Full disclosure here: My name is Jenny, and I’m an "American Idol' fan. With that out of the way…
Have you seen it? Adam Lambert’s album cover?
Well, you should.
When I first saw it, I thought it was a picture from my favorite movie when I was 5 – "Xanadu."
But no, it’s the cover art for "Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert’s debut album. His blue hair, rainbow eyeliner, overly photoshopped face and no shirt (but is he wearing roller skates?!) picture definitely grabs your attention.
The photos released last week from Lambert’s Details Magazine shoot also grab your attention. If you haven’t seen those photos, just click here. Pretty crazy, huh? Clearly this is a guy who likes to push boundaries – all of them.
Adam, though, seems to find the blogosphere buzz over the cover a little strange. He tweeted out today his exasperation with people who didn’t get his "omage" – his spelling, not mine – to the campiness of the past. Hey … maybe my "Xanadu" reference wasn’t too far off.
If you’d like your own personal copy of "Xana" - oops, sorry, Adam Lambert’s "For Your Entertainment" – the album will be released on November 23.
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adam lambert is ugly... i am so glad he didn't win american idol. he didn't deserve it at all. at first i thought it was the hottest thing on the block but when i found all that stuff out bout him. i was like no way.. he shows that he is gay to much. and his abulm cover is just gross....it makes me what to throw up.. but he is a awesome singer and he has a long life ahead of him.he will be the next big thing though.
I was a Adam Lambert fan, until I saw this. ICK.
Everyone know's he is gay, so what, but that cover is too much.
I think the cover is beautiful! Adam is a beautiful person who knows who he is and he has an awesome voice. I have been waiting for this album since AI. When he sings he takes you into the music. I just love him. He reaches all ages. I am a 69yr. old mother and grandmother. Some of you people need to get over your selves.
Well no matter what your opinion of the cover is, it has generated a mega ammount of attention. This is type odf hype usually costs big bucks in promotional marketing and you naysayers are doing it for Adam for free. By the way, can someonbe tell me where is Chris Allen these days and who is bloggng about him??? I,ll bet he's headlining at some county fair as we speak,lol.
Be thankful you live in a democracy where an artist (or anyone for that matter) can fully express themselves freely. Fixating on a persons appearance is trivial and for small minded people. There are worse things in the world to be concerned about (mass murdering suicide bombers for instance) than a persons style or make up. Perhaps you would like the whole world to be blue eyed, blonde hair and have the rest exterminated like Hitler. You should be happy to celebrate your differences.
Adam is incredibly talented- who cares what the cover looks like- he can sing!!!
His father must be so proud.
What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? And what will a man give in exchange for his soul? I am praying for Adam.
um, JOSH, adam isnt a girl He is a proud gay MAN.
"I don't think he pushes any boundries. He just tries to hard and falls flat. Kinda like his album will."
Falls flat? Well, you better tell that to Queen or do you even know who Queen is? haaaaa DUH!!
Has this guy done anything vocally in the recent past to warrant all the exposure he's getting? Or is this just an ongoing experiment on how weird/depraved/perverted one person can allow themselves to get?
He is not a rock star, he just sings cover songs. If he wiped the crap off his face and removed the black shoe polish from his hair then maybe we would be able to judge his talent. So far everyone is distracted by what he says and how looks so much that we overlook his voice. Which is not bad just not unique.
The kid is extremely talented. He also is gay, so maybe he WANTS to look like a woman. Who cares? He's getting what he wants – big time publicity. Whatever works. He should have won Idol anyway. He is far more talented in that he can do any genre of music. The others just sounded like they were stuck in one genre trying to do another. Go Adam!
Young Philip Oakey of the Human League. What's old is new again...and so on.
Is the writer of this piece 5?! It's so unoriginal and boring. Was there supposed to be humor or an attempt at sarcasm in the piece?! guess I missed it. What a waste of space on the CNN site.
"His make up is FIERCE!" Sorry but HIS and MAKE UP do not belong in the same sentence.
Adam is Adam....I'm not looking forward to his music at all.
I wonder if you've ever seen David Bowie's old album covers...
Just for the record – the 'make-up thing' has nothing to do with being gay. I'm gay and I look like a man. A lot of straight men like to wear make-up. To each his own.
When you read through all these comments, the reality of how far we have to go – where acceptance and tolerance are concerned – it glaringly obvious. It's sad, and a bit scary that the haters don't realize the pain they cause – or even worse – they don't care.
The man is a BRILLIANT businessman. All the publicity he is getting before his album is even released is exactly what he was striving for. Whether you like him or hate him – it worked!
I guess she must be on one of those shows I never watch, 'cause I never heard of her either.
Clearly a rip off of Boy George's 20 year old look-yawn-been there done that. But the best part is, in 10 or so years, he will be arrested for heroin possession and kidnapping a male escort. Then all of his fans can watch him cleaning garbage off NYC city streets-just like Boy George.
Adam is handsome, this cover is unique. I was 10 when Elvis was on TV the 1st time. Adam is the best talent since Elvis. My opinion he is an american idol. I will buy everything he sings. He is talent beyond compare. and I am 61. Handsome talented unique- that's Adam.
I was hoping for so much more from Adam's album cover. I can handle the eye liner...I actually like it but this is too much. Too Boy George for me. I couldn't wait for his album to come out but now I don't know. I was expecting something like his Rolling Stone cover. Sexy for both genders.
I'm sure all the gay folks love it. But no non gay man would ever buy a cd with a cover like that.
He needs photoshop because his skin is horrible.
Haven't some of us learned about riticuling people via Michael Jackson and what all that did.
Geeze folks, if your bored or insecure in life, I can give you some links to help yourself!
Love Adam! You go boy!
Boy George has done this sort of thing for years and look at GlamRock of the 80's. What is the big deal? Freedom of expression and freedom to be who you are is why we live here in this wonderful country that is going through sad times. Not looking too good for us so let people enjoy living. Give it up, haters.
David Bowie, Poison, Boy George. Controversial? I guess 25 years ago, but today? Come on people.
Jeez... the kid's just being himself and having fun with his image...I never watched that dull show and probably never will, but reading about his "outrageous" cover drew me to want to see it and in turn to learn about his music....that alone is a good PR move for him and thats what this is about ...creating a buzz.....smart move...
He is a schmuck!
Adam or Eve?
He looks like Pink
I love Adam. He was the best singer on last seasons American Idol by such a huge margin that it was almost an insult that his talent had to be discovered on it.
I can't wait to hear his music, and if anybody doesn't like him the way he is...stick to your Toby Ketih records and mayonaise sandwhiches.
That's a pretty awesome cover picture btw!
I think he looks hot!!! I hope his album rocks!!
The list of artists that this fall right in line with contains artists that could be categorized anywhere from fairly successful to legendary. David Bowie, Queen, Elton John, Poison, Boy George, Michael Jackson, and Kiss all "pushed the boundaries" in their heyday (Some are still pushing). Every one of them had the self-confidence to do what they wanted, how they wanted. What's so shocking? Is it the fact that no artist has had self-confidence like his in over 20 years? It's about time music became a complete ART package again, and not just depressing self loathing.
ohhh a Glam Elvis!!
Looks very similar to the album cover from Roxy Music's greatest hits collection, The Atlantic Years, released in 1983. Obviously, this album art was in inspiration to Adam and his handlers. Google it and see for yourself.
The cover is ultra Photoshopped...the man doesn't look like this in person. Same look all the fashion models get when they are air-brushed to death. What you see isn't necessarily what you get in LaLa Land.
Okay, let's keep it real for a moment. Adam SHOULD have won Idol on his own merit, period. Everyone knows that. Chris was mediocre at best and I believe people prejudged Adam because of his obvious sexuality. The man has no boundaries. He's not PUSHING anything except some of your buttons. This guy is brilliant. He is exceptionally talented with a vocal range that nearly breaks sound barriers. He is in total control. Yes he can scream too. I believe the makeup artist deserves notariety as well, but he is a beautiful young man and it would be hard to screw up here. The picture is a little weird, but it's all about marketing and advertising. Let's see how this all unfolds. My bet is that it will hit number 1 within a week. ADAM YOU ROCK ON!!!!
What's the hype? Who cares about the cover – it's whats on the album that counts – boring
If you don't want the most interesting thing about you to be your gay, then don't let it be. Adam has let it be. I have no problem with Adam being gay but does that have to overshadow everything ? He has chosen to make it so. Its so cliche' already. Why would you downgrade your talent by becoming a cariacature of yourself ? If he had stuck to his musical talent and went forward with some serious singing and enteratinment he would have gained some respect and credibility. Now he has become a laughing stock-and he has done it himself. And btw as a gay man may I say he does nothing to promote the community in a positive light. You potential Adam but you have blown it, 6 months or a year from now people will say "Adam who "
I don't care what's on the cover. It's what is inside that counts. People are reacting to Adam like my parents reacted to Elvis and the Beatles. For the time they were a little different too. The day will come when society doesn't prejudge talent based on appearance. Adam showed his versatility during his performances on Idol. You didn't know what to expect each week. I expect him to do the same with his albums. We'll never be able to put a brand on his style as it will always be evolving. Remember he wants to entertain us.
Original.....right (note the sarcasm)
David Bowie did it in the 70's as Ziggy Stardust.
New York Dolls
Poison did it in the 80's. (Look at the cover of Look What the Cat Dragged In)
Have you all forgotten?
This is what happens when you try to hard to be something you're not. True talent is never pushed in your face. It finds its way into your heart.
Good lord, I despise that rotten Karaoke show.
Love that Adam! Leave it to him to always be innovative and original. Bless his heart, he just reeks of "Star Quality".
Go Adam...have a great journey. You've earned it.
It's called "camp". look it up people... seriously.
I was so glad when American Idol was over because I knew I wouldn't have to hear Adams screaming, screeching voice anymore and now it's back. I turned the TV down every time he sang because my ears couldn't take it.
