"Want," the first single off a pre-Idol collection of songs sung by Adam Lambert titled On With the Show, will be available on iTunes starting tomorrow, June 23rd. On With The Show, which is due out later this summer — before Lambert's official debut on 19 Recordings via RCA — features 11 tracks Lambert recorded during his three-year partnership with producer Malcolm Welsford and Wilshire Records, who will release the disc.
A press release boasts that eight of the 11 songs on On With The Show were co-written by Lambert, and that the album features "recent tracks" recorded "over the course of 2007/2008, right before Lambert's meteoric rise to prominence." However, in a statement Lambert issued this weekend after "Want" hit the Internet, the Idol runner-up was quick to explain that — despite Wilshire's claims — some of the recordings date back four years ago, and the songs don't feature his songwriting.
"Back in 2005, when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio," Lambert said in the statement. "The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on. I'm thrilled to be working with some of today's hottest songwriters and producers and can't wait for people to hear what my music really sounds like." As Rock Daily reported last week, Lambert has already drafted Lady Gaga producer RedOne to contribute tracks to his official debut album.
On With The Show and his fall debut disc might not be the only Glambert-related releases on the horizon: According to the Wilshire press release, the indie label has "two albums' worth of material [Lambert] recorded." According to MTV, neither Lambert nor Idol's 19 Recordings are expected to take any legal action to prevent On With The Show's release. As for what fans can expect from Lambert's real debut, "My album is gonna be siiiiiiiiick," Lambert said on his new Twitter account.
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