Update on January 6
This from a stipulation (an agreement between attorneys) filed with the court Wednesday:
The parties’ transactional counsel have negotiated and agree upon the material terms of a settlement of this action and all the claims asserted herein. The negotiation and agreed upon materiaterms of that settlement agreement are reflected in a series of emails between said counsel dated between November 15 and December 21, 2011.Defendant’s (Adam’s) counsel have begun preparing a settlement agreement and have committed to send a draft of that document to plaintiffs counsel by January 3, 2012.
OMG… the fans are angry!
If you want to get really PO’ed about this whole situation again, read all this!
Here’s a comment from someone involved:
Here is why I don’t understand the support for Monte. He promotes BFM, obviously against Adams wishes. He gets annoyed like a child when he receives feedback from Adam fans. He posts a video of Adam Sandler mocking Social Network users.
Where does he post it?..right on a Social Network..lol.
My husband feels insulted by Monte and voices his opinion to him. Monte takes down the video. Next step, he calls me to ask for advice on how to “Fix this thing with Adam fans”. I told him that the only one that can fix this thing is Adam by maybe tweeting that its all good. Monte admits to me that he can’t communicate with Adam, because Adam refuses to talk to him. Adam unfollows Monte on twitter , so does his Brother Neil.
I tell Monte that there are a bunch of rumors floating around regarding Monte and Adam.
Told him I heard that Monte was butthurt that Adam wouldn’t extend his contract, and his answer was, he never worked “For Adam”.
After repeatedly telling Monte that it was not a good idea to discuss Adams career with fans, he kept on talking anyway..oh and he did talk to me about certain fans. Not sure they would still be so supportive if the knew.
Well I gave him my honest opinion about this whole situation, and guess what? he put me on his crazy list, as well as my husband. And he had just apologized to my husband for the Adam Sandler video. Backstab much?
Oh and he called my friend the same day, who in fact is an attorney. Sure he called alot of people when he realized he was drowning.
Monte has always played favorites amongst the fan base to further his own career, even allowed a fan on the tour bus.
To all of Montes current supporters, I would like to ask, what are you going to say to Adam at your next M&G? Adam I’m a Monte supporter, the guy you ain’t talking to anymore coz he hurt you so badly. Here sign this.
Many of us were drawn into supporting artists associated with Adam because we believed at the time that it was the right thing to do, but I hope that fans will learn from this and stay far from them.
I have to add that I was shocked when I saw that Neil unfollowed Monte, as I’m sure people can tell that Neil doesn’t give a crap what anybody says or does. To me this means that whatever happened, runs pretty deep.
And to the 2 Ladies writing this blog , you need to find someone else to write about,
How about Santa?..that way you can make stuff up and nobody would ever notice
Over and out
If you want more, it’s here:
Paramount Sessions Parody!
Disclaimer: Funny but negative!
Update on BFM… December 3 Thanks to Cassie on Adamtopia
Update on the bastard album, considering all the hype Adam’s legitimate single is getting.
The MP3 download is now priced at only $4.99 and holds a strong place at # 1875 in Mp3 albums.
The CD is selling at a frantic pace at #589 in music.
The deluxe album is selling like hotcakes at #2313 in music.
The single BFM is by far the most impressive figure, coming in at #131,745 in music on Amazon.
BFM songs on You
(Playlist includes all the songs – click on 16 songs next to the name deenaOO at the top)
LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Adam Lambert’s response to the Colwel Platinum Entertainment lawsuit is due after the holidays, LALATE can exclusively reveal. Adam Lambert was sued by Colwel Platinum Entertainment Inc earlier this month. The Court has now set Lambert’s answer due by January 1, 2012.
On November 15, Lambert agreed to “save the expense of serving a summons and complain in this case. I understand that I will keep all defense or objections to the lawsuit, the court’s jurisdiction, and the venue of the citation, but that I waive any objections to the absence of a summons or of service.” He also agreed “that I must file and serve an answer or a motion under Rule 12 within 60 days from November 2, 2011, the date when this request was sent. If I fail to do, a default judgment will be entered against me.”
Lambert’s defense counsel has not been formally noted by the Court. But on November 16, Lambert receive notice of the Court’s Standing Order (of November 2) via attorney Donald Passman, LALATE can report.
Passman (of Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown) is well known for his book “All You Need to Know About the Music Business”. The book is currently in its seventh edition. David Geffen once said of the book “I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the music business.” Rolling Stone added that thebook “should be required reading for anyone planning or enduring a career in the [music] biz.”
