, pop, powerpop, alternative, easy listening — it’s like listening to an Adam Lambert radio station.

Much like his Idol performances, Kris Allen’s self-titled album is very college-dorm-soft-rock and takes no chances. That’s not to say it isn’t good — actually, I have a feeling I’ll be adding a few of his songs to my favorite playlists. His smooth voice and self-penned lyrics are actually what makes me enjoy this album way more than his American Idol performances.

It’s a difficult decision but… Winner: Adam Lambert, but just by a little bit. I’m shocked with how much I loved Kris Allen’s album. I’m sure his future offering will be better, ten-fold (a la Kelly Clarkson).

Kris Allen Fine Seeing Adam Lambert in the Spotlight By Alex Dobuzinskis

“I think that Adam does his thing, and obviously it’s a little bit different than mine, and I think it catches the eye probably a little bit more than what I do, which is fine,” Allen told Reuters. “I’m just going to go out there, and if people want to put me on the front of their magazine or whatever, that’s fine. If they don’t, that’s fine as well. I’m just going to go out there and make my music,” he said.

But if they were opposites, Allen and Lambert were also friends and were roommates while competing on “Idol.” And Allen said he and Lambert are still in contact. “We actually have been texting in the past couple days, a lot.”

Kris Allen’s self-titled album is a success by Jody Morse

All of the songs on the album consist of very catchy vocals and insightful lyrics. There is a combination of songs that are fairly upbeat and are about overcoming problems in a relationship, as well as a few heartfelt ballads.

The best thing about Kris Allen’s album is probably that it’s not at all consistent. It seems as though the songs have been strategically placed on the album to ensure that the listener will not get bored.

Kris Allen: A seven-part (!) journey into the making of the ‘Idol’ champ’s self-titled debut CD by Michael Slezak – watch the video!!!

It’s Kris Allen week in the American Idol universe, with the season 8 champ currently on a rigorous promotional tour on behalf of his self-titled debut CD that hit stores Tuesday. As part of that “journey,” Kris swung by Hudson Terrace in Manhattan where the Réalité crew set up a cozy-yet-glamorous spot for a verrrry in-depth discussion about the writing and recording process for the album.

On The Download: Kris Allen Is An ‘Idol’ Who Delivers By Ivan Aldersen (Access Hollywood)

The self-titled debut album from this year’s “American Idol” is finally here and it is among the best first efforts ever of any of the “Idol” winners.

First, Kris delivered with his debut single, “Live Like We’re Dying.” Additional tracks “Before We Come Undone,” “The Truth,” “Written All Over My Face,” and “Red Guitar,” are just as, if not more, awesome. Kris wrote 9 of the 12 tracks on the album and he ends with his popular cover of Kanye West’s “Heartless,” which he performed on “Idol.”

Digital-track sales: Good news for Carrie, Kelly, Adam and Kris by Brian Mansfield – cool for Kris!

Meanwhile, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen both see sales increases of more than 40 percent for their singles.

Kris Allen, Live Like We’re Dying (21,000, +45 percent, 120,000)

MAYER MAJOR AS Q4 BATTLE BEGINS IN EARNEST (Hits Daily Double Prediction) – look, he sold more than Leona Lewis and One Repubic, that’s a good thing! like LLWD, this album has legs. I mean who says Adam won’t sell around the same range? FYE and TFM are also selling modestly.

19/Jive/JLG American Idol winner Kris Allen’s debut should be between 75-80k, which will make for an interesting comparison when runner-up Adam Lambert’s album drops on Nov. 23.

Review: Kris Allen’s debut by Lindsey Millar (Arkansas Times – Rock Candy)

… in one of the most crowded holiday seasons in music in recent memory, “Kris Allen” might have an uphill battle. The future might rest on “Alright with Me,” a collaboration with the Fray’s Joe King that’s far and away the best thing on the album. It’s breezy pop of the first order, full of handclaps, percussive acoustic guitar and hooks that don’t quit. More than anything else on the album, it sounds like a song and arrangement the Kris Allen we know from “Idol” would choose.

Elsewhere, Allen’s mostly either trapped in schmaltz (the current single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” the sort of big gesture song destined for dentist offices) or in arrangements that push him toward the kind of big notes more suited to Adam Lambert (“The Truth,” “Lifetime”). Stylistically, big name producers push Allen all over the place, from brushes with funk to piano ballads to a bizarre tribute to Phil Collins (on the Saalam Remi-assisted cover of “Heartless”)

Kris Allen looks beyond Idol boundaries by Joey Guerra (Chronicle) 2 1/2 stars

The disc fits the safe, sweet mold of past Idol winners, and Allen has a terrific recorded voice… the best moments happen when the arrangements break out of the adult-contemporary office radio and allow Allen some real musical identity.

Best of the bunch is Alright With Me — loose, lively, reminiscent of Billy Joel and Elton John when their music still mattered. There’s some unique sparkle in Bring It Back, which shifts between ballad and midtempo; and Red Guitar finds Allen pushing past his normal vocal boundaries and could double as a country tune. He even rocks out a bit during Is It Over, one of nine songs that credits Allen as a songwriter.

If Allen can shake off the sheen and really dig into his material, he just might make the transition into career artist.

Kris Allen: A track-by-track analysis of his self-titled debut album by Michael Slezak – I think he wrote this to counter the poor review his colleague gave – sometimes, I’m glad that Slezak is such a fantard. And that he wants Kris bad.

… as EW’s resident Idoloonie, I couldn’t let today’s momentous release go by without a borderline crazy analysis of every track on the record. Yeah, I know, I already went overboard on lead single “Live Like We’re Dying” (as a snippet, a full song, and a video), and I previously weighed in on 30-second leaks and/or live Miami performances of the American Idol season 8 champ’s remaining dozen tracks. But for those of you who’ve either declared Nov. 17 as Kris Allen Day or who don’t understand the meaning of an Idol off-season, the following deep dive is for you.

Kris Allen Not Happy With Debut Album’s Version Of ‘Heartless’ By James Montgomery, with reporting by Jim Cantiello

Working with producer Salaam Remi, he crafted a new, sleeker version of “Heartless,” one that recalls the ethereal, slightly ominous soundscapes of Phil Collins’ 1981 hit “In the Air Tonight” (for real). It was a risk, but early results seem to indicate that the duo knocked it out of the park with the new version. It’s been singled out by both critics and fans as a high point of Allen’s debut disc.

The question, naturally, was: What was his biggest defeat during the whole process? His answer? “Um … ‘Heartless,’ ” Allen said. “It’s not that I didn’t want to put it on there. [It’s just that] the version was a little bit different for me.”

KRIS ALLEN > Kris Allen By Paul Zollo (from American Songwriter) – 3 stars

The revelation here on this, the debut of American Idol champion Kris Allen, is not that he’s a great vocalist—the world already knows that—but that he’s also a gifted songwriter. Many of the songs here are co-written by Allen and one or two other writers, but “Red Guitar” is the one song here he wrote entirely alone, and it’s the stand-out track of the album. It’s a power ballad, but a poignant one, and suggests that if Allen could be freed from the gaggle of producers who produced this, and allowed to write his own songs, he could be a serious contender.

‘American Idol’ Winner Kris Allen Made Writing A Priority On His Debut By Jim Cantiello

… for Kris, convincing his record label to let him write on his self-titled major-label debut — in stores this very moment — was a top priority. Lucky for him, the suits were onboard with the idea from the minute Seacrest handed him that silly “Idol” trophy. “[Writing] was the idea all along,” Allen told MTV News. “I’m not a general pop artist, and I don’t think that I would get away with that. Singing a whole bunch of other people’s songs — that’s not who I am.”

“[I finally had] a realization that [songwriters] want input, and they were there for me. And for me, it was gonna be on my album, so it had to be good, you know?” Kris confessed.

Kris Allen on Internet rumors: ‘That stuff breaks you down as an artist and a songwriter’ by Michael Slezak (Video)

Here, Kris discusses why he no longer trolls the Web to read what prognosticators and critics have to say about his musical output, and how he and the folks at 19 Recordings made the conscious decision to let him sound like (gasp!) an actual human being on the 13-song collection that will have a chance to take the music world by storm over the next several months.

Album review: Kris Allen’s debut by Mikael Wood – 1 1/2 stars (LA Times) – um, if you’re doing a review of a CD, the tv show shouldn’t have to come within the equation…

Coming from an unknown singer-songwriter type, “Kris Allen” might get over on its earnest charm; as the major-label bow from one of America’s highest-profile pop stars, it’s a snooze and a half.

Not surprisingly, given the caliber of songwriters and producers the “Idol” franchise attracts, there are highlights: “Before We Come Undone” rides a zippy electro-rock groove by Greg Kurstin of the Bird and the Bee, while the Mike Elizondo-helmed “Can’t Stay Away” throbs like a not-bad Maroon 5 outtake. Allen co-wrote “Alright With Me” with Joe King of the Fray, and, believe it or not, it’s actually the liveliest thing here, an up-tempo acoustic shuffle with a sort of low-cal “Hey Ya!” vibe.

Most of the material, though, tends toward a flavorless pop-rock sound that doesn’t even do much to flatter Allen’s appealingly rumpled vocals.

CD Review: Kris Allen’s debut solid, but nothing special By Mesfin Fekadu (Oakland Tribune)

On Kris Allen’s self-titled debut album, the “American Idol” presents a collection of pop-rock tunes that are cool and simple — a reflection of what we saw from the married 24-year-old on the eighth season of “Idol.”

CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: “Bring It Back” is exceptionally slow and smooth — a reflection of Allen at his best.

Review: Is Kris Allen’s major label debut a dud or a stud? By Melinda Newman (HitFix)

It turns out Allen is pretty much what he presented himself to be on the television show—a straight-down-the-middle pop singer. Hear his new album, “Kris Allen,” here.

Having said that, it would have been perfectly understandable if Allen had picked a peck of pop songs that were bland or simply exalted his new-found pop star status; instead, to his credit, he co-wrote nine of the 13 songs and aims thematically at a fairly weighty look at romantic disenchantment and loss.

On “Kris Allen,” Allen works with some of the top writers and producers, but also with a number of well-known singer/songwriters such as Train’s Pat Monahan, the Fray’s Joe King and Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman. The result is a stronger set of songs than if he’d penned the whole effort himself, but the downside is that with so many hands in the mix—and high profile, recognizable ones at that—it’s a little hard to find where Allen’s vision for himself begins and where his collaborators’ ends.

His voice is still a fairly pliable, malleable one and while the album is an altogether strong effort, in today’s “strike-while-the-iron-is-hot” world, “Kris Allen” may not be a bold enough statement to entice people to come back for a second helping.

Kris Allen Won’t Be Eclipsed By Adam Lambert, Fans Insist By Gil Kaufman – it’s a non-piece, interviews with paranoid bloggers and fans – blech!

With Allen’s album due Tuesday, the long journey from surprise winner to young man on the cusp of superstardom is just beginning. Though, in typical Allen fashion, the buildup to his musical debut has been much more subtle than the fireworks and silver lip-gloss barrage of news and images from runner-up Adam Lambert.

Pop go the holidays, with big releases from Kris Allen, John Mayer, Rihanna, Susan Boyle . . . more BY Jim Farber (NY Daily)

Today kicks off the star deluge, with the release of major new albums from:

Kris Allen, who’s making his debut after being crowned this year’s upset “American Idol” champion

Kris Allen: ‘Some people still don’t know I won the show’ by Brian Mansfield

Live Like We’re Dying is at No. 21 Hot AC, No. 37 Top 40 this week.

Kris and his wife of 14 months, Katy Allen, currently live in Los Angeles. “We’re set up in a temporary housing thing right now,” he says, “but we’re looking for an apartment.” After Christmas, Allen will begin rehearsing for a tour set to start early next year. “We haven’t set anything up quite yet,” he says. “We’re still working on that, trying to figure out exactly what I’m going to do. We might do a college thing, set up in some small clubs, as well. I thought about getting on an arena tour with someone else, maybe down the road.”

‘Idol’ Winner Allen Remains Humble on New Album = with Video

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‘Idol’ winner Allen remains humble on new album By DERRIK J. LANG (AP)

Allen teamed with experienced producers like Toby Gad, Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton and Saalam Remi, but contributed more than just his voice and guitar-and-piano-playing prowess. Allen’s name appears on the songwriting credits for all but four of the album’s 13 songs — including “Red Guitar,” a ditty Allen wrote for his wife, Katy, before his “Idol” run.

“I bought my wife a red guitar for her birthday a long time ago, hoping that she would play it,” he says. “She never learned how, so it became a wall decoration in our apartment. One day, I took it off the wall and started playing it, and just started writing a song that ended up being about the guitar itself, which was not the greatest guitar in the world.”

Kris Allen, ‘Kris Allen’ by KEN CAPOBIANCO (The Boston Globe)

… It’s a polite mix of soft rock with hints of boundary jumping that, unfortunately, never truly come. There’s really nothing wrong with the set; it’s sweetly executed and produced. Allen sings well but shows little of the expressiveness he needs to give real meaning to the songs of yearning or loss (“The Truth’’). Nothing sticks, and generic tracks like “Can’t Stay Away’’ or “Bring It Back’’ just seem to evaporate. It’s odd because on “American Idol,’’ Allen possessed a sense of daring, yet little of that is revealed here. He does co-write most of the 13 songs, and one of the best, “Red Guitar,’’ belongs to him alone.

Allen can and, most likely, will do better, but he has to figure out a musical direction that will help him make his own strong statement.

Smart List: Pop-culture talking points (LA Times) – Kris is #3

If you are looking for McSoulful crooning, Mayer is your pre-packaged tugger of heartstrings. If you want something more adventurous, new and not yet full of itself, definitely go with Allen.

‘Very understated’ Kris Allen sneaks onto the scene By Brian Mansfield

Allen says the underdog role suits him, but “not in an I-need-to-prove-myself way. I’m very understated. It worked out on the show, and I think it’s going to work out in my career, too.”

The single Live Like We’re Dying isn’t flying up the charts, but it’s off to a respectable start at No. 23 on USA TODAY’s Hot AC airplay chart last week, and No. 38 on the top 40 chart. Says Ron Harrell, program director at Detroit Hot AC station WDVD-FM: “He’s going to put out a good, solid record for you and let the song work on its own, without having to bring any flash to the game.”

“The one thing I learned from everybody is that they know what they’re best at, and they’re confident in it,” Allen says. And what does Allen think he’s best at? “Emotionally connecting to a song and being there with it,” he says.

Kris Allen’s post-‘American Idol’ debut CD By GLENN GAMBOA (Newsday) Grade – B-

Kris Allen is an earnest, likable guy, and it’s a victory for him that his post-“American Idol” debut remains earnest and likable, despite all the ill-fitting ballads and unnecessary glop piled on him. Allen is at his best on his own “Red Guitar,” with its chiming guitars and heartfelt vocals that signal his true connection to its emotions. Sure, he can sing conventional pop-rock like The Script’s “Live Like We’re Dying” and “Written All Over My Face” just fine, but he can’t pretend enough to sell songs that feel foreign to him. It’s an “Idol” time-crunch aberration that he has to even try. With any luck, his future projects won’t make him try that again.

Kris Allen (People.Com Review) 2 1/2 stars

On the self-titled debut from reigning American Idol Kris Allen, the pop-rock hooks can be as engaging as his heartthrob looks. Indeed, he makes you melt effortlessly crooning those sweet mid and high notes on the sweeping “Before We Come Undone.” But there’s something calculated about it all. When he sings about “trying to be perfect, trying not to let you down” on “The Truth,” he falls short of displaying real emotion. Still, Allen shows promise as a songwriter and his cover of Kanye West’s “Heartless” is R&B pop turned delicious soft-rock.

Battle of the Idols – RS Scan c/o Hooplamagnet

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Lil Wayne, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga Lead Our Holiday Album Preview By Gil Kaufman (MTV)

“Idol” winner Kris Allen will come out of the gate with his self-titled debut

“Idol” champ Allen’s CD reflects life on the road By Alex Dobuzinskis

“Name a big city and I probably recorded a song there,” Allen told Reuters ahead of the self-titled “Kris Allen” release on November 17. “It was pretty crazy, and kind of weird switching your mind from tour mode to writing and recording mode,” he said… The 24-year-old Allen was the center of a carousel of songwriters who included “Idol” alumnus Chris Daughtry and Joe King of rock band The Fray, but Allen was instrumental in penning nine of the record’s 12 tracks.

One single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” was released in September and is currently ranked 39th in airplay on radio stations playing Top 40 music, said tracking firm Mediabase. “It’s got a really jumpy chorus that I feel people can really get into, turn the windows down in their car and sing along with it,” he said.. This time, he also included exotic instruments, including a sitar, and experimented with different styles, from pop to the blues.

Kris Allen (2009) Reviewed by Whitney Pastorek

It falls to Allen’s appealing pipes (that adorable little hitch in his voice!) to sew this patchwork of pop production-for-hire together, and they ultimately provide the album’s strongest selling point.

Kris Allen: Adam Lambert Doin’ Just Fine Post-Breakup by Marc Malkin

As for any competition brewing between Allen and Lambert… Allen says he and his runner-up remain tight. “We see each other every once in awhile and we text all the time,” Allen said.

Allen’s self-titled album is due out Nov. 17; Lambert’s For Your Entertainment follows just six days later.

American Idol Kris Allen on Why ‘Heartless’ Is on His New Album and ‘No Boundaries’ Isn’t (NY Mag Vulture)

Most of the songs on the album are about breakups or troubled relationships. Why?

Yeah, it’s funny. When you write an album and you’re writing about relationships, the stuff that I’ve been through in my relationships, 99 percent of it is really good, but it’s that one percent that always inspires you to write a song. It’s easy to write a song about the hard times you’re going through. It’s harder to write a song about the good times. So that’s why some of those songs are about the hard times in a relationship.

Do you have a favorite song on the record?

You know what? I do. One of my favorite ones is “Red Guitar,” because I wrote it a couple years ago and I was happy that it ended up on the album. It’s just one that’s stuck with me for a long time. It has a cool story behind it: I bought my wife a red guitar for her birthday and she never played it. So we ended up hanging it up on the wall as a decoration. And one random day, I pulled it off and started playing it, and the song came out. It ended up being a metaphor for how I feel about my wife.

Kris Allen CD Review: More In Love Than Ever by Angela Henderson “Idol Chit-Chat” – um, I don’t know how 19’s ‘love’ for Adam is supposed to adversely affect Kris. He’s doing just fine, thank you very much!

The CD is pure unadulterated pop and that’s not a bad thing. Especially when the songs are held together by a voice as recordable as Kris’. There are a few times when Kris stretches just a little too far but the songs are so catchy and Kris is so adorable, you’re willing to forgive them.

There’s nothing I love more than a good pop album and “Kris Allen” totally fits the bill. It’s good to see that 19 finally has this whole winner’s album thing down now. There are A LOT of potential singles here. I just hope that 19’s obvious infatuation with Adam Lambert doesn’t keep us from being able to hear all of them.

Kris Allen’s Debut Album: The Preview by Jim Cantiello

… fans of our current “American Idol” can breathe a giant sigh of relief, because AOL premiered Kris Allen’s self-titled major label debut this morning and it’s pretty damn good.

It’s not a perfect album by any stretch of the imagination. (Don’t you wish there was just one totally-acoustic song on there, Kris fans?) But as far as “Idol” albums go, it’s fantastic. Kris’ influences are loud and clear, yet the songs don’t sound like lukewarm carbon-copies or wannabe retreads. Most importantly, Kris survived the major label machine without having his likeable personality swallowed up. In fact, the self-titled album sounds so quintessentially Kris that calling it anything other than Kris Allen would have felt disingenuous.

Kris Allen’s album: Track-by-track by Brian Mansfield

My Favorites: Heartless, Alright With Me, Live Like We’re Dying, Lifetime, I Need to Know, Red Guitar

Katy Allen’s Favorites: Red Guitar, Alright With Me, Written All Over My Face

Kris Allen makes Idol airplay Top 10, Carrie Underwood tops country chart by Brian Mansfield

Kris Allen takes a big jump airplay jump this week, with Live Like We’re Dying getting a 27 percent increase in spins according to Mediabase (1,637-2,071). That’s enough to get Kris into the top 40 of the Top 40 format, as well as Hot AC. It also puts in the top 10 of our American Idol airplay chart for the first time.

Kris Allen, Live Like We’re Dying (2071) (#23 Hot AC, #38 Top 40)

19 Recordings/Jive Records Taps AOL to Debut Exclusive Kris Allen Content Including Full Album Streaming, Video Premiere and Performance Footage (Press Release)

19 Recordings / Jive Records and AOL announced today that AOL will serve as the media hub to launch American Idol champion Kris Allen’s self-titled debut album. AOL sites will debut a myriad of exclusive content offerings including AOL Music Sessions, CD listening party, video premiere and interview. In addition, Allen’s own site will be hosting the “Every Second Counts” contest in which one winner and three friends will be flown to New York City to be part of the AOL Music Sessions.

Calendar of AOL Launches:

11/06PopEater.com premieres Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying” music video

11/09AOL Music premieres Allen’s self titled debut album

12/15Every Second Counts Campaign winner and friends attend AOL Music Sessions taping in New York City

12/22AOL Music Sessions with Kris Allen premieres including exclusive performances and interviews

Kris Allen’s ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ Video: His Time, His Show By James Montgomery – there’s video of James Montgomery and Jim Cantiello discussing the video

… But back to the video for a second here: It looks great (or certainly costly), full of artfully color-saturated frames and great expanses, recalling Snow Patrol’s stylish “Run” clip and the Madonna/ Justin Timberlake vehicle “4 Minutes” (mostly in the clockological department). And, in a move that’s commendable, it does away with the narrative crutch most “Idol” champs’ debuts lean on (see, for example, David Cook’s “Light On”), putting the focus squarely on Allen himself. This is his time. This is his show.

And while Allen’s debut video isn’t as flashy-dashy as “Idol” compatriot Adam Lambert’s “Time for Miracles,” it’s just as good — mostly because, rather than rely on fiery explosions, “Dying” plays it straight, showcasing Allen and his talents. It’s a bold move, indeed — Allen has never been known as “the flashy one” — but the folks at Jive Records are betting that his personality is all folks need to see.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the song is Ebola catchy, either. Or that Allen is so incredibly likable that he seems to transcend fame, or at least seem unaffected by it. He’s a good-looking, really nice kid. He can sing a bit. His video has a clock in it. It’s not rocket science, after all — it’s pop music.

Review: Kris Allen, the kid’s alright by Howard Cohe (Miami Herald) – he is not a fan, but gives a good review…

… surprise, overall it’s better than expected. He transcends this critic’s expectations and fans should be most satisfied. But first you’ll have to get beyond the awful first single and opening track, Live Like We’re Dying. To Kris’ credit, he didn’t write this abomination (it’s a cover of a song by the obscure band, The Script) but he makes matters worse by singing it in a faux hip-hop/urban accent… Kris also struggles to find his own voice on the bouncy R&B-rock Can’t Stay Away and Written All Over My Face so he borrows Adam Levine’s.

But Kris finds a workable pop/rock style of his own on the upbeat Kris Allen and its pleasures all come from his songwriting hand. He cowrote most of the album and all of its highlights, like the truly pretty Let It Rain with his skilled piano bed framing the memorable melody and the McCartneyesque-pop buoyancy of Alright With Me, are his. Fine tunes… and bowed to concession just once by including a more produced cover of his Idol standout, Kanye West’s Heartless. The latter’s OK and when Kris isn’t trying to sound like someone he’s not, like an off-the-shelf contemporary R&B vocalist, and when he sings in his own superior voice he’s engaging. Kris Allen starts off with a major hurdle (that opening single) but ultimately winds up as one of the more likable, artistically valid albums from an Idol winner. In fact, song-for-song, Kris easily trumps the weakest Idol champ debuts (David Cook, Taylor Hicks, Ruben Studdard.) He even comes out ahead of Kelly Clarkson at this stage of his career. Remember, Kelly exploded on her second album, not her overproduced and generic debut.

Watch Like You’re Dying! Kris Allen’s Video Premieres by Lyndsey Parker

American Idol champ Kris Allen has released his first video, for his debut single “Live Like We’re Dying,” and it is a surprisingly moody affair, not the feelgood romp I expected given the carpe diem song’s CW soundtrack/Kaiser Permanente commercial vibe.

This is a song that has the word “dying” in its title, after all, so I’m glad that Kris didn’t make some fluffy video…

I.B. BAD: MAJORS GOING FOR IT ON FOURTH THIS SEASON (Hits Daily Double)

Nov. 17, the first of what could turn out to be three late-Q4 blockbuster release dates, features Blue Note’s Norah Jones (405k, 1.6m), Interscope’s 50 Cent (691k, 1.4m), Columbia’s John Mayer (300k, 2.4m), 19/Jive/JLG American Idol winner Kris Allen and J/RMG’s Leona Lewis (205k, 1.6m)…

Kris Allen’s ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ video: You digging it? by Michael Slezak

… I like the fact that we get to see Kris playing both guitar and piano during the course of the clip. In fact, that wide shot of him at the keyboards, with the countdown clock casting brilliant yellow light in his direction, is perhaps my fave part of the video. Well, that and the full-torso-boogie that’s paired with “throw it all away” at the 1:19 mark. Okay, okay…I’m watching it too carefully.

Kris Allen song snippets: Let’s rank ’em from best to not-so-best! by Michael Slezak

In some ways, there’s no experience less satisfying than listening to song-snippet leaks from albums you’ve been anticipating for mini-eternities… Now, while it’s not easy (and probably not fair) to judge songs on the basis of 30-second snapshots, I’m nonetheless going to tackle Kris’ snippets in descending order from least- to most-fave. Here we go!

Your weekly sales fix: Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen tracks Brian Mansfield – Kris is getting there, slowly but surely… his sales are actually increasing!

Kris Allen, Live Like We’re Dying (10,000, +3 percent, 83,000)

Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying, meanwhile, keeps plugging away, with sales increasing another three percent, and he stays in the 10,000 range, with more than 83,000 cumulative downloads.

Yet another Kris event! 8th Annual Celebration of Dreams, Nov. 6th

Featuring the designs of award-winning fashion designer Carolina Herrera and entertainment by American Idol winner Kris Allen. Honoring Priscilla Presley and Jeff and Susan Bridges…

onceinawhile from TWOP posted a nice summary of Kris’ upcoming events – it’s coming together for him!

Nov 8 – Live at the Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA

Nov 13 – Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

Nov. 17 – Good Morning America

Nov 18 – Regis and Kelly

Nov 19 – Ellen Show taping

Dec. 1 – Jingle Ball in Sacramento with Jason DeRulo, Cobra Starship, Justin Bieber

Dec. 4 – Miracle Near State Street show in Chicago with The Fray

Dec. 6 – Kissmas Bash in Buffalo along with Sean Kingston and Hey Monday

Dec 7 – 104.5 XLO Acoustic XMas on December 7th at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. Also performing are Barenaked Ladies, Ingrid Michaelson, and Joshua Radin. (Tickets for E-club members: 10/30 @ 10am; Public sale: 11/02 @ 10am)

Dec. 11 – Z100’s Jingle Ball Bash at Madison Square Garden in NY, with Jordin Sparks, John Mayer, The Fray, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Pitbull, Owl City, Boys Like Girls

Dec 18 – XL 106.7 FM’s XL’ent Xmas in Orlando, with The Fray, Leona Lewis and Jason Castro

Kris will be playing XL’ent Christmas in Orlando on Dec 18 (House of Blues)! he’ll be with the Fray, Leona Lewis and Jason Castro.

30 sec snippets of Kris’ album on Amazon!!!! – click HERE!!! Some longer snippets of some of Kris’ songs HERE!

Jive got Kris another radio gig – 104.5 XLO Acoustic XMas, December 7th at Mechanics Hall in Worcester – very cool! Kris’ sales are steady, increasing by 2% this week. Hopefully the upward trend continues.

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Kris Allen previews three new tracks at Miami Dolphins tailgate party: What do you think? by Michael Slezak

Yesterday afternoon, season 8 champ Kris Allen debuted three new songs from his forthcoming debut CD at a Miami Dolphins tailgate party. Two of the tracks — “Before We Come Undone” and “Written All Over My Face” — were ones I’d heard back in September, and asked Kris about when I interviewed him at Z100 the day he premiered “Live Like We’re Dying.” The third song, “Can’t Stay Away,” is one of 13 ditties that made the final track list for Kris’ self-titled debut, due Nov. 17 from 19 Recordings/Jive.

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta all make the Idol airplay chart Brian Mansfield

Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying passes the thousand-spin mark for the first time, enough to bring him to #32 on the Hot AC chart and #49 at Top 40.

`Idol’ winner stays humble by MADELEINE MARR

“Here’s the thing. Adam’s a little more — OK, let’s say, lot more — controversial than I am, and the press wants him more right now,” says the singer-guitarist. “That’s fine with me. I’m happy for him. He is who he is, and I am who I am. If people want to put me on a cover of a magazine, then cool.”

Allen won’t be sharing any spotlights on Sunday, when he performs at the Dolphins Tailgate Stage at Land Shark Stadium (3 p.m.) The “big” football fan is excited to play songs off his debut, self-titled album. Keep an ear out for some of his favorites, like the catchy Live Like We’re Dying, already out on YouTube.

“The only thing that anybody can do is be ourselves,” Allen says. “I am going to do the music that I like. I hope people like it. If they don’t, that’s OK, too.” Though he’s not in it for the fame, a little would be nice. “We don’t have control over where the music business is headed,” he concedes. “I don’t make music for it to sell, I make music to make it. . . . Other people may have different agendas.”

Kris landed the z100 Jingle Ball ’09 gig. Very cool! (It’s at the freakin’ Madison Square Garden, Dec 11)

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Kris Allen Gets Tour of Land Shark Stadium

Kris Allen, American Idol Season Eight Winner and 19/Jive Recording Artist, received a private tour of Land Shark Stadium Friday ahead of his tailgate performance at Sunday’s Dolphins-Saints game. Allen will walk the Orange Carpet and perform at the tailgate stage on the Grand Plaza at 3 p.m.

During his visit Friday, Allen was welcomed with a Dolphins jersey with his name on the back. The jersey’s number, 17, represented the day his new album will debut in November. Before beginning the tour, Allen recorded several special video messages for fans which will be shown at Sunday’s game.

Kris-cross the USA: Idol hits Dolphins game By Tom Jicha

The Dolphins’ continuing effort to surround football with show business glitz is bringing reigning American Idol Kris Allen to the Land Shark Stadium Tailgate Stage at 3 p.m. (Kickoff is 4:15.) There’s no additional charge for the concert.

Allen’s life has been a whirlwind for the past year. He’s just off Idol’s nationwide barnstorming tour. Since last January, when he reported to Los Angeles for the final Idol countdown, he has been home to Conway, Ark., “maybe three days.” Allen is looking forward to finally getting to spend some time at home around the holidays, but it won’t be an extended stay.

His self-titled debut album drops Nov. 17. He’ll be hitting the Regis & Kelly-Ellen-Leno-Letterman circuit to promote it. He knows the terrain. He appeared on most of them after winning the Idol crown in May. Being on The Tonight Show, which he grew up watching, was “surreal,” he said.

Early in 2010, he’s launching another tour to back the album. Naturally, Allen would prefer to follow the path of Kelly and Carrie. “But as long as I’m making music, anything is fine.” Well not quite anything. He doesn’t see himself taking the Fantasia and Hicks road to musical theater. “I’m not that kind of singer. I can’t act at all.”

Yes! EW just leaked Kris’ complete track list – nice to see his name come up a bunch of times! means more moolah for Kris!