It's BEAUTIFUL. I didn't like Adam before, but I do now. He is just being himself and feels comfortable with it. Nothing wrong with that. GREAT Shot!
OMG, I can't believe how catty and immature some of these comments are. It's a cover, for crying out loud! Some of you must live under a rock.
I personally don't care WHAT his critics say, Adam is not only a singer but has experience in theatre and acting in theatre is all about creating a character and....that's what he's done on hs album cover.
He's going to be appearing on Oprah, I hope, sometime in mid-December and I saw him today, via Skype minus the makeup and when he was on American Idol. To quote Paris Hilton, this man is HOT!! Being openly gay, doesn't bother me at all any more than woman who are openly lesbian, does.
Adam is very, very sexy and his outfits and his voice each time he sang on American Idol, had me glued to the screen. He is one awesome, fantastic looking man. Nothing ANYONE can say against him, will deter me from liking him a whole hell of a lot.
Is this not 2009?? Get a grip and get over it.
Adam is ORIGINAL! His talent is destined to be the next King of Pop. As for the negative comments, people obviously care about Adam or else why would they care to speak out against him. They despise what they yearn for.
I thought Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines was alot creepier than this!!!
I really have to speak out against the haters/bigots and the just plain narrow-minded that have sneared in this commentary. This article is not about Kris Allen...the contest is over...and Adam won by taking the stage and singing his heart out.
I can only guess all the fear/disgust comments come from those with little things... little minds, hearts, ears, and sophistication. If you are comfortable with your own sexuality you are not disgusted by any other expressing their own sensuality/sexuality. I certainly am not...and even though Adam is not my kind of man...I find him beautiful, talented, and I am not afraid/disgusted by his sexuality. Usually men who are fearful are unsure about themselves and feel it is macho to put others down...these men I am disgusted by because they are so limited...little minds.
Adam is a star because he reached for the stars...the American way...bless American diversity, talent, and courage.
Anyone who is completely shocked by him is clearly too young to remember "Boy" George, of 1980s Culture Club fame.
This is a grandma that's pushing 80. If 'adam was "just gay," he'd be exactly like all the other wanna-bees. However, many are focusing on just his looks. Folks, I'm here to tell you that there is definetely a talent here. This boy can sing. Call me, Adam! jb
This picture reminds me of Boy George! Gross!
the only reason he lost on american idol is due to rumors he was gal-the guy who won==kris allen-what happened to his career? never hear about him
who cares about the cover=i am just hoping the cd is great
Tina, that made no sense..does that mean you don't listen to any 'female' albums? You say in one sentence you hate him and then in another he has a great voice but sounds like a girl...uhmmm...women sing too or haven't you noticed? The great thing about Adam is that he can sing any way he wants and sound any way he wants and still put out awesome music..his kind of talent doesn't come around very often. I don't base the music I listen to on an album cover or on the looks of a musician..it just so happens though that Adam sings great and he looks even better!
Could've been worse...
What does Kris Allen's cover look like? Oh yeah...no one cares. Nor will they remember. But EVERYONE will remember this one. Good job Adam! You're a genius!
Hate him. Always have. He has a great voice, too much like a girl tho. Love Kris Allen. Simple. Sexy. Sweet. Not TOOOO over the top.
This is the weirdest album cover ever. VERY. U do have a nice voice, but im thinkin ur album cover over did it a little.
Sorry Paula, nothing about him falls flat.....he's amazing and will make millions...get over it. For every one like you there are a thousand who love him.
Funny how many people that didn't watch American Idol and know nothing about Adam Lambert are making negative comments about his CD cover. Last time I checked, a CD was about music and not the cover. Regardless of the cover, which I love, Adam has a phenomenal voice and I can't wait to hear his CD. And for all of you who are so judgmental – wish I was as perfect as you. . . . NOT
Though the ugly fonts could have been improved, this is really one of the only album covers in recent years that would upset a kid's parents...which is what rock 'n' roll used to be about.
I hope Adam does very well. He is a fantastic entertainer. By the way, I am an over-50 wife and mother. Go Adam!
Adam Lambert is Adam Lambert -- we all wish we were as comfortable in our skins as he is in his.
Keep rockin Adam
Where are those coyotes that got that poor Canadian singer when you need them?
Love it, Love him...
Adam Lambert is the greatest singer I have heard in a very long time. What was he doing on American Idol? As a professional, his voice is unsurpassed; he will be known as the greatest voice in a rock star. What a voice! What talent! And, who cares what he looks like "Never judge a book by its cover, right!!"
All the very best, Adam. AI will never be the same.
I didn't know Boy George had another album
It's my understanding that he's gay. Which makes the Details shoot, in which he's, er, heavily involved in groping of a nude model, ridiculous.
Love the cover – photo has nothing to do with him as an artist – he's a beautiful human being, why not flaunt it.
I think the cover is so Adam. He is not afraid to be unique and follow his dream. I also think his music will be great...just wait and see.
Looks like the singer Pink is now Blue!
Adam Lambert obviously felt more comfortable releasing this once Obama signed the new hate crime law.
You go girl!
Adam Lambert is awesome. He has the uncanny ability to bring a boyish, down to earth charm, and also vamp it up creatively.
What is so refreshing, is that no matter what, he is himself.
He isn't contrived, or made up (gaga broad) for show...he is just fun, flirty, and extremely talented.
Anybody ever heard of David Bowie, and Ziggy Stardust? People, this is the year 2009, not the Middle Ages. Adam Lambert has many different "looks" – and I love every one of them. But aren't you more concerned with his phenomenal voice than what he wears?
Adam Lambert is fresh, original and injects new style in to music. Much needed in this industry. And it doesn't hurt he is totally yummy too.
He's the perfect Freddy Mercury heir.
lol adam is a strange name for a girl . lol thats too funny.
but anyway look at how brushed he is, no beard or whiskers. good photo shop for sure. but he really isnt that good of a singer.
Cover is sad. But I bet the music is good.
I think he should do a duet with katy perry and cover 'I kissed a girl'. He's great, she's fabulous and the song is perfect to the point...love is love is love.
Eve Lambert is nice. I like.
I think Adam looks great. There's nothing over-the-top about the eyeliner. More men should wear makeup.
The graphic design of the cover; however, looks ripped from the 80s and not in a way that evokes either tribute or parody.
Flashback: George O'Dowd. Seen it all before and it's hard to find the generous use of eyeliner shocking. However, I must point out that George had the decency to refrain from posing provocatively with naked women (but then George tended to dominate the photo frame, didn't he?). We all know Adam's gay and that he dabbles in drag, so what's up with the naked women? The whole thing rapidly falls apart and, as an advertising/marketing image, becomes entirely un-believable and un-relatable. Learn from the masters, Adam. Study Madonna, Gene Simmons and Michael Jackson and you'll get an exceptional education in marketing, promotion, psychology and imagery.
That's one hot chick.
Mark my words, we are only just beginning to learn of Adam's incredible talents. This guy is going over the top...wait and see!
Adam is quite an entertainer...I love his theatrical look and his singing is powerful. Sorry to those who are negative...it is your choice...just stay out of his way as he is headed to the bank!
I think he would be great on True Blood...so music, acting, modelling...this beautiful man can do it all and with style.
I dont care what he wears...omg...HOT!!!
I'm a HUGE Adam fan, but think the cover is too garish for a first release, and has taken him from sexy to silly. There's nothing wrong with paying homage to '80s music, but to '80s design? That look was ugly then and is ugly now. The photo is too tranny for mainstream America, and might hurt his sales. Until now, I think Lambert's made very few mistakes, but this is a big one. I'd be reprinting and repackaging - or praying.
This man is a talent, but a talent that belongs in Las Vegas. I am personally happy that Kris won! He is someone that is ALL talent and you don't need to "explain" what he is, to children. Adam will burn up at a young age, if AIDS doesn't get him first!
Looks like Boy George, Culture Club . . .
I wuv him
I thought he was Wendy O Williams from the Plasmatics. If he is truly gay, then he is totally living up to heterosexual sterotypes of gays. Blue Hair? Why not just don some d-cup fake breasts while you are at it?
I am black, a widow, 60 yrs old, mother of 3(36, 35, 29) and grandmother of 4(7, 3, 19 mos and 4 mos). American Idol is the only 'reality' show I watch. I may catch a couple of episodes of 'dancing with the Stars' but it gets tired very quickly.
I will be perfectly honest with you, When Adam came into his own on the show, I fell in love. He is gorgeous. Has a set of pipes out of this world and a personna that is to die for. There is no reason for a 'man' to look like that(yes, jealousy speaking, no shame in my game). His sexual orientation, well, sigh, as a woman, what a waste.
I've never been for or against anyone on "American Idol", because I'm probably one of the few people in the US who don't like the show.
FOLKS, IT IS ONLY A COVER!!!!!!!!
His voice is fantastic. He is a great Entertainer and I can't wait for his CD and I am 72
I'm anticipating the news stories of him getting caught in a rest-stop men's room a la George Michael... but without all the fame and success first.
I'm trying to figure out what is so "wrong" about the cover. Knowing his style I wouldn't expect anything less from him. I just can't wait to buy the album.
He looks like a white Sylvester
LOVE IT! Adam has the look, the confidence and the saucy, sexy attitude that makes this picture ROCK! I'm sure there were a lot of laughs at that photo shoot–he's having fun at his own expense here, and the fans win with some great music, cool pics, and the satisfaction of being in on the joke while everyone else is walking around scratching their heads in confusion. I think it's another stroke of brilliance from a performer whose star is going to shine for a long, long time.