Legal assessment by a lawyer/ Adam fan
Fans who are Lawyers comments:
None of these agreements prohibited him from competing on Idol. There was NO reason to include anything re Idol other than that it made him famous. The contract would have been up before Idol and it was supposedly rescinded, but it is not a recording contract so it doesn’t matter anyway. The complaint and agreement have nothing to do with and do not touch on RCAs rights. The agreements at issue are limited and scope and time and did not prohibit Adam from entering into a contract w RCA. If there is a trial it’ll be a jury trial, but there won’t be a trial. Ever. Trust me. Most cases never go to trial. One side or the other wins on a motion. They are not claiming entitlement to his RCA stuff. Even if Welsford does own the rights to the music (which the take down notice said was not the case) Adam could countersue that they misrepresented it/appropriated his name.
(You can check @caridan1 on twitter for lots more tweets)
The song has been sent to Canadian radio stations. Here is an article from Rockstar Weekly.
Adam Lambert’s Beg For Mercy Released To Canadian Radio
A new Adam Lambert single was released to Canadian radio today (Nov. 8) through the industry digital distribution service DMDS. The song, “Beg for Mercy”, is from the upcoming pre-American Idol album of the same name that will be released worldwide by Colwel Platinum Entertainment via Fontana Distribution on November 21, 2011. The single, or any of the material from the album is not part of the second Lambert album expected to be released in March or April on 19/RCA Records. Lambert was hoping to release a new single this month, but announced delays today.
Lambert, who is in a legal battle over the release of the Beg For Mercy album, has used Twitter on several occasions to let fans know that this is not his current musical direction and he is quite unhappy about its release. As the single was sent to radio, Lambert took to Twitter once again, this time to announce that his planned new single has been delayed, most likely due to the release of Beg For Mercy and the continuing lawsuit.
“Update on first single: due to some unforeseen logistics, legal annoyances and creative details, the first single is delayed again I want to apologize for claiming November as the release month. I spoke too soon. I had a great meeting in London yesterday and continue to take the time to ensure the song is its BEST and that the whole album and campaign is a unified artistic extension of my spirit. Thank you so much for your patience. I PROMISE I won’t let you down & that this upcoming project will take you on a wild ride! I love u all.”
Often referred to as the “Citizen Vein Sessions,” this ten-track collection was recorded shortly before Lambert became a household name via “American Idol.” Although widely sought out, this music has never been commercially available up until now. All songs on the album are written by Adam and his musical collaborator (and Madonna’s guitarist) Monte Pittman. Adam’s raw, honest vocals are perfectly supported by a superb pro team, including members of Madonna’s band. The single is available for purchase now on all digital and mobile platforms.
Beg For Mercy, which is not the new album from Lambert, shows a rockier side to Lambert and sounds more like the music he performed on American Idol than is does the pop/dance of his first Platinum selling album For Your Entertainment. The new album has been reported to sound more personal. He performed one of its songs, Outlaws of Love, at the Ste Agathe en Feux Festival in Quebec earlier this year.
This is the album artwork for the Beg For Mercy album, entitled “Terminus” by award-winning artist and illustrator Michael Whelan:
Before all the Lambert fans react, this is where we stand on the matter. We have been a supporter of Adam’s music and career so far (and we can’t wait to hear the new music), but like any artist we love, we also like to hear the music they created before we knew them. Beg For Mercy is such a release – even more so because Colwel Platinum Entertainment appears to own the recordings and have taken efforts to ensure that people know these are pre-Idol recordings. An example of this is the pre-KISS recordings of the band Wicked Lester from 1972. These recordings, by no means, are nowhere near the sound and vision of KISS, but its interesting and great to hear where the KISS guys were before they became famous. There is nothing wrong with the Beg for Mercy music. It’s obvious that this is not the Adam Lambert who appeared on the Glam Nation tour, but an artist who was creating and having fun making music before the world knew who he was. Think of it like looking at a high school picture – pimples and all. It’s only music.
We, the #Glamberts, will send #GlitterKisses to @AdamLambert as he deals with this awful lawsuit:http://on.vh1.com/uzlnLdWHO’S WITH US!
There can never be too many power ballads on our iPod. That’s the reason why we’re pretty excited to hear this cut from American Idol finalist Adam Lambert‘s newly released collection, The Paramount Sessions.
Back before Adam Lambert was an American Idol, he was just another singer going about the business of making a name for himself.
Partnering with another singer, Steve Cooke, Lambert put together a band of ace studio players and booked some hours at LA’s famed Paramount Studios. Sharing the band and splitting the time, the pair turned out 20 soulfully interpreted rock ballads written by Dublyn Jones (ten of which feature Cooke, the other ten of which feature Lambert).
Now for the first time, all 20 tunes are available in a completely remixed and remastered set called The Paramount Sessions. Produced and mixed by Grammy winner Bob Cutarella and featuring sideman who’ve played with Madonna, Seal and Bon Jovi, the collection is chock full of new tracks, extended plays and out takes from both singers.
Adam Lambert’s song “Want” demonstrates why he was a Idol runner-up and remains a fave among fans of powerful, heartfelt vocals. In fact, it shows why Lambert wasn’t “just another singer” at all.
