Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Adam Lambert releases latest album, High Drama

Grammy-nominated international superstar Adam Lambert has released his highly anticipated new album, High Drama. 

An album of inspired covers, and his fifth studio album, High Drama marks Lambert’s first release via his new deal with international music company, BMG.

Executive produced by Lambert himself, alongside production from Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves, Carly Rae Jepsen), Andrew Wells (Halsey, OneRepublic), George Moore and Mark Crew, High Drama showcases a diverse roster of songs ranging from the old to the new, held together by Lambert’s once-in-a-generation voice. His cover of Sia’s hit “Chandelier” is outstanding.

Previously released songs include “Ordinary World” and “Holding Out For A Hero,” while new tracks span from a dancefloor-focused version of “Sex On Fire” to the “Getting Older,” a cover of the Billie Eilish song. The video for “Getting Older” is a must-watch! Directed by Heather Gildroy, we start with video of Lambert as a boy and then he is dramatically transformed into an older version of himself. The striking video embodies the lyrics of the track, while exploring the nuances and inevitability of getting older.

In celebration of the release of High Drama, Lambert performed a one-off exclusive launch party show at London’s KOKO on February 27, which gave fans the first chance to hear hits from the new album live. While KOKO sold out, fans from anywhere in the world can still experience the show from the comfort of their own homes, through a livestream of the main stage at KOKO. Livestream tickets here.

Lambert, 41, also delivered a stunning performance on the two-hour star-studded finale of America’s Got Talent: All Stars on February 27 at 8-10pm ET/PT on NBC. There, in case you missed it, Lambert belted out “Chandelier” joined on stage by 18-year-old aerialist Aidan Bryant, who went on to be named the winner, along with the Bello Sisters.

Lambert’s appearance on the show was a reunion for the one-time American Idol runner-up and Simon Cowell, who was a judge on Idol. “I’m having major déjà vu. This is too weird,” Lambert said as Cowell addressed him after the performance. Lambert rose to fame in 2009 after finishing as runner-up on the eighth season of the show.

The vocally commanding Lambert has been exceedingly busy on the talk show circuit, appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the Culture Club classic, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.”

He also appeared on Good Morning America and The View.

Get High Drama here.

High Drama Track Listing:

01 Holding Out for a Hero

02 Chandelier

03 Ordinary World

04 Getting Older

05 I Can’t Stand the Rain

06 West Coast

07 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

08 Sex on Fire

09 My Attic

10 I’m a Man

11 Mad About The Boy

High Drama kickstarts the next chapter in Adam Lambert’s solo career, the latest compelling offering among his many other endeavors, whether it’s raising money for the Australian bushfire appeal or for children in war-torn Ukraine. In late 2019, Lambert founded the non-profit Feel Something Foundation, focusing on philanthropy and LGBTQ+ and human rights activism, offering support for organizations and projects that directly and disproportionately impact the LGBTQ+ community, including education and the arts, mental health, suicide prevention and homelessness.

Lambert is known for his electrifying performances, especially his Queen + Adam project, and making an impact on behalf of the LGBTQ community. In May 2017, he teamed up with Melissa Etheridge to open the 29th GLAAD Media Awards with a show-stopping performance of “I’m the Only One”. Lambert opened the 31st GLAAD Media Awards with a special performance as was nominated for Outstanding Music Artist. He also headlined the April 30 show of SunFest music festival in West Palm Beach, Florida and announced four more Florida solo shows plus one in Georgia, unofficially dubbing the dates the “Say Gay” tour in response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

High Drama was announced with the release of the video and song “Ordinary World“, which debuted with a performance on the 2022 season finale of The Voice, which Lambert dedicated to the victims of the November shootings at the LGBTQ+ Club Q. Hot on the heels of Sydney WorldPride, Lambert will be heading Down Under on March 7.

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