Adam is amazing! You haters are hilarious. He's gorgeous, a fabulous singer, and a kind-hearted soul. He is the TRUE American Idol! You go, Adam! Can't wait! 100% fantastic album cover! =)
There is a difference between being talented and being stuck up. I find it to be a big turnoff when someone is talented AND has a big head. He has a blessing and just needs to enjoy the ride now because in a year or two, he will drift off into the sunset like everyone else does. You are only hot and popular for a few minutes in Hollywood and then you are tossed away and forgotten about later. Soon, he'll be the next Sham-Wow guy or something......
"Lady Blah Blah"...
He looks like Khloe Kardashian.
Ok, is he trying to be a man or a woman? You can tell the picture was photoshopped because he certainly doesn't look like that in person. After seeing him up close, it's amazing what makeup and hollywood magic can do to make someone look better. I think his head is going to explode soon from the attention. He needs to enjoy this short period while he can.
You spin me right round, baby, right round...
WOW, I really like this guy. he's a guy that likes being dramatic and over the top! I love it. Thank goodness we live in a country where we ALL have the right to be who we are, regardless of those that may not agree with it or understand. Who cares if a guy wears makeup, he's been in broadway for a while, this isn't a big shock. But as usual, there are so many bigots in this chat! I guess it's easier to knock someone down when your face is hidden! Adam is out and proud, a great singer (IMO), and just plain different. GO ADAM! I will be buying your album on Nov 23rd!
His parents must be very proud. He's finally grown up into the daughter they always wanted.
boy george all over again!
I like how he's pushing boundaries and how he's not afraid to be something other than what the establishment would have him be, but I'll wait to judge whether he's the real thing or just another idol wannabe AFTER I hear the album. In the end, it's all about the music.
Does no one remember the covers of Motley Crue and Poison? They wore more makeup and hairspray than an entire city. So let's really admit to what the supposed "controversy" is. Its not the makeup, its because he's openly gay. And in 2009 people still can't get over themselves and just let people live their lives. How pathetic is that?
In terms of full disclosure, was this "blog" a paid for advertisement? It seems that way.
He's very talented, sexy, attractive and smart. And as if that weren't enough, he's really kind and gracious with his fans.
Adam, don't let critics, detractors or the press change you or even bother to respond to them. You are better than that!
He's an entertainer, not just another singer. So I understand why he is so made up....plus, he loves it. It's like a costume. Happy Halloween!
Androgeny has been a mainstay of rock and roll -if they do not look andogynous then they sing in a falsetto. Mick Jagger is both sexes combines. It is amazing to me that people are writing in saying he looks like a girl as if that made him Jack the Ripper. If there were less uptight people in the world maybe we would have less violence. And base your likes or dislikes on his singing not his looks.
Another generic output from the American Idol machine...boring.
Let him be. He looks sexy and smart. Plus the fact that he is very talented, too! You guys are just being envious.
If he fails as a singer, she can probably make it as a tranny porn star.
Only the American Idol audience could possibly care about this. Has an otherwise good (or for that matter, bad) album ever changed its quality as a result of the artwork on the cover? I think I'll reserve judgment until some of the actual music comes out.
I was looking forward to Adam's new CD, but no more. Who needs someone who pushes those limits? I'm a musician, writer, artist, and videographer. I am all for reaching out creatively. But I'm not interested in sacrificing my own integrity in doing so. That's why I encouraged my kids to avoid the business at all costs – there are too many faces that are pretty on the outside but decaying on the inside.
Actually, there has been a review of 3 tracks on this CD (posted on Amazon.com):
Lindsey Parker, at Reality Rocks actually got to listen to three tracks from Adam's new Album!
Reading Lindsey's review makes me wish that November 23rd could come a little sooner... I feel like a 5 year old w-a-i-t-i-n-g for Christmas!
So please... after reading Lindsey's review, post what you think, and if you find any other reviews, please return to this discussion and post it. Thank you!
Here is Lindsey's full review:
Here is what Lindsey said about the tracks she heard:
"Entertainment" – The default title track and statement of intent, masterminded by Dr. Luke (Katy Perry) and Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson), 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 (imagine if Mika, Sam Sparro, and Kevin Rudolf had a threesome that resulted in the conception of a glittery alien baby...if you dare), 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."
Wow. Gussing up a gay man to look like a girl. How insultingly patronizing. As a gay man, if I wanted a girl, I'd be straight.
Not a fan of the picture. He doesn't even look like a real person, and frankly, it's creeping me out. I don't think Adam is going to have the same wow-factor as he did on the show. The most exciting part about him was seeing what he would do week to week. I'll be surprised if his album gets as much attention as he did on the show. And what happened to Kris Allen? So much for winning the competition.
I really like him as a talented artist but this cover is absolutely awful. It looks like a cartoon. Terrible!
He's like a modern-day David Bowie. The theatrics, the make-up, it's all for show. He's probably a very cool person underneath all that – most of us musicians are. Not to mention he's very creative. Everyone wants to be a critic, but unless you have really walked the walk, then your talk means nothing. Most musicians have nothing but love and kindness in their hearts – leave the guy alone and let him create.
GAY GLAM IS IN.
The cover isn't risque, revealing or obscene in any way. If you don't care for the cover or the man for any other reason, simply don't buy it.
In all the history of "modern" music, artists have always pushed the limits. i.e. Sinatra, Elvis, Hendrix, Cher, Boy George, MJ, etc. This is all self expression. Really the same goes for the music inside the CD. Love it, or hate it. This is what's it's all about. Those of you who are offended, move on with your life and grow up.
America, Grow the heck up!
We have nothing better to do but judge everyone else?
And the bible beggers are the worst hypocrits.
It's 2009 for Goodness sake.
Adam Lambert is a talented Singer/Performer.
Get over your judging selves!
looks like a freak to me!
Adam lambert is a true performer, he is the total package. If you don't like his style dont buy the album. There are enough of us out there who love the guy. He will be around for a long time and will have nuch success. GO Adam
He is HOT, but could someone get him a good chemical peel? His skin needs a little attention...
Very Boy Georgish but girlish.
I'm amazed at how homogenized and boring celebrities are expected to be. Lambert had a music career before AI and he'll have one after it. Will this cover prevent someone from buying this album? Oh well. Occasionally, a person might prefer to keep their integrity and portray themselves as they wish...instead of pandering to whatever the *average* person would expect.
Can't stand Adam
Can't stand his makeup or his emo look complete with creepy clothes and hair
and most especially can't stand his singing voice. How people can like it is totally beyond my comprehension. Reminds me of someone dragging their nails down a chalkboard for 3 minutes straight.
The "guy" is a complete and total freak and needs to crawl back under whatever rock he came from.
I am a huge Adam Lambert fan. He is quickly becoming the ultimate entertainer.
Reminds me a lot of Pete Burns, way back in the 80s. Nothing new here, move along.
Judging by the number of posts, he got just what he wanted. Free publicity.
As someone else said, he isn't any different than Boy George (except for the hat) and many others that came before him. It's a 'YAWN'.
brings back the 80's. Check out the cover of Poison's "look what the cat dragged in" album. it's not new but i like it
Forget the album cover; that is a marketing tool. Gotta get the coverage any way you can. The crazier thing is the photo shoot pictures.
Good one Josh... is a he not a she... it is what it is... in my opinion very flanboyant and trying too hard to be gay... we all know you are gay so need to overdue the photoshop but good luck with your album.
cannot wait to hear it!!! he is beautiful, btw, in every sense.
Any publicity is good publicity, and the cover is the talk of the town this week. When the album comes out the music will speak for itself and people will exclaim, "oh yeah, THAT guy!"
This album cover seems tame compared to the fashion choices some 80's haribands have made. I can't even believe this article was posted? Why is that 20 years ago a mad could wear red lipstick and makeup if he were in a rock band, and noone would think twice about it?
The photos are hot and got me all revved up for my hubby to come home!!
I am looking forward to hearing his music. Just like I'd look forward to hearing any new artist's music. Regardless of what he or the album cover looks like. I'm not looking to have a relationship w/ Adam, so I care not what he does w/ his makeup, how good or how bad he looks, or what he does w/ his wee wee (don't want to get sensored ) or with his life as long he isn't hurting anyone or himself! If he is happy and treating people well in his world then I am proud of him for creating his art and expressing himself.
He has amazing talent and that speaks for itself. He’s not afraid to be flamboyant. If you don't like his music or his style then don't buy his cd. It's just that simple. Remember we live in a nation that wraps it's self around the freedom to express one's self!
I thought it was a picture of a porn star.... Musician – really?
Why is he trying to be Bill Kaulitz? Google Bill (lead singer for Tokio Hotel) There is only ONE Bill Kaulitz.
He's only doing it for articles just like this. Hoping buzz of any kind will translate to album sales. Personally, I'm not a fan AT ALL, and as someone who is accepting of all lifestyles and has many gay/lesbian friends, I find this cover offensive as it's the gayest looking album cover I've ever seen. How sterotypical of him. I expected more.
why didn't some one TELL me that DuranDuran had a new CD?!?!?
Anybody remember the Halls and Oates album cover...controversial for the same reason?
This is supposed to be "way out there"? What about Rihanna's? I think Adam's cover is great and hope the music matches the cover. Someone needs to get a life.
i dont care what he looks like..he looks pretty HAWT to me..at least he's not like most of the celebs and tryin' to be something he's not..you people just wanna judge other people by wat they look like..well i think you people need to grow up and quit acting like 3 year olds. i personally think he ADORABLE and i love the hair..and his looks is just as AWESOME as hihs music..so if you don't by his album..ITS YOUR LOSS.!!
i think it looks great i can't wait to get it saw him at idol concert and he was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another useless person from a useless show.
The picture kept reminding me of someone and then hit me – Stockard Channing in much younger days. I mean it' s his art and music so that's fine but I think he would better serve his fan base by emphasizing the goth. All people can relate to the brooding outsider that is an artistic genius. Less will relate to this. However, the music will sell itself and having bought several American Idol Lambert and other singles, I believe the CD will sell very well.