Kris Allen: We exclusively reveal the track listing for his self-titled debut! by Michael Slezak

… Conspicuously absent from the disc are any tracks co-written with Chris Daughtry and Mat Kearney — two artists with whom Allen had previously discussed having successful writing sessions. (maybe these will be bonus tracks?)

01 “Live Like We’re Dying” (Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan) (Produced by: Produced by Andrew Frampton & Steve Kipner)

02 “Before We Come Undone” (Kris Allen, Lindy Robbins, Greg Kurstin) (Produced by: Produced by Greg Kurstin for SK1 Productions)

03 “Can’t Stay Away” (Kris Allen, Lindy Robbins, Mike Elizondo) (Produced by Mike Elizondo)

04 “The Truth” (Pat Monahan, Toby Gad) (Produced by Toby Gad)

05 “Written All Over My Face” (Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan) (Produced by: Produced by Andrew Frampton & Steve Kipner)

06 “Bring It Back” (Kris Allen, Francis White) (Produced by Eg White for Spilt Milk Management)

07 “Red Guitar” (Kris Allen) (Produced by Mike Flynn & Warren Huart)

08 “Is It Over” (Kris Allen, Cale Mills, Mike Elizondo) (Produced by Mike Elizondo)

09 “Let It Rain” (Kris Allen, Tobias Karlsson) (Produced by Tobias Karlsson)

10 “Alright With Me” (Kris Allen, Joe King) (Produced by Mike Flynn & Joe King)

11 “Lifetime” (Kris Allen, Jon Foreman, Mike Elizondo) (Produced by Mike Elizondo)

12 “I Need To Know” (Kris Allen, Lindy Robbins, Toby Gad) (Produced by Toby Gad)

BONUS TRACK

13 “Heartless” (Malik Yusef El Shabbaz Jones, Scott Mescudi, Kanye West, Ernest Wilson, Jeffrey Bhasker, Benjamin McIldowie) (Produced by SALAAMREMI.COM)

Kris Allen: The Album-Preview Interview, Pt. 2 by Lyndsey Parker

… I dig a little deeper, discussing “Let It Rain” (the song about Kris’s occasional artistic frustrations while recording his debut), the entirely self-penned “Red Guitar,” the four songs I didn’t get to hear during my eight-song listening session, his opinion of the new Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta singles, his friendship with his fellow Idols, and why he chose to cover Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” at a recent benefit concert (he did it for the kids!).

Oooh, head on to the Walmart Music page to see some tracks on Kris’ CD! There’s 14 songs!

Track Listings

1. (Untitled Track)

2. Before We Come Undone

3. (Untitled Track) / 4. (Untitled Track) / 5. (Untitled Track)

6. Bring It Back

7. Red Guitar

8. Is It Over

9. Let It Rain

10. (Untitled Track)

11. Lifetime

12. (Untitled Track) / 13. (Untitled Track)

14. Send Me All Your Angels

Kris Allen: The Album-Preview Interview, Pt. 1! by Lyndsey Parker

American Idol winner Kris Allen literally just finished up his self-titled debut album, and impressively, he has writing credit on nine of its 12 tracks. He had the privilege of recording with some of the top hitmakers in the biz–people who’ve worked with everyone from Eminem and Mary J. Blige to Adele and Duffy to the Flaming Lips, as well as members of Switchfoot and the Fray. And despite his relative lack of experience compared to such industry vets, he held his own as a peer, gaining his collaborators’ respect and in the end crafting a solid album packed with hooky potential hits.

I had a chance to spend some quality time with Kris in, of all places, the actual office of Mr. Simon Fuller at 19 Entertainment’s L.A. headquarters. There in that hallowed room, we discussed Kris’s goals going into the studio, how he gelled with his various esteemed collaborators, and how he managed to record an album he can be proud to put his name on in big block lettering, despite the crazy time constraints placed on its creation.

Hits Daily Double picked Kris’ LLWD as #5 in its Vibe Raters (the editors pick songs they feel will break) and that little post is a wealth of info including Kris’ upcoming tv promos! – tnx to ontd_ai for the tip

Kris Allen / 19/Jive/JLG

album: Kris Allen / track: Live Like We’re Dying

Season 8 Idol winner seeing huge love at Pop and Hot Adult: Z100, WPLJ, WTMX, WXXL, WPRO, KRBE, WWWQ, tons more. LP hitting 11/17. Marco Puig directed vid in post production. GMA 11/17, Regis & Kelly 11/18, taping Ellen 11/19, Conan to follow. Radio promo events all of December. Tons of press. Mgmt: Stirling McIlwaine/19 Ent.

Preview Alert!: Reality Rocks’ Kris Allen Listening Session by Lyndsey Parker – essential reading for any Kris fan!

… -the tracks I previewed from Kris’s upcoming self-titled debut album (out November 17) are actually big, widescreen adult-alt-pop records reminiscent of VH1 house bands like Carolina Liar, Maroon 5, or Augustana, all full of huge hooky choruses ridiculously readymade for radio. The album is positively teeming with potential hits, and the folks at 19 will have a tough job selecting a follow-up single for the already-released “Live Like We’re Dying” (although I have my preference…read on for more on that), as they are definitely spoilt for choice.

The seven songs (five of which were co-written or written by Kris; FYI, he was involved in penning nine of the album’s overall 12 tracks) showcase a whole new un-understated side to Kris. And he is belting out his music with a confidence I’ve never heard from him before–certainly a confidence befitting an AmIdol champ… So, here’s my take on what I heard…

“Before We Come Undone” – Jointly written by Kris, Lindy Robbins, and Greg Kurstin, the stuttering guitar intro of this uptempo powerpop-rocker brings to middle Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” or maybe a kinder, gentler All-American Rejects. And it boasts a bright, sunshiny chorus that needs to be the theme to some new CW Network series right now.

“Can’t Stay Away” – Another Kris co-write, this time with Mike Elizondo, this is Kris gettin’ fresh ‘n’ funky. Yes, you read that right. Funky! This is blue-eyed soul, or should I say maroon-eyed soul, since there’s a distinctive Maroon 5 feel to this track (think “Harder To Breathe”-era M5); Kris’s voice even sounds a bit Adam Levine-like in parts. And yes, there’s another big, bold chorus smack dab in the middle of this splashy production. This is a hit, people.

“The Truth” – A midtempo ballad written by Pat Monahan of Train and Pat Gadd, this was probably my least favorite song I heard–interesting, since it was one of the few songs I heard that was NOT co-written by Kris. But I did appreciate a bit of balladry from Kris–he certainly has a special way with a slow song–and his breathy vocal was lovely. Fans of the Fray and Gavin DeGraw will love this.

“Written All Over My Face” – This is another Script-affiliated song, penned by two Scriptmates along with Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner. Another Maroon 5-ish rocker with an edgy guitar intro, fans of “Live Like We’re Dying” will dig this upbeat number. I certainly did.

“Bring It Back” – Going into the listening session, this was probably the song I was most excited to hear, as Kris co-wrote it in London with Eg White. Unsurprisingly, it’s a ballad, hearkening back to the understated Kris America fell in love with on Idol. However, it’s more heartland-soft-rocking fare than Britpoppy; once again, the Fray come to mind. Kris delivers a plaintive and emotional vocal that is reminiscent of his breakthrough “Ain’t No Sunshine” performance, and when he performs this in concert I expect female fans to weep openly and fans of both genders to do The Wave.

“Let The Rain” – A co-write with Tobias Karlsson, this song’s lyrics grapple with Kris’s sometimes frustrating experience of working on his album and having to compromise with the powers-that-be at Jive Records and 19 Entertainment. This is ironic, since “Let The Rain” is actually one of the stronger songs I heard; it doesn’t sound like there was any compromising going on here at all, in this case. The goosebumpy chorus soars and climbs higher than “No Boundaries” ever did, that’s for sure. Good stuff with good third-single potential (after “Can’t Stay Away,” of course).

“Red Guitar” – This is the one song I heard that was written solely by Kris, and he actually wrote it a year and a half ago, long before he got caught up in all this Idol madness. I’m pretty sure when he recorded it on GarageBand back in the day, he never fathomed a newer, shinier version would someday end up on a big major-label album alongside tracks penned and produced by some of today’s top hitmakers. But “Red Guitar” fits in perfectly with the other songs, following the album’s failsafe soft-verse/exploding-pop-chorus formula to a T. This proves that the new Kris songs really aren’t a departure from the real Kris at all, and that he didn’t have to change who is he or what he’s about, or compromise all that much, in the end. Good for him!

Kris’ LLWD sales figures (total of 63K) from Idol Chatter – the sales should increase as Kris’ single gains more traction in radio.

Kris Allen, Live Like We’re Dying (10,000, -26 percent, 63,000)

American Idol Season Eight Winner Kris Allen To Perform At Dolphins Tailgate Stage Oct. 25

The Miami Dolphins today announced that Kris Allen, American Idol Season Eight Winner – 19/Jive Recording Artist, will be the main act at the Dolphins’ tailgate stage on the Grand Plaza on Sunday, October 25th prior to the Dolphins-Saints game at 4:15 p.m. “As a HUGE football fan I’m thrilled that the first gig for my band and me is at the Miami/New Orleans tailgate party for this Sunday’s game,” said Kris Allen.

Best known for his folk-inspired interpretations of modern pop songs on his win of American Idol’s eighth season, singer-songwriter Kris Allen has since been finalizing his debut album which is set for release on November 17th. According to Allen, the new album promises to give listeners more of what they heard on American Idol, focusing on the pop/rock genre.

And another Radio gig for Kris at the Kissmas Bash! It was announced on his interview with Buffalo’s KISS 98.5 fm (radio interview on PAGE 3)

Kiss 98.5 presents Kissmas Bash 2009, December 6 at HSBC Arena! Starting Saturday, October 7 at 9am, the general public can purchase tickets at Tickets.com.

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Yes, Jive got Kris into another radio gig… He is one of the acts at the 107.9’s Jingle Ball (Sacramento) on Dec 1st.

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Kelly Clarkson hits #1 on Idol airplay chart Brian Mansfield

Kris Allen continues his progress up the Hot AC (#41) and Top 40 (#56) charts with Live Like We’re Dying, picking up 273 spins overall. This might be a good time to revisit something I said at the start of the American Idols Live tour. You remember how I said that Kris’ success would live and die on his songs and arrangements, and several people asked if that wasn’t obviously true for any act? What’s going on right now with Kris’ and Adam Lambert’s respective career shows what I meant. Adam is getting blockbuster movie soundtrack placements and posing with naked women in Details magazine before his first single is even out, while Kris is slugging it out on the charts to pick up 273 spins. To some degree, it doesn’t even matter what Adam’s single sounds like. But it’s everything for Kris at this point.

Got this off mjsbigblog – Kris’ mediabase spins – he’s plugging along nicely 🙂 W/ explanation from their chart guru Kristen…

Kris Allen: “Live Like We Are Dying”: ^41 HAC (45) – Kris’s LLWD went for adds last week. It currently gets 799 spins last week (294 in HAC, 496 in Pop, 1 in Active and 8 in Rhythmic)

Some info on the people working on Kris’ music video – Source : Video Static

BOOKED: Kris Allen – Marco Puig, director

artist: Kris Allen

song: “Live Like We’re Dying”

label: 19/Jive/ZLG

director(s): Marco Puig

production co: Mighty 8

producer: Ari Weiner

DP: Aaron Platt

commissioner: Nicole Hedrick

Songwriting takes center stage for Chris Daughtry By KATJUSA CISAR

Daughtry’s charm with audiences lies primarily in his voice and in his normal dude, non-rock-star qualities: He’s married with a couple of kids, comes from a small town in North Carolina and is the type of guy to call other guys “broseph.” And despite his criticism of the show, he’s kept his ties pretty tight with “American Idol” – like working with recent winner Kris Allen on his debut post-Idol album.

… As for the contestants on American Idol, he added that there’s no real way to tell who’s a good songwriter and who’s not: “We’ll have to see when they release their records.”

Love Kris’ animated banner on All Access!

Kris’ single sales – total of 53,000 so far… I expect the numbers to go up again as he gets more radioplay (I hope!)

Kris Allen, Live Like We’re Dying (13,000, -43 percent, 53,000)

Summary of Live Like We’re Dying Radio Adds – Kris is doing really well! – click HERE!

Yes! Jive has new album art for Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying … and I approve! (came from Kris’ facebook, so must be official, right?)

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Kris Allen’s self-titled album cover revealed! (And the five things we learned from it.) by Michael Slezak – another guy who has to post about Kris as often as possible 🙂

… A spokesperson for 19 Recordings confirms that the image that popped up on Amazon.com and began to circulate around the Internet last night is indeed the real thing.

Cool! Kris’ Live Like We’re Dying reached top 10 on the z100 playlist! That’s A LOT of audience impressions…

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Kris Allen’s Album Cover Appears Online By Jim Cantiello (who must post about Kris at least once a day – lol)

… A rep for 19 Entertainment confirmed to MTV News that the image is, in fact, the official cover for Kris’ major-label debut. And that cover seems to confirm that Allen’s album is self-titled after all.

Allen trekked to Staten Island for the photo shoot, which took place at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden on September 21, shortly after Kris debuted his single “Live Like We’re Dying” on New York’s Z100. “I don’t actually know what [the photo] is going to look like,” Allen told MTV News at the time, joking that he wasn’t sure whether he would be smiling or using his “sexy face,” a term coined by “American Idol” photographers during the show.

American Idol’s Kris Allen with Q102’s Brian and Laura

American Idol winner Kris Allen is performing at this year’s Q102 Bosom Ball for Breast Cancer. Brian and Laura talked to Kris about: Winning American Idol, What his new cd will sound like, How he feels about Paula leaving Idol as well as Ellen joining and more.

Daughtry remains most-played Idol; several singles fall off charts by Brian Mansfield – happy to learn that LLWD is gaining!

Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying continues to gain ground in both the Hot AC (#45) and Top 40 (#67) formats.

Billboard Hot 100 – YES! Kris’ debut single is at #89 and has one of the greatest airplay and sales gains this week.

News Notes (Entertainment Weekly Magazine) -scan thanks to teamkradam of ontd_ai

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Your weekly Idol sales fix: The digital tracks by Brian Mansfield – good, Kris’ sales are actually increasing!

Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying sold nearly 24,000 copies in its first full week of availability, giving it a release-to-date total of 39,000.

Kris Allen, Live Like We’re Dying (24,000, +49 percent, 39,000)

Kris Allen on US Weekly (scan thanks to Kris’ Official Website)

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Kris Allen Song ‘Has Some Edge To It,’ Says Co-Writer Mat Kearney By Jim Cantiello

During a recent chat with MTV News, Kearney had nothing but positive things to say about working with Allen. And of the song itself, the singer/songwriter promised, “It’s pretty cool. It wasn’t, like, your typical [‘Idol’] cheesy thing.”

Although Kris Allen portrayed himself on “Idol” as a nice guy, Kearney says their song could add a little roughness to Allen’s squeaky-clean image. “It’s driving … it has some edge to it. So I hope that’s a good thing. That may make it so they don’t want to [include it on the album].”

The status of the track is unclear. Allen is still in the studio recording his major-label debut, and 19 Entertainment has not confirmed the status of the Kearney/Allen collaboration. With such big names as Eg White, David Hodges and Chris Daughtry attached to Allen’s album, Mat downplays the likelihood of his song making it to the final track list, citing its chances at around “one in a hundred.”

Regardless, Kearney remains easygoing about his contribution. “We wrote a song and it was awesome. Now it’s in their world. I’m like, ‘Do what you want with it,’ ” Kearney said, before quipping, “They’d be dumb if it wasn’t [on the album].”

Kris Allen on songwriting collaborators, video concepts, and nasty rumors about his debut disc by Michael Slezak – really good interview! Plus, isn’t Simon Fuller Chris Daughtry’s manager? In which case, he’s also managing Kris. Which explains that dinner he had with Fuller in London…

Let’s talk album scoop: Any new collaborators you haven’t announced or Tweeted about?

I worked with Kevin Rudolf the last couple days. Me and Joe King [from The Fray] are getting back together and working on some stuff we already had written, which will be really cool. And I’m working with his producer [Mike Flynn] on that song, as well as one other track.

Can you talk about some of your favorites that you’ve recorded so far?

… I had said something about “I Need to Know” in the past. I really like that one… I have a song that I wrote like a year ago that I really love that we’re gonna really push for. It’s called “Red Guitar.”… [Mike Flynn] and I were working on the track last night. It was fun to be in the studio and working with a producer who sees your vision for a song you wrote.

I haven’t heard much about your collaboration with Chris Daughtry yet.

Me, him, and Mike Elizondo wrote a song together, and we think it sounds really cool… And now we have the same manager, so that makes it easy.

Last time we spoke in late September, you did not yet have a concept for your video. What about now?

We have the concept. I think we’re gonna shoot it maybe this weekend.

Who’s directing it?

Marco Puig.

how did your London writing session with Eg White go?

We wrote a couple songs, one which we think is really, really good. And I was also working with Andrew Frampton, one of the two guys who wrote “Live Like We’re Dying” with The Script. And we came up with a really great song.

How close to done are you at this point?

We’re still writing some more songs for the album, and just putting some finishing touches on other tracks, going back to do some minor vocal takes, and that’s kind of it. We have a lot of songs that are almost done, and with a little bit of work we’ll have them completely done.

Soooo….Kris Allen called me today…. by Sheryl Stewart

American Idol winner, Kris Allen is working hard to finish his debut cd (due out Nov. 17). He just got back from London and took a few minutes to call in and talk about: writing with Chris Daughtry & Mat Kearney….the funniest thing that happened on the American Idols Live tour….a really nice British guy who helped him make his geeky Beatles fan dream come true….and more.

Carrie Underwood, Kris Allen and Katharine McPhee pick up Idol airplay by Brian Mansfield

Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying has yet to make the Top 40 of any format, even though it nearly doubled its first-week spins (180-322). That’s because the song is splitting its airplay almost evenly between the Top 40 and Hot AC formats, with a smattering of spins from AC, Rhythmic and even Christian AC stations. While several stations that played Kris’ record once when it first came out opted not to add it to their regular playlists, 16 stations played it for the first time this past week. Live Like We’re Dying apparently has also been good for Kris’ versions of No Boundaries and Heartless, both of which saw their spins increase last week.

101.9fm THE MIX presents Miracle Near State Street 11 (with Kris Allen) – Kris has yet another gig; this is aside from the Q102 Bosom Ball for Breast Cancer (October 15), Mix 104.1 party (Sept 19) and Live In The Vineyard (Nov 9).

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101.9fm THE MIX presents Miracle Near State Street 11 on Friday, December 4 at a new location this year – The Auditorium Theatre. This year’s line-up features The Fray and 2009 American Idol winner Kris Allen.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 10, at 11 A.M. through Ticketmaster. Plus, Mix Insiders can get in on a special pre-sale offer on Friday, October 9! If you’re not a MIX Insider, sign up today!

‘American Idol’ Champ Kris Allen Is The ‘Real Deal,’ Mat Kearney Says By Jim Cantiello – you know, I’m really glad that Jim Cantiello and Michael Slezak have the hots for Kris… at least we get interviews like this!

… Kearney teamed up with Kris in early August to write a top-secret tune and is very pleased with the results. “We wrote a song and it’s awesome,” Kearney boasted to MTV News while he was in NYC for a tour stop… “I think [Kris] was just a fan,” Kearney said of how they ended up collaborating. “What he told me was that he was just picking bands that he liked.”

“[His people] called me and he flew into town, and I made coffee and we sat in my living room and we wrote some stuff,” Kearney said. “Before they knew it, it was late at night, and they had to find an open studio to record a demo before Kris had to skip town. They eventually settled on Kearney’s friend’s “ghetto” makeshift home studio. “He sang it in, like, one take and it was amazing. I was like, ‘You should enter some sort of singing contest. You could do something with that,’ ” Kearney joked. “That guy can sing.”

Apparently, Kris can write too, which was an even nicer surprise for Kearney, who admitted he usually associates “Idol” with vocalists, as opposed to singer/songwriters: “Someone wants to ‘write’ a song with you, you’re like, ‘Great, you want to come over and I’ll write a song so you can be co-writer.’ ” But Kris’ abilities shattered Kearney’s expectations. “He was awesome, and he had amazing input and he had a really strong sensibility. … I was like, ‘Wow, this guy’s the real deal!’ “

Kris Allen working with ‘Chasing Pavements’ co-writer Eg White by Michael Slezak

Add another high-profile collaborator to the list of folks working on Kris Allen’s debut disc. The American Idol season 8 champ announced via his Twitter stream that he’s currently working with Eg White, who penned Grammy-nominated “Chasing Pavements” with acclaimed British diva Adele, as well as tracks for Pink, James Blunt, Kylie Minogue, Duffy, Joss Stone, Sophie Ellis Bextor, and Sam Sparro.

Fall’s Hottest New Music (EW Review) – so far, really good reviews! Now need more radio play…

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RollingStone review of Live Like We’re Dying (scan by dreadnought)

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Cool – finally, Z100 officially added Live Like We’re Dying to their playlist – hope to see Kris burning up the charts!

Kidsday interviews “American Idol’s” Kris Allen

Are you going to release a CD? Yeah, I think we are going to start recording on the tour.

Who is your favorite performer? Ever? Probably Michael Jackson. If you go back and listen to his early stuff it is hands down probably the best ever.

Did you ever imagine being a star? I never thought that I would be a star, I always wanted to be a musician. I still don’t think of myself as a star. I see myself as someone that has made it on “American Idol.”

Kris’ first week sales of “Live Like We’re Dying” – 15,755 (NEW) Total: 15,755 (NEW) – note that the single was only released on Friday.

Kris Allen Working With Adele and Duffy’s Collaborator

Kris Allen is hitting studio with British songwriter/producer Eg White, the same man who contributed to Adele and Duffy’s albums. Breaking the news is the winner of “American Idol” season 8 himself on his Twitter by giving a riddle and inviting fans to guess it.

‘American Idol’ Kris Allen’s debut single set to hit stores by John J. Moser

“Live Like We’re Dying,” which was released to radio a week ago, channels Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5 in a soaring, uplifting pop-rocker. With a wall-of-sound approach that adds umpf to Allen’s voice, the single is everything that his unfortunate “Idol” coronation song, “No Boundaries,” wasn’t. The rapped chorus even expands Allen’s repertoire and broadens his audience. It fulfills what Allen told The Morning Call: that some songs on the disc “will have different feels.” “The thing that’s consistent to all of them is me,” he said. With inspiring lyrics similar to country superstar Tim McGraw’s similarly titled 2004 hit “Live Like You Were Dying,” it’s got hit written all over it.

Some people may quibble that “Live Like We’re Dying” is a cover of a song by three-piece Irish pop rock band The Script, whose 2008 self-titled debut disc didn’t make much of a wave in the United States (it hit No. 91) but was Top 40 in much of the United Kingdom. Allen’s version truly is a cover: He performs it the same way The Script did (compare both versions below).

In a Sept. 8 interview before the “American Idols Live” tour played at Reading’s Sovereign Center, Allen told The Morning Call he had been recording tracks for his solo debut disc, due out Nov. 17, between stops in the “American Idols Live” tour (the tour ended Sept. 15), and that the single would be out by the end of September.

As for the rest of the disc, due out Nov. 17, Allen said it will be “soft rock, with a little singer-songwriter thing in it, but not too much. It’s difficult to explain, but it’s cool. You’ll just have to listen.” Now we know what he meant. But he said there will be no surprises and he hasn’t done any type of music he hadn’t expected to. “Everything does have an organic feel to it, which is good,” he said.

‘American Idol’ winner Kris Allen’s first single is catchy By Misha Berson

… “Live Like We’re Dying,” is very catchy, a bit inspirational (the lyrics are all about seizing the day, and making the most of life and love). Also it’s energetic and danceable, with a really grooving, syncopated chorus — so what’s not to like?

This driving rock tune with some tongue-twisting rap is a cover of a (fairly obscure) number by the Irish band, The Script. It’s not blockbuster material, but Allen’s version erases any notion that he’s some wimpy folkie. It’s gotten good reviews from Billboard and a few other reputable outlets.

… It was bunched up in middle of the iTunes Top 100 downloads last we looked. But it deserves better. Yet with little advertising, airplay, or sense of occasion so far from Jive Records — the recording outfit connected with 19 Entertainment, a company led by “Idol” uber-boss Simon Fuller — will it break out?

Given all the buzz about whether Allen deserved his win over extremely popular runner-up (and completely different kind of singer) Adam Lambert, you might think Jive would really push “Live Like We’re Dying” to give their boy a boost — especially since it’s a marked improvement over what some other Idol winners have put out as their first post-show single.

‘Réalité’ series premiere: Your guide to the week in ‘DWTS,’ ‘Top Model,’ ‘Idol,’ ‘Runway,’ and Kris Allen!

by Michael Slezak – you can watch here – Yes, we learn two new Kris songs! “Written All Over Your Face” and “Before We Come Undone”

And especially because Kris Allen remains adorably, harmoniously, subversively awesome — and because he granted us an early-morning interview after premiering his new single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” at New York’s Z100 radio station earlier this week…we now present to you what critics are calling the most important series in the Internet right this very second our new video series Réalité. Press play below, and enjoy! (Bear in mind that we’ve interspersed Idol’s season 8 champ throughout the duration of our video, because we’re sneaky benches.)

Adam, Kris and Allison are on EW’s Fall Music Preview – thanks to virginiamom of IDF for the scan!

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Billboard singles reviews: Alicia Keys, Kris Allen – cool, they liked it. I don’t know why, I just wanted him to have a good Billboard review…

ARTIST: KRIS ALLEN, SINGLE: LIVE LIKE WE’RE DYING (19/Jive Records)

“American Idol” winner Kris Allen has wisely chosen to scrap his Kara DioGuardi-penned coronation song, “No Boundaries,” in favor of this impressive new single about seizing the day. “Live Like We’re Dying” originally was intended for Irish band the Script, but Allen improves on the unreleased version with a nuanced vocal and a nimble, rhythmic delivery. The tongue-twister verses work in spite of themselves, and even when Allen does his best Bob Dylan impression on the bridge, he emerges safely on the other side. It seems Allen is still emboldened by the risks he took on “Idol,” and those who voted for the singer-songwriter in May should be feeling the same after hearing the first track from his November 17 debut.

KRIS ALLEN “Live Like We’re Dying” by Lee Chesnut (from Ryanseacrest.Com)

American Idol’s Season 8 champ Kris Allen released the first single from his debut album today, and it’s a remake. Originally recorded by the UK group The Script, “Live Like We’re Dying” was not a hit the first time around, but now that Mr. Allen has gotten his hands on it, all signs point to it being a hit. I’m a little disappointed that he decided to go with a remake as his first “real” release (not counting “No Boundaries”), but it’s such an obscure song that I doubt many people have heard it before. And besides, Kris’s rat-a-tat delivery of the positive, uplifting lyrics makes it hard to resist his charms.

American Idol Kris Allen’s new single ‘Live Like We Are Dying’ is released By Marcia White

Allen has a voice full of emotion, and the single starts off that way, with a simple stark style much like The Fray. From there it goes into a mash-up of musical styles, including a rap-like chorus I just don’t get and a bit of Allen’s sweet acoustic guitar work thrown in at the end … I hope the rest of Allen’s album has more of the simple emotion that made the Arkansas native so well-loved. For me this first single is so contrived, it just seems to steal away Allen’s charm and sincerity.

Kris Allen – “Live Like We’re Dying” By Bill Lamb

His version of “Live Like We’re Dying,” originally recorded by the Irish band the Script, is possibly the best first post-American Idol single yet by an American Idol champion. This record demonstrates again that one of the primary keys to the success of Kris Allen as a performer and now recording artist is almost uncanny skill at selecting material to sing that maximizes the presentation of his talents. It’s very easy here to envision Kris Allen giving an energetic and engaging live performance.

“Live Like We’re Dying” is a great inspirational pop song. It would deserve to be a major hit in its original form by the Script. However, Kris Allen does take the sound a step further with a muscular and engaged vocal performance. He wisely sidesteps presenting a laidback singer-songwriter style single, and instead “Live Like We’re Dying” is a recording that could appeal to a massive audience. Mainstream pop, contemporary Christian, adult contemporary, and rock fans can all find something here to love.

… this single by Kris Allen is not just acceptable, it is excellent. He sounds like a champion.

Hear Idol Winner Kris Allen’s New Single!

Last season’s winner, 24, premiered “Live Like We’re Dying,” the lead single from his Nov. 17 Jive debut, Monday on New York City’s Z100 morning radio show. “It was really cool. You dream of this day, you dream of having a single out and having it on the radio, so this was a cool day,” Allen told radio DJ Elvis Duran and the Z100 morning-show team, adding that it was the first time he had heard one of his songs on the radio.

The uptempo sing-songy tune with a “life wisdom” message to live life to the fullest, is a cover of a little-known track by Irish band the Script. “[The song] was actually one that we had listened to really early on, and we kind of just fell in love with it. Everyone did,” the Idol champ told MTV News.

“Live Like We’re Dying” will be available Sept. 29 on iTunes.

Kris Allen Banters, Deflects And Charms Like A Champ by Jim Cantiello – the outtakes videos is funny as hell…

I’ll admit it: I turn into a giddy schoolgirl whenever “American Idol” winner Kris Allen comes to town. I can’t help it! The dude is just so friggin’ charming. We have a familiarity and banter together that I’ve never had with another artist. (Well, Madonna came close. I kid.)

My line of questioning is certainly at fault. I seem to only ask the questions I know he can’t answer: Album producer info, music video concepts, album title — all things that the “Idol” camps refuse to talk about until the last minute. Yet, like a moth to a flame, or a Cowell to a black v-neck, I keep hitting that well hoping for a drop of water. (Notice how Kris masterfully bounces almost every question back on me! Sly!) So instead of spilling the beans on actual news, Kris shoots the s— with me and we end up with an interview that’s short on substance but long on charm.

‘American Idol’ winner Kris Allen debuts single ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ By Andrea Reiher

“Live like We’re Dying” is Kris’s first single off his debut album, which hits stores in November. It’s a cover of a song by The Script and is exactly what you’d expect from Kris. A crunchy, acoustic coffee-house rock vibe, very Jack Johnson or John Mayer.

Kris Allen Debuts First Single (People)

Although he’s now dropping in on radio stations to promote his first single, it wasn’t long ago that Allen almost gave up on his dream of becoming a singer. “I was playing in bars, playing three hour shows, singing every song under the sun, taking requests from people,” he says of the days when he was trying to break into the industry. “I was actually trying to go back to school [before Idol]. This was one of the last ditch efforts. I’m just glad it worked out!”

Allen, whose still-untitled first album is due out Nov. 17, says he’ll miss his home in Conway, Ark., while he’s making the rounds to promote his album and the song.

New Music: Kris Allen – Live Like We’re Dying

When you release an ultra-cheesy song like “No Boundaries” as your kinda-sorta first single, Kris Allen, there’s nowhere to go but up. Thank goodness the official first single from Allen’s forthcoming debut album, the carpe diem anthem “Live Like We’re Dying,” is filled with less cheese and more Jason Mraz.

To be more accurate, it’s filled more with The Script, as it’s a cover of one of the band’s B-sides, but the infectious soul-ish pop vibe and staunch positivity is signature Mraz. But even on Idol, it was pretty clear this was the type of music Allen wanted to make: fun, upbeat, sickeningly catchy!

America Idol Winner Kris Allen Releases New Song

America Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen is set to release his debut album on 19 Recordings/Jive Records November 17. The highly anticipated first single from the upcoming album “Live like We Are Dying” goes to radio Monday, September 21. Producers on the forthcoming album include Saalam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Nas. Leona Lewis), Steve Kipner (Christina Aquilera, David Archuleta ), Andrew Frampton (Kylie Minogue, Natasha Bedingfield) and Toby Gad (Beyonce, Fergie, Jordin Sparks). – Listen to the single here

LiveDaily Interview: Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Where are you calling from today?

