In May 2009, he finished as the runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol. The Times identified Lambert as the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch a career on a major label in the United States.
Lambert released his debut album, “For Your Entertainment”, in November 2009, via RCA Records/19 Recordings. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in December 2009, selling 198,000 copies in the United States in the first week. To date, he is the first American Idol contestant to headline a world-wide tour in support of a debut album. As of January 2011, For Your Entertainment had sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide. In 2010, Lambert was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Whataya Want from Me.”
Lambert’s second studio album, Trespassing, was released in the US on May 15th, 2012. Lambert served as an executive producer on the album, which the Better Than I Know Myself Songfacts reports him saying that it takes his fans on, “an exciting journey through the past two years” of his life. The American Idol runner-up added, “It’s been a transformative period and I really wanted to make music from what I’ve experienced. All these songs honestly explore the ups and downs of my reality.”
Brian May had this to say about Adam’s voice: ”I’m not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists…But Adam’s voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world…No doubt about it. The world of Rock has a bright new star.”
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