I ask the same question that I asked when people started fawning over this clown in the first place: Can he write a song? Without ghostwriters?
WTF! This the craziest album cover i"ve seen in a long time. He/she is like a new millenuim boy george. The music is probably going to be horrible. Very TERRIBLE.
I could care less about the cover. It could be blank. I'm much more interested in his music!!!!!
I think he is adorable and can't wait to hear it!
He is soooo gorgeous!! I love the pic and can't wait until the CD is released. He is going to go far!! What a talented entertainer!!
He is a FREAK ! !
When I first saw this, I thought it was a girl on the cover!
I though that Boy George was passe, here we go with Boy George Part II, sequels often are bad. Now we have Boy Adam.
It's the music that matters, and frankly he has ruined enough songs for me.
I love Adam, but hate the album cover. It's cheesy and tacky.
I hope he changes it because so many people are turned off by it and won't buy it.
I am an older American Idol fan. I will admit that Adam creeped me out at first. Now, I am a big fan of his. I don't have to like all his songs to be a fan. I think his edginess and voice will win the day. That guy has some pipes!
He is pushing this "gay" thing too much. Reminds me of Boy George – makeup up the wazoo and just looking nasty. Where is Boy George today – picking up trash along the roadside. Just sing Adam – forget trying to push your sexuality and get rid of all the garbage on your face. If you are a good singer, won't matter if you are gay or straight – that issue doesn't need to come into play. Otherwise, pick which road you will be picking up trash on someday.
I think showing your individuality is beautiful. Adam is just trying too hard to be unique when he is just replicating his image from former rock idols. He is a very talented artist (even though he rips off Queen and other greats), on their sound.
A place where nobody dared to go
The love that we came to know
They call it Xanadu
Open your eyes and see
What we have made is real
We are in Xanadu
A million lights are dancing
And there you are
A shooting star
An everlasting world
And you're here with me
(now we are here)
(now we are here)
Who cares?? Seriously! It's an album cover, people! Good grief! WHO CARES???????????
I really wish he weren't gay......... he's hot!
Extraordinary Man, extraordinary photo, and, from what I've heard so far, extraordinary music. Shame the world is soooo full of Bigots and Hate that this is even up for discussion. Frankly, I think he looks hot and if you somehow think that by looking at a beautiful man in a beautiful photo will somehow turn you or your kids gay, then by all means look away ... LOL!
I think it's a great cover for a great entertainer.
My 4 yr old daughter's response to Adam Lambert's picture on the computer: "Who's that ugly girl?
I love how all the teenage girls say he's "sexy". These are the same girls who follow gay guys around their whole life and desperately try to convert them. Good luck!
Adam is an entertainer plus....I can hardly wait to hear his music.
Whoever made the decision, is stupid. This is the same mistake Katharine McPhee did with her album cover.
If you liked his music you are going to get his CD regardless of what he puts on the cover. Although I don't know how much screaming and squealing any one person can take. I won't buy it, but I wasn't going to anyway. For those of you that like all that silliness, enjoy.
He resembles Pink.
He looks female
Poison's makeup was better.
I thought she was going to win American Idol.. but the only thing she won was a weird album cover and a not-lasting singing career!
why did i bother
I don't think the makeup is that crazy. A little over done, but that's opinion. The weird thing in the cover is that weird expression hes making, especially the position of his mouth. It looks like a porno mag or something. I'm not saying its offensive, but the vibe hes giving is: I'm nude in the liner notes!( which may excite more fans, so that might have been the aim all along...)
That much make up and eye liner and he's not even a member of KISS.
OHHHH, that's right... Gene Simmons said he would fit in better with Queen.
Isn't it the music the matters? Not the album cover...
Is that Pink?
Or was it Boy George?
LOVE the album cover. Adam sure knows how to get people's attention – good and bad, but then so did David Bowie. Adam's a true talent. He's going to be a millionaire and the unhappy people who feel the need to "put him down" will still be sending nasty comments to sites like this. Love you, Adam. Keep doing what you're doing.
As long as you like the music, who cares what's on the cover?
If you don't like this stuff (and I don't) just quit looking.
Yes it is. I think the record company sat him up to fall. I like him I dont' care if he is gay or not. He is very talented. and should have been just him on the cover, like in a suit or jeans can't wait for the record already like the song
Congrats to Samantha Foxx for releasing her long awaited follow-up to Naughty Girls Need Love Too! (Electric Boogaloo?)
I didn't even know that she was still in the music business!
Wow–you people are SO original! "Looks like a girl." Are we in junior high? Get over it. He's a musician, an entertainer. If you don't like it, go somewhere else. But leave the tired, totally homophobic comments at home. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that very few of you who posted such trash were Adam fans to begin with. You wouldn't have gone to his concerts (and you probably wouldn't have gone to Elton's, Madonna's, George's, or any other concert of someone you found pushed your personal boundaries) or bought his music. I was hoping for an edgier album cover, but I'm ultimately after the music–not the cover art. Also, it's not a Kris-Adam war, so get over that. They are good friends, and many people will buy both-just like people buy beer and soda, red and white wine, etc.–they are two different flavors. Last, newsflash for the hating crowd: gay men don't always want a sex change just because they are not afraid of their feminine side (any more than straight men who cross dress or do any number of things they keep secret). If Adam "loses support" for this, then I doubt the people fleeing were really supporters in the first place.
Get over yourselves and grow up. Then again, junior high bullies rarely do. Just know that most people don't find you clever or funny–they recognize you for overgrown children who spew cruelty that is wholly unnecessary.
Once again, people have too much times on their hands. This is America, people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you don't like the music, don't listen to it. If you don't like the images, stop looking at them. We all have the right to make choices here but should not criticize other people's choices. So, Adam is gay! Whoopee! This is 2009! It's not that odd! I believe he is very confident about his sexuality and who he is. He is talented with a great voice and great presence. Compare him to David Bowie, Elton John? Hey, I hope he becomes such a big star! He likes to push people's buttons and push things to the limit? So? Good for him! If you don't like him, his pictures and/or his picture, move on to something else and leave the rest of us alone!
what's the big deal...you are probably too young to remember David Bowie, Elton John, Boy George, Adam Ant and the list goes on...
I had no idea who this article was about, and I thought the picture was of a woman. Reminds me of 80s bands like Culture Club or Dead or Alive. Good music, but the artists were some screwed-up dudes. I'm guessing the case is similar, here. And to this Adam fella - if you're going to use words like "homage," be sure you're spelling 'em right from the get-go.
This is a news story? Really? He reminds me of Boy George circa 1984...it's not a new or particularly original look. Who cares? He's a musician...they tend to experiment with different looks over the course of their careers. It's their job to get people to notice them!
Amazing how the media tries to make someone relevant.
Anybody remember David Bowie? I LOVE the cover..very creative, and might we add, gorgeous. Can't wait for the CD!
LOVE him and LOVE the album cover! I already pre-order is CD... yep major fan!!! Why is that everytime someone is trying to be different, people have to hate!
Gosh Jenny, sounds like you are just a tad bit JEALOUS.
I find it humorous how others take it upon themselves to judge others appearances, why can't you accept others as they wish to live their lives, including what kind of makeup they choose to use?
I think Adam is expressing himself beautifully here.
Jenny, is your number 867-5309? If so, I want to add it into my call blocking list.
@ Neal @ 12:52am ET
Brilliant! Thank you!
All I see is Boy George from the 80's.
I like it. Very "Velvet Goldmine" of him. :)
It's supposed to be over the top. I have never heard of anyone buying a album for the cover work... Its all about the music and we all know he deffinatly brings it when it comes to that. It's the whole androgyny thing like Ziggy Stardust when Bowie first came out. Is it a man or a woman who cares either way i'd jump that lol. Velvet Goldmine all over. I think Adam is a smart. All i could think of when i saw this cover is BEAUTIFUL! the only thing i miss is that cute lip freckle. Adam's going to be a huge sucess because he has awesome raw talent. Just remember the old saying you can't judge a book by its cover... jus sayin......
Copy of Edgar Winter cover from the 70's, hardly groundbreaking
Gay men wearing makeup when it's not Halloween yet or in a Caberet! I guess it's all relevant. In my day it was bell bottom jeans and long hair.
I thought the photos were quite beautiful. I get the homage/omage to the movies of the 50/60's. He looks like he could have been in Westside Story or Rebel Without a Cause. Very artistic, very well done.
Who cares! The guy is living his life the way he wants and that's a big deal. His singing capabilities stand for themselves and I, for one cannot wait for his album. Great job dude.
Also, you cannot pay for this kind of publicity for his freshman CD. I hope this CD is as good as his Idol stint.
Who cares about the album cover. I say so what. His music is what's important and I heard one of his songs this morning and loved it. You'll either love him or hate him and that's just the way it is. If you don't buy the CD because of the cover then I really feel for you. And by the way I have heard some of the Idol winner's songs and they are a FLOP, horrible and totally flat. But judge that for yourself, because you know what the say about Opinions....
I am a 58 year old woman who has believed in Adam Lambert from the beginning. Adam, you have one of the most fantastic voices I've ever listened to, a remarkable style, and the courage to step out of the box and experiment with creative performances that have impacted your audience. I loved watching you entertain on American Idol. You are extremely talented and I wish you the best in your future of music and entertainment as your bring your talents to new heights! Go Adam.
Very Boy George.
I know its popular to believe that He didn't win because of who he is, but in all reality "hype" doesn't always pan out to be accurate portrayal of talent or popularity. I enjoy American Idol and, yes, I think he is very talented. I also think he was overly prone to theatrics and shrieking rather than singing. In the way I understand American Idol, they are not looking for America's next Broadway star or the perfect replacement for Freddie Mercury. In that regard, I hardly see where Adam didn't get his fair shot. He was the cause of his own undoing. He followed the direction his hype pointed towards rather than focusing on controlled performance.