I’m in Aspen, CO. I don’t live here, but there’s a recording studio here that’s amazing. I live in Denver, but I love Aspen. I like to get away to random places that have cool recording studios and do work. You get to do it unencumbered.

What are you working on these days?

The last song for the OneRepublic album. But I’m simultaneously working on Rihanna and Kris Allen.

“Idol” Champ Kris Allen Debuts Single, To Release New LP by Anne Lu

… Kris Allen is set to release his debut album on 19 Recordings/Jive Records next month, while his highly anticipated first single “Live Like We Are Dying” goes to radio Monday. The 24-year-old singer premiered the single on radio Z100 Monday. The track is the first single off his as yet unnamed LP, which is set to hit stores on November 17. Producers on the album include Steve Kipner, Saalam Remi, Andrew Frampton, and Tony Gad.

Kris Allen’s first single is un-Scripted! by Jarett Wieselman – hmm, I don’t quite hear any folksieness to the single…

… Kris Allen has dropped his first official single (I think we’re all discounting “No Boundaries”) and I love it. The song, “Live Like We’re Dying,” has the fast paced, folksie sound that Kris’ fans have come to expect — although some of them might be surprised to learn that this all-American boy’s song wasn’t written with him in mind.

The track was actually first performed by Irish band The Script and included on the Japanese release of their self-titled debut CD in 2008. I’m admittedly biased, but Kris’ version sounds a million times better to me

Kris Allen Talks About His First Single, ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ By Jim Cantiello – with VIDEO

“American Idol” winner Kris Allen had a morning of firsts. He not only had the world premiere of his first single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” at New York radio station Z100, but it was also the first time he’d ever heard one of his songs on the radio. “It was really cool. You dream of this day, you dream of having a single out and having it on the radio, so this was a cool day,” he told radio DJ Elvis Duran and the Z100 morning-show team.

The strummy, sing-songy tune had apparently been earmarked as a single for Kris since he began working on his post-“Idol” album back in May. Allen told MTV News, “[The song] was actually one that we had listened to really early on, and we kind of just fell in love with it. Everyone did.” … Incidentally, Bedingfield’s smash was co-written and produced by the same duo who worked with Allen on this track: Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner. Two of the Script members are also credited as co-writers.

… Responding to one specific lyric, “So if your life flashed before you / What would you wish you would have done?,” Kris admitted that if he were suddenly on his way out, there’s a big regret in his life. “I wish I would have skydived. It’s random, but I have always wanted to,” Allen said. “I’m really scared to, but I think that it would be the biggest rush.”

While album details are still hard to come by from the tight-lipped “Idol” champ, Allen admitted that “Live Like We’re Dying” is just one of many songs on his still-in-the-works CD with producers Frampton and Kipner. “We got a couple different producers on the album, but there’s a couple songs that [Frampton and Kipner have produced]. And I’m actually going to London to work with them again.” Should Allen score any free time in England, the Beatles fanatic hopes to hit up Abbey Road to take in some mop-top history. “I hope I get the time. I will totally [take a pic of me crossing Abbey Road].” Kris Allen’s still-untitled major-label debut will be available everywhere November 17. “Live Like We’re Dying” will hit iTunes on September 29.

Kris Allen Follows the Script With New Single by Gina Serpe

… Kris Allen has since abandoned soppy cliché and taken a turn for the coffeehouse with his first official release from his forthcoming debut album. The pop-rock anthem “Live Like We’re Dying” got its first airing on the radio this morning and, as these things do, quickly made its way online.

And while it may sound like Allen is doing his darnedest to channel his onetime cheerleader Jason Mraz, it’s actually the footsteps of The Script that the Idol is following in: the tune is a cover of a B-side from the Irish rockers. (Though, as the judges panel would no doubt note, he didn’t exactly make it his own, dawg.)

Kris Allen’s new song ‘Live Like We’re Dying’: What do you think? by Michael Slezak

… the full version of debut single from the American Idol season 8 champ premiered this morning on Z100, and I’ll just say the additional 181 seconds now available for consumption only make the track sound more like a future smash hit to me. (Side note: I scored a pretty nifty interview with Pocket Idol from the Z100 hallway that will be included in the world premiere of the most important new show on the internet, Réalité, coming Friday to EW.com! Cheers, benches!)

… what could’ve come off this side of hokey winds up as winningly inspirational thanks to the conviction in Kris’ vocals … it’s kind of refreshing to get a little lyrical nourishment. I’m particularly in love with the way Kris delivers the sing-speak breakdown at 2:30: “You never know a good thing till it’s gone/ You never see a crash till it’s head on/ Or why we think we’re right when we’re dead wrong/ You never know a good thing till it’s gone.” And as I noted last week, the “we’ve only got 86 400 seconds in a day…” chorus is 1-800-Too-Catchy. It’s enough to make you want to go forth, create your own personal bucket list, and schedule an appointment to swim with the dolphins! (Seriously, I need to make that happen.) Or at least it’s enough to make you want to head to iTunes and download this puppy the second it’s available, no?

Kris Allen debuts ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ by Brian Mansfield

Kris Allen debuted his new single, Live Like We’re Dying, Monday morning on the Elvis Duran Show from New York’s Z100. And, yes, it is a cover of The Script tune. Did you hear it? First impression: It’s a bright, postive single, not far from what you might expect from Kris, based on his American Idol performances — a pop-rock sound with an acoustic guitar foundation, combined with a toasting-style chorus (the first listener who called in after it played likened it to a cross between the Dave Matthews Band and Matisyahu).

Kris Allen Follows The Script (Idolator)

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: Adorable season-eight American Idol winner Kris Allen’s first single* is a cover of a b-side by the Irish rock band The Script, a little bit of inspirational strumminess that certainly won’t offset any Jason Mraz comparisons he garnered earlier this year. What’s striking isn’t the song itself, but the way that Allen utilized the Idol playbook for this take on the song; put it side-by-side with the original and you’ll realize that he’s doing a straight-up Rock Band-worthy impersonation of it, complete with his adoption of the bulk of Danny O’Donoghue’s vocal tics. Wonder what this means for Allen’s forthcoming album, and the influence he’ll sop up from the likes of Chris Daughtry and that dude from the Fray? Hmm.

Kris Allen’s new single Live Like We’re Dying just got played (well, 20 secs of it) on B98.5 FM and the fierce benches over at ONTD recorded it. * You can download the MP3 off this link.

RollingStone’s 2009 Fall Music Preview : Inside 60 of the Season’s Biggest Records: Pearl Jam, Shakira, John Mayer, Adam Lambert, Mariah Carey, Lil Wayne and more

Kris Allen TBD November TBD

LOWDOWN: “I know my fans are mostly girl teenagers and their mothers,” admits the American Idol winner, “but I wanted to show that there’s a more rock-y side to me.” Helping to rough up his image are former Evanescence singer-keyboardist David Hodges, producer Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse), and singer-guitarist Joe King of the Fray. Allen says they worked for “an organic sound,” recording acoustic guitar- and piano-based songs in Los Angeles, New York, and Timbaland¹s studio in Virginia Beach. “We really bumped some Timbaland records on our off-hours,” he admits. “We have videos of us dancing — I hope they don’t get out.”

Q102 Bosom Ball for Breast Cancer – Kris has another gig – October 15! this is aside from the Mix 104.1 party (Sept 19) and Live In The Vineyard (Nov 9).

Join us for the 2009 Q102 Bosom Ball for Breast Cancer, presented by Michelob Ultra, live on the Cincinnati Bell stage. Bosom Ball happens Oct. 15, 2009 at the Madison Theater, in Covington Ky. Doors open at 7:00pm. Bosom Ball is a 21+ event.

Q102 is proud to announce this year’s Bosom Ball for Breast Cancer Line-up!

KRIS ALLEN is this year’s winner of American Idol! Kris’ path to victory included memorable performances of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Kanye West’s “Heartless.”

Approximate performance times:

7:30 – 8:00 Kristen Key acoustic (local band)

8:15 – 8:40 Kris Allen acoustic

9:00 – 9:30 Parachute

9:45 – 10:45 The Script

Click on thumbnail to buy tickets! (if you live near the area)

2009 Fall Music Calendar

Nov. 17 – Kris Allen – Untitled – Genre: Pop

On his way to winning American Idol, this Arkansas native found a common ground between R&B tunes and singer/songwriter pop. His post-Idol collaborators, who range from The Fray’s Joe King and The Calling’s Alex Band to R&B writers like Claude Kelly and Salaam Remi, suggest his first album could take a similar direction. The initial single: Live Like We’re Dying.

Kris Allen’s single to be released Monday by Donna Reynolds – I’m really happy about the good reviews so far. The fans have been more vicious than reviewers!

Kris Allen’s first single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” will be released for radio Monday, Sept. 21. The song, which was originally recorded by The Script, is a poppish, rockish tune that suits Kris’ energy. It could be a hit for him if it can get airplay.

Kris Allen’s rumored single, ‘Live Like We’re Dying,’ leaks! (Idoloonies hold collective breath for 23 seconds!) by Michael Slezak

I’ve actually been listening to the full version of the track on repeat loop since Tuesday (and have only hyperventilated once or twice) — the good folks at Jive sent a don’t-leak-under-threat-of-death link to one of my colleagues — and Kris, who admitted to me during his Idol tour stop in Albany last month that he loves surprising people with his musical choices, shows a new and impressive level of vocal adroitness on the rapid-fire chorus, without missing an emotional beat in the process. Suddenly, the idea of the nation collectively rolling down its windows and chanting “You’ve only got eighty-six-four-hundred seconds in a day to/ Turn it all around or throw it all away/ Gotta tell ‘em that we love ‘em while we got the chance to say…” seems not only plausible, but entirely likely. I can’t tell you how stoked I am that an Idol champ, for the first time in too long a time, appears to be releasing a lead single with a legitimate chance to catapult him beyond pop radio’s initial prejudice against the Idol machine and become the star that he really deserves to be. And I’m okay that it’s a cover, because, I mean, that hook!

[UPDATE: A 19 rep confirms that “Live Like We’re Dying” is indeed Kris’ lead single, and adds that it will officially debut Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:40 a.m. EDT on New York’s Z100.]

Preview Kris Allen’s Debut Single! by Lyndsey Parker (first review – based on the snippet)

Kris’s new single was previewed on the radio this week, and I am happy to report that it does not sound country at all. It sounds…well, it sounds like KRIS ALLEN. What I mean by that is, if I were flipping around my radio dial and I heard this tune, sans any radio DJ back-announcement, I would just know it was Kris’s new single. Althouh it’s actually a cover of a B-side by the Script, it still sounds distinctively like Kris…and more importantly, it sounds like a hit.

Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta LPs Won’t Be ‘Cookie-Cutter,’ Producer Insists By Jim Cantiello

“American Idol” season-eight alumni Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta are as wildly different from each other as possible. But the trio — who are all set to release their debut post-“Idol” albums later this year — have one thing in common: They’re running to Kevin Rudolf for material.

Also on Rudolf’s docket? A session with “Idol” champ Allen to take place “early in October,” approximately six weeks before Allen’s album is slated to drop.

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On the Charts: Susan Boyle Breaks Record in Huge Second Week (RollingStone)

Last Week’s Heroes: Three of last week’s Top Five albums all dropped out of the Top 10, with Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment freefalling from Three to 19 thanks to a 74 percent sales decline. Rihanna’s Rated R suffered a similar fate, going from Four to 14.

Glambert makes Walters’ Most Overexposed list By Mike Fleming – he’s very sarcastic, but at least he’s looking at the facts

Meanwhile, ABC is still making headlines for “defending” its actions against Lambert’s AMAs display (bottom photo). The Los Angeles Times says they’re now blaming FCC rules, but the hole they dig just gets deeper. The FCC actually restricts sexually charged material from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Lambert’s AMA performance aired live at 11:02 p.m. Eastern, 10:02 p.m Central, and was edited out of the show’s West Coast run two hours later, which aired there at 10:02 p.m. local time. Not to mention that Jimmy Kimmel broadcasts way beyond the restricted timeframe, as does “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”
So yeah, but whatever. CBS, NBC and the syndicates are picking up the slack, putting Lambert on Leno, Ellen, “The Morning Show,” and just about anywhere else he can plug his huge-selling debut album.

Adam Lambert Cut From ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Following AMAs Controversy, Will Perform On ‘Leno’ (Access Hollywood)

“We decided not to move forward with the booking at this time,” a rep for ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” told Access Hollywood in a statement about what would have been a December 17 appearance on the late night show. But a source close to the situation told Access that “Jimmy Kimmel Live” took on network executives earlier this week in an attempt to keep the raven-haired wailer on their program. “The show fought to really try and keep [Adam], but they were told it was a bigger deal [than the show],” the source said. Adam was originally scheduled to sit down for an interview with the late night host and perform two songs on their outdoor stage. Allison Iraheta, one of Adam’s fellow “American Idol” Top 10, will now fill the December 17 slot, but the source said “Jimmy Kimmel Live” still wants to get Adam on their show as soon as things cool down.
But just as news broke about Adam’s axing from “Kimmel,” the singer revealed he would be on “The Jay Leno Show” on December 21. A rep for Leno revealed to Access on Thursday that Adam will be in studio with Jay and will perform on their stage.

Oooh – Adam has a spread on People Magazine! scan via IDF

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Album sales: Adam Lambert gets soooo close to 200K by Brian Mansfield

Adam Lambert didn’t break the 200,000 mark with For Your Entertainment in its first week out, but he got awfully close. For Your Entertainment sold more than 198,000 copies last week, enough to debut at No. 3 on Nielsen SoundScan’s list of top current albums.
Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment (198,000, debut, 199,000 total/38,000 digital, debut, 38,000 digital total)

Susan Boyle Sees ‘Dream’ Soar To No. 1 On Billboard 200 by Keith Caulfield

2009 “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert’s debut “For Your Entertainment” starts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 198,000 copies. Last week, “Idol” champ Kris Allen saw his self-titled debut bow at No. 11 with 80,000.

Adam Lambert: ‘For Your Entertainment’ By Nick Levine, Music Editor (Digital Spy UK) – 4 stars

For Your Entertainment is more glitzy than gritty, playful rather than provocative. It’s also a cracking pop record that – much as Leona and Alexandra have done for The X Factor – makes you reconsider what an AmIdol star can achieve on their debut effort.

More reviews from People and RollingStone – scans via IDF

THANK GOD IT’S BLACK FRIDAY Susan Boyle Climbs Past 625k, Approaches 675k, Lambert #2, Lady Gaga Two in Top 10 (HDD Prediction) – I hope this prediction holds true, that’s a FANTASTIC debut!

Going into the weekend, Simon Cowell’s gal Boyle is a runaway for #1 on next Tuesday’s HITS Album Sales chart, with a total almost three times her closest competitor, 19/RCA/ RMG’s Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream is on target for between 625-675k in sales, which would be the year’s biggest debut, besting Eminem’s 608k for his Relapse album.

Lambert’s For Your Entertainment looks like a lock for #2 with between 210-230k.

The week’s other big story is Interscope’s Lady Gaga, whose seven-song Fame Monster EP will sell between 190-210k, good enough for #3, while her just-released two-disc Fame Monster deluxe edition should add another 130-150k to that album’s total.

‘American Idol’ encores compete for our attention By Sean Daly (St Petersburg Times) Grade: B

People love Lambert — or love to lambaste him. But you know what? This guy is capable of stirring up the gooseflesh at any second. Once he gets past the dance-pop crud and spends A Night at the Opera — um, that’s a Queen reference, not a Marx Brothers one — things could really get interesting.

For Your Entertainment Adam Lambert (All Music)

All this makes For Your Entertainment very, very modern in a way few mainstream pop albums are in 2009, whether they’re products of the American Idol/19 machine or not: Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Rivers Cuomo, P!nk, Lady GaGa, Linda Perry, Ryan Tedder, Muse’s Matthew Bellamy, and Justin Hawkins of the Darkness all elbow each other for space here, creating cheerful genre-bending where Sweet gives way to the Scissor Sisters, and it’s never, ever necessary for a listener to recognize the allusions, either the intentional or accidental. All the heavy-hitters here write to Adam’s image — GaGa wisely goes so far as to keep the object of his affection male — and they give him some truly terrific pop tunes: Hawkins’ glorious, goofy opener “Music Again,” a strange dead ringer for Aldo Nova; Dr. Luke’s cool strutting title track; Bellamy’s shimmering smoothed-out Radiohead “Soaked”; P!nk’s pained “Whataya Want from Me”; Cuomo’s surging “Pick U Up,” which could have fit on Raditude; Tedder’s typically icy alienation “Sleepwalker”; and Lady GaGa’s terrific disco “Fever.” Lambert sounds larger than life on these, just like he wants to be, and if there’s no sense of danger here — whenever he dons his leather and his girlfriends put on their stripper heels, it’s playacting drama club kids getting a kick out of their adopted roles — at least there’s a lot of pure pop pleasure here, more than any immediate post-Idol album has ever delivered.

Adam Lambert: ‘Idol’ Supernova By Melinda Newman – I like this one, really cool questions!

MSN Music: What do you want people to learn about you from listening to this album?

Adam Lambert: I want people to realize that I don’t always take myself that seriously and that I have a good time, and that music should be fun and delightful and [make you want] to play dress up and feel sexy and flirt and feel good about yourself. There are other tracks on the album that are vulnerable and personal that I wrote from experience and that, hopefully, are an insight to who I am as a person.

How important was it to you that people see you as a songwriter, not just as a singer?

It is really important. Obviously, it adds a lot of credibility to what we do. Doing musicals onstage is great, but I have nothing to do with the actual writing of it or the choices that were being made. I really wanted to have my own art and something that I could interpret at will. When you write your own song, it’s like “This is me. This is Adam. This is not some character that I’m playing.”

What did you think when you first heard Lady Gaga’s “Fever,” which you record on your album.

I thought it was great … When I heard that she wanted me to record it I almost fell over because she was on the top of my list of people to collaborate with and I’m a huge fan of Lady Gaga. We got together in the studio and she was amazing. We totally clicked and she kind of pushed me. She made it more outrageous. She said, “Do more, make it crazier.” And I was like, “OK.” We had a really good time that day.

Brian May and Roger Taylor told the BBC today that they really want you to work with them.

I would love to work with them. I would loooove to work with them. Timing is everything. Let’s see where we’re at after this album comes out and after I’ve done what I need to do to support it, you know.

Who did you not to work with on this album that you wanted to?

There’s an artist named Nikka Costa that we were kind of talking with and it didn’t pan out this time, but there’s definitely a lot of interest and I love her … I’ve seen her live a couple of times in LA. There’s hardly a female artist who can hold a candle to her; I mean she can really outperform all of them.

Interview with Adam Lambert: ‘Whatever the cost, so be it’ By Melinda Newman

Q: You are very focused on what kind of image you want to present and what kind of music you record for an artist just starting out. Where does that come from?

A: I’m a little older and I’ve been in the entertainment industry for a minute and I think that I just kind of have gotten clear on what I want I’d like to go for. It’s like someone gives you an opportunity and goes, “Guess what? You just got a major record deal. Now what?” You have one of two choices: you can kind of be afraid of it and let someone else be in charge of it or you can step up to the plate and [say, “Okay, cool. Thanks a lot for the opportunity and here we go and this is what I want to do.” You can either steer or let someone else steer and I like to steer (laughs).

Q: So you’re not going to be one of those artists that comes back a year from now and says you didn’t get to make the album you wanted to make.

A: No, this is the album I wanted to make. Of course, there were some time constraints. There are some limitations considering I was on tour this summer and we only had a little while to put it out. I can guarantee you I will grow in the next couple of years and evolve, but for where I’m at right now, I’m very proud of this.

Q: Working with Lady GaGa surprised no one, but what about Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo? Huh?

A: Yeah, it was random. The producer that I worked with on that song, he had a relationship with Rivers and they had begun to write this song together. He showed it to me and I said that’s a great song, I want to do that and at least that’s my end of it. I think Rivers did an interview saying they had written it for Weezer and Weezer didn’t want it, so whatever. I don’t even know what the story is anymore.

BOYLE’S DREAM COMES TRUE – Debut Album Will Top 600k, Adam Lambert, Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira Also Bow (Hits Daily Double prediction)

A story which began with Simon Cowell’s arched eyebrows on Britain’s Got Talent, where she made her unlikely debut singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables climaxes in a chart-topping debut for the album of the same name in the middle of the busiest retail season of the year. The album set a record in the U.K. with more than 130k sales on its first day in stores. It is on track to beat the highest first-week sales of 375,872 for a debut album set by Leona Lewis two years ago.

That’s based on one-day sales reports from delirious retailers high on Boyle’s version of “Daydream Believer.”

The controversial gender-bending Idol runner-up Adam Lambert proves to be the real people’s choice—at least those who prefer their music a cross between Freddie Mercury and Anthony Newley—with a first-week total in the 210-230k range for his 19/RCA/RMG bow, For Your Entertainment, unfortunately, not named after the retail chain.

Interscope provocateur for all seasons Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster EP, a seven-song addition to the deluxe edition available on its own, will do 180-200k, while the new version (now merged on the charts with the original album) should do another 130-150k.

Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna, whose new album Rated R has been getting stellar reviews in the L.A. and N.Y. Times and Rolling Stone, is on line for 180-200k.

Yet another global diva, Epic’s Shakira, will bow with 80-90k of her new She Wolf album.

Adam Lambert: Idol Thoughts by Aidin Vaziri

SHOCKHOUND: When it came to making For Your Entertainment, how much was your vision and how much was it record company suits hoping you would sing “Hallelujah”?

LAMBERT: I worked with two A&R guys [from the label], and from the get-go it was like, “What do you want to do? Who do you want to work with?” So I made my dream list and we went from there.

SHOCKHOUND: How did you score the song “Soaked,” which is an unreleased track by Muse?

LAMBERT: That was wild how that all worked out. I think somebody at my record company knows somebody that knows somebody. I don’t know how they found them. That was quite an honor to be given that song. That one is left of center, definitely [an] acquired taste. People that love music will get it, but some people will get confused by it. It’s risky. It’s different.

SHOCKHOUND: So you’ve already been on the cover of Rolling Stone, appeared onstage with Queen and Kiss, been on TV every week, and now you have an album out. What else can you possibly do?

LAMBERT: Man, I want to just keep making cool music. The album is not even out yet and I’m already in the back of my head thinking, “Wouldn’t it be cool to work this person or that person?” I’m already thinking about the future. Not to get ahead of myself or anything but I already have ideas about a tour and hopefully putting on a concert that is a show. I have a lot of friends I want to work with. I know dancers and musicians that are my friends. I get to work with people I’ve known for years. That’s the fun of all this.

‘Idol’ runner-up Lambert’s 1st major album out by Aidin Vaziri (SF Chronicle)

Q: Did you pretty much approach “For Your Entertainment” like it might be the only album you ever make? It has that kitchen-sink quality.

A: Well, you never know. It could be the only album I ever make. I wanted to have an eclectic mix of music on there. I know it’s not how albums are done anymore, but it’s how I wanted to do it.

Q: How many record- company meetings did you have to sit through over your choice of cover art?

A: Just one phone call. It wasn’t their favorite, let’s just put it that way. I just said I really, really want it. It’s a great example of the record company letting me express myself. The thing is, I don’t take myself all that seriously. I realize at times I come across as ridiculous. That’s the fun of it all.

Adam Lambert Says ‘I Could Be Role Model or Somebody’s Worst Nightmare’ By: Steve Baltin (Pop Eater)

“But, I’m also a musician. I’m not standing here trying to show anybody how to live their lives or what the best way is or how to fix themselves, necessarily,” he says. “I’m just offering my opinion. If that make me a role model, indirectly then so be it, that’s great, but I don’t want to take on that responsibility. I’m just trying to put on a show.”

And Lambert promises when he gets on the road ‘For Your Entertainment,’ he’s not going to tone down. He is looking to put the show back into concerts. “I want some production values, I want there to be stuff to look at, and I want costumes, dancers, if I can get it. That’s my dream,” he says.

Adam Lambert rocks CBS ‘Early Show.’ (Surprise! No one gets groped!) by Michael Slezak

CBS, 3; ABC, 0.

There’s really no other way to score it, seeing how Good Morning America lost out on one charming, cheeky interview (read what my colleague Ken Tucker had to say about that) and two bad-ass musical performances from American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert this morning, handing them all over to its rival Early Show because, um, why exactly? Oh yeah, apparently ABC suits didn’t trust the firebrand singer would understand the inherent difference between a 10:55 p.m. performance at a decidedly racy awards show and an 8:30 a.m. gig at a benign, watch-with-your-cereal-and-coffee news program. [Insert eye-roll here.]

The good news for the Glambert Nation is their guy sounded terrific on his one-two punch of the heartfelt anthem “Whataya Want from Me” and the effervescent party-starter “Music Again.”

Adam Lambert and TV scandal: A match made in rock heaven by Ann Powers (LA Times)

Adam Lambert has taken the better part of a year to unfold his shiny wings on national television. He finally took flight Sunday on the American Music Awards — but not in the direction that many, including some devoted fans, had hoped. The singer’s decision to take some exhibitionist risks onstage, starting with the kind of simulated foreplay that Madonna’s been including in her concerts for years and culminating in a libidinous lip-lock with his male keyboard player, apparently has alienated as many observers as it’s impressed. But there’s a third way to view Lambert’s staged provocation: not as a new low for pop’s moral standards, nor as a revolutionary act, but as one of the most traditional things he’s done so far.

Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment by Jonathan Keefe (Slant Magazine) 3 1/2 stars

… the actual music makes for one of the strongest debuts from a former American Idol contestant to date.

To co-opt one of Simon Cowell’s favorite phrases: Lambert’s music sounds current in a way that Idol albums rarely do. And along with Melinda Doolittle’s terrific Coming Back to You, Lambert’s Entertainment impresses all the more as the rare Idol debut to sound like the work of an actual artist with a clear sense of identity and purpose.

Coming To A Boyle! by Dave DiMartino (yahoo music)

There are more than a couple of good songs here–“Whataya Want From Me” and “Music Again,” the latter co-written with Justin Hawkins of the Darkness, are the immediate standouts for me …

What does it mean when ‘Whataya Want From Me’ is added to the #1 & #2 Top 40 and #1 Hot AC radio stations? That they just really like it or that RCA ponied up big time? – click here for MediaBase Chart

It’s a Sexy Job, But Adam Lambert’s Gotta Do It! by Joal Ryan

It should be left to music critics and Ellen DeGeneres to judge whether Lambert’s vocals and song selection were spot on. But any doubt the performance was off the mark should have been erased with every angry word from the PTC, every angry phone call to ABC (1,500-plus and counting, per reports), and, above all, the network’s censored AMAs broadcast for tender West Coast audiences too young to see Jennifer Lopez fall down and go boom, much less witness “another dancer simulat[e] oral sex on Lambert.” (Thanks again, PTC! You always put it just right!)

Together, Lambert’s offenses are nothing less than the work of a rock star in his tight-pants prime.. Lambert wasn’t straying from who he was; he was being who he is. He wasn’t dishonoring the stage; he was honoring music’s shock-and-awe tradition. (According to Lambert, he was getting more blowback for it because he was a gyrating guy, and not a writhing Madonna, but he was probably more in the crosshairs because he was a gyrating guy on free TV, and not a writhing Madonna on cable.)

.Ultimately, Lambert was doing what he was supposed to do, and, if it was displeasing that a child somewhere saw him do it in prime time, then somebody’s bedtime needs to be moved up. (The show-closing number didn’t air until almost 11 p.m. ET/PT.)

Proud to Be an American: Remembering the 2009 American Music Awards By DAVE ITZKOFF (Arts Beat – New York Times)

If you missed the broadcast, the entire spectacle can be easily condensed into just two performances. First, there was this appearance by Adam Lambert, the caterwauling “American Idol” runner-up, who will never have to worry about being confused with Kris Allen after a performance that featured him walking a man and a woman around the stage on leashes, and thrusting his crotch at his various backup dancers. (Note: if you are the sort of person who is easily offended, this sort of thing may easily offend you.)

Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’ By Wade Tatangelo (Metromix Atlanta) 4 stars

“For Your Entertainment” is exactly what its title suggests: an excellently eclectic party album. There are delightful dance tracks with thumping disco beats and soaring, fist-pumping rockers that swing. There are even power ballads for when that fourth glass of cabernet kicks in and it’s time to sloppily slow dance with a complete stranger—or make out on the sofa.

Album Reviews Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment by JODY ROSEN (RollingStone) 3 stars

The American Idol runner-up is on a mission to revive the camp theatricality of glam, one lip-liner stroke and upper-register operatic shriek at a time.

The songs sound great but feel strangely stuffy — Entertainment seems like a disc that was overthought. Next time, the hugely talented Lambert should make sure he’s going straight for the gut.

Pop Top: Adam Lambert wins Round 2 by David Burger (Salt Lake Tribune) Grade: B+

When asked by The Tribune if he was worried the album would be too slick, Lambert replied: “I love slick.” And he has delivered, showing that every note has an exclamation point and every song an over-the-top chorus. Sensual and fierce, this is definitely club music where ’80s-inspired keyboards and synths share the forefront with his pitch-perfect, flexible voice.

Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’: How It Rates, Track by Track By Michael Slezak – it’s a gallery cum review

Coming off his headline-grabbing performance at the AMAs, attention turns to the ”American Idol” alum’s fresh-in-stores debut disc. Our in-depth look at its peaks (”Music Again”) and some missteps (”Aftermath”)

What the West Coast Missed on the AMAs By Mikey Glazer

ABC got a taste of “Idol” on its airwaves leveraging Ryan Seacrest for double duty to both introduce Adam Lambert and provide his post performance chat. Lambert’s envelope-pushing performance — including simulated oral sex, coming out of a closet door, and kissing a male performer — drew the only applause of the night from the journalists backstage.

So far, no word on whether the family friendly exec suite at ABC joined in the cheering. However the Rated-R performance was unlikely a surprise, as producers teased the performance during the show as “the one everyone will be talking about tomorrow.”

Adam Lambert Lets The Entire Country Pleasure Him at the AMAs By Michelle Collins

Was this Adam’s finest performance? No, it wasn’t. Was it his most outrageous? Yes, by far. We know the guy has talent off the charts, and much of his album speaks for itself, so in a way this AMA performance was exactly the right move. Not his best vocally, but entertaining and confusing and funny and over-the-top and perhaps distasteful… exactly what will get people talking and keep Lambert culturally relevant, surviving past the usual expiration date for Idol graduates.

American Music Awards 2009: Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga Dazzle; Jennifer Lopez Performs New Song “Louboutins” By Michelle Kung (Wall Street Journal)

Performances by Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert were among the musical highlights. Lambert, not to be outdone, wore a silvery suit, with spikes on his left shoulder, to belt out the titular first single from his album “For Your Entertainment.” As can be expected, the controversial performance — the last of the evening — was filled with plenty of writhing, groping, hip swiveling and S&M costumes. The singer even planted an intense smooch on one of his keyboardists.

Adam Lambert Breaks Down AMAs “Controversy” as Stars React to His Wild Night (RollingStone)

But any criticism of Lambert not being gay enough went out the window as soon as the Elvis-haired and glittered rocker belted the first words to “For Your Entertainment,” the title track off his debut album (conveniently out today), then proceeded to make out with his (male) keyboard player, ride two of his (male) dancers like dogs on a leash, and grab another (male) with a face-to-the-balls maneuver. At least some portion of that performance, presumably the latter, did not get approved beforehand, and after the East Coast broadcast, was deemed too racy to repeat.