OH NO THEY DIDNT! Adam Lambert has been slapped with an ugly lawsuit and still manages to look fabulous!
Adam Lambert MTV Europe Music…After a rock star performance with Queen at the MTV EMAs Adam has been served, and I’m not talking about lunch or dinner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lambert is facing a lawsuit that alleges he was in violation when he appeared and competed on the eighth season of American Idol, as he was under a Music Services Agreement and a Co-publishing Agreement with a company called Colwel Platinum Entertainment.
Colwel Platinum tried to release an album called Beg For Mercy which was said to be recorded before and while Adam was on American Idol. The company says that Adam had a working agreement with them while he was on the show. So why didn’t they say anything before now? Maybe it could be because Representatives for Lambert sent takedown notices to Amazon.com to stop selling Beg For Mercy and complying with the letter, Amazon.com took the song down last month.Now Colwel Platinum is suing Lambert for making a false claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
I called Adam to get his side of the story and he said, and I quote, “WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME!?!”
Just joking, Adam has yet to officially respond to the lawsuit.
BREAKING! The Hollywood Reporter: Lawsuit Suggests Adam Lambert Was Ineligible for ‘American Idol’ (Exclusive)A new lawsuit insinuates that the singer may have violated the rules of the show when he agreed to appear on the eighth season of the hit reality competition series. 4:17 PM PDT 11/4/2011 by Eriq Gardner.
The singer is now facing a lawsuit that alleges that he’s still under a Music Services Agreement and a Co-publishing Agreement from a company he worked with prior to hitting it big on Idol, and that he has violated the company’s rights in his mega-selling post-Idol career.
The claims come from Colwel Platinum Entertainment, which has been marketing a new Lambert album entitled Beg For Mercy.
The appearance of the new album has generated such discussion among Lambert fans that on October 6, Lambert felt the need to tweet: “Beg For Mercy project is same as ‘Take One’. some songs I worked on 5 yrs ago and never finished. This release comes as a surprise to me…”
Lambert’s reps sent takedown notices to Amazon.com, which had the album up for sale, and on October 14, the album was removed for sale.
Now Colwel Platinum is striking back in a lawsuit filed in California federal court on Tuesday.
The complaint sets up the allegations by introducing Lambert as a relatively unknown artist who hit it big in 2009 when he finished as runner-up on the Fox competition show.
Lambert auditioned for the show in 2008. According to the complaint:
“Upon further information and belief, the rules governing appearances on and participation in American Idol when Lambert was a contestant provided, among other things, that contestants were ineligible if ‘as of the date of [the] audition, [they had]…a music recording contract…or any other contractual arrangement that would prohibit [them] from entering into a…recording contract…” A violation of this provision was grounds for disqualification.”
Lambert accepted these rules, but according to Colwel, Lambert had an operating agreement with one of its divisions, Welsford Music Productions.
According to the lawsuit, between April 2007 and September 2008, Lambert performed compositions that he had written, alone and with others, for Welsford.
On February 12, 2008, a few months before he attended auditions for Idol, Lambert is said to have executed a Music Services Agreement with Welsford. Around the same time, Lambert is alleged to have entered into a Co-Publishing Agreement with Wilshire Publishing Limited.
As a condition of these agreements, Lambert allegedly agreed to record music and “without limitation…[render] all other services reasonably required.”
Welsford says Lambert got paid for his work, agreed that the material would be “works made for hire,” and that Welsford would have the right to use his name, nickname and biography in connection with advertising and promoting the recordings.
The company says it spent more than $200,000 to produce the recordings and advanced money to Lambert so he could make his living expenses at the time.
Lambert is said to have recorded 13 songs, including one that was ironically titled “MP3’s Killed the Record Companies.” Lambert allegedly uploaded four of those 13 songs to his MySpace page without authorization of the publishing company.
In July 2011, several years after the original recording session and when Lambert had suddenly become famous, Welsford says it began the final stages of preparing to release the album.
Now, having put the album out only to see it taken down, Colwel Platinum is suing Lambert for making a false claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act:
“Upon information and belief, Lambert, through his authorized agent and representative, knowingly materially misrepresented to Amazon.com in the ‘takedown notice’ that Amazon’s promotion and sale of the Album infringe Lambert’s rights.”
The plaintiff also is seeking declaratory relief that it owns a 50% publishing share of the recordings, that it has an unconditional right to promote and sell the recordings, that neither the Music Services Agreement nor the Co-Publishing Agreement was validly rescinded, and that these agreements remain in effect.
Colwel is represented by Joseph Golden.
Lambert and his reps did not respond to requests for comment. A rep for Idol said “no comment.”