Quite unneccessary, really.
Before any of you freak out, I don't love or hate Adam. I am Switzerland and couldn't care less either way about this guy. I find it amazing at how defensive some of you are because someone does not like Adam, or maybe they don't like his music, or his hair, or the album cover, etc. I have a gay relative and friends, so I don't dislike anyone because of their sexual preference. Just because someone may not like Adam does not automatically make them a hater. I don't like Bruce Springsteen, but that does not mean I hate straight men. I love Melissa Etheridge, but that does not make me gay either. I know there are haters out there, but having a difference of opinion does mean that the person disagreeing is discrimiating. Maybe he/she just doesn't like him. There are A LOT of straight people that I can't stand! Just saying..................
I'm an Adam fan, and I think he should have saved something like this for his second album and done something a little more toned down for his first. It didn't have to be THIS 'out there'. They could have kept this concept but used a non-Photoshopped photo and dropped the purple starry background in favor of a dramatically lit background, for instance.
For someone who didn't want his homosexuality to be an issue and just wanted people to focus on his music, he sure is making his homosexuality an issue! I mean, that's pretty much all this cover is about. It sure doesn't convey anything about the music; it doesn't even have anything to do with the title.
THis just confirms my suspicion that his solo career is going to be a lot like his Zodiac appearances, and nothing at all like his AI stuff.
Wow I just had a flashback to the Hall and Otaes cover!
I am an old black grandmother and I say "leave my boy alone" I love Adam and he is creative and talented. He should have won American Idol.
How can you not love this guy. He's definitely channeling the 80s here. What an awesome time. So much color and glitz. Everyone was on the stage .... we love Adam and we think there is a place for him in today's entertainment. I rarely buy CDs but I'll definitely buy this one.
Why soooo much makeup? What’s under there? It is all a bit disingenuous if you ask me. Where does he go from here? When he turns 40 will he still wear this make up and sport this shticky image crap? Talk about a calculated maneuver by his label to create "buzz". I am just not that gullible. It's been done people....Boy George, Liberace, Elton John, Bowie, Adam Ant...when you need to create an "image" you are trying too hard. Let the music be what you are about. for me though, bottom line, I am just not interested anymore.
Haven't you guys ever heard of DAVID BOWIE???!! This isn't outrageous at all, in fact, it's boring. Boy George did it in the 80's, and he was just being Boy George. He made it cool. Adam is just copying everyone who came before him. How is this controversial? Bowie did a cover that had a painting of him as a DOG, with balls! lol. ("Diamond Dogs"- look it up!)
This guy is just silly. In a year, no one will remember him.... or in about 20 mins. lol.
Wow Paula. Are you a music critic or just psychic? This guy has a great voice and a large following. And by the way, it is too, not to.
He looks like one of those hair bands from the 80s like Poison or Winger...it's nothing new if you are from the 70s or 80s generation. I think Lambert is awesome. I plan to buy the CD. That young man can sing.
Beyond creepy. He and Chaz got issues.
Boy George returns...Maybe that was his mentor...
i think Adam is AWSOME!!! as a Person... as a Singer... and a Model...!!! WE as a People cannot JUDGE him in any way... so dont get it twisted people... this boy CAN Sing!!! and he WILL be with us for a Looooooooooooong Time so get used to it AND him... (*_*)
CAREFUL YOUR HOMOPHOBIA IS SHOWING.......BUT GUESS WHAT WE ARE QUEER AND WE ARE HERE AND ARE NOT AFRAID OF YOU......
Boycott the boring Jenny Wilburn!!!
He could be my grandson, and I think the photo is campy beautiful and I wish him all the luck in the world. Go Adam!
The cover confuses me a bit because he hasn't come off this feminine before. Despite the glittery makeup he had a definite masculine vibe that seems to be totally missing here. And it doesn't seem smart from a marketing perspective when it's so hard to sell CDs these days, you would think he would still want to relate to the idol crowd. But I hope his music is great and he does well. I'll definitely be listening.
Adam will do fine IMO. The photoshoot and the album cover have made an impact good or bad. In the weeks before the album drops he will be all over the place making guest appearances on all the top shows. He is very talented and can sing a slow song beautifully, when you least expect it. (Mad World anybody) At times he looks like a young Elvis.
So, he has the looks and the voice. In the long run, who cares about the album cover.
OMFG, he looks SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooo glad he's a gay man, as he's too beautiful to be straight!!!!! Good job Adam!!!!!! We love you!!!!!!!!
This cover is a piece of art!!!! Excellent marketing by RCA to boost awareness. I don't think any other album cover has generated so much talk and publicity at all!! He's even in China Daily! Can you believe it!!! So Adam looks queer – OK give me a break, he IS queer, what's with all the homophobic ugly comments??? I am one proud fan!
scary. he looks like a girl!
I think most of these people, who say he looks like a girl are
quite frankly lame and insecure and maube quite frankly too boring... :)
I love that voice and that he is most beautifull man i`ve ever saw:)
This world is one sad place!
So much shallow people, make me sick :(
But we all have our own taste of things and i say that cover is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it seems like adam has a huge following from all age groups unlike cris allen whose fan base is made up of screaming teenage girls. who cares about the photos on the cover . could have shown him with a man and people would be complaining "that is very inappropriate". people are gonna complain about something . what ever adam does is gonna be highly scrutinized by all you "critics". i wish him all the best on a long and successful music career.
Adam is gorgeous in this cover. Can't wait to hear his music. It will be glam-fantastic sure.
After reading some comments I wonder what makes people like safe, normal, run on the mill options in everything? I guess we in Europe (I live in Finland) are more openminded- or art educated. This cover is art. Period.
I'm not sure if I love the cover, but I sure do love Adam Lambert.
Adam is Adam and everyone else is just trying to keep up. He was like this way before AI, controversial and pushed boundaries. Cover ruckus is hilarious, his cover gets more attention than most actual album releases. It is bow to past, cover, but it is also- for me- stunningly beautiful- master piece. I love anime and space elements in it. Love it and can't wait to hear his music. If anything, it won't be run on the mill, "safe" music- radio songs nowadays bore me to tears mostly. Bland. Adam sure is not.
Talent. Plain and simple. He's got it in spades and best of luck to him.
Don't we all wish we had what it takes to make it in the entertainment industry, but most of us don't. Be happy for those who do, no matter what their persona is.
He is good looking and he is gay. Obviously whoever decides what goes on the cover took advantage of these facts.
Besides who cares, don't judge the book by its cover.
This guy's a freakin' idiot. Why even report this crap and why do you people on here go so crazy over him? He takes a dump just like the rest of us....get a grip people.
I just lost my dinner from yesterday........
Way to much! Yuck. I am a gay male and I don't like the sterotype he is projecting that gay men want to look like and behave like girls. Op top of that, we wears way too much makeup. What does he really look like with out it? Glam rock/pop is out. lets leave it dead and burried.
If he is not under the RIAA radar Ill buy his album.
Adam is being Adam. He has said all along that he wants to shake things up, get people talking. Guess what? Mission accomplished!
Adam is the real thing. There's so much to love and admire about this guy. If you can't find one thing to like about him, your life is sad. He has touched many people in many different ways. He's exciting. He's fun. He's beautiful. He's sexy. And he CAN sing anything.
Can't wait for November 23, 2009 to get here. The music world will explode and we will never be the same.
I want this album so much.
@the poster above me: Did you even read the Details article? It's about straight women fantasizing over gay guys i.e. Adam. 90% of his fans are women who know he's gay. The photoshoot fits the article perfectly. It's called ACTING. He's not being hetero, he's acting hetero. READ THE ARTICLE.
Some of the comments here are just so ignorant. Adam wanted this cover to be fun and ridiculous. As he said he was paying homage to glam and honoring some of the music greats. He not only is the sexiest man alive, but the most honest, fiercest man to come on the music scene in a long time. Adam can sing any genre and his extraordinary voice comes along so rarely. Forget AI. The negative comments about masculine/feminine and putting him down without even hearing his album shows how bias and small minded you people are. The guys posting seem to be so insecure with their own identity, they have to attack Adam with such stupid comments. Believe me it makes you less manly. The women posting negative comments deserve the guys posting the ignorant comments. Adam doesn't have to seek the spotlight, the spotlight comes to Adam. He is that good and the media knows it. Too bad your prejudices will keep you from enjoying Adam's music. I do not belong to any fan group, I just get Adam and think he is super talented.
Well said Neal ... people ought to relax and not think everything is about them. Geez people, a guy in make-up? What the heck, he's having a blast and sings wonderfully. If a little flash sends you over the edge, I have some Lawrence Welk you can listen to. ;o)
I absolutely love the cover. Adam Lambert is a button-pusher. But most great entertainers are. His music will also push buttons. I am so excited for his album to come out. I havent been this excited in years over music. Nov. 23rd can not come soon enough.
I think the photo shoot is fine, in and of itself. I suppose many will say it is "art". I think it is, again, in and of itself.
But, I can't get past the fact that the guy is publicly not "hot" for the girl, even though he acts like he is in the photos. He has already publicly declared that he is gay, even if he has not verbalized it, he shows it in video clips and photos. Good for him for being open about his sexuality.
But these photos are misleading. He really isn't all hot all over this girl. Which is the reason why I just don't get the purpose of the photos. I mean, who is he kidding, and more importantly, WHY?!
If you are going to be yourself, then be yourself. This is just false exploitation. They are both beautiful by themselves. Together, they make me uncomfortable... probably as uncomfortable as Adam felt doing this shoot. A commercial sham.