So was it all an elaborate stunt to scandalize and maximize Adam Lambert’s record sales his first week out? Or did Lambert spontaneously decide to shove his tongue down his (straight) bandmate’s mouth completely of his own free will? To hear the man himself tell it, a little of both. “Adrenaline is crazy and sometimes things just happen,” said Lambert after the show. “We had this great dance number totally staged. It’s a sexy song about seduction and power and I was just doing the lyrics justice. My intention was not to try and create a controversy. But if a controversy ensues, then so be it.”

To that end, Lambert insisted he didn’t put all that much thought into the possible repercussions of such a risqué performance. “I think I did that early on Idol, where I was careful and thought about things a lot,” he explained. “But when it comes to being a live performer, thinking is the biggest enemy. It’s about trying to be in the moment as much as possible.” As for how bass player and keyboardist Tommy Joe Ratliff, who’s been playing with Lambert all of three weeks, got roped into a nationally televised lip-lock? Easy, he didn’t know it was coming. “He just believes in the spirit of rock & roll, as do I,” said Lambert. “He’s a really cool open guy. There’s a quote from the movie Velvet Goldmine that we both get a kick out of: ‘Rock & roll is a prostitute — it should be tarted up.’ He believes in that the same way I do.”

For Your Entertainment – Adam Lambert by Meghan White

His debut album, For Your Entertainment, hasn’t re-invented the acoustic wheel, but his bucking of any one genre is a risk most non-established artists would shrink from. In an industry where pop icons themselves are branded as a commodity, music often takes a backseat to pomp and circumstance. However, Mr. Lambert is a rare creature; his show-stopping style is backed by a preternatural vocal ability.

Adam Lambert ready to shake up pop world with CD By DERRIK J. LANG

“There are a lot of double standards as far as that goes,” the openly gay singer says backstage, a few days before his Sunday performance. “We’ve seen female pop and rock performers do that for the last 10 years. They’ve been very provocative, owning their power and sexuality. You just don’t see men doing it very often. And I’m hoping to break down that double standard with this number.”

Unlike his leashed back-up dancers (“I’m not into bondage,” he says with a matter-of-fact smirk), Lambert insists he’s no puppet, and is in control of his record deal with 19 Recordings and RCA Records. He had the artistic direction for his CD, the zany album cover (which features him with blue hair and even more guyliner than usual) to the songs. Contrary to certain opinions, the management team has been nothing but facilitating of my vision,” Lambert claims. “It’s not the other way around. I don’t know why that impression was made. Creatively, I am in control of my situation. I feel like it is my responsibility to contribute actively, almost primarily, to this because I’m the artist at the center.”

“You want edge,” says RCA Records general manager Tom Corson. “You want an artist who is going to challenge himself as well as his fans and people who may become his fans. You’ve got to hand it to him, so far it’s working for him, but it’s got to come down to the music. There’s plenty of people who have celebrity but don’t have a tenth of the talent of Adam.”

“People were really drawn to him from everything he was doing on the show,” says Sharon Dastur, program director at pop radio station Z100 in New York. “Now that it’s time for him to be on his own and put out his own music, it’s a question of whether he’s stepping up to the plate. I definitely think ‘Whataya Want From Me?’ is a great way to start.”

It’s Kris Allen vs. Adam Lambert in a battle of ‘American Idol’ alumni: Digital Dose By John Soeder – Grade A

Now we know why Allen is looking over his shoulder on the cover of his album. Lambert’s over-the-top debut revels in rock ‘n’ roll excess. Glam! Bam! Thank you, man!

Review: Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’ Aidin Vaziri (San Francisco Chronicle)

It’s an album powered by bombast and attitude, yes, but it’s also so smartly crafted that it doesn’t feel as if a note is wasted. Lambert comes on stronger than he did on the show, properly belting out predestined blockbusters such as “Whataya Want From Me” and “Strut.” But when he broods on sweeping ballads such as “A Loaded Smile” and the Aerosmith-influenced “Time for Miracles,” he’s at his best, delivering the future prom ballads with the easy confidence of a real winner.

Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’: Track by track by Brian Mansfield (USA Today)

I have to say: This album pushes so many of my buttons — good buttons and bad ones — that I no longer trust my own reactions to it. It pushes my melodramatic cheeseball rock button (a good one) and my buzzy dance music button (bad). As a result, my listening equilibrium is so out of whack I sometimes can’t tell if I’m loving a track for all the wrong reasons or disliking it for all the right ones. If I’ve ever written a your-mileage-may-vary review for you guys, this is the one.

Adam Lambert on his racy American Music Awards performance: ‘There’s a huge double standard’ by Gerrick D. Kennedy (LA Times)

“The energy felt good. Adrenaline is a crazy thing to feel,” Lambert said to Pop & Hiss after the show. “That’s what I love about performing. I’m hoping people were entertained. For those who weren’t, maybe I’m not their cup of tea.” “If it’s gonna be edited, then in a way that’s discrimination. I don’t mean to get political, but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren’t edited,” Lambert said. “It’s a shame. Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there’s a huge double standard.”

Lambert said his goal wasn’t to upset anyone with his performance: “I’m just trying to have a good time onstage. It’s a sexy song. It’s 2009, it’s time to take more risks. It’s about entertainment. People want to be surprised. It’s too bad that people are so scared.”

Adam Lambert Says Censorship of American Music Awards Song Would Be “Discrimination” by Shirley Halperin (RollingStone)

“It’s a shame because I think that there’s a double standard going on in the entertainment community right now,” Lambert tells RS backstage after the show at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. “Female performers have been doing this for years — pushing the envelope about sexuality — and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom.”

Adam Lambert ‘For Your Entertainment’ Album Review – Well accomplished, versatile and intoxicating glam rock debut by By Elena Gorgan, Life & Style Editor

It’s extremely hard and close to unfathomable to speak of a music album as of an “instant classic” when it’s not even out in stores, yet this is precisely what’s happening with Adam Lambert’s debut material “For Your Entertainment.” Due out on November 23, Lambert’s first studio album is a wonderful collection of intoxicating tracks oscillating from insane electropop / disco / rock to powerful, emotion-laden ballads hailing the arrival of the next glam rock idol.

In very few words, Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” is a must listen, even for those who do not find glam rock / electropop to their liking, just to be able, 10 or so years from now on, to say “I witnessed that historical moment in music when mainstream became something else.” Complex in sound and even more so in structure, Adam Lambert’s impressive vocals are the threads that hold “FYE” together in one astonishing piece.

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert total poseurs on debuts by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -Both: C+ – oh, this guy thinks he’s too cool for school! bleh!

The good news (for American Idol benefactor 19 Entertainment, anyway) is that these debuts from Season 8’s nice-guy champ and flamboyant, shoulda-won runner-up are super-sleek hit machines just waiting to be revved into high gear. There are so many potential singles on each disc, it must’ve been nearly impossible for the teams behind these nascent pop stars to determine which tune to plug first.

The problem, as has been the case with virtually every Idol-launched talent right out of the gate, is that neither Allen nor Lambert has carved out any compelling identity –- they’ve merely borrowed everyone else’s.

Scan of EW’s review of FYE via Hooplamagnet; also scans from US Weekly & Ok Magazine via IDF

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Adam Lambert Promises ‘Sexy’ Performance At American Music Awards By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Larry Carroll – with video

“It’s gonna be sexy, I think,” he told MTV News about his performance on Sunday night. “The wardrobe is amazing. I’m working with 10 dancers that I’m so impressed by. I was looking for a certain sensuality — five guys, five girls and they’re all incredible.”

Lambert is also bringing his “For Your Entertainment” video band on board for the performance, and said he simply loves working with them. “I also auditioned a band a couple weeks ago that I’ve been working with,” he said. “I’m so impressed by [them] and it feels really good to be part of a team situation again. It’s great because I’m back in a team environment and it reminds me of my roots in musical theater.”

Review: Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’ An Instant Classic by Joe Vogel (Huffington Post) – 4 1/2 stars (wow!)

Ten or twenty years from now, when people are reflecting on the defining albums of the current pop-synth-glam revival, For Your Entertainment will undoubtedly be at the top of many lists.

This, of course, doesn’t mean it is a perfect album… The album, for example, mostly lacks the emotional subtlety and range of some of the singer’s best moments on American Idol… It also refrains from some of the risks and experiments of artists like David Bowie or the social commentary of a Radiohead. What the album tends to lack in depth, however, it makes up for in sheer energy, playfulness and pleasure (this, indeed, was Lambert’s intention). It is best viewed, then, not as a final statement, but as a starting point, a launch pad to what is certain to be a fascinating and diverse artistic odyssey.

Adam Lambert is here ‘For Your Entertainment’ By GLENN GAMBOA GRADE B

One thing’s for sure with Adam Lambert: His voice won’t get lost in his collaborations with the “American Idol” SWAT team of songwriters and producers. His over-the-top personality will probably stay intact, too.

Lambert’s post-“Idol” debut, “For Your Entertainment” (RCA), shows loads of promise, especially when he teams up with Muse’s Matthew Bellamy on the dramatic, elegant “Soaked” and with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo on the pop-tastic “Pick U Up.” He shows he can harness his pop sensibilities on the danceable, Britney Spears-ish “If I Had You,” though the real champ is the ballad “Time for Miracles,” where Lambert memorably starts wailing to close out the song.

Review: Is Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’ too over the top? By Melinda Newman (HitFix)

There may not be a more aptly named CD this year than Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment.” Every note of the season eight “American Idol” runner-up’s major label debut, out Monday, feels like it was handpicked for your listening pleasure… “FYE” delivers a fully-formed artist.

With its amalgam of songwriters (including Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder) and producers (nine different producers helmed the 14 songs), “For Your Entertainment” could be a hodge podge of disparate tunes, but through careful song selection, and, more importantly, the personality stamp Lambert brings to each cut, the album holds together as a collected work. Grab a front row seat and enjoy.

Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” Is Your New “Clubbing in Space” Soundtrack By Michelle Collins – Michelle is crazy and I love her – read the review … the gifs alone make it worth your while

Before I even popped the CD in, I had the rare opportunity to actually flip through the liner notes, a luxury since most people went the way of digital downloads. It smells like a High School Yearbook from the minor planet Lambertini (an actual planet!), and features a variety of Lambert poses range from “steely intensity” to “Ludwig van Gaythoven“.

“For Your Entertainment” is a more than worthy debut album, replete with a wide variety of sounds — an artistry I found surprising given that it is produced by the American Idol Sausage Factory. Fans of Lambert will not be disappointed.

Adam Lambert talks ‘For Your Entertainment’ at AMA rehearsals: More from our exclusive EW.com Q&A! by Whitney Pastorek

We’ve now heard For Your Entertainment streaming on MySpace, and I’m sure the fans are going nuts. But I’m wondering what your underground club kid friends think about it.

They’re really into the Gaga song [“Fever”], because it’s just crazy and campy. I went to an art show the other night and saw a lot of the colorful club kids I knew when I used to go out, like this kid who’s a drag queen, and the Gaga song — they’re all about it. “If I Had You” — they’re really feeling that one. A lot of the kids who do the vaudeville circus performing love “Strut,” because it has that oom-pah-pah feel.

“Aftermath” is the one song that doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the album.

Sonically, it is a step out of the box — but what’s funny is, I wrote that one. It was important for me to do a song with a message that was really close to my heart, but then sonically create something that was even more accessible than the rest of the album. I feel like it’s very friendly. And I wanted to do a song that had that real modern rock sound.

Adam Lambert: The Billboard Cover Story & Video by Ann Donahue – OMG – I bolded the really interesting parts – Adam Storm!!! – Note: This article also appears as “Idol” Wild Child Adam Lambert Readies First Album By Ann Donahue

“He’s an artist with a true sense of who he is,” RCA Music Group GM/executive VP Tom Corson says. “It’s our job to work with him and present him with options to help steer the ship-but ultimately it’s his call. He has a vision.”

“I do consider myself part artist, part businessperson,” Lambert says. “I find marketing interesting, I find publicity interesting. I find the whole process interesting. I think there’s some artists that are really focused on the music and the artistry, but I also think being a showman and being an entertainer is more than just being a musician. It’s everything-it’s something to look at and to listen to.” “When I was picking my singles, I thought maybe I should do more of a rock thing because that’s what people expect. But if I did what people expected of me, I don’t think I would have gotten through ‘Idol’ the way I did,” Lambert says. “It’s part of my shtick as an artist to keep surprising people.”

One defining characteristic is the A-list writing and production credit throughout the album… “If an artist has the skills and ambition to write songs, then we will actively encourage and pursue this, often by pairing our artists with the world’s very best songwriters, allowing them to learn and develop their writing skills,” 19 Entertainment founder/CEO Simon Fuller says.

“Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve With Ryan Seacrest” is one of the TV appearances lined up for Lambert in the coming months; the campaign starts Nov. 22 with his show-closing performance at the American Music Awards. Besides the typical rounds of morning and late-night talk shows, Lambert will be interviewed as one of the “Most Fascinating People” of 2009. “Adam is so telegenic. It’s going to be a visual launch,” Corson says. A video for “For Your Entertainment” is forthcoming. It’s directed by Ray Kay, who did the video for Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

… “Whataya Want From Me” (written by Pink, Max Martin and Johan Shellbeck), will likely be the next single.

Internationally, Corson says the label intends to break Lambert first in the United Kingdom and Japan. For his part, Lambert wants to tour in 2010-and tour big. “I want dancers, I want costumes, I want video screens,” he says. “I want to put on a show that’s really theatrical and fun and grand.”

Jennifer Lopez, Adam Lambert ready for AMA stage By SANDY COHEN

“American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert will incorporate leather, chains and handcuffs into his. Lopez and Lambert will be among more than a dozen performers at Sunday’s ceremony, and they took time out Thursday to perfect their performances.

“I can’t wait to see people I look up to as artists in the audience watching. I think that will be a trip, and exciting and motivating all at the same time,” he said after his rehearsal. “It will be really interesting to see what kind of reaction the number gets. It’s different. It really does have an edge to it.” The performance is heavy on leather and chains and includes Lambert dragging a shackled woman across the stage.

Lambert wins this ‘American Idol’ battle by Jamie Dexter (The Leaf Chronicle) – this guy is just stirring up shit with his title – he’s an Adam fan who actually loved Kris’ album too

* The Albums: To say that “For Your Entertainment” is eclectic would be like saying Elton John is colorful. You get everything on this album — 1980s hair band rock, dance, pop, powerpop, alternative, easy listening — it’s like listening to an Adam Lambert radio station.

Much like his Idol performances, Kris Allen’s self-titled album is very college-dorm-soft-rock and takes no chances. That’s not to say it isn’t good — actually, I have a feeling I’ll be adding a few of his songs to my favorite playlists. His smooth voice and self-penned lyrics are actually what makes me enjoy this album way more than his American Idol performances.

It’s a difficult decision but… Winner: Adam Lambert, but just by a little bit. I’m shocked with how much I loved Kris Allen’s album. I’m sure his future offering will be better, ten-fold (a la Kelly Clarkson).

Adam Lambert On Going Up Against The Girls On November 23 & His ‘Bondage’ Themed Music Video (Access Hollywood)

“It’s a big day, but what boys are on the block?” Adam laughed of being the lone superstar male on a day filled with superstar female releases. “I’m just excited to get the record out there. I’m excited for people to be able to hear what I’ve been working on the last couple of months and… for people to hear what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Access visited the singer on the set of his debut music video, which shares the same title as the album, and because it was his first video clip, Adam made sure it was attractive.

“It goes into like all forms of sexy,” Adam explained of the video. “You know how people sometimes take sexy to extremes? That’s how I’d probably put it… A little light bondage, little light fetish kind of undertones, but I think the most important thing is we’re not trying to be gratuitous about it. We’re definitely trying to create high fashion moments, pictures using fetishes and bondage as more of a fashion piece as opposed to any sort of gratuitous act.”

Adam Lambert kicks off rehearsals for American Music Awards by Margaret Wappler

It turns out Lambert is feeling the pressure of, um, outing his new material (speaking of OUT…). “The expectations are high — the audience’s and my own. But I’m really excited to perform live — it’s what I know the most. It’s what I do best.”

“I think I straddled the line between commercial and esoteric. I think the album’s eclecticism is the big risk I took.”

Adam Lambert: “For Your Entertainment” Back To the Future? by Ed Kennedy

I want to say upfront, I like Adam Lambert, and I like the disc. I plan on buying it, and I figure it will be in heavy rotation for the holiday season on my iPhone. That said, I wish I felt more like I was listening to Adam, who has the potential to be a groundbreaking artist musically, and less like I was listening to a less original Adam do knock-offs of other bands.

The genius of the album as a whole may be the effortless way he slips in and out of sounds that remind you of so many artists across so many years – it’s what may make the disc uniquely Adam instead of a series of cover songs.

Album review: Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’ by Ann Powers (LA Times)

“For Your Entertainment” is a polished affair, but stylistically, it shows Lambert running loose like a kid in a Comme des Garçons store. With the Hollywood pop A-list at his disposal, he chose to go for it all: The only names missing from his list of collaborators are those firmly in the R&B camp (wouldn’t it be great if he worked with fellow drama club type Ne-Yo?) The results on “FYE” are inevitably mixed, but never a bummer; Lambert’s deft enough to avoid getting stuck in any one of the tropes he explores.

On many tracks, Lambert stretches himself by putting on the style of his more seasoned collaborators. He’s pleading and soulful on the Pink co-write, sneering on the song Rivers Cuomo tossed his way, moody when it comes to parsing Muse and appropriately silly on the neo-glam crusher penned for him by Justin Hawkins, formerly of the English band the Darkness. Versatility is Lambert’s strategy here, one he might consider changing in the future — when the material’s second-rate, it sinks him a bit.

In conversation – The Idolator Interview: Adam Lambert By Becky Bain – it’s a good interview, read it!

BB: What did you learn about recording or songwriting in general from working with Gaga?

AL: You know it’s really just an energy thing. Doing all these songs, different producers, different writers, it’s always a different vibe in the world, and Gaga is so free and expressive and eccentric that she brought that out in me, she encouraged that side to come out. She was definitely on the other side of the recording studio, the other side of the glass, egging me on. “More! Crazier! Go further with it!” It was fun. I think we caught the spirit of rock ‘n roll in there.

BB: Was there pressure to make yours different and change up what she started with?

AL: That demo was from five or six years ago, I believe. I think we both felt that was important to make it my own and do something that was more current.

BB: The dance tracks on your album are infectious—particularly the opening song “Music Again,” it makes me want to jump out of my chair. But you’ve still got a few downbeat tracks on the album, like “Broken Open” and “Time for Miracles”, but are we ever gonna hear you do something less synth-heavy? We know you can pull it off like you did on Idol with songs such as “Change is Gonna Come.”

AL: Maybe someday. It’s possible. I do believe in the power of song and melody and lyric and those are the most important things to me. I love production as well, but at the heart of it that’s what makes a great song. I’m sure there will come a time when we strip it down.

BB: Speaking of a stripped down sound, have you listened to Kris Allen’s album?

AL: I have. It’s fantastic. I got a copy from a publicist. What I love about his album is he really stayed true to what made him so fantastic on the show because he’s an incredible musician, he’s got a beautiful voice and he’s honest. I think those songs really captured his spirit.

Review: Finally, a true `Idol’ emerges in Lambert By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press

This vocal chameleon can be all things to all listeners, and he kills at whatever he sings. Lambert is equally adept at hard rock, pop, disco, and power ballads, often blending ingredients of several in a single track to produce unforgettable results.

Album review: Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’ by Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune) 2 1/2 stars

…there was hope that “For Your Entertainment” would be the first post-“Idol” debut to break the mold of industry-manicured pap. Instead, it’s a series of hedged bets. It stuffs Lambert into a box of formulas that keep his musical flamboyance in check.

Rob Cavallo, Dr. Luke, Ryan Tedder, Max Martin — among the most successful songwriters and producers of the decade, experts at manipulating the industry machine — keep him firmly in the middle of the road. The most exciting moments arrive when he veers off, little explosions of individuality that suggest Lambert has a lot more to give than this album and his small army of handlers will allow.

… this album feels anticlimactic after Lambert’s “Idol” run. Next time, the singer deserves a chance to fall flat on his face; I bet he’d find that fate far more appealing than the ho-hum reaction much of “For Your Entertainment” inspires.

Adam Lambert provides fun, fierce Entertainment by Joey Guerra 3 1/2 stars

For Your Entertainment, online and in stores Monday, is also a savvy showcase of Lambert’s ease within musical personas. (The full disc began streaming online earlier this week.) It’s gloriously over-the-top, to be sure. But it’s also dark, sexy and full of surprises. Think Robbie Williams finally, and full-out, unleashing his inner diva.

Just as he did during his Idol run, Lambert takes every song to unexpected vocal heights. But what’s most striking about FYE is that it doesn’t sound like a post-Idol debut album. After a single listen, it’s clear who Lambert is as an artist. Just imagine the inevitable tour (and watch Sunday’s American Music Awards for a preview).

It’s also — Out magazine editor be damned — brimming with a true gay sensibility.

The entertainer – Adam Lambert’s debut, ‘For Your Entertainment,’ has plenty of flash, and plenty to offer By Karla Peterson (Sign On San Diego)

Like the man himself, Adam Lambert’s post-“American Idol” debut album is over the top and heavily accessorized. But beneath the flashy trappings lurks a trippy hippie heart, and Lambert’s sunny affirmations help make “For Your Entertainment” a shiny party album worth keeping on the morning after.

Even when the music disappoints, Lambert’s sense of fun and his “Be Yourself” inclusiveness make even the flimsiest tracks seem worth your time and iPod space.

I’m here for your entertainment, Lambert sings on the title tune. And like all good troupers, he doesn’t let a lack of material stop him from putting on a fabulous show.

A Minute With: Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment” By Jill Serjeant

Q: How would you describe the music on the album?

A; “I think there are a lot of throwback elements to it. There is a lot of 70s and 80s influence. The first track has a little bit of kitschy-ness to it. But ‘For Your Entertainment’ has a very current pop/dance with a kind of T-Rex feel. I didn’t want to turn my back on my love for classic rock and the audience won’t appreciate that either because I got most of my cred on ‘Idol’ singing songs from that era. (But) I love commercial pop music and I wanted to make something commercial.”

Q: What’s the biggest way your life has changed this year?

A: “I am more financially secure. I’m renting a cute house rather than a studio apartment. I got a Ford Mustang convertible from Ford so that is pretty exciting. The lack of anonymity is interesting. But if I need to, I put on a baseball hat and some glasses and there is a way to blend in, there really is. That’s the good thing about being in L.A. People are used to seeing members of the entertainment community. They don’t geek out as much.”

Q: The album cover has already got people talking. Why did you choose that picture?

A: “That image to me seemed really striking and kind of wild. I felt I looked almost inhuman. It was that whole David Bowie-Ziggy Stardust thing where you think he is an alien. It is a weird image and I liked that it was weird. I am weird.”

Adam Lambert CD Review: WOAH! by Angela Henderson (Idol Chit-chat for Herald Dispatch)

… I’ll just start with one—WOAH! I hate to use a cliché to describe something so fresh and original but a breath of fresh air really is a great way to say it. Only maybe I would say it’s a gust instead of a breath…

In all honesty, Adam’s music is not for everyone, but it’s going to be for a lot of people. RCA/19 has surrounded an extremely talented singer with some extremely talented songwriters and producers to create something pretty special. I strongly recommend what I think could be one of the best “Idol” CDs ever. It’s definitely the most original…

Digital-track sales: Good news for Carrie, Kelly, Adam and Kris by Brian Mansfield

Meanwhile, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen both see sales increases of more than 40 percent for their singles.

Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment (26,000, +42 percent, 44,000)

Adam Lambert, Time for Miracles (8,000, -11 percent, 76,000)

For Your Entertainment (2009) Reviewed by Leah Greenblatt (EW) Grade B+

If there’s a complaint here, it’s that Lambert is almost too malleable. His voice, though supremely capable, doesn’t really have a distinct character; it’s like listening to the world’s sauciest wedding singer. But if For Your Entertainment’s material sometimes wears him rather than vice versa, he’s still the belle of what turns out to be one heck of a glitter-pop ball.

‘GMA’ Presents Free Adam Lambert Concert! – I don’t know why it’s called a conncert when only two songs are sung!

“Good Morning America” announced today that “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert will be playing a live, free, intimate concert on Nov. 25 as part of “GMA’s” Fall Concert Series and you’re invited!

Adam Lambert shares style, savvy ‘For Your Entertainment’ By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

He approached Entertainment with similar flair, choosing collaborators who suited his adventurous tastes: Lady Gaga, Pink, Muse’s Mathew Bellamy, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. “RCA and 19 were supportive from the get-go and let me steer the ship,” he says. “I’ve seen Idols make albums that didn’t resemble what they did on the show at all. I didn’t want to make that mistake. It was important that we incorporate glam rock and a lot of ’70s stuff, but I wanted to mix in contemporary pop-electronica elements, too.”

Whether Lambert connects with today’s pop and rock fans remains to be seen… But neither Entertainment’s title track nor bonus Time for Miracles, also on the 2012 soundtrack, is burning up the charts, and the album arrives on a day that also unleashes releases by Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Susan Boyle and Shakira.

In the current landscape, he fills a void with “glam rock, the whole Depeche Mode/Ziggy Stardust kind of vibe,” says OneRepublic singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote and produced the album’s Sleepwalker. “If he plays his cards right, he could be the male Lady Gaga. But it doesn’t mean anything if he doesn’t have hits. With the Idol machine, once the artists get off tour, they have two months to put together a debut. It’s such a time crunch. But Adam has a vision, and he handpicked every song. He does have hits.” And charisma to burn. “For lack of a better term, he has the X factor,” Tedder says. “I think Adam is a star.”

Producer/songwriter Greg Wells, who has worked with artists from Katy Perry and Pink to Deftones and Aerosmith, was impressed by Lambert’s self-assurance, backed up by his keen songwriting sense. “Adam definitely did not fall off the potato truck,” says Wells, who produced and co-wrote several Entertainment tracks. “He’s a breath of fresh air. There hasn’t been anyone who’s brought that ’70s eccentric over-the-top operatic thing to a stage in a while. A lot of people on the charts are stylists but not great singers. He’s lucky to be both.” “He’s already become iconic to so many kids,” Wells adds. “When I was in high school in the mid-’80s, I used to get beat up just because my best friend was obviously gay. Had there been someone like Adam on prime-time TV, it would have changed the playing field. To kids who feel they’re different, straight or gay, it has to be so inspiring to see someone like Adam triumph in such a big and cool way. I’m rooting for him.”

Glam, kitsch, rock – Adam Lambert is out to entertain By Jill Serjeant

A little bit glam rock, some classic rock, touches of kitsch, commercial pop, ’70s and ’80s throwbacks, and a power ballad — Lambert says his new “For Your Entertainment”, released on Nov 23, has something for everyone. “The album title sums it up. It’s not for me, it’s for the people who are listening to it,” Lambert told Reuters. “We tried to nod to all that glam classic rock while creating a variety of different music. But at the same time I wanted to make music that was really modern and current and poppy too. I love commercial pop music,” he said.

Lambert launches his album with a string of U.S. media appearances and will perform live at the American Music Awards on Nov 22. Next year he hopes to go on tour (“Something that is really exciting and theatrical and massively entertaining”) and said he would love to branch out beyond North America to tour in Europe, Japan and Australia.

Adam Lambert: The Out Interview, Part Two By Shana Naomi Krochmal

In this second half of our extended interview transcript (read the first half here), Lambert talks about the responsibility that comes with being a role model — it doesn’t involve being a “goody two-shoes” — plus the community of counterculture artists who keep him grounded. He also opens up about fighting codependency in his past relationships and struggling to be a good boyfriend.

Tell me about working with Linda Perry. She’s great. I remember she said to me at one point, “Its funny, I’ve never worked with a gay guy before.” She keeps it real, and she also has a ton of artistic integrity. It’s not commercial with her. She doesn’t want it to be what everybody else is doing. She loves thing that are different and out of the box.

How do you balance that mainstream success with having come from a community of performers who are much more underground?

There are tracks on the album that are artier and weird and experimental. And there will be things on it that are more mainstream and commercial. I like both kinds of music. I understand why you have to have both kinds. It’s kind of like what Lady Gaga is doing. She has huge commercial success but what she’s doing is wild and out there. I think there’s so many different elements that go into a persona and entertainment. If one of my songs sounds commercial, hopefully I’ll be able to create a visual that’s different, to give it a whole new twist.

Who are your biggest allies? The producers. Linda and I have had a lot of great conversations. Same with Greg Wells. They’re both very pro creative/artistic vision. Other allies are my friends that get it, that know. People that I did The Zodiac Show with. People that I’ve been performing with for years, that I did theater with. They get it. They get the line between integrity and commercialism. Big theater is like that. I was in Wicked! That’s a perfect example of a great piece of musical theater, but it’s also very, very finely constructed to have mass appeal to women, mostly. They knew their demographic. It’s totally calculated, but it is good. That’s kind of the way I look at what I’m trying to do. Something that does have mass appeal, and does have commercial appeal, and will be successful, but at the same time, it has quality. I definitely straddle the line — I’m a business person, but I’m an artist.

Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’ Video: The First Photos! by Jim Cantiello

What did we learn from the photos? Adam Lambert is fully embracing the S&M lyrics featured in his single. Greased up dancers are dolled up in leather, dog collars, nipple clamps (zoinks!) and platform boots. He’s not kidding when he asks in the song, “Push the limit/ Are you with it?” This video shoot looks like it’s pushing boundaries well past the mountains and hurricanes Adam had to sing about on the “Idol” finale.

Adam Lambert: The Out Interview, Part One By Shana Naomi Krochmal – some excerpts – really good interview! And there’s a bunch of stuff about Kris!

In the first half of our extended interview transcript, Lambert gives us a play-by-play from the center of Fox’s PR storm, talks about his taste in men (hint: “pretty” is pretty important), and gets graphic about just how far curiosity can carry you.

Could expectations for your album be any bigger?

I know. It’s a lot of pressure right now, and it’s gotten to me a couple times. But, I think that what you were saying — about the show being a platform and being a machine and all that — I think what happens is, I’m one of the lucky people that have been in the industry a little bit. I haven’t necessarily been in the recording industry. Over the past couple of years I started working on some demos and things like that and wanting to get into it. But I’ve been in the theater industry for a long time. And I’ve lived in L.A. for eight years. And when you’re in the city of entertainment, and you open your eyes and you meet people and you hear stories and you have friends that have been through this and that, going onto a show like Idol, you get it, going into it. I think what happens is that a lot of people that they get are from a small town in the Midwest, or they were a student and now they just kind of sing on the side. The whole amateur aspect of the show is really interesting, because it creates accessible personalities for the audience to attach themselves to. That’s why it looks like a machine. Because the machine has to lead them around, these amateurs that don’t know what else to do. And I think that there are some people that come onto the show that are savvy, and they get how to play the show. And I guess that was me.

Have you gotten any really good pieces of savvy business advice? Well, I’ve been told by a handful of the producers to just be true to yourself. Just make sure that you feel like you’re at the center of this, artistically. That’s what I’m trying to do. And it’s being facilitated really elegantly. It’s a weird misconception with the show, that it’s a machine and they puppet people around. I think some people kind of end up getting puppeted because they don’t really know how to drive.

I meant more like, they get to test you and see if you can rise to the occasion. As opposed to how you came in and were like, “This is what we’re going to do. Work around me.”

