American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has issued another statement regarding the release of his pre-Idol work via On With the Show, saying he is "very disappointed" that songs never intended for public consumption will become available to fans. After previously assuming the album contained songs that weren't written by him (like first single "Want"), Lambert has since learned On With the Show will feature the Wild Idol's own co-written demos.
"Last Friday I was surprised to find out that songs I recorded back in 2005 were being released. Since then I discovered the entire track listing, revealed online today. I was shocked to learn that songwriting demos of songs that I co-wrote and recorded over the past few years may be released in an album," Lambert said. "Like a rough draft that a writer does before finishing a book, I did not intend my work on these demos to be heard by the public. I was unaware that anyone intended to release these recordings until I heard about it in the press, and I'm very disappointed by this entire situation."
When news of On With the Show first broke after the single "Want" leaked, Lambert was quick to criticize the release, saying it was comprised of four-year-old studio sessions comprised of other people's songs. Hi Fi Recordings — who are releasing On With the Show — rebuffed Lambert's statement, saying all the songs were relatively recent recordings and that Lambert had a hand in co-writing the majority of them, which a leaked publishing memo featuring the album's track list helped prove yesterday.
Hi Fi countered yet again this morning, with a new statement that claims "releasing this music was always the plan" and slams Lambert's relationship with 19 Entertainment. "It's a shame that his management/record company choose to disavow their clients work and discredit him as a songwriter," the statement reads. "[Wilshire Records], run by an experienced music producer, Malcolm Welsford, thrives on finding, nurturing and championing new talent and now they find themselves at a tremendous potential loss. Adam's songwriting parter, Monte Pittman now finds himself at a tremendous potential loss."
In other Lambert news, EW that in addition to Lady Gaga producer RedOne and former Evanescence keyboardist Dave Hodges, Lambert is also working with AI judge Kara DioGuardi, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry and producer Sam Sparro on his authorized post-Idol debut for 19 Recordings/RCA, which is due in the fall. reports
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