I truly liked and enjoyed the image Adam presented on American Idol, his music, his style, his self-confidence but ever since it's as if he's unleashed restraint and is flaunting his "gayness" to the point of overshadowing the entertainer we enjoyed and admired on Idol. How a person chooses to live off-stage is their business, but it's beginning to look as if any concert Adam would hold would be more like attending an outrageously gay oriented nightclub act and that's not the Adam he presented on Idol. That's not the entertainer we believed in. Adam is talented, genius enough to entertain the masses on multiple levels without resorting to wild and Wicked behavior that overshadows his music. At one time I would have paid any amount of $ to see him in concert but now, his flamboyance is becoming a turn off. I see only his lifestyle, not the art, the music. On Idol, he proved he had mass appeal without sacrificing his identity, his confidence in who he was, in his art and he did it without all this in-your-face flamboyance. I'm really disappointed. He's coming across like a gay slut and I don't think I'd enjoy a concert built around that theme. He should rethink his public and professional image very carefully. If he wants to build a career on lavish, gay celebrity, he may end up losing the mass support of people who loved him for his youth, vitality, his incredible voice, his effortless charm, sensitivity and innate talent.
Looks like someone trying to take my spolight.....nice try but dying your hair and putting some make up just makes you a cross dresser sweetie you have to work the junk like i do
Strange article, sounds angry. Why? He's not hurting anyone, is he?
Squishing puppies? No. Stealing candy from small children? No.
"Have you seen it? Adam Lambert’s album cover?"
Why, yes, thanks to you, Jenny, I have. Guess what? I'm not offended.
Adam Lambert really does have a nice voice. I like his performance style (Big fan of his pre-idol work al la the the Zodiac Show).
In the end, for me, that's all that really matters, though, Jenny, I thank you for your concern. Love the picture, campy, glammy, silly and beautifully disconcerting. Thanks again, for bringing it to my attention.
Have a nice day.
I'm not crazy about this cover, but he is talented to the Nth degree so I'll get the album. I don't think he needs to worry about paying homage to anybody, or being campy or over the top. But obviously this is part of a vision of art to him, so it's his album, not mine. Just think maybe not the best choice for a first album, maybe turning off the casual or radio fan like Bronze.
2010 is about two months away.
Hurry, we are running late for a new age.
To the Ladies: (attention, jealous Straight Women)
Don't HATE on Adam because he can rock make up better than you, Instead, why not learn how to update your look. No one likes frumpy negative nancies and bitter is tired. The only reason you have time to showcase your ignorance, intolerance and homophobia is because that phone ain't ringing. Fix yourself up, open your mind and good things will follow. Yes, it's true that some of the most amazing, talented and beautiful men (gays) aren't trying to hear you. But, the shoulder you cry on when the closed minded stud muffin you are chasing does not call could very well be attached to Jason or Josh or Adam. At least you can both talk about "men"
Gentlemen: (attention, Straight "men")
Please get over the delusion that someone who expresses himself and his art is out to "convert" you. Gay / Bi / Sexual Ambiguity is not a religion. Insecurity isn't sexy. If you are secure within yourself you can hang anywhere, meet multifaceted people and live a rich life. The gay community and culture has far more important things to do, like fight for basic human rights and equality. We are NOT wasting our time opening your mind and talking you out of that hideous outfit. Be nice, or we won't introduce you to that beautiful, amazing, open minded woman hanging on our arm at parties. Remember her? Yes, she is secure within herself enough not to be bitter or threatened by her gay male friends (hey, we dressed her, styled her and amplified her greatness)
The rhetoric is tired. I applaud Adam for doing his thing. Straight america needs to get over itself and stop throwing hate as if poof, all the gays in the world will just disappear. If you truly had that power, your brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents would be gone in an instant and you still wouldn't understand why.
We're here, We're Queer... go mind your own business.
Some interesting comments here, but I'll say what I've always said. He's different, new and he's got his own style. Like we were saying at The Glambert Rock yesterday, he cannot really be compared to any other musician. No one's ever started their career in this much controversy. So how do you know it won't work? We have nothing to compare it to, do we? I believe the world's ready for the Adam Storm!
It's all about the music, people! Who cares how it's packaged! Do you pass on a book because you don't like the cover?? Or do you give the content a chance because you know it will be good?? Well, I know Adam's music will be GREAT and who gives a rat's a$$ about the cover? Such ridiculous and narrow-minded comments have been posted on here. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC!!
I love it! He's doing his own thing and what he likes, so let him!
You've listened to the album?? Amazing!
It won't be released until Nov. 23.
There's not even a single out yet.
Do you time travel?
Adam's singing is so amazing.
This cover, not what I was hoping for.
... He has gorgeous eyes!!
wow... he knows he made a spelling mistake. he tweeted again saying he made a mistake. why isn't THAT tweet in the article?
anyway I love the cover. it's beautiful.
HELLO FRISCO !!!!
He didnt need to promote his album this way,whomever is pulling his strings should know that real talent doesnt need controversy to sustain a career, this publicity stunt is a cheap way to promote his debute album and its tasteless,cheap and really stupid move by limiting his demographic based strickly on this picture. Adam is talented but if he keeps this up we wont here about him a year from now....well maybe on TMZ....
today's music is a joke. its all about money.
Adam is too much. Not the rols model I want for my children. Go Kris Allen!!!
Why do homosexuals try so hard to actually look like homosexuals?? He has said all he wants is to be treated like a "guy" with talent. Uh....sorry to say..but he failed miserably at looking like just a "guy" with talent. He looks like Cindy Lauper. Last time I heard, she wasn't a dude. Nice try.
I got the campy, androgyny look etc etc...I'm OK with it but he doesn't have to look like a Vietnamese prostitute who's picture as seen here looks like that outside a strip club billboard! I will still buy the album though because I will not allow bad album covers stop me from appreciating true talent!
It is 2009 for crying out loud! This is SUCH a non-issue. And honestly Jenny, you even asking this question is an insult to Adam and seems like thinly veiled homophobia.
He looks pretty. Kind of 80s retro. Does he sing Xanadu?
How could anyone buy this for their child? I would imagine no one over the age of 12 would buy this guy's cd. No adult can possibly take this guy seriously. He needs a big slap of reality.
I like how he isnt afraid to push boundries. While the music SHOULD come first it should in no way be an excuse for an artist to dress like a lumberjack and have the stage presence of a chia pet!
Heaven forbid if someone doesn't fit the social norm. Everytime I've seen Adam talk he seems very kind and unique. As long as people aren't hurting anyone than why do we have to judge??? The more I read on different websites the more I'm convinced we are a hateful, judgemental society. Why can't we except someone for their unique qualities rather than make hateful comments? We wonder why the world is the way it is, some of us need to do a personal inventory and get off their judgemental high horses. I can't wait to hear his CD..
I would agree with most of the negative comments here, that he is all hype and no substance IF...and that is a big IF...he had nothing to back up the buzz. Having been glued to my TV just to see what he would do every Tuesday night during the spring, having heard that VOICE live in concert not once but twice, I can safely say that this is a guy we will be talking about for quite a while. Time Magazine said it best months ago: After producing singers for several years now, American Idol has finally found a STAR.
Interesting....if he wants to be a girl, someone needs to inform him that they have a medical process to transform his gender. He (she) makes me wanna puke!
Two words: Boy George!!! That's all I could think of when I saw this! It reminds me of the Culture Club albums of my youth!
The return of Chris Gaines!
So a lazy reporter uses Twitter to help create a story. Then why don't you quote them all?
*homage. When's Twitter adding spell check?
about 10 hours ago from Echofon
Reply androgyny. Rock n Roll.
about 10 hours ago from Echofon
Reply For those that don't get it: oh well... Glad to have gotten your attention.
about 11 hours ago from Echofon
Reply Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It's an omage to the past. It IS ridiculous.
I guess, judging by the number of comments – he got your attention!
Finally!!! American Idol Found a Brilliant Vocalist/Artist/Entertainer!!
And, ART is back!!!
Apparently, we've missed a generation when we cut back arts in the schools. So sad to see anyone who doesn't hear the talent and interpretation in his music. AWAKEN yourself to Music!! Yeah, it's back!!!
Absolutely can not wait for this release. I am 66 years old, married and yep, even my 75 year old husband knows I love Adam. His music makes me feel good and after all, isn't that what music is for?
can not even remember the name of the little boy who won, except he was from Arkansas. He seemed like such a nice boy, however, Adam was the winner and everyone knows it.
Adam actually corrected his *omage* misspell in one of his tweets. Asked when Twitter was going to get spellcheck!
Regarding the album cover,I think it is totally Adam. Mysterious,ethereal, beautiful, unique and unbelievably sexy!! He is undeniably one-of-a-kind! Kudos!
wow, i wish someone would have told me dead or alive got back together!!!!
Hey Ken – you must be pretty f'ing special. Know why? You are the only one who got to listen to the album – since it is not being released until November 23. WHO ARE YOU SIPHONING – hmmm?
Adam is extremely intelligent – he has people talking about him and his album with just once photo. Personally, I absolutely love and adore Adam and his amazing voice – doesn't matter in the least what he puts on the cover – I'm interested in what's inside.
Better get used to it folks – Adam will continue to push the boundaries – as long as those boundaries include his fantastic music – he can push as far as he likes
Congratulations Adam – you are the Star of this decade – and hopefully many more to follow
Adam is as beautiful inside as he is on the outside. He has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard, and he was by far the bravest, most original contestant on American Idol ever. Shame on all of you people who are so hateful and mean. You will never be half as good of a person as Adam is.
This is the real Jen. The other "Jenn" who posted above needs to learn how to spell and therefore, should not be permitted to blog here (just kidding; I just don't happen to agree with what she had to say).