Yeah, they love that, though. It’s less work for them. I think they get excited when they see someone with drive and ideas and confidence. They love that. That’s the thing about the show that people don’t get. They’re not threatened by that. That’s what they would love. They would love to get as many people like that on the show as possible. It would make for a good show.

So how are you doing with the expectation factor? I’m just trying not to think about it. It’s like, “Just make your album, just make your music.”

Pop go the holidays, with big releases from Kris Allen, John Mayer, Rihanna, Susan Boyle . . . more BY Jim Farber (NY Daily)

Nov. 24. New disks arrive this day from bootylicious Shakira, “A.I.’s” most theatrical star, Adam Lambert, and pop’s biggest current loo-loo, Lady Gaga (hers is a hits regurgitation that includes eight new tracks).

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Review: Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’ glams it up greatly by Adam Graham / Detroit News Pop Music Writer

Lambert is a pot-stirrer — the fetching spaceboy album cover is evidence of that — and the album has an in-your-face, unapologetic sexuality. Plenty can be read into lines such as “Open your mouth and open it wide: Let the freedom begin” (“Strut”). “Fever,” meanwhile, opens with, “there he goes, my baby walks so slow, sexual tic-tac-toe,” which is bound to raise an eyebrow or two from “Idol’s” more conservative fan base.

Lambert’s greatest asset is, of course, his crazy vocal range, which can soar to dizzying heights but easily lends itself to overkill. On the album, he displays control over his voice that he didn’t on “Idol,” and he doesn’t over-rely on histrionics. He stays reigned in at times (such as on the electronic outer space ballad “Broken Open”) and lets it go when need be.

“FYE” also sparkles with a welcome sense of humor: “My baby clothes made of leather and lace,” Lambert sings amid the wild rumpus of “Sure Fire Winners,” the best and most unhinged of the album’s T. Rex-style glam throwdowns. And he lets out a gleeful laugh at the close of “Pick U Up,” a refreshing reminder that yes, this is all meant to be fun. It goes without saying that “For Your Entertainment” is the most poised debut from any “Idol” to date. Lambert has a vision and has successfully honed a sound that pays homage to his heroes while carving a niche for himself. More than anything, “For Your Entertainment” bares the stamp of a born entertainer. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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Adam Lambert: Hot Entertainer by Scott Huver

On what his Idol followers will find familiar on his album, and where he’s throwing them some curves: “I think the things the fans are going to recognize on the album are sort of references and nods to classic and glam rock, music of the 70s in general. Vocally I kind approach things somewhat that way and in some of the chord changes and guitar riffs there’s elements of it. But I think what’s going to be in store for them, as far as a treat goes, is modern production as well, mixed in with that 70s kind of vibe. There’s a lot of electronica, there’s a lot of modern beats and synthesized sounds. Fusions – a lot of fusions.”

On how he’ll be all over TV again soon: “The American Music Awards are coming up. We’re getting to put together a big ol’ production number and that’s kind of my favorite thing about this whole gig is getting together performances and to really interpret the songs new each time… Right after the AMAs I’m going to be doing David Letterman, Ellen Degeneres and Good Morning America.”

Lil Wayne, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga Lead Our Holiday Album Preview By Gil Kaufman (MTV)

A couple of divas could spoil things for the array of superstars, as “Britain’s Got Talent” breakout Susan Boyle drops her first effort, I Dreamed a Dream, and “Idol” glam rocker Adam Lambert offers up his bedazzled For Your Entertainment.

Adam Lambert on His New Album “For Your Entertainment,” Working with Lady Gaga, and His Appeal to Women By Michelle Kung (Wall Street Journal)

She (Lady Gaga) actually contributed a song — “Fever” — to your new album. Yeah, I really wanted to work with her; she’s just one of my favorites right now. She had an old demo — I think she said she got signed with that demo to her first label deal — and then she never produced it and got it done. I think that it’s a really catchy melody; the lyrics are really fun and silly. Overall, I really enjoyed the process of recording with her. She was on the other side of that glass, just egging me on. She was constantly like, ‘Go crazier! Go higher! Go louder!”

How much say did you have in creating your album cover? That was pretty much my call. When we got to the point of doing the photo shoot, I just wanted to go super androgynous glam, kind of campy and outlandish. I love imagery like that — that’s why I love the Lady Gaga video. It’s just funny, because the second a guy starts doing things out of the box, people get all freaked out. But women do it all the time, so it’s an interesting double standard.

Which song pushed you the furthest vocally? “Sure Fire Winners” is pretty vocally acrobatic. It’s crazy — but they all kind of go crazy. Artistically, I think the Linda Perry song was a departure for me because it was a little out of my obvious comfort zone — vocally, it sits in this falsetto space, and lyrically, if you really listen to it, it’s complicated. The lyrics contradict themselves, which was done on purpose — Linda and I really talked about it. There are two different interpretations: one is that it’s about two members of a relationship, and what’s going on in their heads when they’re with each other. One partner is loving every moment and in bliss, while the other person is feeling empty and not satistfied. The other way to look at it is that it’s about one person, going back and forth about a relationship in their head. Like one day, we feel like we love this person to death, the next, what the hell. It’s emotionally complicated, which makes it special.

Speaking of “Sure Fire Winners,” it sounds like an homage to “We are the Champions.” Is it?

It wasn’t intentional, and I didn’t write that song. But yeah, that’s totally the vibe. I don’t know if the writers did that on purpose or not. But it is like a “we rock” kind of anthem.

Have you heard Kris Allen’s album? I haven’t heard his album, but love his single. I’ll be one of the first to get a copy, I’m sure.

Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’ (19 Recordings/RCA) By Barry Walters (Spin) – 31/2 stars

The success of former American Idol contestants is measured not only by who helps them, but by what material they get and how well they make it their own. Everyone from Lady Gaga to Muse chips in here with perhaps the strongest, most flavorful batch of tunes to reach an AI vet, and Lambert’s polymorphous vocal skills unite dancefloor strut and hard-rock pomp in a convincing glam package. Flamboyance with a fire underneath, this is mainstream glitz liberated by both guts and chops; the gay equivalent of gospel.

Adam Lambert: Dating? No. Clubbing? Yes! by Marc Malkin

“If anybody watched the show, they’ll know that we’re like apples and oranges,” Lambert said. “That’s part of the reason we got along so well. It felt like we were comrades in this competition and this experience. And I feel like we still are.” Lambert’s CD, For Your Entertainment, is due out on Nov. 23, just days after Allen’s self-titled debut.

Lambert still has to complete the video for his first single, “Time For Miracles,” from the movie 2012. “It’s going to be pretty sexy,” he said. “Get ready.” Just how sexy? “I’ll be dressed,” Lambert said, “but there will probably be some people that are pretty sexy—yeah!”

Adam Lambert on the Demons and Dance Behind “For Your Entertainment” by JENNY ELISCU (Big ass scan provided by RCA here) – FANTASTIC ARTICLE – excerpts below:

What was it like working with Lady Gaga? She brought you a demo from a few years ago? We just talked about the direction of which way it would go, and she said, “I really want to make more current than the demo is, and dance it up, make it a little more disco-y, and I was like, “Yeah, let’s do it.” I think we accomplished it.

What about “Music Again,” the song Justin Hawkins from the Darkness contributed? It has a classic rock riff to it that I thought was so sexy. Another band that was a major reference was Queen. You hear that influence in a couple different songs, and the chorus of that song, I wanted the harmonies to sound like Queen, I wanted it to be really full. Also, bands like Sweet used to do that with their vocals, glam bands. I just wanted to show people I had a sense of humor with this shit. It’s fun, it’s supposed to be kind of campy.

“Broken Open” is one of the album’s big ballads. Can you talk about the record’s slower songs? There’s three songs that are really emotional, a little bit slower, softer. One of them is a song that Muse wrote, “Soaked.” That opens up with a real soft vocal, it’s very tender, the lyrics are very vulnerable, then it goes into a soaring ballad-type feel. That was another example — we got the song from Muse, and I was shitting myself, I couldn’t believe it, I thought, “This is incredible, I can’t believe they’re giving me a song.” I’m a huge fan, and it, too, like the rest of the three that I’m talking about, have this real retro feel to it, melodically and even in the style of the production, very Seventies, at times very Sixties, almost like a Shirley Bassey song mixed with a Queen record. “Broken Open” you could put it in the same category as a downtempo Goldfrapp song or even like Radiohead, there’s shades of that in there, very electronic but mellow, very ethereal. The lyrics are basically encouraging someone to feel safe in being vulnerable. “Lay here, it’s safe here, I’ll let you be broken open.” It’s about that moment where someone really opens up emotionally to you. I just wrote that from some experiences that I’ve had with certain people in my life, and I hope that it comes across that way.

The songs you write on your own, do you tend to gravitate toward ballads or sadder songs? I like to write both, I just like to write something that means something. Even “Strut,” it’s not incredibly hooky, but it’s a self-empowerment thing. Strut it out, work your shit, and feel good about yourself and let it all hang out, sooner or later you’re going to find love and be happy in your life. So it’s fun and it’s lighthearted, but it definitely has some weight to it, as far as what it’s trying to say. There’s another one called “Aftermath” which is probably the most Idol-esque type song on the album. The cool thing is that the lyrics are basically about dealing with your demons. I think there’s a universal message in it. It might be about coming out, it might be about self-acceptance, taking the chance of keeping it real and doing what you feel in your heart you have to do, even though it’s scary, even though people might not like it. It might be about going to AA. Any sort of traumatic life moment, and in the aftermath of it, of making that decision and dealing with whatever it is you’re dealing with, you’ll find solace in it. It’s another kind of empowerment-type anthem.

When you were auditioning the guys for your band, what was the vibe you were looking for? The guitar player is somebody I’ve been writing with and I’ve known for years, actually, Monte Pittman. I had a band together for a little while here in L.A., a short-lived band, and we had written songs together and we’re going to keep writing songs together. I told him a long time ago, “You’re going to be in my band.” There’s a loyalty there, and we have a working relationship that’s really great. He’s been playing with Madonna for years, he’s great. The drummer has a really good energy, and he’s an Aquarius like me. I get kind of dorky about the astrology, I hate to admit it.

Adam Lambert song snippets: Let’s rank a dozen of ’em from most awesome to not-quite-as-aweome! by Michael Slezak

“Music Again”: It’s no surprise this track was written by The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, what with that crazy blast of falsetto and a beat that would make a 90-year-old church organist want to bang her head, and yet at the same time, it’s totally and distinctively Adam: Theatrical, super-sized, vocally effortless. Plus, the message (“oh you make me wanna listen to music again”) could just as easily reflect his fans’ feelings about the season 8 runner-up as they could Adam’s feelings about a new love relationship. If ya like it then you shoulda pressed “repeat” on it. I did! (And so did my mom!)

New Adam Lambert single hopes that sex sells By Esme Mazzeo

… The lyrics are quite lame, however catchy they might be. “Can you handle what I’m ‘bout to do/Cause it’s about to get rough for you/I’m here for your entertainment.” These lyrics are not exactly his responsibility, as he did not write the song, but it might officially push him over the line he was so delicately wobbling between feeding us his persona and shoving it down our throats. Sure, the song is unique in that we’ve never exactly welcomed this style from a male vocalist on U.S. radio before, but it isn’t going to revolutionize radio, either. Lady Gaga and even Britney could easily turn the track into a hit, as it relies heavily on synthesized vocals, a prominent dance beat and an infectious hook. Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly deserve props for that, but Lambert is capable of better.

Adam Lambert speaks: Our initial impressions from our interview By Melinda Newman

We hadn’t loved the two songs we’d heard from Lambert so far: “ Time for Miracles” from “2012” and first single “For Your Entertainment,” but we’ve now gotten to hear the album and it holds together well. He can really sing, as anyone who has watched him on “Idol” knows, and his fans from that show aren’t going to be disappointed by the sides of himself on display on “FYE.” To his credit, he seems very serious about staying true to himself. He knows he may not go over well in some red states, but it’s much more important to him that he can sleep at night with the choices he’s made.

More in coming days as the album’s release gets closer. Plus what he really thinks about his kitschy album cover, Lady GaGa and his “Idol” colleagues.

2012 — Film Review By Stephen Farber – also on NY Times as Disaster Flick “2012” Is Preposterously Fun

– (everything else was bad or laughable)

… Cinematography, production design and visual effects are awards-worthy. Music also propels the movie, with “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert providing a rousing anthem over the end credits.

Kris Allen makes Idol airplay Top 10, Carrie Underwood tops country chart by Brian Mansfield

Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment moves to No. 50 in his first full week of airplay. Adam’s currently at No. 55 on the Hot AC chart and No. 71 at Top 40.

Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment (250) (#55 Hot AC, #71 Top 40)

Why women still want this gay Idol By Ruben V. Nepales

Queen guitarist Brian May wrote those words in his blog after hearing Adam Lambert’s “Time For Miracles,” the theme song from director Roland Emmerich’s disaster film epic “2012.” When we asked Adam to comment on Brian’s effusive praise, the “AI” standout couldn’t hide his thrill. “It’s such an honor,” Adam said. “Brian May is part of one of the best bands out there ever…To have him give his stamp of approval meant a lot to me.”

Flamboyant Idol likes to make fans feel sexy By Ruben V. Nepales (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Below are excerpts from our interview with Adam.

… And this moment includes the release of your album and you singing the theme song from “2012.” Yeah, as soon as “Idol” ended, I was busy that month, already working on my album, with different producers, doing writing sessions and then the opportunity came up for the “2012” song. Alain and Natasha’s demo for it was this beautiful melody, just a beautiful acoustic kind of rock feel and then with (producer) Rob Cavallo, we made it like an epic kind of rock power ballad that I’m very proud of. “For Your Entertainment” is the first single off the album. It’s a lot different from “Time for Miracles.” What’s great about “Time …” is that it has a kind of classic rock power ballad feel. It appeals to all ages. It goes full on like Zeppelin or Queen rock toward the end but starts out with a beautiful melody. It does what some of those great classic rock ballads do. I’m really happy with it. As for the single “For Your Entertainment,” we wanted to release something that was dance club ready. I wanted to get people dancing, drinking to it and shaking and feeling kind of sexy.

Is acting also in your future? I hope so, yeah. It is something that I’ve done a lot over the past eight or 10 years. If the opportunity came up and it was the right thing, I would love to be a part of a film. Right now, I am going to try to work on the album first. One thing at a time, right (laughing).

On the album, you went to many different ways … I did. I went four or five different ways all on the same album. That’s what I decided after “Idol.” I was like, okay, I have all this classic rock that I’ve done. I got a lot of credibility from that but I also perform “Mad World” which is like a New Romantic, New Wave haunting ballad thing. I did a disco song and I did a bunch of different types of music. I wanted to figure out a way to do an album that had cohesion to it but that was kind of a variety of different directions, just like what my experience was on “Idol.” I think we did it. As far as your question on what to do now, I’m trying to keep following my instincts. Luckily, my team that I work with both at 19 and RCA have been really great with backing me and asking me like, well, “what do you want to do?” They’ve been very supportive. Maybe more so than people will think. It’s not as Svengali puppet master as people commonly think the “Idol” experience is. It’s actually been the opposite.

Adam Lambert Talks New Album By Dana Meltzer Zeped (TV Guide)

“I’m really excited,” the American Idol runner-up tells TV Guide Magazine. “Then I realize no one’s heard the album yet so the pressure is kind of scary.” Luckily, Lambert promises his 14-track disc, due out November 23, is diverse enough to appeal to all music fans.

“I wanted to span a bunch of different genres,” he says. “There are songs that are really angsty indie rock. There are songs that are very classic rock and there’s a couple of dancey electro kinds of things. People tend to sometimes not listen to a whole album these days. They put together their own play lists so I wanted to treat it like an eclectic collection of things that had me at the middle of it.”

I.B. BAD: MAJORS GOING FOR IT ON FOURTH THIS SEASON (Hits Daily Double)

The Nov. 23 intrigue involves a potential battle between Def Jam/IDJ superstar Rihanna (163k, 2.5m), whose lead single is burning up at radio, and Columbia sensation Susan Boyle (who just shattered the first-week sales record at Amazon), with Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, on 19/RCA/RMG, and Epic’s Shakira (128k, 1.7m) also in the mix…

RCA has high hopes for what it sees as the massive potential of the high-profile, flamboyant Lambert; the label will begin working a single next week.

Rihanna, Jay-Z to perform at American Music Awards

Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Green Day and Carrie Underwood will be among the diverse roster of performers planning to take the stage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, show producers said Thursday.

Producer Larry Klein said Jay-Z, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys are also slated to perform on the 37th annual show, to be held at the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 22 and broadcast live on ABC.

Adam Lambert Interview – 2012 Premiere with Rebecca Murray (video is here)

So tell me how you got hooked up with a song on this. Adam Lambert: “Sony Pictures came to me and my management and offered me the song, and it was a real honor that they did so. I was flattered and kind of intimated, to be honest with you.”

Intimated? Why? Adam Lambert: “Because it’s a big, giant song at the end of a big, giant movie and I was like, ‘Me?’ I don’t know. But I listened to the song and I thought that the melody was fantastic. I thought that the lyric was really inspiring and heartfelt, and I was really excited to record it.”

You hit some amazing notes in it. Did you push the material that way? Adam Lambert: “I heard the song when it was a demo and it was actually kind of a softer acoustic rock thing. And when Rob Cavallo got finished with the track and played it for me, it just erupted and it had this climax. It went bigger and bigger and bigger, and louder and higher, and I said, ‘That’s going to be fun.'”

What are you working on now? Adam Lambert: “I’m working on releasing my album. It comes out November 23rd. And I’m working right now on coming up with a performance for the AMAs that’s going to be on the 22nd. I’m coming up with band rehearsals, what I’m going to wear, dancers, the whole bit.”

Lady Gaga Loves Working With ‘Up-And-Coming’ Artists Like Adam Lambert By Jocelyn Vena

When Lambert’s camp approached the over-the-top singer to contribute a song to the album (which hits stores the same week as her The Fame Monster re-release), she had just the right song for him. “I saw him on the set backstage when I did ‘American Idol,’ but I didn’t really know him. They called me and told me Adam really wanted me to write for him,” she told MTV News, adding that the song “Fever” felt just right for Lambert. “And I had this song that I had already done that I thought would have been perfect, so we went into the studio.”

The singer’s genre-busting major label debut, ‘For Your Entertainment,’ drops Nov. 23, and it just might make him an American idol all over again. – also on this link – By ANN POWERS – Posting excertps, but Go and Read this article! very well written… with amazing quotes from Cavallo and Ryan Tedder.

“I want to put it out there that I don’t take myself all that seriously,” he said. That’s one of his mantras. “The dress-up supports that; the fantasy element supports it. People want to talk about whether I have rock cred, whether I’m selling out, the theatricality, the gay stuff. . . . Chill out! And just enjoy yourself. It’s not that deep.” Then he corrected himself, slightly. “Sometimes it is deep. Some of the songs on the album are,” he admitted, pointing to the song “Soaked,” a sweeping epic about the loneliness of one-night stands that’s actually a cover of an unreleased track from Muse, and a very serious one at that. He also singled out “Broken Open,” a ballad he co-wrote, which he said is about encouraging a lover to become vulnerable enough to cry. “But sometimes it’s just, ‘This is hot, I feel good, this song makes me want to go get a drink and flirt with somebody and have a good time.’ Good energy is just as credible as the cathartic, dark, heavy” stuff, he said. “It’s just as important!”

Lambert readily admits a huge debt to David Bowie, whom he describes as “my favorite,” and other glam and classic rockers such as Mick Jagger and Marc Bolan of T. Rex. (More surprisingly, he repeatedly cites both Prince and Michael Jackson.) Lambert’s efforts to succeed as a rocker will hinge on his ability to tap into the legacy Bowie and those others represent. His “emo” side, linking him to bands like Fall Out Boy, also helps. But it’s hard to know if the rock world — and rock radio, in particular — will embrace him. “People look at me and immediately say, ‘Oh, he’s doing the musical-theater thing,’ ” he said. “But if you look at most female pop stars right now, how are they any less theater? Beyoncé is doing ‘Single Ladies’ with two girls in character shoes and leotards, doing Fosse choreography from ‘Sweet Charity,’ and ‘West Side Story.’ ” “There’s a community here in L.A. that’s part of Burning Man,” said Lambert, a San Diego native who moved to Hollywood after high school. “It’s an underground community, and when I found out about it I was so much more excited about living here. The people I was meeting were a lot more interesting, more original. And happy, just happy. “Los Angeles can be a really sad city. If you go to the clubs you meet a bunch of people trying to be actors and not fulfilling their dreams, and they’re bitter and sad. . . . But in [the Burning Man] community no one cares. You’re living your life, and you feel fabulous about it, and you might be doing it on $5 a day.”

“I listen to crazy, robust rock music where they sing their faces off, and soul music, which can be similar,” Lambert said. “But I also listen to a lot of dance music. I love that style. I was a Paula Abdul fan, a Michael Jackson fan, a Madonna fan. When Christina Aguilera came out when I was in high school, that was a great example of someone taking the pop-dance feel but who could really sing. Pop stars have done it; it’s just not a lot of guys have done it. Maybe it’s a question of masculine persona.” “I’m the gay guy pushing the straight boundaries,” he said. “But that’s what I did on the show! Like when I did ‘Ring of Fire,’ I went full-on with eye makeup, a really weird outfit and leather. The very next week, I did ‘Tracks of My Tears’ in a suit, looking really hetero. I was playing with my image. It wasn’t that I was trying to be straight.” “I think the next generation coming up is a little bit more open-minded,” he said. “More accepting, more colorful, more multi-genre, multiethnic, multi-sexuality, which is more utopian. Or I think so. I hope so.”

Lambert studied opera as a teenager, then turned away from lessons for a while. “I started rejecting the proper way to sing and I started singing,” he said. “I was listening to more and more rock music and wondering, wow, how does that person do that with their voice?” “I met with [a vocal coach] over the summer and talked to him about it, and the funny thing was, you know when I do those little, crazy, screamy notes? He’s like, ‘We don’t really have a way to teach that. It kind of goes outside of our box.’ Those notes that sound sort of like rock-scream, no one ever taught me to do. I sort of had to teach myself. You just do it. It’s just a sound you make.”

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Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment” Album Track List Released By WSJ Staff

This is the starriest album yet from an “American Idol” contestant. The full track listing for Adam Lambert’s record, “For Your Entertainment,” which comes out November 23, has been released, and it’s an album made by committee. We counted 27 different songwriters and nine producers to create the 14 tracks. Luckily for Lambert, the songwriters happen to include Pink, Lady Gaga, Linda Perry and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, who collaborated with Lambert on “Pick You Up.” Meanwhile, production chores are handled by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Jewel), Swedish pop maestro Max Martin and Perry, among others.

Adam Lambert ‘For Your Entertainment,’ Debut Album Released Monday, November 23, 2009 (Press Release)

On Monday, Nov 23, Adam will unleash one of the most highly anticipated debut albums, “For Your Entertainment,” on 19 Recordings/RCA. The record garnered contributions from such innovative artists as Lady Gaga, P!nk, Muse, Justin Hawkins formerly of The Darkness and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.

“I feel so lucky to have been granted true opportunity to work with some of the top producers and writers in popular music,” Says Adam. “This album is a reflection of their genius and the collaborative energy that they were gracious enough to share with me.”

One day before “For Your Entertainment” goes on sale, Adam will sing the title track on television for the first time, appearing on “The American Music Awards” on ABC-TV on Sunday, Nov. 22. He will give a special live concert performance on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, Nov. 25, “Late

Show With David Letterman” that same night on CBS and will pre-tape on Nov. 23. More TV shows to be announced soon.

For Your Entertainment – Track Listing:

1. MUSIC AGAIN: Writer – Justin Hawkins, Producer – Rob Cavallo

2. FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT: Writers – Claude Kelly/Dr. Luke, Producer: Dr. Luke

3. WHATAYA WANT FROM ME: Writers: Pink, Max Martin, Johan Shellback, Producers: Max Martin & Johan Shellback

4. STRUT: Writers: Adam Lambert, Kara DioGuardi, Greg Wells, Producer: Greg Wells

5. SOAKED: Writer: Matthew Bellamy (MUSE), Producer: Rob Cavallo

6. SURE FIRE WINNERS: Writers: David Gamson, Alexander James, Oliver Lieber, Producer: Rob Cavallo

7. A LOADED SMILE: Writer/Producer – Linda Perry

8. IF I HAD YOU: Writers- Max Martin, Johan Shellback, Savan Kotecha, Producers: Max Martin & Johan Shellback

9. PICK U UP: Writers- Rivers Cuomo, Greg Wells, Adam Lambert. Producer – Greg Wells

10. FEVER: Writers – Lady Gaga, Jeff Bhasker, Producer- Jeff Bhasker

11. SLEEPWALKER: Writers – Ryan Tedder, Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Producer- Ryan Tedder

12. AFTERMATH: Writers- Adam Lambert, Alisan Porter, Ferras, Ely Rise. Producer- Howard Benson

13. BROKEN OPEN: Writers- Greg Wells, Adam Lambert, Evan Bogart. Producer- Greg Wells

BONUS TRACK:

14. TIME FOR MIRACLES: Writers – Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider. Producer- Rob Cavallo

Adam Lambert’s 30-second tease(s) by Joey Guerra (Houston Chronicle)

Overall, this only increases enthusiasm for the full effort. Glambert seems to be going for a Robbie Williams-meets-Rihanna vibe, and most of all, it sounds FUN. Isn’t that what pop music is supposed to be about, anyway?

Your weekly sales fix: Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen tracks by Brian Mansfield – I hope that TFM sales increase once 2012 opens…

Adam Lambert, Time for Miracles (12,000, -74 percent, 59,000)

Downloads of Adam Lambert’s Time for Miracles fell a hefty 74 percent in its second week. That might seem like a lot, but a quick look at two other tracks in similar situations suggest it’s not an abnormal amount. Carrie Underwood’s Temporary Home, which, like Time for Miracles, is not currently a single, dropped 74 percent. And the Glee cast version of Sweet Caroline, last week’s top-selling debut, fell off 71 percent.

Adam Lambert Feels ‘Honored’ To Be On ‘2012’ Soundtrack by By Jocelyn Vena

At the Los Angeles premiere of the film on Tuesday night, he told reporters how great it felt to be asked to contribute to the film’s soundtrack since it was long before he had started work on his debut LP. “I really feel honored that they came to me and asked me. I think it’s obviously a risk on their part because this was before any sort of album had been completed or hardly even started,” he said. “So for them to ask me, it shows faith. It really made me feel good and gave me a lot of confidence.”

Late last month, the video premiered for the song. In it, Lambert makes his way through an apocalyptic world while mugging for the camera and belting out the show-stopping tune. “[Rob] pushed me to the limit. I sang for my life,” Lambert said about working with producer Rob Cavallo on the song, which was written by Alain Johannes and the late Natasha Shneider.

Rivers Cuomo on Adam Lambert Team-Up, Favorite Pop Stars (RollingStone)

Tucked in the middle of Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment track list, squeezed between songs written by Lady Gaga and producer Max Martin, there’s a tune called “Pick U Up,” credited to a surprising name: Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. “He has the kind of voice I convince myself that I have,” Cuomo tells Rolling Stone in our new issue.

Adam Lambert’s Big Tease: 30-Second Album Snippets Leak! by Lyndsey Parker

In plain English, people, the album is good. Like, rilly, rilly good. While rock-purist types who were motivated to program Adam’s American Idol voting number into their speed-dials because of his more straightahead classic rock performances (Zep, Aerosmith, Stones, Steppenwolf, U2) might be disappointed by FYE’s unabashedly electropoppy sound, hopefully they’ll soon realize that it’s almost 2010–and hopefully the smattering of ’70s glam and disco, ’80s new wave, and ’90s rave elements buried in the beats will tide those crusty old folks over. And as for Top 40 aficionados eager to hear something fresh on the radio or Lambert fans initially drawn to Adam because of his more out-of-the-box Idol performances (the controversial “Ring Of Fire,” the goth-lite “Mad World,” the lavishly cabaret-like “Feeling Good”)…well, they’re all in for a treat as well.

Yes, much like the American Idol show itself, For Your Entertainment unites many musical styles, and hopefully, will attract many types of musical fans. Who knew someone so seemingly polarizing as Adam Lambert could accomplish that?

Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment: The 30-Second Snippets by Jim Cantiello

Overall, I’m very excited about For Your Entertainment as a whole. It’s not as out there as I think some fans might have hoped for, but I hear several potential singles in its 14 songs. It’s clear that pop’s and rock’s heavy-hitters (Rob Cavallo, Max Martin, Linda Perry) were inspired to work with such a one-of-a-kind vocalist. Am I the only one breathing a big sigh of relief?

Adam Lambert Song Clips Hit The Web By Gil Kaufman

After months of hype, Glamberts finally got a chance on Tuesday (November 3) to check out Adam Lambert’s debut album, For Your Entertainment. And while the “American Idol” runner-up’s coming-out disc is still a few weeks away from its official November 23 release date, Amazon’s U.K. site posted 30-second clips of all the songs on the CD, which promises to be every bit as over-the-top as the singer has promised.

And, in case there was any doubt, the clips confirm his promise that “glam is back.”

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Calls Adam Lambert’s Voice ‘Amazing’ By Kyle Anderson (There’s also video)

… Cuomo wrote a song for Lambert for his upcoming debut album, For Your Entertainment. “I wrote a song called ‘Pick U Up’ for Weezer. It’s one of my favorite songs I ever wrote. For some reason, Weezer didn’t want to record it for Raditude,” Cuomo told MTV News, referencing his band’s new album, which hit stores Tuesday (November 3). “I figured it would end up on the next record and it just didn’t fit this time around. Then I was invited to sit in with Adam Lambert and watch him sing, and he was checking out the song. And as it turns out, he came up with a few ideas for it for himself, changed the melody around, suggested some lyric changes and before you knew it, I was writing a song with Adam Lambert.”

Cuomo clearly enjoyed his time with Lambert and was phenomenally impressed with his instrument. “He has the most amazing voice. It’s exactly the kind of voice I convince myself I have on my best day, but of course I’m nowhere near that amazing,” he said.

Glambert and ‘Gossip Girl’ join the weird world of Weezer by Joseph Brannigan Lynch

What do Adam Lambert, snuggies, Lil Wayne, Gossip Girl, giant bug costumes and Kenny G have in common? More than they should: They’re all recent additions to the ever-expanding Weezer-verse.

Over the weekend it was also confirmed that the Cuomo-penned track “Pick U Up” is a last-minute addition to Adam Lambert’s obsessively anticipated debut album, For Your Entertainment. In the current issue of Rolling Stone Cuomo even joins the Glambert swooning bandwagon, stating, “He has the kind of voice I convince myself that I have.”

New Music Monday! Adam’s New Single, “Glee” Goodness and Kathy’s New … Holiday Album? by chrisclanks (AfterElton)

Now I may be a little biased since I voted for him a gabazillion times when he was on American Idol, but I absolutely love this song. I mean it’s actually good, right? Maybe now we can forget about the “Time for Miracles” debacle and actually look forward to the album again.

Here’s Adam’s event listing on his AdamOfficial website – am sure he’ll be adding more…

Sun, 11/22/2009 2009 American Music Awards ABC-TV, 8PM EST

Mon, 11/23/2009 For Your Entertainment (US Release) iTunes, Amazon, Local Retail Stores

Wed, 11/25/2009 Good Morning America ABC-TV, Check Local Listings

Wed, 11/25/2009 Late Show with David Letterman ABC-TV, Check Local Listings

Tue, 12/01/2009 The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC-TV, Check Local Listings

RollingStone review of TFM

Snap Judgment: Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’ by Ann Powers

Scandinavian hitmaker Dr. Luke wrote and produced the track, and it has that compressed, noisy rock ‘n’ roll circus sound he’s created for others, including Britney, Pink and that other neo-vaudevillian troublemaker, Katy Perry.

