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Adam Lambert Defends Album Cover as "Deliberately Campy"

October 28, 2009 1:26 PM ET

Reaction to Adam Lambert's debut album cover has certainly been strong. Some fans have pledged their allegiance to the American Idol alum's glamtastic artwork on For Your Entertainment, while others have slammed it as more than a tad over-the-top (the phrase "space alien from Planet Fierce" has come up — on both sides). Lambert himself weighed in on his Twitter today to explain the thinking behind the glowing, spacey cover: "Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It's an omage [sic] to the past. It IS ridiculous. For those that don't get it: oh well... Glad to have gotten your attention. androgyny. Rock n Roll."

Think Lambert's album cover is out of this world? Check out these alternate takes dreamed up by Rolling Stone.

Lambert also revealed that FYE's upcoming debut single was produced by hitmaker Dr. Luke. "There is also a song called 'Soaked' written by Muse," Lambert wrote, noting that Justin Hawkins of U.K. glam squad the Darkness contributed a song called "Music Again," too. Lambert has long confessed to being a fan of Muse, and sang the band's "Starlight" during the American Idols Live tour.

Adam Lambert photos: the early years.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, Lambert had also recorded a song written by Lady Gaga while working on For Your Entertainment, an LP that will reportedly boast all-star production from Howard Benson, RedOne, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and Rob Cavallo, who produced Lambert's 2012 single "Time For Miracles." "Glam is back," Lambert promises.

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