That being said, I too am surprised to see so many 'haters' posting here. I think Adam is exercising his freedom of expression on this album cover....whatever it is he may be trying to say. Who are we to decide? I am not too concerned with the motivations. All I know is that Adam ROCKS!!! His voice is truly amazing and in my humble opinion, I believe he is the most talented and gifted performer to come along in quite some time. He is extremely handsome and obviously drawing a lot of attention in everything he does (whether its warranted or not). Unfortunately, the haters are just gonna have to get over their aversion to Adam. He is very popular here in the US and abroad (this evidenced by his pre-sales on itunes and Amazon). Given that popularity and his talent, I don't see Mr. Lambert being a one hit wonder. Prepare yourselves people; we may be seeing Glambertmania the likes of which we have never seen before. I, for one, do not mind :)
If you buy music because of images not sound then it doesn't matter what you think because you are likely 'ear-less'. Most of us who buy his album want to know what he has come up with musically and don't need his (extremely) pretty picture to entice us. This young man has one of the voices and talents of the century. Who he chooses to love and what he does behind closed doors is his business. The rest of it is marketing and music. Some of us can decipher which is which...but some of you obviously cannot.
Saw the cover, thought "what an interesting lady", realized my error. Now lol. C'mom Adam- give us a break. This is the time to showcase your integrity as an artist, not the time to embrace campiness. Save the jokes for after you are established, otherwise the beginning is the end.
Personally, I love it. It is completely over the top and ridiculous INTENTIONALLY. It is completely Adam. And it is fine to not like a cover but some of the reactions I'm seeing on the internet are really frightening, to be honest. I guess it puts to rest any doubt that he didn't win because of his sexuality. I think the genius of Adam is that he put out a cover that says more about the person that is viewing it than it does about him.
I love the cover so much! It's crazy and weird and perfect.
He should be America's next top male model! I find him to be very stunning and I can't wait to hear his new album.
I LOVE the cover art for Adam Lambert's new album !!! Reminds me of 70's Bowie ~ It is 70's retro meets futuristic glam rock !!! The details are beautiful especially if you take your time to look and if you look at the picture in larger size ~ I am ordering a large poster of this mesmerizing cover art as soon as available !!!
It's finally going to be released, then everyone can make fun of the screaming on every song and he can move on with his career of singing in drag shows around Vegas, and we can all forget about him again, just like we did 24hrs after Kris won Idol
Adam's very talented. Stop making so big of a deal out of his creativity. He obviously has people who like his music and style since he made it to the Idol finals. Live and let live!
It's a reality check to read these comments from a sampling of people who don't live in Adam's universe (like I do). Every now & then, we Adam devotees have to step out of our world so we can see what others think so we can gauge how well he will do. For us, there would be nothing better than for almost everyone to dig him at least a little bit. I see from these comments that this cover is turning the uninitiated off.
Wow, Lady Gaga has a new album already?
Blogger did you intentionally omit that he corrected his own spelling error? I am LMAO here. We're on freaking CNN the second most biased LIBERAL network and what are we reading? Insulting and homophobic comments. You people are such hypocrites. @Deb Adam has sung those songs for years. He's been working for 17 years. Go listen to lite opera Brigadoon Come to Me Bend To Me on Utube at 22. for an example. He sustains something like a 22 sec breath. I think it's the one with the messa di voce at the end. Lovely. All these haters haven't even listened to the boy/
After listening to some of the album, the cover is the least of Mr. Lambert's worries. I would refer to the act of siphoning but that would be a bit kind.
This radiant cd cover along with the fabulous cd inside will make a fine addition to my album collection. NONE of them look like this. This is ART! Most of you in this commenting section don't know half of what Adam is doing. This cover is SUPPOSE TO BE RIDICULOUS and OVER THE TOP. He said this himself. It's campy for a reason he also says. It's to pay homage to Bowie. And if one looks carefully at the cover you'll see that Adam in conveying the beauty of both a woman (the side with the hand)AND a man (the side without a hand). Use a piece of paper and half his face if you don't believe me. It's blunt yet subtle and absolutely there and personally it is beautifully breathtaking once realized.
Can't wait until his 15 minutes are over...
You should all be carefull with what you say about this guy. Under Obama's new hate crime law you might be prosecuted for hurting his feelings. it's a federal offense now.
Love this guy's voice and his courage. Hope the CD goes platinum. The world will always be full of people who try to tear others down because they lack the courage to try and understand their fellow man. In the grand scheme of things, we are all one big family. When you're heart's in the right place, differences don't matter. Try to find that place and be happy.
I love it!
Hey all you negative people, if you're not interested, why are you posting? If I'm interested in an artist I may make a comment, if not, I wouldn't waste my time. I find that so odd...you take the time to read the article. the time to think of a comment and the time to post it......that's a waste of your time isn't it?
I'm not going to defend Adam....I love his amazing talent !!!!
I love Adam and I Get it!!!
Enjoyed the article. The best cover for any album I've seen since Bowie in the 60's and 70's. Adam is georgeous and "glammy" in this picture. He is one hot musician and great marketeer.
I absolutely love the cover! Its totally Adam.I can't wait till i get his album ,and yes i am one of the many who pre-ordered it.Adam Lambert has amazing talent,charisma ,and artistic ability ,in other words multi talented ,He is true to his self,and his fans.Hes one the few stars out there that is completely honest about who he is and what he wants.I completely respect him for that.The soundtrack he did for the movie 2012 was absolutely beautiful.Thank you for the article!
*yawn* What the hell is controversial about it? It looks like he ripped off the '80s glam rock styles, Xanadu, and Tokio Hotel (whom I like). People get shocked so easily these days. Or maybe old people just enjoy being shocked over stuff like this, even if most old people these days lived the 70s and 80s and have seen worse and weirder anyway....
Lambert's own insistence that he is this new, edgy phenomenon makes even less sense. But I guess that's how it is with today's movers and fakers. I'm not holding any hope out the music behind the "controversial ooohhh" cover will be anything special.
Adam = PERFECTION, simple as that!
That's the album cover? Hmmm I thought it's an ad for Max Factor, Loreal, or Avon..
I'm in my 40's and have a serious cougar crush on this guy! Yes, I know he's gay and know I'm nearly double his age. But more than that, I love his voice.
HeShe should have a sex-change.
can he try just a little harder please....
Once his attention getting behavior stops getting the actual attention, he will be forced to confront his problems. The man obviously suffers from gender and other issues. We've all seen this story before time and time again; George Michael, Elton John, Boy George and many others. Nothing new hear, nothing new at all.
Adam has a fantastic voice. People who haven't heard him sing must not judge based on this picture. Adam is extremely talented.
all i see is barbies! how fiesty there adam..
I love it...Adam makes music exciting again!
Lets wait and see how the album turns out. Who cares what the cover looks like. Do poeple see how many freaks are out there, I think we all are a little freaky, so this is just another form. I am sure he will deliver his music, which is what most of us like and care about.
This guy is gorgeous and uber talented. Love him or hate him, people and the media are paying attention. Mr. Lambert is here to stay.
But he likes to "kiss women," he claims in the interview. Ha ha. Ok, kid. Embarrassing for gay men who are true to themselves, really.
Wow Paula. I love how you know how his album will do when it hasn't even been released yet.
I can't take the anticipation. I want Adam's album NOW!!!
I hope there is an actual photo of Adam (untouched) inside the liner notes laughing, just bent over backward laughing his sexy a** off!
WOW! I'm not sure if it is a good "WOW" or a bad "WOW"...just WOW!
Who wants to make out?
Looking at the images, and trying to be very honest? He looks as if he is more than anything 'admiring' the form of the woman... and not lusting after her. With the one where hes got his mouth on her chest – it almost looks like hes curious... I just do not see the 'smoldering passion' towards the woman.
But the photos where shes full out nude – you have to admit that the light and shadow to make him look like hes admiring her perfect form.
I do not think this 'fits' him very well. The cover yes. To me, well I guess I see him with a set behind him – lights low – dim – and he is the one in focus – and done in b/w. But not the tough ruggid look, but rather the look of a young pup, struggling to not be eaten up by the business but at the same time, his love for music is clear.
I am not a fan, just someone that wanted to comment. As far as his voice? In my opinion he has amazing range, but has not yet found himself. I think if he ever tries to sing that delicate soft long song with some lilts here and there – he will find it suits him. Yes he has a strong voice, but what shows control of a voice better than singing just above a gentle whisper?
Hey kid - I like your moxie, chin up – step forward and never let them get you down. This is from one artist to another. Never lose yourself in who they want you to become.
I absolutely love the album cover! It's STUNNING!!!
Adam will always do something unexpected to get us talking.
I love him so much <3
I love it! I love Adam and his voice is AMAZING!!!
I Love It....he is gorgeous! Also interesting to note that the album climbed all the pre-order charts in the US, UK and Japan overnight since this was released yesterday. was number 14 on amazon on Monday, now number 8.
He is rockin it....It is just what his music on the CD is about....looking forward to hearing is great voice.
Jenn – here you are again...pushing for Kris...good try...heaven knows he needs all the help he can get...now we know where you belong, and from now on I think I will stalk all of Kris's articles and do just what you are doing....what goes around comes around...when will you learn......
CD covers don't sell albums...it ain't that deep...
It's nobody's place to apporve or disapprove. He has an excellent talent, that is what counts!
Beautiful cover–controversy is always one element of greatness. This is probably the most highly anticipated album of the year. Judge with your ears folks on Nov. 23. You might be surprised.
I love it!! It's campy, glammy and over-the-top!! PERFECT!! Got everyone talking! I also love all the nasty comments. It's hilarious how jealous people can be of someone's obvious talent and fame! Adam will rock our world and there's nothing you can do about it!!
What does it matter if it is a guy or a girl...lol
Everyone is everyone. Love is Love.
Horrible! Wish some real music got this much attention!
Don't judge his great voice with this cover.
I think the album cover is hot – and so are the other photographs. In the end, though, it's all about the music, and if it's anything near what he gave us during his time on Idol, I'll be glad to fork over the cash for his album.
Of course, I already own a t-shirt stating "I Heart Boys In Eyeliner" so maybe I'm biased :-D
Creepy, he should let his singing do the job, not n' try to push his sexual Orientation on the rest of us. I think Adam is a great singer, but what's with try'n to look like a girl, or Boy George.