For a male artist like Lambert, the move is a resurrection — of glam (his often-stated goal) and its later streams, New Wave and Brit-Pop. With his way of combining camp with the humor and solidity of an All-American Boy, Lambert finally might accomplish what sometimes expat Robbie Williams and Euro favorites the Scissor Sisters haven’t quite yet done: inventing an American take on comfortable male androgyny.

New Music: Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment (Neonlimelight)

The pulsating synths of the track push through your body like needles until you get up and dance. Adam’s delicious voice grabs you even further as he teases on the chorus. “Do you know what you got into/Can you handle what I’m ’bout to do/Cus it’s about to get rough for you/I’m here for your entertainment.” Thoroughly entertained.

Adam Lambert Debuts New Single, ‘For Your Entertainment’ By Eric Ditzian (MTV)

“I am so excited, I popped right out of bed,” he said. “Turn it up really loud, guys! I know it’s really early, but turn it up!” Seacrest then hit play. “For Your Entertainment” is a synth-heavy pop club tune or, as Lambert put it, “dance music with a glam rock shuffle beat.” There are echoes of Lady Gaga, countless ’80s tunes and, during the chorus, “Fame.” He doesn’t show off his vocal range until the end, when he unleashes some of his signature yells.

The single was produced by Dr. Luke, who has worked with Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Daughtry and Mos Def, and written with Claude Kelly, whose credits include collaborations with Spears, Clarkson and Miley Cyrus.

Adam Lambert Stomps Around The Stage (Idolator)

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: The first “real” single from this year’s American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert is the Dr. Luke-produced title track off his glamtastically covered album, and it’s pretty instantly recognizable as a creation of the Swedish producer: The stomp of “I Kissed A Girl” and “So What” is front-and-center, and Lambert’s vocals are electronically tamed.

New Single Premiere! Adam Lambert Is Here For “For Your Entertainment” by Lyndsey Parker – thought-provoking article as usual!

“For Your Entertainment” didn’t sound like anything else Ryan normally plays–or like almost anything else on the radio in general, actually. This is both a compliment and curse. I previous described the song, which I sneak-previewed last week, as sort of the quadruple-headed glittery alien baby of Mika, Sam Sparro, Robbie Williams, and Kevin Rudolf… But let’s face it: while Kevin Rudolf has made headway on the airwaves here, Mika, Sam, and Robbie have sadly never received much U.S. radio play.

… it still remains to be seen if America’s radio audience will accept Adam as enthusiastically as America’s TV audience did. Marketing and promoting this uniquely unicornian mythical musical creature–with his penchant for obscure electro artists and rainbow-brite, K-Tel-inspired album covers–will not be easy. Adam Lambert is polarizing. Adam Lambert is not Carrie Underwood.

Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’ single premieres this morning Brian Mansfield

Here’s my take: Adam delivered what he promised, a danceable single that pulls from several generations of pop music. “It’s dance music, with, like, a glam-rock shuffle beat, in the style of T. Rex, Rock and Roll Part 2, songs like that,” Adam told Ryan on the show.

Produced by Dr. Luke and written with Claude Kelly, For Your Entertainment walks the same fine lines that Adam did during his time on Idol. You can hear echoes of ’70s glam-rock and ’80s synth-pop as well as more contemporary styles. Its decadent imagery (pain, pleasure, fallen angels) is overtly sexual without being explicit. And while the song’s breakdown gives Adam plenty of room to show off his vocal chops, he never goes overboard within the main body of the song. This is much closer to what I was expecting — and hoping — to hear from Adam than Time for Miracles was. I’ve got to think it’s going to meet just about everybody’s expectations for him, including mine.

Adam Lambert Debuts Disco-Glam Single “For Your Entertainment” (RollingStone)

Adam Lambert premiered “For Your Entertainment,” the first single from his debut album of the same name, on On Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning. A press release promises that “For Your Entertainment” will be available as a stream on the AdamOfficial Website and a download on digital music services later in the day. “Hope you’re gonna wanna blast it while you’re gettin ready for Halloween!! Then at the club!!!,” Lambert tweeted minutes before the song’s first radio spin.

“It’s dance music with a glam-rock shuffle beat, in the style of T. Rex and ‘Rock & Roll, Part 2,’ ” Lambert told Seacrest’s listeners. The Dr. Luke-produced, Claude Kelly-penned song does boast a chugging backbeat straight off of T. Rex’s The Slider Side A, with Lambert belting out a chorus of “Can you handle what I’m about to do, it’s about to get rough for you, because I’m here for your entertainment” like the love child of Lady Gaga and Bowie’s “Lady Stardust.”

Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ Lands At No. 1 On Hot 100 by Silvio Pietroluongo (Billboard)

Other notable debuts include Adam Lambert’s first post-“Idol” chart entry at No. 50 with “A Time For Miracles,” a song featured in the upcoming blockbuster film “2012;

Ready For Glam? Adam Lambert Releases Album Cover By FRANK CARNEVALE

Is America ready for some glam? American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has released the cover of his upcoming debut album and “glam” sums it up. “For Your Entertainment” will be released on Nov. 23. Tuesday before heading to the “This Is It” movie premiere, Lambert posted on his Twitter page “Glam is back!”

And the cover is certainly glam. The cover features Lambert with blue hair (think Flock of Seagulls ) wearing a black fingerless glove (recalling Michael Jackson or Madonna), an air-brushed face (reminiscent of Olivia Newton-John in “Xanadu “), a “Purple Rain ” inspired font; and a totally cosmic space background.

Adam Lambert On His Album Cover Inspirations & Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ (Access Hollywood)

Adam Lambert has revealed a host of music legends helped inspire the glam look on the cover of his upcoming album, “For Your Entertainment.” “I’ve loved David Bowie since I was a kid [and] artists like Michael Jackson, Prince [and] Mick Jagger,” Adam told Access Hollywood’s Tony Potts at the Los Angeles premiere of “This Is It” on Tuesday night. “There’s a lot of male rock stars in history that have kind of played with androgyny and I [am] just fascinated by that look so I wanted to do something like that for the album cover.” As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Adam unveiled the cover on his official Web site on Tuesday. The image shows the “American Idol” Season 8 runner-up with colorful make up and a leather-gloved hand cradling his face.

“I’m so excited,” Adam said. “We just came up with the final track listing [on Monday] — made our final selection on songs. It’s all happening… I can’t believe it. I’m so lucky.”

Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment’ cover: You’re not gettin’ Diana DeGarmo! by Michael Slezak

Adam Lambert unveiled the cover for his forthcoming debut CD, For Your Entertainment, on his official site this afternoon, and to paraphrase the sadly under-appreciated 2003 single from current Dancing With the Stars contestant Mya: This cover’s like…whoa! A publicist for 19 Recordings reveals that the image was shot by Warwick Saint in August in New York City. And, to put it mildly, it’s a little more, um, out there than the pensive-yet-ultimately-benign images we’ve come to expect from Idol runners-up. Is America ready for this particular jelly? Some of my EW colleagues aren’t terribly optimistic, but might I remind them, we’re dishing a dude who sailed through Grand Ole Opry week with a hyper-sexual, sitar-infusedtake on “Ring of Fire.”

Adam Lambert’s Album Cover Reminds Us Of The Most Insane “American Idol” Covers by Jim Cantiello

Adam Lambert revealed his album cover for “For Your Entertainment” and it’s as spectacularly over-the-top and jaw-dropping as his memorable “American Idol” performances. The dude is a walking water-cooler conversation. And by golly, he’s done it again.

Adam Lambert Has a Message: “Step Up Your Game, Fancy Unicorns” By Michelle Collins

This album cover is the FANCIEST THING WE HAVE EVER WITNESSED. Unicorns may not exist, but gay ones certainly do, and this album cover is more of a warning to that endangered species: Step your game up, you cashmere soft, ivory horned, glittery hooved motherf**kers. Cause Lambert’s through f*ckin’ around, y’all. Thank you, you beautiful Lambert, you. You have not let us down.

Party City Celebrates Halloween with $400,000 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Donation and Industry Awards (Press Release)

More than 300 Party City company executives, designers and other manufacturer representatives attended the awards event dressed suitably in Halloween costumes. Party guests were entertained by American Idol star, Adam Lambert, who came dressed as a “glam-pire” and performed hits from his season on Idol.

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Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta all make the Idol airplay chart Brian Mansfield

Adam Lambert’s 2012 track picked up eight spins, most of them coming from The New 94.1 – KTFM in San Antonio, Texas, and 101.5 The River in Toledo, Ohio.

Party City Celebrates Halloween with $400,000 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Donation and Industry Awards (Press Release)

More than 300 Party City company executives, designers and other manufacturer representatives attended the awards event dressed suitably in Halloween costumes. Party guests were entertained by American Idol star, Adam Lambert, who came dressed as a “glam-pire” and performed hits from his season on Idol.

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Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta all make the Idol airplay chart Brian Mansfield

Adam Lambert’s 2012 track picked up eight spins, most of them coming from The New 94.1 – KTFM in San Antonio, Texas, and 101.5 The River in Toledo, Ohio.

Denver songwriter/producer Ryan Tedder is a one-man music industry By Ricardo Baca

The Denver resident and frontman for OneRepublic feels a constant pull between his own multi-platinum band’s music and that of his growing list of flashy music biz clients he brings here to record at his house, including Leona Lewis, Adam Lambert and Rascal Flatts. “I was just in the studio yesterday working OneRepublic stuff, Adam Lambert songs and some (stuff for the new) Timbaland (album) ‘Shock Value’ — it’s always two or three things in each session,” Tedder said. “I worked with Alicia Keys last week, and I’ll be going in with Adele soon — after I wrap up these Adam Lambert songs.”

The “American Idol” favorite Lambert was running around Denver while he was in Park Hill recording with Tedder. And Tedder says Denver should expect more celebrity sightings at Larimer Square restaurants, Capitol Hill rock clubs and Cherry Creek bars. “Adam and I went to Samba Room for dinner, and of course we walk in the door and there wasn’t a single person in the place who didn’t walk up to him,” Tedder said. “But he was cool about it. He was great. I’ve also had Leona Lewis out to Denver, and Natasha Bedingfield and Rascal Flatts.

Rewind: The Week in Rock Daily (RollingStone)

Adam Lambert’s 2012 “Time for Miracles” prematurely arrived, resulting in the “Miracles” video’s early release. Lambert also announced his debut is titled titled For Your Entertainment and might feature a collaboration with Lady Gaga.

It’s ‘Time For Miracles’ For Adam Lambert (PopEater)

The video, from Columbia Pictures’ end-of-days action film ‘2012,’ is a treat two times over – fans can catch a glimpse of the glam rocker singing his heart out, and check out images from the upcoming movie (in theaters Nov. 13).

Lia Vollack, president of worldwide music for Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement, “Adam’s video is remarkable. It’s a great companion to Roland Emmerich’s film – we’re thrilled that Adam is a part of this motion picture.”

Adam Lambert’s racy photo shoot (with video)

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert releases his first post-Idol album next month. But first, the blogs are buzzing about his racy photo shoot for DETAILS magazine. In behind-the-scenes video provided by DETAILS to the Associated Press, Lambert is seen with his eyes closed and mouth open, imitating arousal.

After the shoot, Lambert answered questions posed by the magazine.

First music crush? “Probably Paula Abdul. I remember being a kid and being like, ‘She’s so cool!’ And my mom and I going to the concert. And Madonna, Madonna was really pretty wild.”

Dream collaborators? “Muse would be a really cool band to collaborate with. As of late, I think someone like Lady Gaga’s really brilliant. Some of the greats, I think Elton John would be interesting to work with as a musician, Paul McCartney would be really interesting to sit down with, I’m sure. It’d be cool to sing with Aretha Franklin. I don’t know, the list goes on!”

Most shocking song on his iPod? “There’s that Miley Cyrus song, ‘See You Again.’ It’s really a catchy song!”

ADAM LAMBERT “Time For Miracles” by Lee Chesnut (for RyanSeacrest.Com)

Although this song “Time For Miracles” isn’t scheduled for inclusion on Adam Lambert’s debut album “For Your Entertainment” (due Nov. 23), it is the first single from the soundtrack of the upcoming film “2012” and it’s available in the iTunes store. Every great diaster movie needs an emotional power balled to play when the final credits start to roll (think Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” from Armageddon), and this selection fits the bill perfectly. Lambert’s vocals sound as amazing as ever, and his delivery is exactly dramatic enough without going over the top.

Adam Lambert Calls Michael Jackson’s Musical Style ‘Groundbreaking’ By Eric Ditzian

The singer professed to be looking forward to the premiere of “This Is It” for more than one reason: it will also mark a premiere for his career as well. “Time For Miracles” appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming big-budget disaster flick, “2012,” and the trailer will run before Jackson’s doc. “That will be like a double-whammy for me that night, seeing what was left of his legacy and myself to do a little pre-show action,” he said. “It’ll be really cool.”

Don’t miss “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” Premiere Special, airing on MTV and VH1 on Tuesday, October 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET! “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” opens in a limited engagement on October 27 and wide on October 28.

Adam Lambert Premieres Video, Tweets About Lady Gaga Collaboration by Monica Herrera

Lambert’s music video is laden with special effects and clips from “2012,” due in theaters Nov. 13. Sporting longer hair and head-to-toe black attire, the “American Idol” finalist sings from a rooftop and walks through city streets riddled with chaos and destruction, in a nod to the film’s apocalyptic theme.

While “Time for Miracles” is Lambert’s first official single since “American Idol,” it is not the lead single for his forthcoming debut album “For Your Entertainment,” now due Nov. 23. That song is expected to premiere in the next few weeks, according to a rep for the singer.

Preview Alert!: Reality Rocks’ Adam Lambert Listening Session by Lyndsey Parker – I just hope that Lyndsey has good musical taste! So excited!

… my brain is so boggled after getting to visit the 19 Entertainment offices and privately preview three Adam Lambert songs from his upcoming superglamtastic and very aptly titled debut album, For Your Entertainment (out November 23)… Yes, the music was THAT good, people. It was EXACTLY the extraterrestrial electro-opus I hoped and dreamed it would be. You know how the Glamerican Idol recently told Entertainment Weekly that his album would sound “as if a ’70s time-capsule blasted off into space and you’re watching it through a holographic filter”? Well, yeah, that sums it up pretty awesomely…

The time for miracles really has arrived now, in the fierce form of these sneak-previewed tracks:

“Entertainment” – The default title track and statement of intent, masterminded by Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly, Adam opens this one up, Rocky Horror-meets-Robbie Williams-style, with the audacious declaration: “I’m here for your entertainment!” And he ain’t kidding. This is an ultra-caffeinated party-starter, and it’s just begging to be remixed by everyone from Calvin Harris to the Neptunes to Justice–even though it sounds like a shiz-hawt remix already, as is.

“Winners” – A slinky, sexy, salacious dance-rock grinder with a keening, near-orgasmic vocal reminiscent of Adam’s watershed “Ring Of Fire” performance, this Rob Cavallo-produced cut cracks open in the middle like a giant whitechocolatespaceegg to reveal a colossal, fist-pumping, Gary-Glittery chantalong chorus that seems lifted straight out of “We Will Rock You 2: Electric Boogaloo.” So my guess is Queen’s Brian May will be impressed by this massive masterwork, too. A winner, indeed.

“Music Again” – Okay, this is the song, also produced by Rob Cavallo, largely responsible for my current lack of coherence or composure. The minute this glammy tour de force forced its way out of the 19 Entertainment office’s speakers, it was so white-hot I was instantly reduced to a puddle of melted spandex and runny eyeliner. A falsetto gang chorus like something off a lost Sweet outtakes album, squalling guitar riffs, pumping “Funkytown” beats…my head was pretty much exploding at this point, but I managed to hold my cranium together long enough to turn to a nearby 19 employee and jokingly state, “This sounds like the Darkness, if the Darkness were remixed.” To which the employee answered, “That’s funny you say that, because this song was actually written by [legendarily unitarded Darkness frontman] Justin Hawkins, and that’s Justin on guitar.”

Adam Lambert Channels Aerosmith, Céline By Advocate.com Editors

Like Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Adam Lambert’s “Time for Miracles” — the theme song for the upcoming 2012 — is all power ballad, with a big-budget disaster-epic video to match. Lambert hits the high notes with gusto and wails as bridges and buildings crumble and cars explode behind him. The song, according to industry analysts, is a strong contender for a Best Original Song nomination at next year’s Academy Awards.

Adam Lambert’s ‘Time For Miracles’: A Fiery Video For A Classic Power Ballad By James Montgomery (here’s video of MTV reviewing it)

… But now there’s a new contender to that throne: Adam Lambert’s “Time for Miracles,” the ballad tapped by the producers of “2012.” Written by the tandem team of Alain Johannes (who also plays in Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures) and the late Natasha Shneider, it’s a song that’s tailor-made to Lambert’s strengths: a completely classic ballad, and a showcase for his big, booming vocals and otherworldly range, the stuff he won audiences over with on “American Idol.” He’s apparently moving away from this sound on his debut album, and one could be forgiven for wondering why, because he positively owns it here.

It’s a big stage for him — the lead single from a big-budget Hollywood flick — to be sure, and he’s more than up for the task. And that carries over to the video, which has lots of flames and destruction, with Lambert serving as the omniscient everyman … the human who wanders through it all, weary but determined to survive, because he has to. Of course, given that this is a ballad, he also serenades us all from the roof of a skyscraper because, well, what better place to sing a power ballad?

It’s a time-tested formula, and I’m happy to say that “Time for Miracles” gets it all right. I’d put it alongside not just “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” but, as my colleague, MTV News’ “American Idol” expert Jim Cantiello pointed out, Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” too. This is hallowed ground we’re talking about here. Disaster is a tough thing to take, but when it’s accompanied with the right chaser, it goes down surprisingly smoothly.

‘Glee’ Exclusive: Madonna is on board! Is Adam Lambert next? by Tim Stack

But Madonna might not be the only pop star getting some Glee love. Co-creator Ryan Murphy tells EW that he’s considering approaching American Idol runner up Adam Lambert about appearing on the show (next year, Glee will be paired with Idol on Wednesday nights). Nothing is official yet but Lambert does seem like an ideal choice for Glee.

Adam Lambert’s ‘Time for Miracles’ video: Spoiler alert! Not everyone dies in ‘2012.’ by Michael Slezaky – it’s a non-review guys, not even worth quoting.

Now, however, without further ado, here are the Top 5 Things That Went Through My Mind While Watching the “Time for Miracles” Video:

Adam Lambert Unveils Apocalyptic “Time for Miracles” Video (Rolling Stone)

Adam Lambert’s “Time for Miracles” video wasn’t supposed to debut until it was featured in movie theaters prior to Michael Jackson’s This Is It starting October 28th, but since the song was prematurely released this past weekend, Lambert’s official MySpace video page unveiled the “Miracles” clip early. Considering the single is from the upcoming disaster film 2012, Lambert scales back on the glam for the clip, opting to instead focus on the performance and his towering vocals.

Adam Lambert’s First Music Video Explodes; Fans’ Heads Follow Suit by Lyndsey Parker

… with all this blowing-up going on, it makes sense that the just-premiered video for the cranked-to-11 track is an epic and explosive affair, sort of like a mini-movie version of 2012 itself. In the doomsday clip, the leading man (matinee Idol?) is in full-on trenchcoated Mad Max outlaw mode, fearlessly traipsing miraculously unscathed through a post-apocalyptic cityscape of looters, nosediving airplanes, freefalling great balls of fire, and imploding skyscrapers. And all the while, the camera basically makes love to him from every angle as he draws on his many years of theatrical training (not to mention braving the fiery elements of the Burning Man desert) to deliver an appropriately OTT performance.

Yes, Adam Lambert is undoubtedly one photogenic gent…and in the “TFM” video he manages to look glamorous even when covered in more dust and filth and soot than a Dickensian chimney sweeper, and even while disaster and decay and destruction unfold all around him in flaming slo-mo CGI. His guyliner scarcely even gets smudged, and his famous hair, while slightly mussed, still looks good despite cataclysmic windstorms that’d ruin the most meticulously gelled-and-moussed tresses of a lesser man.

Video for Adam Lambert’s ‘Time for Miracles’ From Roland Emmerich’s ‘2012’ Debuts Wednesday Exclusively On MySpace Music (Columbia Pictures Press Release)

The music video for Adam Lambert’s “Time for Miracles,” from Columbia Pictures’ highly anticipated action film 2012, will debut exclusively on MySpace Music Wednesday, October 21, it was announced today. To see the video, which includes images from the film, audiences can point their browsers to www.myspace.com/music starting midnight Wednesday. The song will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning today. The song will also be included on Lambert’s upcoming album.

Commenting on the announcement, Lia Vollack, president, Worldwide Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said, “Adam’s video is remarkable. It’s a great companion to Roland Emmerich’s film — we’re thrilled that Adam is a part of this motion picture.”

Adam Lambert Hits the Studio With Lady Gaga, Reveals Debut Title “For Your Entertainment” (RollingStone)

Adam Lambert made two surprise announcements last night on his Twitter: the American Idol runner-up revealed that his upcoming November 23rd debut will be titled For Your Entertainment, and also told fans that he spent yesterday collaborating with another Rolling Stone cover star — Lady Gaga. “Yes it’s true: I spent yesterday in the studio w the insanely talented and creative Lady GaGa recording a song that she wrote! I love her,” Lambert tweeted just after midnight EST.

Adam Lambert Confirms Collaboration With Lady Gaga By Gil Kaufman, with additional reporting by Jim Cantiello

“Yes it’s true: I spent yesterday in the studio w the insanely talented and creative Lady Gaga recording a song that she wrote! I love her,” Lambert tweeted.

Ever since Lady Gaga appeared on an “American Idol” results show this spring, fans have begged the two to collaborate. Just last week, the “Idol” rocker dismissed rumors that he would be joining Gaga on her Monster Ball tour. News of an alleged Gaga/Lambert duet, however, spread on Monday, when songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham tweeted that she’d dropped by a recording session where the two artists were working together. (A publicist for Lady Gaga would not comment when asked about it by MTV News yesterday afternoon.)

On his Twitter, Lambert revealed that the hookup was not just some experiment, but that Gaga came armed with music she’d crafted specifically for the glam-rock-loving singer. “Gaga wrote the song a while ago, and she thought it would be a good fit for me,” he wrote. “It’s a solo track. I feel so honored and lucky to be asked. “Gaga just gets it, ya know?” he added. A spokesperson for Lambert could not be reached at press time to confirm if the song, whose title was not revealed, will be included on his upcoming major label debut, For Your Entertainment, out November 23.

Adam Lambert Goes “Gaga”: Breaking Collabo News by Lyndsey Parker

It’s been a flashy week for Adam Lambert newsflashes: the leakage of his 2012 theme “Time For Miracles”; the even leakier leakage of his lurid pictorial in November’s Details magazine; the triple announcements that his first music video will premiere in movie theaters before Michael Jackson’s This Is It screenings, that he will perform at the American Music Awards, and that he will appear on Oprah…

Adam has been working on his debut album (now officially titled For Your Entertainment and moved up to a Monday, November 23 release date) with, among others, Lady Gaga producer RedOne…and on Monday he revealed that he actually just collaborated with the one and only Lady Gaga herself in the studio.

Adam Lambert goes straight for “Details”? by chrisclanks

Adam Lambert is making the media rounds as he gears up for the release of his new album, and his most recent stop at Details magazine has the internet abuzz. As the most recent coverboy for Details, the risqué photo shoot has him posing seductively … with a naked woman! (Warning: If you follow that link, some of the pics are NSFW.)

And I loved it! Why? Because this wasn’t an attempt to straighten him out or to try to hide his gayness or downplay his sexuality. It was pure PR magic set to deliver a fierce dose of shock value — and that’s what rock and roll is all about. And those of you worried about the possible degaying of Adam will be happy to know that the article openly embraces his sexuality, even going as far as to discuss his boyfriend who apparently Adam is trying to keep a secret. Hmm, he may want to check in with the rest of the internet on that one.

Tongues will wag over sexy Lambert photos By Courtney Hazlett

Those who make it to the upper rungs of the “Idol” ladder are easily criticized for their careers post show. Lambert has an astute take on this. “There’s a feeling of entitlement (with the fans) because they voted to get us where we are. But you know what? I am responsible for what I created on the show — you voted for what I created, and thank you, but I created it, you didn’t,” he said to the magazine.

Adam Lambert Hooks Up With A Naked Girl In ‘Details’ Magazine by Tamar Anitai

No, straight girls, it’s not “Time for Miracles.” Adam Lambert didn’t wake up straight this morning. He’s just messing around with a naked lady in his steamy hetero (???) shoot for the November 2009 issue of Details magazine. In the Lambert-tastic issue, Adam discusses coming out, and getting depressed in 2006, after the end of his first relationship in 2006.

For the Love of Adam Lambert By Nancy Jo Sales

… When the season ended, he was awarded a six–figure recording contract with 19 Entertainment, the company that owns Idol and puts out the albums of its headliners, like Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson. Simon Fuller, the Great Oz behind the show and one of the most successful producers in history (Idol music sales alone have generated close to $100 million), explains Lambert’s appeal as a matter of genuinely unique talent and natural charisma. “His voice is second to none,” Fuller says. “It’s up there with the all–time great singers I’ve come across. Many millions of people have already fallen in love with him. He’s got that glint in his eye, whether you’re gay, whatever, it’s just attractive. He’s just a very sexual guy—and he’s not threatening to women.”

… At a quiet Italian restaurant, he discusses the phenomenon of his “jock” appeal. “Maybe it’s the thing of being, like, confident in who you are, which cuts across the lines of gender and sexual orientation,” he says. Or maybe the jocks just like the way he sings—and Lambert intends to keep it that way. “I just want to entertain,” he says. “I don’t want [my music] to be a political or social thing right away. Eventually I would love to mess with that, but it’s a tricky, tricky road. There’s a part of me that’s a businessperson and part of me that’s an artist, and the artist wants to push buttons and break boundaries, but the businessperson goes, ‘Well, that doesn’t really sell albums.’ I don’t want to alienate a bunch of people who would otherwise be into what I do.”

For the album, 19 Entertainment has paired Lambert with some of the best pop producers in the music industry, including Greg Wells, who has worked with Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson. “The surprise is that he’s also a gifted songwriter,” says Wells. Lambert plays a taste of the album for me on his iPod. He describes it as “edgy pop.” It has the kind of catchy hooks designed to go platinum.

Adam Lambert And Allison Iraheta Album Titles Revealed By Jim Cantiello

A rep for 19 Entertainment confirmed to MTV News that Adam Lambert’s major label debut is called For Your Entertainment and Allison Iraheta’s release is named Just Like You.

Both album names appear to play into each artist’s “Idol” persona — Lambert, the ultimate showman and Iraheta, the irresistibly relatable teenage girl. No word yet as to whether their albums will feature songs with those titles.

Adam Lambert’s Song from ‘2012′ Leaks Online (Wall Street Journal)

The song hasn’t been released yet in the U.S., but it has been issued abroad. The song is called “Time for Miracles.” It’s an Aerosmithy power ballad that starts all earthy and sincere before building to a wailing climax.

So, according to Amazon, Adam’s debut CD out on November 23 will be called… drumroll… For Your Entertainment

Adam Lambert Croons in the Apocalypse with 2012 Love Theme Written by Seth Abramovitch

Truth be told, if the 2012 trailer were real and the roads of Southern California were actually crumbling around us like a piece of stale coffee cake, there’s no one we’d rather have soothe us with some Zeppelin lullabies as we clung to the spire of the splintering Capitol Records building than American Idol runner-up and My Favorite Scene participant, Adam Lambert.

The song, “Time For Miracles,” is a bombastic ode to living for the longshot, and a moving tribute to any of us who could hold out that a small commuter plane will be waiting for us at a still-intact Santa Monica Airport even as everything else seems to be sinking headlong into the Pacific.

Adam Lambert’s First Single Gets Kicked Online A Little Bit Early (Idolator)

It’s a megasized ballad that puts previous destructoflick tie-in songs like “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” to shame, with strings glopped all over it and Lambert showing off every octave that he can. I guess the ’90s revival had to extend to supersized soundtrack ballads that were tailor-made for… being overperformed by hopefuls attending American Idol auditions.

Adam Lambert Straights It Up in November ‘Details’ By Michelle Collins

After a few months out of the spotlight, American Idol star Adam Lambert is re-taking the media by storm in a full fledged publicity-splosion to promote his new album, which will finally be released next month. First, we’re blessed with the full version of his theme from the upcoming disaster flick 2012, titled “Time for Miracles.”… “Time For Miracles” is exactly the kind of over-the-top epic ballad…

We, for one, are extremely happy to see Lambert’s chiseled face back in the spotlight, specifically on the cover of Details magazine, where his pout, combined with those indigo laser beams he calls “eyes”, will no doubt cause the mag to fly off the shelves and into the hands of fags and their requisite hags faster than you can turn to the always endearing “Gay or Asian” section of the magazine.

Adam Lambert’s ‘Time For Miracles’ Looks Back, But Should It Be Looking Forward? by Jim Cantiello – so this is how he reviews a song also when he doesn’t have a hard-on for the singer 😉

“Time for Miracles,” which comes from the “2012” soundtrack, finally leaked this past weekend. (Thanks, iTunes Netherlands, Italy and Belgium!) And the full track almost plays like a parody of late-20th century end credit scrawls. Take a little Aerosmith, a heaping helping of Jon Bon Jovi’s “Young Guns II” album and the soaring glory notes from Celine Dion’s ode to a sinking ship and you’ve pretty much got “Time for Miracles.”

Lambert croons about having an “achin’ heart” and lovesick insomnia before hoping for a miracle to bring his lover back home. Lyrically, there’s nothing too groundbreaking. And while his emotionally dead-on vocals elevate the otherwise straightforward content into a majestic beast of a ballad, it doesn’t silence Lambert’s critics who suggest his arena rock wail might be more at home on the rock charts 25 years ago, when Warrant and Cinderella ruled the school.

Don’t get me wrong, “Idol” fans. I think “Time for Miracles” is awesomely (and appropriately) over the top. I appreciate the build-up, which allows for Adam to showcase both sides of his meaty vocal chops: tenderly quiet and ear-drum-bashing-octave-jumping-fist-pumping loud.

But considering Lambert and his record label, 19 Recordings/RCA, have been vocal about “Time for Miracles” being a side project that doesn’t reflect the tone of his major label debut, isn’t it odd that they’d allow this non-album throwback track be the first taste the world gets of their new performer?

Snap judgment: Adam Lambert’s ‘Time for Miracles’ begins his triumphant ascent by Ann Powers – thank you Ann for finally talking about the story of the writers of the songs!

… Listen to “Time for Miracles,” the single that begins this fall’s triumphant ascent of “American Idol” finalist and hard rock liberator Adam Lambert with a swoosh and bang that does Freddie and Steven (and Ann and Jon and Axl) proud.

The song itself is surprisingly unoperatic, though its back story is straight out of “La Boheme.” Co-written by Los Angeles rock power couple Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider, it’s a lonely declaration of faith in the healing power of love — a message made tragic by the fact that Shneider died of cancer in 2008.

… Then, three minutes in, Lambert’s melismatic growl signals that the summit’s within sight. Producer Rob Cavallo gives him a hand with some pumped up kick drum and more orchestral dervishism. From there it’s all fireworks. Lambert’s voice is multitracked so that it keeps careening into itself, resolving in a final squall that, I must say, is pretty Aretha-esque.

Adam Lambert’s “Time For Miracles” Single Leaks Early by Monica Herrera

Adam Lambert’s new single “Time for Miracles” has leaked online, a week in advance of its planned Oct. 27 debut… “Baby you know that, baby it’s time for miracles/’Cause I ain’t givin’ up on love,” Lambert booms on the power ballad’s chorus, showcasing his vocal prowess.

Adam Lambert’s ‘Time for Miracles’: What do you think? by Michael Slezak – I think this is how Slezak reviews a song when he doesn’t have a hard-on for the singer 😉

… There’s a lot of bubbling and buildup and anticipation, all leading to the point where things finally explode in a torrent of heat and magma and glory notes. That moment arrives at the 3:30 mark, as Adam exits the bridge and tackles the chorus once more (with feeling), riffing magnificently over the melody as a tidal wave of strings swells up around him.

… The question remains, however, if two decades from now, “Time for Miracles” will be ingrained in the minds of pop-radio listeners… The biggest challenge for Adam, as far as I see it, is there really isn’t anyone quite like him on modern radio — a male singer with a monster-truck-sized voice who isn’t afraid to bring the bombast and the drama to match it.

Adam Lambert’s “2012″ Song “Time for Miracles” Debuts Early (RollingStone)

Adam Lambert’s first post-Idol single “Time for Miracles” made its unexpected full debut this weekend after it reportedly became available prematurely on the iTunes Store in Italy. As Rolling Stone previously reported, “Time for Miracles” features in upcoming disaster film 2012 and its soundtrack, and the song’s music video was set to premiere before screenings of Michael Jackson’s This Is It documentary starting October 27th. According to Amazon.com, October 27th is also the day the song becomes available for download in the States…

On the track, Lambert proves how flexible his pipes truly are, effortlessly shifting from heartfelt, Ryan Adams-esque verses — complete with what sounds like a pedal steel guitar — to swelling arena-rock chorus. Throughout, Lambert’s incredible voice, which moved Queen’s Brian May “to jelly” when he heard the song this summer, shines through.

Scan from In Style Magazine! (Source: http://www.Adam-Lambert.net)

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Adam is in In Style Magazine and ontd_ai has a transcript of the Q&A – On My Mind – ADAM LAMBERT Excerpts)

The American Idol runner-up dishes about his new album and current obsessions

Itching to work with… Lady Gaga. She has a bold look, and her music is awesome. We could have a lot of fun performing together.

Favorite discovery The iPhone. I love the Bump app that lets you exchange contact information with someone by bumping your phones together, and SpeakEasy is really great for recording vocals

If I didn’t audition for Idol… I would still be a chorus boy in Wicked in Los Angeles.

Looking forward to… My album — it’s 100 percent me. Rock, pop, dance, electronic, and funk — a little bit of everything.

New Music: Adam Lambert – Time For Miracles

Big budget movies need to have an equally big theme song to cement its full-circle blockbuster worthiness. The disaster flick 2012 has got a monster hit from its soundtrack on its hands with “Time For Miracles,” performed by American Idol season 8’s electrifying glam-rocker Adam Lambert.

… Put on the backburner any feelings you have about the cheese factor of the song — which was written by Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneide – and pay close attention to Adam’s voice. It’s gold. Enough said.

Oh, wow, ontd_ai is the gift that keeps on giving. We now have photos of Details article! Would prefer scans, but that’s next right? And racy is right! Adam looks hottt! That model is naaaaked!

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“Miracles” Do Happen! Adam Lambert’s ‘2012’ Theme Finally Released by Lyndsey Parker

… “Time For Miracles” is exactly the type of song a multi-jillion-dollar action flick requires: It’s four minutes and 44 seconds of unapologetically unsubtle, over-the-top, ostentatious bombast and bluster and Bic-flicking power-balladry… This is a GOOD thing, by the way. Come on, 2012 isn’t some quirky indie film. It ain’t Juno or Once or Lost In Translation. It’s a big-budget popcorn blockbuster packed with CGI’d explosions, so it needs an explosive blockbuster of a theme song.

Adam Lambert American Music Awards press conference interview by Belinda Thomas

QUESTION:Will the song “Time for Miracles” be on your new album?

LAMBERT:It could be. It was originally done for the soundtrack for the 2012 movie and it will be on there but it may wind up on my cd as well as an added track or bonus,it is still being decided.

QUESTION:Where is your song at in the movie?

LAMBERT:I think it is at the end of the movie.

QUESTION:How do you feel about performing at the AMA awards this year?

LAMBERT:I am so excited. I just want to have fun.I am just so excited to be asked just to attend and see Gaga, and now I actually get to perform. It is just great.

QUESTION:What song will you be performing?

LAMBERT:I don’t know yet. We haven’t picked the single yet. Once we do then we will come up with the idea for the performance. It is crazy as this single will be out then with “Time For Miracles” being out, I will have two singles out at the same time.

QUESTION:How many songs did you co-write and with who?

LAMBERT:I co-wrote about 6 or 7. I wrote with Kara Dioguardi from American Idol and I have written a lot with Greg Wells who I have been working with the past few days. There is like 24 songs or so. I have about another week of recording. Then after that, once they get all the masters then the label and I will get together and listen to what we’ve got and start picking the songs.

Entertainment Weekly In The Studio With Adam Lambert (Scan care of ontd_ai) – new song titles!!!

Jews Claim Spot On Out 100 List By Devra Ferst

It’s the ultimate who’s who of who’s gay around the globe: Out magazine’s 15th annual Out 100 list. And this year, Jews, an Israeli among them, are proudly claiming their spots on it. The 2009 edition of the Out 100, which will hit news stands in early November, will list the gay culture magazine’s picks for this year’s most influential gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people, and will include Israeli television persona Assi Azar and “American Idol” star Adam Lambert, both of whom were recently photographed for the issue.

Lambert, the runner-up on season eight of “American Idol,” also made this year’s list… Lambert’s first album is set to be released November 24, but he’s already seen early success. Within hours of being made available for pre-order on Amazon.com, the album nearly topped the best-seller list, coming in second to one of the gay male community’s greatest icons of all time: Barbra Streisand.

Adam Lambert: 6 Exclusive Pics From the Studio (EW) – pretty good gallery!

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Adam Lambert: The Jewish Mother Interview By Gail Zimmerman

JN: November should be an exciting month for you. Your album is due to be released, and you’ve recorded a song for the film 2012 that will be in theaters about the same time.

AL: Yes, and it’s a really beautiful song. Very inspirational, and the production is gorgeous, very like a great classic rock ballad — very unlike the material that’s going to be on the album actually. The album’s going to be more modern electronic rock-pop, and [the 2012 track] is a more traditional, old school, heartfelt ballad, a little bit more like some of the stuff I did on Idol. The album is going to take what I did on Idol as a reference, and I’m going to launch it into today.

JN: With your album coming out, you’ll have to promote it. Would you like to host Saturday Night Live?

AL: Oh, my God. That would be amazing. That would be so much fun. That would be great. It would be very, very cool.

JN: When you go on the road in support of the album, would you like to tour to Israel?

AL: Yeah. I would love to. I want to go everywhere!

Adam Lambert Says Leaked Album Photo Looked ‘Silly’ Out Of Context By Jim Cantiello, with reporting by Matt Elias – with video

“It’s funny, because when you take something like that out of context, it kind of looks silly, like the Michelin Man,” Lambert told MTV News. “But in context, in the set that we had, which you didn’t see in the leaked photo … it works.” Lambert confirmed that the much-blogged-about Michelin Man outfit is, in fact, one of the looks fans will see in Lambert’s CD artwork and said it definitely fits in with the bigger picture of what he’s going for. “[The look] was supposed to be kind of high-fashion, avant-garde ‘space,’ and I think it works really well, actually.” To the makeup artist who leaked the photo (along with sneak peeks of Lambert’s fashion-forward eye accessories and a spiky leather jacket), Lambert sarcastically quipped, “Thanks a lot for leaking it.”

While the “Idol” runner-up told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that he has an album-cover photo selected, Lambert told us it’s still too early for him to pick a first single, the next big step in promoting his album. “It’s a very last-minute process. I’m still recording tracks this week. So once everything’s mixed, we’re gonna sit down next week and kind of listen to everything and pick our favorite,” Lambert said. (On Tuesday night, the rocker tweeted that he was working with Daughtry producer Howard Benson.) When asked if the single will be “Strut,” a Kara DioGuardi-penned tune mentioned in a Rolling Stone blurb, Lambert laughed. “It’s a wonderful Internet rumor. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs on the album, and it will be on the album, but I don’t know what the single’s gonna be yet.”

Adam Lambert’s “Time for Miracles” To Debut Before Jackson’s “This Is It” (RollingStone)

The music video for Adam Lambert’s “Time for Miracles,” from the upcoming apocalypse flick 2012, will fittingly debut in movie theaters: the American Idol runner-up’s clip is set to premiere as part of a trailer before Michael Jackson’s This Is It when the documentary hits the big screen on October 28th. As Rolling Stone reported yesterday, a brief audio clip of “Time of Miracles” was unveiled this weekend, but fans won’t have to wait that long to hear the power ballad, as Lambert tells MTV that the full song should be released around October 18th.

Adam Lambert Preps His Glampire Fangs by Mary Beth Quirk

… Adam’s been busy with his new, still untitled, album. On the new record, Adam says he collaborated with Linda Perry, Craig Wells, Ryan Tedder and more. But there are even more people he wants to work with.

“The thing about this album is because it’s a fast process, we’ve really just had to dive right in and I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time reaching out and experimenting with other artists,” he tells OK! of his desire to work with more people. “Hopefully in the future, though!”

Swift dominates American Music Award nominations

Paula Abdul, Snoop Dog and Adam Lambert announced the nominees for the 37th annual American Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday…

Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, the Black Eyed Peas and Adam Lambert will perform live at the AMAs on Sunday, November 22, which will be Lambert’s first performance from his soon-to-be-released album. “With the support of the artists and labels, we are looking forward to an amazing lineup of performances during this year’s show highlighting the diversity and breadth of this year’s eclectic music scene,” the show’s producers, Orly Adelson and Larry Klein, said in a joint statement.

Paula Abdul Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize By Michelle Collins (Best Week Ever) – has a really good gallery of photos!

Below, we’ve got a fun-filled gallery of the occasion, and after the jump, Snoop, his “Main Man” Adam, and Paula make the announcement we’ve been waiting all year for.

Paula Abdul, Adam Lambert and More at the ‘American Music Awards’ Nominations (ET Online)

ET is with Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul and Snoop Dogg following their announcement of this year’s “American Music Awards” nominees.

Paula told ET she thinks it’s great that Michael Jackson was given five nominations this year. She worked with the Jacksons for six years and helped choreograph the Victory Tour, establishing a relationship with the famous family.

Meanwhile, “American Idol” runner-up Adam is excited for his first announcement gig and performing on the show! The much-talked-about performer says he’s not sure what he’ll be singing just yet, and gives ET an update on his upcoming album.

Adam Lambert’s ‘Time For Miracles’ Video To Debut Before ‘This Is It’ By Jim Cantiello, with reporting by Matt Elias

In addition to putting the finishing touches on his major-label debut and announcing the nominees for the 2009 American Music Awards, where he will be performing, Adam Lambert just finished shooting the music video for “Time for Miracles,” a song recorded for the upcoming end-of-the-world blockbuster “2012.”

“[The video] was really performance-driven. It was really about the lyric content and the emotional guts of the song,” Lambert told MTV News on Tuesday (October 13) in Los Angeles. “There were a ton of extras on the set. What they were doing is they were staging scenes reminiscent of what happens in ‘2012,’ ” Lambert said. Specifically, the “American Idol” rocker pointed to one sequence in the video where he sings calmly while chaos surrounds him. “I’m just walking through looking straight at the camera singing the song, and there’s a riot going on around me — people being tossed in front of me, looting, you know, people being arrested,” Lambert described. “That was pretty wild, to try to stay focused on the song while that was happening. But we had fun. It was a good day.”

Recording the song was perhaps more of a challenge. Lambert explained that working with producer Rob Cavallo on the power ballad was fairly intense. “[He] pushed me to the limit,” Lambert said. “I sang for my life. It was quite a day of recording, but it turned out great.” Cavallo and Lambert went on to work together on several tracks that might end up on Lambert’s CD come November 24. (Cavallo spilled three song titles to Yahoo! Music on Tuesday, including “Suburban Decay,” “Winners” and “Music Again.”)

A small snippet of “Time for Miracles” leaked late last week, but Lambert told us to expect the full song later this week. “I believe on the 18th [Saturday], ‘Time for Miracles’ will be released. … I’m really happy about it.” Lambert is especially happy about where fans will be able to see the “Time for Miracles” video: the big screen. “The ‘2012’ trailer that we put together with the [‘Time for Miracles’ music video] will be premiering at the Michael Jackson film,” Lambert revealed to MTV News, referring to a special trailer that will run before the upcoming documentary “Michael Jackson’s This Is It.”

Producer Rob Cavallo Exclusively Discusses Adam Lambert Album by Lyndsey Parker (w/ Video)

Rob is one of several producers currently working on the upcoming Adam Lambert album, and he also worked on Adam’s recently leaked 2012 movie theme, “Time For Miracles.” This was a guy I needed to talk to.

And so there, right in the middle of Times Square surrounded by yodelers awaiting Rob’s guidance, I demanded that he discuss how he’s guiding Adam’s recording process, and give me some sort of album scoop. And thankfully, Rob was more than happy to oblige, even revealing for the first time some actual (somewhat Green Day/MCR-esque) SONG TITLES on the tracklisting! Yahoooooo!

Adam Lambert To Perform ‘Glammy’ Single At American Music Awards By Jim Cantiello

Adam Lambert appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Tuesday morning (October 13) to announce that he will be performing his to-be-announced first single during the 2009 American Music Awards in November. “I want some dancing up there. I want some costumes. I want some fire,” Lambert told Seacrest of his awards-show debut, adding, “I really want it to be something to look at, something really, really exciting and over the top.”

The “Idol” rocker still won’t spill much on his first single just yet, other than saying it’s “something entirely different” from “Time for Miracles,” the ballad he recorded for the upcoming disaster flick “2012.” (Lambert also shot a video for the soundtrack song, which he calls “epic.”) Lambert described the secretive album single as “glammy” before teasing its mysterious release date. “We don’t really have a specific date. Any day now. Stay tuned … “

Lambert also told Seacrest he “couldn’t be happier” with his still-untitled CD’s progress. And it seems his album collaborators are just as excited. Recently, writer/producer Greg Wells tweeted, “Have. Never. Worked. With. A. Singer. Like. This.” Lambert is also working with Rob Cavallo, Ryan Tedder, Max Martin and a host of other A-list hitmakers, who are all helping Lambert achieve his goal of “bringing back kind of a glam-rock feel to pop music.” “The cool thing about doing an album is that it should have some variety on it and take listeners on a journey, and I think it does that,” Lambert said. “It’s like dress-up. It’s fun. I’m getting to play rock star!”

Adam Lambert’s Leaked Song from 2012, “Time for Miracles…” You Like? by John Polly

Nice to know AL isn’t playing around. This one sounds hugely epic and Aerosmith-worthy… But come on! I wanna to hear the whole thing to experience some Adam wailing at its best. Meanwhile, November 24th is the street date for Adam’s his full-on album. Can you wait?

Adam Lambert Wants to “Grab People By the Heart” in “2012″ Song “Time for Miracles” (RollingStone) – love how supportive RS is of Adam!

… After previewing the track, it’s safe to say the end of the world never sounded so uplifting, as Lambert’s vocals soar over a bed of strings and arena-rock guitars. “We wanted to match how epic the film is,” Lambert said in a behind-the-scenes video at AOL Moviefone. “We wanted to reach out and grab people by the heart.”

” ‘Time for Miracles’ is a great song and perfectly fits the themes of the movie. I was thrilled to record this song for 2012 and I’m glad I had the chance to help create a unique sound for this movie,” Lambert said in a statement. The song was produced by Rob Cavallo, who’s also been working with Lambert on his November debut album.

“Time For Miracles” was written by Eleven’s Alain Johannes Moschulski and Natasha Shneider. Sadly, as Rolling Stone reported last year, Shneider, who also played keyboards for Queens of the Stone Age, passed away in July 2008 after a battle with cancer.

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS (Columbus Dispatch) – Lambert tune featured

A snippet of the Adam Lambert song Time for Miracles is streaming on Amazon.com. The power ballad is from the soundtrack for the doomsday movie 2012, starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Danny Glover. The compact disc is to be released Nov. 10 and the film Nov. 13. Time for Miracles, said a rep for Lambert’s label, won’t be the lead single from his debut CD, which will go on sale Nov. 24.

Adam Lambert’s ‘Time For Miracles’: First Reactions by Jim Cantiello

… I’d still like to hear the full song before I officially weigh in… But what I am comfortable with saying at this point is that Adam Lambert’s voice sounds nothing short of amazing, mind-blowing, brizzonculent. (I had to make up a word there, because I’m fairly certain there’s no string of letters that could properly convey how awesome he sounds.) Even on, like, the 150th listen to the snippet, I still get dizzy when his voice slides on the line “I ain’t givin’ uuuuuup on us.” Like buttah.

RECORDING ARTISTS PAULA ABDUL, ADAM LAMBERT AND SNOOP DOGG ANNOUNCE NOMINEES FOR THE “2009 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS” – Press Conference to Be Held Tuesday, October 13 at the Beverly Hills Hotel – AMA’s to Air Live Sunday, November 22 on ABC

WHAT: Recording artists Paula Abdul, Adam Lambert and Snoop Dogg will announce the Nominations for the “2009 American Music Awards” in the Sunset Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel on Tuesday, October 13.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – Media Check-In: 8:00 AM – Announcements Begin (Promptly): 9:30 AM

Adam on the Japanese flyer for 2012!

Hummer: Sneak Peek of Adam Lambert’s New Song (Popnography)

Picking up where Stephen Tyler left off, American Idol alum Adam Lambert is the next glam rocker in line to lend his pipes to a hyper-dramatic theme song for an apocalypse movie… We don’t really buy it (Y2K anyone?) but just in case, we’re going to get our fix of Adam Lambert while we can: the soundtrack is out on November 10 (three days before the film hits theaters) and his solo debut album is set to drop on November 24.

AOL Moviefone Listeners Get Their First Listen to Adam Lambert’s ‘Time for Miracles,’ Theme From Columbia Pictures’ ‘2012’ By: PR Newswire

Adam Lambert, the “American Idol” star, performs “Time for Miracles,” the theme song from Columbia Pictures’ 2012, the new action film from Roland Emmerich. Viewers can catch a tease of the song at AOL Moviefone, where a music teaser with footage from the film and Lambert recording the song premieres today. 2012 will be released in theaters nationwide on November 13, 2009.

Lambert said, “‘Time for Miracles’ is a great song and perfectly fits the themes of the movie. I was thrilled to record this song for 2012 and I’m glad I had the chance to help create a unique sound for this movie.”

The song was produced by Rob Cavallo and written by Natasha Shneider and Alain Johannes Moschulski. The song was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. The song will be included on the 2012 soundtrack distributed by RCA Records, due in stores November 10.

Adam Lambert’s ‘2012’ Song: Goosebumps. And It’s Just A Preview! by Henrik Batallones (Buddy TV)

Adam Lambert’s first song since almost winning American Idol? Goosebumpy… While I’m still not a fan of Adam’s (and you know why), I like this.

It’s pretty funny, though, that the song somehow doesn’t fit the clips from the film that accompanies it in the video below. It sounds ordinary until the vocals kick in, and you start wondering whether Adam Lambert is the soundtrack to when the world ends and we get to say our last goodbyes or not. And then the chorus kicks in, and I go, “man, that bleeping fits.” And the hairs on the back start to stand.

Music Fall Preview (US Weekly) – scan thanks to idf

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Adam Lambert ‘Time for Miracles’ Music Teaser From ‘2012’: Exclusive Sneak Peek By: Thomas DiChiara

… his new song, entitled ‘Time for Miracles,’ is extremely theatrical … which makes sense, seeing as it’s the theme song for disaster-movie auteur Roland Emmerich’s latest end-of-the-world extravaganza ‘2012.’

Lambert’s spine-tingling — and never-pitchy, dawg — vocals provide the perfect musical accompaniment to scenes of cities blowing up, international landmarks crumbling like sandcastles, the ocean swallowing Hollywood, and divorced dad John Cusack racing around the globe to save his ex-wife (Amanda Peet) and their fam from the Mayan-predicted apocalypse on Dec. 21, 2012.

The ‘2012’ soundtrack hits stores Nov. 10, followed swiftly by the end of the world, er, release of the movie in theaters on Nov. 13.

The Time For Adam Lambert’s “Time For Miracles” Is Here! by Lyndsey Parker

… the time for “Time For Miracles” has finally arrived. A new (and of course improved) trailer featuring a snippet of the Glamerican Idol’s much-hyped song has at long last leaked, and it’s just the big, blustery, bombastic, Brian May-endorsed, Oscar-worthy, dancing-in-the-path-of-greatness, EPIC movie theme Adam fans hoped it would be.

Of course, “Time For Miracles” is probably not indicative of what Adam’s upcoming debut album will sound like–in this recent Reality Rocks interview, Adam clarified that his 2012 theme is an entirely separate project with a more “classic,” less electropoppy sound. But it’s still the world’s first dose of solo, post-AmIdol Adam…and that miraculous VOICE is simply unmistakable.

Adam Lambert’s ‘Time for Miracles’: 29-second leak may cause sweating, palpatations by Michael Slezak

… a verrry brief snippet of Adam’s “Time for Miracles,” a cut from the upcoming 2012 soundtrack, is now streaming at Amazon.com UK, and it sounds like it has the potential to be a power-ballad smash.

On the Adam Idol Scale ™, “Time for Miracles” sounds like it’s got a little “Mad World” falsetto, a little “Slow Ride” growl, and perhaps the scope and grandeur of “One.”

News Notes (Entertainment Weekly Magazine) -scan thanks to teamkradam of ontd_ai

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Interview: Matt Mahaffey Of Self by Brock Vincion Sharp – another possible collaborator

BVS: Collaborations seems to be something you like to do. I mean who can blame you, you have had a lot of great opportunities to work in that atmosphere. Is there a lot of guest stars on this record? Is there any collaborations in the past that almost happened that you still want to do?

MATT: I guess i could have friends play on the new album, it just hasn’t arisen yet….I’m more interested in working with certain studios/rooms than with people. I’m supposed to write with Adam Lambert from American Idol at some point, how strange will that sound?!

Kidsday talks with ‘Idol’s’ Adam Lambert

Are you going to put the song “Mad World” on your album?

I don’t think so, I think the album is going to be all original music. People can go and download it on iTunes right now. Hopefully they are getting it if they like it.

Warner Music Group Appoints Renowned Producer Rob Cavallo as Chief Creative Officer – he also worked with Adam

Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG) today announced that it has named Grammy Award-winning music producer, Rob Cavallo, to the newly created position of Chief Creative Officer. As such, Cavallo will provide WMG with his exclusive services as a producer and an A&R executive.

Cavallo produced Paramore’s latest album, “brand new eyes,” which debuted at No. 2 this week in the U.S. … and the first single from “American Idol’s” Adam Lambert for the movie, “2012,” as well as seven tracks on Lambert’s upcoming debut album.

Aranda: ‘Idol’ connection more than band ever dreamed By Gene Triplett – more Adam collaborators…

Ever since “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson decided to record “All I Ever Wanted” and “Whyyawannabringmedown” for her latest album, Dameon Aranda has had a lot of explaining to do.

The exposure, despite its unusual nature, has been invaluable. At least three major labels — which shall remain unnamed until a contract is signed — have expressed interest in the band, and Dameon has signed a publishing deal to write songs for other artists, having already worked with “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert and Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean, who’s working on a solo project.

Adam on TV Guide Magazine! (Scan thanks to IDF)

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Adam Lambert CD Hits Big With Pre-Orders by Joseph Hudak

Adam Lambert’s debut CD has reached No. 1 on Amazon-and it doesn’t even have a title yet. “I’m excited about the anticipation,” Lambert tells TV GUIDE MAGAZINE. So what can fans expect when the CD arrives November 24? “Dynamic music,” he says, “that will hopefully have the listener dancing, laughing and crying, sometimes all at once.”

Pre-Order Available Now! Special Deluxe Edition Coming Soon… (From AdamOfficial.Com)

Visit Amazon.com to pre-order Adam’s new album! In the meantime, keep an eye on AdamOfficial.com for details about an exclusive Special Deluxe Edition coming soon!

Adam Lambert’s Album Tops Amazon Charts Without Single, Title by Kyle Anderson (MTV Newsroom)

… The other thing that makes Lambert’s Amazon chart dominance amazing is that he has topped a number of high-profile artists, many of whom just released new music this week. Lambert’s album stands above new records from Barbara Streisand, Madonna and Mariah Carey (as well as the Beatles). Those are artists with massive followings and plenty of buzz, but clearly Lambert’s fans are speaking louder. They’re so desperate to hear the album that they’re will to buy something that doesn’t yet exist.

Dominance on the Amazon sales chart doesn’t necessarily mean that the album will be massive, but clearly the anticipation for Lambert’s album is massive and will only get bigger between now and the day his record drops.

Kanye West, Lady Gaga, David Letterman, Madonna And Adam Lambert: This Week’s Deep Cuts (MTV News)

Adam Lambert has already sold a ton of albums, even though the record in question has no title or single. But that’s okay, because he’s driving people to donate to public schools.

Adam Lambert vs. Susan Boyle: Which Nov. 24 record release has you more excited? by Michael Slezak

In the Simon Fuller corner, it’s American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, the man whose rendition of “Mad World” left approximately 20 million Americans sobbing softly on their couches. The man whose boots/jacket combo made the members of Kiss look downright demure at the Idol season finale. The man who caused my Social Security-collecting mother to lasciviously shout “Come to mama!” at the Idol concert tour stop in Albany, NY, in August. The man who managed to top Barbra Streisand and Madonna on Amazon.com’s album pre-sale charts this week — even though fans won’t be able to listen to said record for almost two months.

… his list of collaborators to date — including Linda Perry, Max Martin, RedOne, Ryan Tedder, and Greg Wells — indicates his label is leaving no commercially viable stone unturned. What’s more, Randy Jackson told me recently that he bumped into Adam in the hallway of an L.A. recording studio, and what he heard of the still-in-progress disc was “hot, interesting, and cool.” (Okay, that’s not a lot of detail, but at least I scored you something better than a standard-issue “molten-hot lava bomb,” yes?)

Ryan Tedder Interview OneRepublic and Projects With Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis, and Adele By Bill Lamb

Bill: Is there anything in particular we should watch for from your outside projects this fall?

Ryan: Yeah, you should look out for Adam Lambert. I’ve done, as of now, and it could change, but as of now, four songs for his album. I’ve never watched American Idol until this year. Ironically, I’ve worked with enough of them you think I would have, but I never had. But this year I saw that guy and thought, “Man this guy’s out of his mind, it’s amazing.” Finally something different. This guy doesn’t care. I love it, and so I did four songs with him. I’m not going to say what the single is. I’m actually trying to find out what the first single is right now. I’ll just say I’ve got these two now that are in contention. I would love, of course, to have the single.

Adam Lambert’s Album Preorder Tops Amazon Sales Chart

Four days after the pre-order option was made available on Lambert’s still-untitled disc, or New Album 2009 as Amazon calls it, the American Idol runner-up is tops on Amazon’s Bestsellers list, ahead of new releases by Mariah Carey, Madonna, the Beatles and more. That’s pretty impressive, and a testament to Lambert’s fervent fanbase. Lambert’s most recent tweets put him back in the studio with Linda Perry, Rob Cavallo, Ryan Tedder and Dr. Luke — all within the last week.

Adam Lambert burns up the pre-sale album charts by Leah Greenblatt

The guy-linered glam-ball’s second-place finish on American Idol somehow seemed more like a win than a loss (how many runners-up have you seen beat out the champ for the post-finale cover of Rolling Stone?), and now, sales for his still-untitled November 24 debut have soared to the no. 2 spot on Amazon — a move almost unprecedented for an album nearly two months out.

Even more impressively, Lambert’s label, RCA, hasn’t even publicized the pre-sale, meaning that the current rush is largely organic and fan-based.

Pre-sale orders surge for ‘American Idol’ runner-up Adam Lambert’s debut CD BY Jacob E. Osterhout

Season 8 “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert won’t release his debut album until November 24th, but pre-sales of the CD have already jumped to No. 2 on the Amazon.com sales list.

What’s even more impressive is that Lambert’s record label, RCA, never announced that the disc could be pre-ordered, which means that the boom in sales is due to word of mouth.

Adam Lambert’s Upcoming Album: Bigger Than The Beatles? by Lyndsey Parker – I think it’s important to point out that Amazon is a very small fish in the digital download market compared to iTunes… and that Ms Parker is a big ol’ Adam tard. I don’t really appreciate the comparing with Kris…

… here’s a fact: Only a few hours after being listed on Amazon, Adam Lambert’s pre-orderable debut album is already at #2 on the site’s Bestsellers chart…above Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, fellow Simon Cowell-affiliated reality star Susan Boyle (whose own debut comes out the same day as Adam’s, November 24), and–yes–the Beatles… Clearly, Adam’s album is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated releases of 2009.

Adam Lambert Swears He’s No Idol Puppet by Breanne L. Heldman

American Idol and 19 Entertainment may be putting out his debut album, but they’re not taking his creative freedom—or so he claims. “I think there’s a little bit of a misconception out in the public that people that come out of American Idol are puppetted and kind of controlled,” he tells E! News exclusively. “That hasn’t been my experience one bit. They’ve been completely supportive and collaborative with me and all the powers that be are really trying to facilitate my artistic vision.”

In addition to working with A-list producers RedOne (Sean Kingston’s “Fire Burning”), Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera’s “Keeps Getting’ Better”) and Ryan Tedder (the man behind the controversial Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson tracks), Lambert is writing some of his own stuff.

“For a handful of these songs, I’ve gotten to write on them,” he says. “So I really feel I’ve gotten to inject a lot of this music on the album with my own personal vocal stylings and my own lyrical content. A lot of it talks about stuff I really care about and that I find interesting, so that feels really good.”

… Speaking of good, Lambert may dream big—his song, “Time for Miracles,” for the 2012 soundtrack may be Academy Award eligible, which “would be wild”…

Cool – looks like Max Martin & Andreas Carlsson have a song for Adam! – click here

10 intriguing albums being released, including Weezer, Adam Lambert and Wolfmother

Adam Lambert, TBD (Nov. 24) In the new ish of Rolling Stone, there’s a wicked shot of last year’s AI runner-up howling in the recording studio. Sweet! We want our Lamby to raise a hellhound ruckus on his debut disc. Bring the noise, baby!

Adam, Kris and Allison are on EW’s Fall Music Preview – thanks to virginiamom of IDF for the scan!

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Adam Lambert Album Update: More Producers, More Tweets by Jim Cantiello

… Thankfully, Lambert has been dropping a few hints on Twitter this past week, so let’s investigate. This past Saturday, Adam mentioned he was going into the studio with Rob Cavallo, who produced “A Time For Miracles,” the Lambert tune to be featured in the upcoming flick “2012.” Since nobody has heard it yet (except for Queen’s Brian May, who said he was “completely blown away” by the song) we can only assume that any future tracks by Cavallo for Lambert will be equally life-changing. Score!

Then on Sunday, Adam tweeted, “In Denver recording w/ Ryan Tedder! Get ready for your sonic lobotomy!” “Sonic lobotomy” sounds uber-promising! Ryan Tedder, however, does not. I don’t know about you guys, but as much as I dig “Halo” and “Already Gone” and “Battlefield” and “Bleeding Love,” Tedder’s songs are all starting to sound the same to me. (Even Kelly Clarkson thought so.) Here’s hoping Tedder digs deep to give Adam an extra-special track (or ten).