I think people who don't who that is will look at it and ask, "Is that a guy or a girl". Then secondly, "Is that a real picture or a painting?". lol. Not a controversy at all. Just weird and a little creepy. Who knows, maybe it's in the spirit of Halloween.
he can push MY boundaries ANYtime....
***prrrrrrrrr*** he is so %#%ing GORGEOUS!! :)
I knew he's gay but I didn't know he's a tranny.
Thanks for clearing that up.
OMG, he looks just like Jordin Sparks, only a bit lighter-skinned and thinner!
She's not very pretty, is she?
The girl can do whatever she likes. I don't care. I just hope people won't judge all gay men based on his painted up, powdered up image.
I love that he is true to himself. The people who hate this album cover would have never bought it anyway!
Let the man express himself. I want to hear what the music sounds like...who cares about the album cover.
Good for him to be brave enough to be who he is. Love the album cover and can't wait to hear th music.
I don't think any of the recent Idol's have had real good success so far.
The two Davids have had good success but both I think do not have the wide appeal that they really need. Both got a lot of air play out of the gate but since then its waned. I guess to say their songs are forgettable would be something Simon would say. Pop and Rock are hard venues and Kids jump from one artist to another these days. Will Adam have any better chance? It will depend on his songs staying power and if any of them can become iconic.
Who cares, is he not one of the best vocalist we have heard in the last decade. Everyone is so hung up on things that don't impact their lives. Just enjoy and don't over think it. Get a life PEOPLE and stop living on the WEB its not reality.
Why are we questioning someone's individuality? I'm sure that there are plenty of other people's album covers who are considered "pushing the boundaries". Artists express themselves through their music and ablum covers and if you dont like it, dont listen to it.
And the difference between this album cover and the ones from the 1980’s… let’s see, Poison, Boy George, ETC……..
I LOOOOOOOOOVE HIM!!!!!!! OhMyGosh!!!!!
EW! my eyes! it burns it burns! and I'm about to throw up!
What is the big deal? Does anyone remember David Bowie or Boy George. If boundaries have been pushed, they were pushed years ago. Is the color purple or a man wearing eyeliner really that shocking to us still? If so, I would say the problem lies within us. I"m with Sam: I'll wait for the music rather than judge the album by its cover.
Not sure how this is pushing any boundaries, most album covers feature half naked women with too much makeup on or half naked men with too many muscles on. So this album cover is a half naked man with too much makeup on, so what. I guess Jenny is easily shocked.
Paula, how'zabout you trying out on the next "idol"?
Bet'cha you won't get as far as Lamberd has!
He looks like Pink, lol. I smell a new Boy George!!! He's cool, loved him on American Idol, but I would worry about alienating his fans...this is not the Adam that he showed us on the show, and I would like that Adam back, please!
Love him! This cover is hilarious – very tongue in cheek. I can't wait to hear what the album sounds like.
Who cares about the album cover?? Have we ever had Grammys or any kind of Awards for album cover?? All I care is the music inside... Well, on that note, I hope Adam's new CD will be good because I've been waiting for so long... I'll support Adam Lambert all the way... Go Adam!... :-)
How cares of what he looks like ... as long as the music is good... Did we forget about Boy George?
Wow, that's ridiculous.
Wow, that Poison singer still looks young for his age.
Does anyone truly care other than gay men like himself? He reminds me of Liberace, the old flamboyant star from the past. I can see him wearing all those clothes that Liberace wore.As for his music; we know he can scream.
What's so controversial about it? Is it because he's releasing his album as an openly gay man? It's nice to see someone being himself instead of protraying a fake image for years as a straight man to sell records. Artists like Elton John and George Michael paved the way for Adam to be able to express himself without having to tone down who he is to please the masses.
Enough already, he was the runner-up, let's here something about the American Idol Winner Kris Allen, I'm sure his album cover we be alot better & not so controversial.
It's art people, hello, anyone with a brain out there? I just came back from volunteering, why don't you people go do something useful.
Perhaps pushing boundaries is what makes this man the unique star millions of his fans are attracted to. His absence of fear of what others think about him are just someone else's opinion. I'm hoping his album goes solid platinum. What's wrong with putting it all out there? It's his voice that will showcase his abilities.
We haven't seen him fall flat yet. Beats doing nothing and expecting everything.
He looks like a woman.
I like Adam and can't wait to hear the album, but this album cover is awful. He's trying too hard and he ends up looking like an idiot.
Way too much photoshop.
He is just trying to be himself, or whatever image he has of himself. Personally, there is nothing wrong with the picture to me. Boy George was WAY more flamboyant and a much better singer.
his cover is no more controversial than a fly on the windsheild, which is what he will wind up being. he's not all that profound or interesting. he's just a gay man trying to grab attention. like that's never happened before? wow . . . . david bowie's diamond dogs cover was much more .. . . . controversial . . . . far more interesting, and it contained great music. lamberto is just plain boring.
Give him a break, he's totally being himself. Good for him. Who cares about the cover one way or another? The album will be fantabulous.
Give the guy a break...he has more talent than any other Idol winner (not counting kelly or Carrie) and proves you can be different and not fall into what everyone thinks you should be....he has a single out that is fantastic!
he looks like a girl haha
This cover can only hurt album sales...it is CHEESY! May not be fair, but many folks still do judge a book (album) by its cover.
Is anyone really surprised about this album cover? Regardless of the girly attire and bad makeup, who thought it was a good idea to make a close up of his face his album cover. I think that is a desperate attempt to get people to recognize the CD and buy it. LAME!
One trick pony, the trick screaming (not singing).
This guy needs to give up trying to be a Boy George wanna be. If you are a good singer, fine. But, stop with the silly dramatics.
Looks like a Boy George wannabe........
Well I guess we know what he'll be changing with his new found fortune and fame. Somebody get out the weenie whacker. What a waste of a what could be a nice looking young man.
That album cover just made me decide not to buy it. I'll just wait to see which songs are a hit and buy that song online.
This guy stinks. Let his album sales (or lack thereof) prove it and then let's all be done with him... please.
He's such a pretty boy. I wonder if he did his own makeup? Maybe he will be the next "cover girl"? He can give Clay some makeup tips!! Still love the guy even tho he is prettier than some girls .
Who's to judge if he can sing?
You know the team behind him might be alot smarter than what people think, he is getting attention and alot before his album hits the stores, even with the photo shoot that was way out there, I agree with Sam I look forward to hearing the album
really sick of him already. just another idiot doing outrageous stunts to keep his name in lights.... wants to shock us but really just disgusted us! another star i will swear off of! welcome to the jon & kate, lindsey,paris,octomom and the rest that dull our senses!
I love that picture...His make up is FIERCE! Even better than my own..and I am a woman..hahaha...I mean I know he has people but I think this is just a really BEAUTIFUL picture.....Anyone offended by such just needs to hop a broom and get over it already....sheesh....I'm sure we might question things about them as well...BUT that is their business....so as long as he's minding his they need to mind theirs....Let people be who they want to be and if you be who you want to be...If people spent more time worrying about themselves than other people and their busy the world would be a lot more productive....jeesh....this stuff just gets on my nerves..
I give him 5 STARS! BEAUTIFUL!
I thought it was a girl when I first saw the picture. I do not like it. Adam is a good looking guy. I like his emo look, but this picture is just dumb.
Adam Lambert is talented and original.. if he wants to have an album that showcases his originality...so be it.
So far what i've heard has been great from him and if he says the Cover is an homage then, I love it even more!!!!. . .
I'd have to disagree with you PAULA...
how much of him have you heard to even say that he pushes the boundaries and falls flat... LOL, it just seems like you're already a hater from the get-go. .. not even waiting to see what he can do by himself...
Adam loves to do the unexpected, and loves to push peoples' buttons. I can see he is up to his normal tricks! I am judging this CD on what it SOUNDS like. I could care less what he puts on the cover.
ewww...paula sounds like she is full of crankypants.
adam's album has been in demand months before it was even completed...but don't worry, kris allen's album will come out
to save your day and hopefully it will actually sell some?
i will be buying adam's album just like most of the people i know
will be doing too...
So Michael Jackson's weirdness is just great, but Adam's innovative marketing is not? Come on. Give me a break!
Adam will do well when his album comes out. He is an original and not the same boring stuff like the no talent guy that won American Idol this year. What's his name – Chris? I forgot already.
The AI suits are really pushing to keep this guy relevant. Look at me, look at me! I'm Adam Lambert and I'm controversial! Yes we get it, he's the real AI winner, he had the most talent, he pushes the envelope, he's also (gasp) GAY! Ok can we all go home now and quit talking about this guy.
love it!!!!! I love everything adam, he's cool, sexy and a great singer, and I hope he has AWESOME music career.
I hate it when a man looks more feminine and prettier in make up than I do. Sure brings back memories of Boy George and Culture Club.
I love his make up!! I wonder who was the make-up artist? Great picture...can't wait to hear his music!
Are you kidding me? Brilliant move, where else woud he get coverage from most major news outlets online and on TV and in print for a debut Album! Hopefully he can live up to the hype and his music will be great too! Can't wait
Who cares if it is over the top? Who cares what he looks like? Who cares how his face looks or what it is an "omage" too.
I seriously believe the reason he did not win American Idol is because of who he is as a person, and to be honest, he is better off for it.
He looks super creepy in that picture.
One word: Gorgeous!
It's him being him. I think he would have made a great Conrad Birdie on Broadway.
I love it!!!
I didn't watch American Idol, but Wow, she is pretty. Adam is a strange name for a girl though.
The controversy about this cover is really quite hilarious. I'll wait for the music rather than judge the album by it's cover. Lambert seems poised to give us some great music, I look forward to hearing it.
I don't think he pushes any boundries. He just tries to hard and falls flat. Kinda like his album will.
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