Then last night, Lambert wrote, “Denver Tedder sessions were major! Looking forward to working with the fantastic Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly tomorrow!” He quickly followed that up with two more tweets: “I know it sounds corny, but this album is a dream come true. I am lucky to be working with the best producers & writers in the world!” and “Get ready to shake yo asses! There be some beats a-comin’!”

… (Despite reports that a rumored first single called “Strut” is making the rounds to industry insiders, MTV News hasn’t received it. WTF?) All I will say is that Adam has the potential to be bigger than a Top 40 act, and I just hope the A-listers on Adam’s album also bring their A-game.

Fall music preview (LA Times) By Ann Powers – Adam is # 11

Adam Lambert, self-titled, RCA, Nov. 24

I’m glad I’m not Adam Lambert — so many expectations hang on the glitter-kissed shoulders of last season’s “American Idol” breakout star. He’s promising a cornucopia of styles from rock to dance to pop on this debut album, but one thing’s for sure: with collaborators such as Max Martin, Ryan Tedder and Linda Perry, it should sound like gold. Also coming in November: debuts from Lambert’s “Idol” pals Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta.

20 Fall Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear (EW)

ADAM LAMBERT – Title TBA (11/24)

Runner-up, shmunner-up. The guylinered second-place finisher’s debut is perhaps the most anticipated post-Idol debut ever from a non-winner. Lambert himself told the Associated Press that he envisions a ”rock-pop-electronic-dance thing,” with elements of ’70s glam rock and something ”very modern, almost futurist”; either way, expect him to go where no AI finalist has gone before.

This scan was posted on Adam’s official myspace blog:

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RollingStone’s 2009 Fall Music Preview : Inside 60 of the Season’s Biggest Records: Pearl Jam, Shakira, John Mayer, Adam Lambert, Mariah Carey, Lil Wayne and more – of course Adam is included! – there’s video too.

From Weezy and Mariah to Weezer and the Flaming Lips, some of 2009’s most anticipated albums are hitting stores this season. Big debuts from Adam Lambert and Monsters of Folk are due, along with eagerly awaited releases by Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and Shakira.

Adam Lambert TBD 11/24

LOWDOWN: If you dig downer ballads, Adam Lambert’s debut album isn’t for you. “I want it to be positive — no negativity or whining,” says the American Idol runner-up, who calls his LP “nouveau-glam pop-rock.” Lambert, who co-wrote several tracks, corralled an A-list lineup to help craft the disc’s club-ready tunes: Max Martin, Lady Gaga producer RedOne, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Linda Perry. He also reunited with Idol judge Kara DioGuardi to pen “Strut,” a Depeche Mode-meets-Queen self-empowerment anthem that highlights Lambert’s dramatic falsetto.

We have an adds date for Adam’s single! – from FMQB

10/12 Mainstream – Adam Lambert (RCAMG)

2009 Fall Music Calendar

Nov. 24 – Adam Lambert – Untitled – Genre: Pop

The debut from American Idol’s Season 8 runner-up might be the most highly anticipated first album in the show’s history. Lambert has described it as a mix of glam, rock and dance music, and he’s been working with Lady GaGa producer RedOne, among others.

Fall music: Brian Mansfield’s picks By Brian Mansfield

Adam Lambert Untitled (Nov. 24)

… Lambert’s second-place finish did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm for his debut, which the singer has described as modernizing glam and classic ’70s rock sounds with electronic and dance elements … Details of the album remain sketchy, though his collaborators have included some of pop music’s hottest producers — RedOne (Lady Gaga), Max Martin (Kelly Clarkson), Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) and Greg Wells (Katy Perry) … his debut should be one of the most fascinating albums — and music stories — of the season.

Your Random Friday Memo By Brian Mansfield

Each of the staff’s critics picked a handful of forthcoming albums we’re really excited to hear (and, in some cases, already have heard). For me, Adam Lambert topped the list.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. We’ve probably got a decent general idea of what Kris Allen’s and even Allison Iraheta’s album will sound like. But Adam’s? That could go anywhere — or everywhere. Will it resemble his American Idol performances? Or will he go more into David Bowie/Muse territory, like he did on tour? Does his choice of collaborators (RedOne, Sam Sparro, Max Martin, Greg Wells, Linda Perry, Ryan Tedder) tell us much about his direction? What about the music he’s touted on Twitter, like Muse, Alisan Porter, Simian Mobile Disco, Cheeks, Ke$ha, Zoot Woman and Cassidy Haley? That’s potentially a lot of musical territory to cover, or styles to synthesize. I think anybody who follows American Idol at all has to be at least curious to hear what Adam’s album will sound like.

News Ticker: U2, Beyonce, Adam Lambert, Regina Spektor (RollingStone)

Adam Lambert fanatics have stole a peek at the poster for 2012 and say the title of the Idol heartthrob’s contribution is “Time for Miracles,” Rockstar Weekly reports. Lambert has described the track as a ballad.

RollingStone Fall Album Preview (Scan) – thanks to chouxi of ONTD

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Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta LPs Won’t Be ‘Cookie-Cutter,’ Producer Insists By Jim Cantiello

“American Idol” season-eight alumni Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta are as wildly different from each other as possible. But the trio — who are all set to release their debut post-“Idol” albums later this year — have one thing in common: They’re running to Kevin Rudolf for material.

Rudolf … also had positive things to say about runner-up Adam Lambert, even though he only worked with him for “five or six hours” right before the American Idols Live! Tour kicked off in July. “He’s so cool, so open. … His voice is incredible. He can do anything he wants. It’s just a matter of choosing the right direction and homing in and saying, ‘This is my sound.’ ” Rudolf believes he knows what’s best for Adam. “We started a song that was … kind of like an updated, futuristic-rock, disco-ish thing.” As is the case with all post-“Idol” projects, Rudolf was not at liberty to reveal any song titles or lyrics, but he did announce that he plans to complete the “disco-ish” song with Lambert now that the “Idol” tour has wrapped up. “I’m gonna do some more stuff with him,” the visibly excited producer promised … Rudolf admitted that there are “a lot of chefs in the kitchen,” but he views that as a positive. “I don’t think it’s gonna go wrong. I know they’re all working with mostly really good-quality people.”

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** Listen to the world premiere of Friday I’ll Be Over U here **

On the Charts: Susan Boyle Breaks Record in Huge Second Week (RollingStone) – The Chipmunks outsold her, that’s painful…

American Idol’s Allison Iraheta did not fair nearly as well as her co-stars Adam Lambert and Kris Allen as Just Like You managed only a Number 31 entry in its debut week with 32,000 copies. The magenta-haired singer was beat out by the Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel soundtrack, which will now threaten to test the high-frequency levels of 39,000 stereos after coming in at 25.

People Magazine’s review

‘American Idol’ encores compete for our attention By Sean Daly (St Petersburg Times) Grade: C+

Call me crazy, but Iraheta might wind up selling some records. Maybe not now, and maybe not with these producers. But strip down her sound. Let her live a little. Maybe even let her date a member of Motley Crue. (But not Mick Mars. That’s just sick.)

Just Like You (2009) Allison Iraheta Reviewed by Michael Slezak

…the muscular, instantly recognizable growl that carried her to a fourth-place finish on American Idol’s eighth season is all she needs to seamlessly wed a collection of first-rate ditties, from the relentlessly propulsive ”Holiday” to the ’80s-influenced ”D Is for Dangerous” to the soaring ”Don’t Waste the Pretty.”

Girl. Can. Sang! A-

Allison Iraheta’s ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’ video: When performance and fashion trump concept and execution by Michael Slezak

… it also means I wish the folks at 19/Jive had spent a little more time and money putting together the corresponding video, which debuted late last night on YahooMusic.

Allison’s cd will be previewing before New Moon screening! Wow, score one for her. Very good ad placement Jive!

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Allison Iraheta: The Album-Preview Interview, Pt. 2 by Lyndsey Parker

… Allison Iraheta, the season 8 American Idol rock chick continues to keep it real, talking about working with Pink, Kevin Rudolf, and Greg Wells; covering a song by her logical predecessor, Rock Star: Supernova rocker Dilana; writing with industry big-wigs for her debut album, Just like You; and, perhaps most amusingly, the lame ex-boyfriend who inspired much of the album’s angry subject matter. Clearly, success is the best revenge!

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Allison Iraheta: The Album-Preview Interview, Pt. 1 by Lyndsey Parker

And the subject matter on the album is surprisingly deep and dark for such a seemingly rosy-dispositioned, rosy-haired teen, dealing with romantic revenge (there’s an Allison ex out there who must feel very, very stupid right now), emotional scars, boyfriends with appalling cellphone etiquette, and other real issues that will surely resonate with teens much more strongly than the cutesy cookie-cutter fare emanating from the Radio Disney camp. This is real music by a real teen, for real teens…but it’s substantial enough for grown-ups to really dig into it, too.

Oh, shnappppsssss. Kradam’s got some serious competition here.

Lil Wayne, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga Lead Our Holiday Album Preview By Gil Kaufman (MTV)

The ranks thin a bit by December, which brings the debut album from “Idol” firebrand Allison Iraheta, Just Like You

Allison Iraheta’s Just Like You: The Album Snippet Preview! by Jim Cantiello

Overall, I worry that the album gets off on the wrong foot. It’s not until the one-two punch of tracks five and six (“Scars” and “Pieces”) that I start to dig her sound. And while there are other winners on the CD (especially “Beat Me Up” and “No One Else”), I hear more filler than I’d like to.

But these are just 30-second teasers. My issues with some of the other tracks could very well dissipate as soon as the full album hits stores December 1.

Allison Iraheta exclusive: We reveal songwriting and production credits for her debut album! by Michael Slezak

1. “Friday I’ll Be Over U” (Max Martin, Shellback, Savan Kotecha, Tiffany Amber) (Produced by Max Martin & Shellback for Maratone Productions)

2. “Robot Love” (Heather Bright, Warren “Oak” Felder, Johannes Joergensen, Sterling Simms, Gary Glitter, Mike Leander) (Produced By “Oak” of the Knightwritaz for NineTimesNine Entertainment & Uncle Josh for DEEKAY)

3. “Just Like You” (Max Martin, Shellback, Savan Kotecha) (Produced by Max Martin & Shellback for Maratone Productions)

4. “Don’t Waste The Pretty” (Michael Dennis Smith, Stefanie Ridel, Miriam Nervo, Olivia Nervo) (Produced by Howard Benson)

5. “Scars” (Toby Gad, Elyssa James) (Produced by Toby Gad)

6. “Pieces” (Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Shelly Pieken) (Produced By Dreamlab)

7. “D Is For Dangerous” (Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, Michael Biancaniello) (Produced by Sam Watters & Louis Biancaniello for MzMeriq)

8. “Holiday” (Dave Bassett, Dilana Trudy Smith) (Produced by Dave Bassett)

9. “Still Breathing” (Tommy Henriksen, Chioma Eze) (Produced by Howard Benson)

10. “Trouble Is” (Ron Aniello, Shelly Pieken, Aimee Proal) (Produced by Ron Aniello)

11. “No One Else” (Kara DioGuardi, Greg Wells, Alecia Moore) (Produced by Greg Wells)

12. “Beat Me Up” (Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher) (Produced by Kevin Rudolf for BAMF Productions)

13. “You Don’t Know Me” (Allison Iraheta, Mitch Allan, David Bassett, David Hodges) (Produced by Mitch Allan & David Hodges)

Allison got added to the line-up of the XL’ent Xmas 2009! – XL’ent Xmas 2009 Featuring The Fray, Kris Allen, Leona Lewis and Allison Iraheta

From Allison’s email Newsletter: Album In Stores Dec 1st

The full album Just Like You will arrive in stores on December 1st and Allison herself sums up the album in 3 words: IN YOUR FACE! The album includes 13 brand new songs with production by Max Martin, Howard Benson, Kevin Rudolf, and more. Pre-order the album at iTunes starting November 10th and get an exclusive pre-order only track. You’ll also be able to preview 30 seconds of every single song on the album starting November 10th when you visit iTunes. Don’t miss this awesome “Pre-Order Premiere!”

Cool – we have Allison’s track list for ‘Just Like You’ care of Walmart!

1. Friday I’ll Be Over U

2. Robot Love

3. Just Like You

4. Don’t Waste The Pretty

5. Scars

6. Pieces

7. D Is For Dangerous

8. Holiday

9. Still Breathing

10. Trouble Is

11. No One Else

12. Beat Me Up

13. You Don’t Know Me

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta all make the Idol airplay chart Brian Mansfield

Allison Iraheta marks her debut with Friday I’ll Be Over U. If you’re a fan, you can thank your friends in Tennessee: Of Allison’s 18 spins, 11 of them came from the Volunteer State — 8 from Top 40 station Q107.5 in Memphis and three more from 96.5 The Mountain in Chattanooga.

‘American Idol’s’ Iraheta debut single: Not rock, not bad by John J. Moser

“American Idol” fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta‘s debut single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” has been released to radio, and – surprise! – it’s not bad. But it’s decidedly not the rock Iraheta has been promising. It’s more rock-pop that’s not that far from Avril Lavigne (whom she’s not as good as) or Disney’s Demi Lovato (whom she’s better than).

Allison’s “Just Like You” Album Cover – I like it!

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Allison has a radio gig! Q107.5’s 4th Annual Jingle Jam (ontd_ai for tip)

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Allison Iraheta is helping the folks of the greater Memphis, TN area get into the holiday spirit by performing at Q107.5’s 4th Annual Jingle Jam. Along with Cobra Starship, Uncle Kracker, Kristinia DeBarge, Iyaz, and Hey Monday, Allison will hit the stage of Sam’s Town Casino in Tunica, TN on December 4th!

You can go here: http://q1075.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=registers sign up and be the first for ticket information.

Adam Lambert And Allison Iraheta Album Titles Revealed By Jim Cantiello

A rep for 19 Entertainment confirmed to MTV News that Adam Lambert’s major label debut is called For Your Entertainment and Allison Iraheta’s release is named Just Like You.

Both album names appear to play into each artist’s “Idol” persona — Lambert, the ultimate showman and Iraheta, the irresistibly relatable teenage girl. No word yet as to whether their albums will feature songs with those titles.

Allison Iraheta’s CD is named Just Like You according to Amazon! Cool!

Got this off mjsbigblog – Allison’s mediabase spins w/ explanation from their chart guru Kristen…

Allison’s “Friday, I’ll Be Over You” will go for adds on Pop on October 27th (next Tuesday). It received 5 spins last week (2 in HAC and 3 in Pop).

Allison Iraheta on new track titles, songs about abusive boyfriends, and trouble with Twitter by Michael Slezak

So let’s talk about “Friday I’ll Be Over U.” It’s got a rock edge to it, but it’s definitely poppy. Was this a strategic move on your part, an attempt to get radio to give you a shot?

That song, the first time I heard it, I loved it. And I was thinking, yeah, it might have a little bit of the pop sound to it, but I don’t mind that at all. I can definitely do harder than this, and I’m gonna. But I thought for a first single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” we all agreed would be something that would get people’s attention. You’ve got to get in that door. Know what I mean?

Tell me about one of the other songs you’ve recorded that you love.

There’s a “Beat Me Up” out there. It’s pretty damn amazing.

Who’s responsible for this?

It’s a Kevin Rudolf song.

What’s it about? What’s the subject?

Subject: “Beat Me Up.” Hmmm. [Laughs.] It’s a pretty rad song. This chick likes being mistreated by her guy. A lot of girls out there, they like that! And it’s kind of sad, but y’know, that’s just the way she is. Not that I’m like that because I’d beat the hell out of whoever the hell mistreats me! I put myself in another girl’s shoes, so it’s a pretty cool song.

Have you been doing any writing?

Before tour I was writing, doing some stuff with David Hodges, and some other people.

So will some of the songs you wrote make the album?

Maybe. We’re gonna work on it some more and see what happens.

Give me the title of your favorite song you’ve had a hand in writing.

“You Don’t Know Me.”

Who did you write that with?

David Hodges.

The title might be self-explanatory, but tell me what it’s about anyway.

It’s out there for people who pre-judge, who pretty much judge a book by its cover. It’s pretty simple, but it definitely focuses on how people talk before they even know someone or something, how they talk out of their butts and they just don’t know what they’re saying.

Facebook hosting listening party for Allison! (December 1)

Allison’s debut album hits stores on December 1st, featuring her new hit single “Friday I’ll Be Over U.” Buy the album online or in stores, and get together with your friends for a listening party! Round up your fellow Idol lovers and Allison fans and invite them to support her debut album. Everyone that RSVP’s “yes” to this event will get all the latest news on the new album!

‘Idol’s’ Allison Iraheta hits the radio by Ryan Brockington – very annoying reviewer who thinks it’s cool to diss other people to prop his fave artist up. Ugh! whatever, he’s prob depressed that he’s writing for the New York Post.

I am so happy this manic panic’d freakshow of funk is alive. I don’t know if I was going to be able to hear one more Kris Allen or Adam Lambert track before I purge. And thankfully, the Max Martin produced bedroom banger (as in dancing on your bed, sickos) is just one of many amazing tracks on Allison’s December release.

But, overall the song has more than enough potential to bring Allison into the limelight, at least until Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-dum mosey back over to hog the spotlight all over again. I guess that mean’s you’ll just have to keep releasing kick-ass pop tracks then, huh Allison?

News Notes (Entertainment Weekly Magazine) -scan thanks to teamkradam of ontd_ai

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ALLISON IRAHETA By Lauren Carter

So much for wallowing in post-breakup despair. “American Idol” finalist Iraheta channels a mix of Kelly Clarkson, Joan Jett and Pink on her Max Martin-penned debut single, an infectious romp that promises listeners the 17-year-old siren will have recovered from boy drama by week’s end.

It’s a strong outing for Season 8’s top woman finisher on her first foray in the post-“Idol” music world, where success has been a hit-or-miss proposition… With its danceable mix of synth-pop and rocker attitude, Iraheta’s “Friday I’ll Be Over You” (set to appear on her debut album, due out Dec. 1) suggests her career will have more staying power than her sadness.

Allison Iraheta – “Friday I’ll Be Over U” By Bill Lamb

Max Martin certainly seems the pop genius of the moment. He is the producer of this first single from this year’s American Idol fourth place finisher Allison Iraheta. Her throaty voice is used effectively from the first “Oh yeah!” through the falling apart of a romantic relationship in the course of a week. Snappy drum and guitar figures make the song instantly memorable, and you will be singing along the first time through.

Here Max Martin seems to perfectly capture the image and vocal style of Allison Iraheta. She could do loud and bratty with the best of them, but there was always an underlying sweetness and vulnerability to her singing as well. Here the chorus could certainly be sung in an angry, accusatory fashion. However, instead Iraheta’s vocals have an almost sweet and wistful quality. It makes “Friday I’ll Be Over U” sound more like an expansive song instead of simply a diatribe.

America Idol’s Allison Iraheta Debut Album Announced

(Jive) America Idol Season 8 contestant Allison Iraheta is set to release her debut album on 19 Recordings / Jive Records December 1. “Friday I’ll Be Over U” the first single from her as yet untitled album, debuted online Monday. The infectious pop rock song was written and produced by Swedish hitmaker Max Martin. “Friday I’ll Be Over U” goes to radio Tuesday, October 6, and will be available for download on iTunes Tuesday, October 20.

Among the producers and writers on the forthcoming album are Max Martin (Britney, Pink, Kelly Clarkson), Howard Benson (Papa Roach, All American Rejects, Three Days Grace) and Kevin Rudolf (Lil Wayne, Cobra Starship).

‘American Idol’ runner-up Allison Iraheta the real snarling deal on new single By Jim Farber

Iraheta’s first single, “Friday I’ll Be over You,” which was leaked to Popeater, comes out any day now. (Iraheta’s full, debut CD doesn’t arrive until Dec. 1st). If the single’s any indication, we have a lot to look forward it. It’s a zippy blast of rock-inflected pop, much in the Joan Jett mold, though modified by more production gloss than that hard star would ever allow.

While the song’s chorus slicks things up in too obvious a bid at radio play, the verses retain Iraheta’s hoarse-throated charm. She’s always had a great capacity for attitude and a muscular range, both shown off to strong effect here. The song, penned by teen-pop-czar Max Martin, has just the sharp hooks it needs. But it’s Iraheta’s credible, p.o.’d attitude that makes it stick. While so many young female stars – from Avril Lavigne to Miley Cyrus – feign an ornery style these days, Iraheta sounds like the real, snarling deal.

Allison Iraheta Goes Robotic (Idolator)

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: The first single from American Idol’s magenta-tressed fourth-place finisher starts off with a spiky guitar line that’s straight out of the Le Tigre back catalog. (No, really.) But it’s sort of distressing that once her vocals come in, “Friday” could be a kiss-off anthem from any spunky young starlet out there… It’s a good thing the riff is as propulsive as it is—it almost-singlehandedly saves the song from its drowning in cheese.

New Music: Allison Iraheta – Friday I’ll Be Over U

The flame-haired 17-year-old called upon the one man hit factory, Max Martin, to craft the revved up breakup tune.

While the song is undeniably catchy — the “Oh yeah!” and “oh, oh, oh” refrains gets stuck in your head almost instantaneously — and even stands to fair quite well on the pop charts, I had hoped she would go for a more pop-less rock sound. Originality is replaced by the need to get a hit record, and the true ability of Iraheta’s smokey voice, often compared to a young Janis Joplin, is lost in the song’s generic landscape.

Allison Iraheta’s New Single (Idol Chitchat) by Angela Henderson

Allison Iraheta officially released her first single on AOL today. It’s called “Friday I’ll Be Over U”… You can hear it here.

It goes to radio tomorrow and will be available on iTunes Tuesday, October 20th. The song comes from Max Martin, who is best known for Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.”

Uh-Oh, I Sense Some Disappointment in Allison Iraheta’s First Single by Henrik Batallones

… I am slightly disappointed with the first single… Allie’s first single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U”, debuted today on PopEater, and you can listen to it there. I’m seeing mixed reactions. Some call it a very catchy tune, while some think it reminds them too much of Kelly Clarkson. I call it both ways, really. Kudos to everyone: it is a very catchy pop tune…

The one thing I love about Allie is her voice, a surprise considering her age… However, in this song, it’s been mucked around a lot, that it sounds like–you guessed it–Kelly Clarkson. I really thought, for a moment, I was listening to “I Do Not Hook Up”. Then again, as Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Slezak points out, this song was produced by Max Martin, who’s responsible for one of Kelly’s biggest hits, “Since U Been Gone”. (See the similarity?) With that in mind, I can forgive this a little bit.

Popeater debuts Allison Iraheta’s ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’ by Brian Mansfield

… It’s a catchy Max Martin number with that starts off with an almost garage-rock guitar riff before going into Europop mode at the chorus. Think of it as lying somewhere along the pop-music continuum that connects the Easybeats’ Friday on My Mind and Pink’s So What, assuming Kelly Clarkson’s My Life Would Suck Without You also falls in there somewhere.

Allison Iraheta’s ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’: Does The ‘Idol’ Rocker Deserve Better? by Jim Cantiello

An extended sneak peek at Iraheta’s rockin’ first single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” is now streaming at PopEater, and not surprisingly, the song is geared toward listeners her age. The Max Martin-helmed tune has the feisty teen dissing a dude who didn’t turn out to be who he claimed to be.

The song reminds me of a lot of things — Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” even a Le Tigre track. What it doesn’t remind me of, however, is the Allison Iraheta I fell in love with on “American Idol.”

Don’t get me wrong, it’s smart for 19 Recordings/ Jive Records to market Allison toward the Disney Rocker crowd. And “Friday I’ll Be Over U” certainly won’t sound out of place on the radio. I just wish the single showcased her sick vocal abilities more and relied a little less on studio trickery. (Allison Iraheta + an Auto-Tune effect + lasers = not necessary. Ever.) … The fourth-place finisher scored a radio-friendly song that is sure to climb up the charts. (Between “Friday I’ll Be Over U” and Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying,” 19/Jive are doing a helluva job picking solid songs for their “Idol” artists this year.)

Allison Iraheta’s ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’: Does the teen ‘Idol’ have a hit on her hands? by Michael Slezak

… it’s with a sigh of relief that I can say Allison’s debut single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U” is the real deal, an aggressively jaunty kiss-off track that juxtaposes genuine, hard-edged attitude from Idol’s season 8 fourth-place finisher with a chorus as unapologetically addictive as Grape Bubble Yum… the tart twist of harmony comes off like an homage to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” … That’s not a surprise, seeing how “Since U Been Gone,” like “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” was produced by Swedish pop maestro Max “U > You” Martin. If I had one complaint about “Friday,” it’s that Martin has ironed out Allison’s vocals a little too aggressively on the chorus: Seriously, why starch into submission something that would only benefit from some wonderfully lackadaisical wrinkles? But all that aside, it’s undeniably thrilling to hear a radio-ready pop track from a teenage diva whose voice is strong enough to hold up all by itself (73 autotuned layers and small army of backing vocalists not included).

Bottom line: “Friday I’ll Be Over You” isn’t even available for download yet, but I sense this one is gonna get the kind of repeat-function treatment on my iPod that’ll rapidly propel it to my Top 10 Most-Played list … Which is exactly the kind of real world, post-Idol response Allison will need to propel herself from reality TV contestant to Billboard-charting threat.

Allison Iraheta’s Debut Single Premieres by Lyndsey Parker

Today plucky American Idol runner-up Allison Iraheta premiered her debut single, “Friday I’ll Be Over You”–and I am all over it. I am delighted to report that the song is as fiery as her famous tresses.

Interestingly, while “Friday” rawks pretty hard–as one would expect from AmIdol’s all-time rockingest rock chick EVER–it doesn’t quite have that bloozy, classic-rock vibe fans might have expected… this infectious rock confection also brings to mind Kelly Clarkson at her best–no surprise, since a) Allison was often compared to Kelly by the Idol judges and b) “Friday” was produced by Max Martin, the Swedish genius behind the colossal Kelly hits “Since U Been Gone” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.”

Exclusive: Allison Iraheta’s ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’ Premiere (Popeater)

PopEater is proud to debut her new single, ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U.’ PopEater got the chance to chat with Allison about her new tune, which she says “ain’t too hard to understand” in its message.

So how’d ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’ come about? I worked with Max Martin, and he pulled it out of his magic box. He came up with an awesome song and sent I to me and we cut it and it was just amazing. He definitely knows how to put himself in other people’s shoes.

What were you looking to convey with ‘Friday’? Pretty much show who I really am as an artist, and what I really want to continue doing for the rest of my life, which is this. Just really do awesome music for the rest of my life.

What will your fans take away from the song? It’s a song everyone can relate to. It’s a pretty simple song. It ain’t too hard to understand. I think people will really just be like ‘Yeah!’ … hopefully.

Allison Iraheta’s “Friday I’ll Be Over U” Single Launches Monday By Bill Lamb

Good news today for all of the Allison Iraheta fans out there. Her first single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” is set to launch Monday, October 5, 2009 at AOL Music. She is also making available today a brief snippet by phone of the song. You can call 323-982-8897. Allison Iraheta’s first album is as yet untitled but is due in stores December 1, 2009.

Snippet of Allison Iraheta’s New Single ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’

Allison Iraheta has a brand new single called “Friday I’ll Be Over U”. She recently invited fans to call her line at 323-982-8897 to get a sneak peek into the new track which will be debuted Monday, October 5 on AOL Music.

“Friday I’ll Be Over U” is confirmed to serve as the lead single from Allison’s first studio album. “Start requesting it on your favorite radio station next week and dedicate it to that former-special-someone in your life,” it was announced on her official website.

Adam, Kris and Allison are on EW’s Fall Music Preview – thanks to virginiamom of IDF for the scan!

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2009 Fall Music Calendar – hmm, they pushed back Allison’s drop date?

December 1 – Allison Iraheta – Untitled – Genre: Rock

The 17-year-old rocker, who finished fourth on American Idol this past season, has been working with Kevin Rudolf (Let It Rock) and former Evanescence keyboardist David Hodges.

Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta LPs Won’t Be ‘Cookie-Cutter,’ Producer Insists By Jim Cantiello (with video)

“American Idol” season-eight alumni Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta are as wildly different from each other as possible. But the trio — who are all set to release their debut post-“Idol” albums later this year — have one thing in common: They’re running to Kevin Rudolf for material.

… Rudolf has worked the most with fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta, having completed one track with the fiery-haired rocker and writing a couple of other tunes to be considered for her album. “I think Allison is, like, probably one of the most talented singers out in the world right now,” Rudolf gushed. “She’s one of my favorite people I’ve ever worked with. Ever. She’s awesome.” … To me, she’s like the new Janis Joplin or Pat Benetar.” No surprise, then, that Rudolf described his collaboration as an “updated 2010 version” of Benetar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”

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Preview Carrie Underwood’s Single – Mama’s Song

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Carrie Underwood is releasing her third studio album ‘Play On‘ on November 3rd, and it seems that iTunes is doing a count-down of sorts by releasing a new single from her album per week (like with Taylor Swift). Interesting concept. I always thought of the country-music-buying demographic as ‘album’ buyers, not ‘single’ buyers.

I had listened to the short clip of ‘Mama’s Song’ before and didn’t really like it. I’ve since learned about the backstory of the song. Mama’s song was co-written by Carrie and Kara DioGuardi, Martin Frederiksen and Luke Laird. Apparently, Kara asked Carrie about her current very serious romantic relationship, and this is the song that came about. It’s a quiet little ballad that has Carrie sending her mother a reassuring message, specifically about the significant man in her life. Whoever that guy is, he’s a lucky man!

I’ve listened to the full song now, and while I still think the melody is still lacking something, holy! smokes! Carrie sure wrings every available emotion out of it. Her singing is simply exquisitely tender, and made me pay attention to the lyrics. I actually found myself being touched by the message of the song (seems like I’m a sentimental push-over afterall)! Have a listen…

It’s a good song to play at your pre-wedding reception, don’t you agree? Cue the mothers and daughters tearing up a little…

If you like it, you can download the single right now off iTunes for $1.29.

“I think I found the answer to your prayers/ And he is good, so good, he treats her little girl like a real man should/ And he is good, so good, he makes promises he keeps/ No, he’s never going to leave, so don’t you worry about me.”

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Adam Lambert, Snoop Dogg and Paula Abdul – AMA Nominations Press Conference

October 14, 2009 1 comment

ETA : News round-up with video interviews round-up found HERE!

Adam Lambert’s theater training came in handy – he was the most confortable in front of the camera while reading off the cards!

Gotta love Snoop Dogg’s – ‘ My main man – Adam ‘

Photos! Adam looking f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s as usual – perfect hair and outfit! Actually, all three look good – almost like they coordinated their outfits!

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Adam Lambert with Ryan Seacrest on 102.7 KIIS FM

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Everyone guessed right! Adam Lambert will be performing his debut single at the AMAs – perfect timing since the AMAs is on Nov 22nd while his (still unnamed) album drops on the 24th! Thank you 19/RCA for engineering that!

Adam is so adorably excited about his album 🙂 And the EPIC ‘Time For Miracles’ music video. AND his performance at the AMAs – looking forward to over-the-top Adam with dancers and fire (!!!)

And thank you Adam for being such a C***-tease – so basically, no single chosen yet, ergo no single title, no album title (which will probably be ‘Adam Lambert’ same as Kris’) except that the single will be and I quote “glammy” and “glitterier” than ‘Time for Miracles”. Even Ryan was feeling frustrated. No wonder he could only talk about Adam when Paula came on!

Ryan’s Podcast – click here or just listen below…

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