LALATE EXCLUSIVE – #AdamLambert #Sued for #Copyright Infringement #begformercy…http://fb.me/15gyY9kan
Adam Lambert Sued for Copyright Infringement: EXCLUSIVE
Posted: November 3rd, 2011 in Adam Lambert by LALATE
LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Adam Lambert has been sued for copyright infringement, LALATE can exclusively reveal. Colwel Platinum Entertainment Inc. has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Adam Lambert, solely. The suit was filed in the California Central District Court, here in Los Angeles, on November 1, 2011.
Plaintiff Colwel Platinum Entertainment Inc. is suing Adam Lambert for a 504 Copyright infringement case. Yesterday, the Court issued an Standing Order regarding service and discovery.
In filing suit, Colwell has lodged with the court a “Report on the Filing or Determination of an Action .. .Regarding Copyright”. The document reports that an action (CV-09062-PA-MANX) was filed regarding Copyright Registration No SRu00903661 for the work “Beg For Mercy”.
The matter has been assigned to Judge Percy Anderson. A twenty-one day summons was issued regarding the complaint (discovery). The complaint (not yet available for public viewing until perhaps Friday) is seeking a jury trial. The copyright registration for Beg for Mercy was lodged in May 2009 and lists the claimant as Wilshire Records Limited “by written agreement”, as employer for hire.
No parties have yet to comment on the matter.
Colwel Platinum Entertainment has one principal named Malcolm Welsford. Malcolm owns Wilshire Publishing which administers the rights for the songs Adam and Monte wrote together.
AQD – I am sure Adam’s management will take care of this. But, it’s always upsetting and a nuisance!
Article on MJ’s Blog
Comments of Interest:
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Adam Lambert is sued by Colwel Platinum Entertainment Inc. for “a 504 Copyright infringement case.” The lawsuit is tied to a song called “Beg for Mercy” which he reportedly worked together with his guitarist Monte Pittman before he took part in “American Idol” two years ago.
However, a copyright registration was lodged in May 2009 for another work with the same title, “Beg for Mercy”, according to lalate.com. In the paper, Wilshire Records Limited is listed as the claimant “by written agreement.”
The complaint for the alleged copyright infringement was filed on November 1 in the California Central District Court, Los Angeles. The legal paper listed the “Whataya Want From Me” singer as a sole defendant. There hasn’t been any comment from his camp regarding the issue.
BFM album if off of Amazon again! Here is the very late note (with no new information) posted on AO by the Web Crew
Ok everyone, here is the official word on “Beg For Mercy”. We would have liked to say something sooner, but “the wheels of justice turn slowly”, as Flash recently said in an email.
“Beg For Mercy” is a song recorded LONG before idol. It is NOT a new song, it has just been packaged as a new song. It was recorded before his contract with RCA/19/Sony so we have no control over it. The person who owns the rights has chosen to sell it, and they are technically within their rights. However, we will say it again, this is NOT an official release, and it is not a new song by any means. Please spread the word.
The AO Web Crew
BFM is back up on Amazon as a deluxe edition to be released 21/11/2011 . It is now Universal DOD which means Disc on Demand. As far as I can figure out, that means that the album will be made according to demand. There won’t be stock and it won’t end up in real stores like Wal Mart, Music stores, Best Buy, etc…
Please let me know if you have additional information.
Great News tonight! (20/10/2011)
BFM album is no longer available from Amazon.com and people who preordered it are getting emails saying that it is not available. It has also been taken off of Itunes New Zealand and Best Buy.
As of 22/10/2011
Double checking this info which may be innacurate according to http://isfollow.com/
The following people may have unfollowed Monte:
The following people do follow Monte:
Tommy is following Monte
Neil is following Monte
Eber is following Monte
Isaac is following Monte
Lee Cherry is following Monte
Latest updates are being added at the bottom of the page
I am providing the following information to help you make an informed decision regarding the two unauthorized albums. It is clear from Adam’s tweets and his statement that he is not supportive of these albums so please think about that. I am not sure about who is involved or who is at fault. I am only attempting to keep you up to date with any information that comes to light without you having to search and hit all the unauthorized sites.
This was Adam’s statement when Take One (the first unauthorized album) was released just prior to Adam’s first album, For Your Entertainment:
“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,” he said. “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. 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.”
Adam speaks about Take One at 3:15
On October 6, Adam tweeted:
adamlambert Beg For Mercy project is same as ‘Take One’. some songs I worked on 5 yrs ago and never finished. This release comes as a surprise to me…
adamlambert It is NOT what I’m currently working on, nor does it reflect my artistic vision. Some folks will do anything to make a buck. Fuck.
adamlambert I think both projects were mastermind (but I mind) by Malcolm Welsford.
Please note the key point here is that Adam does mind! He is not happy about these projects.
How is Monte Involved?
Here is the web page that Welsford has set up to promote his album and a wikipedia page on him:
Adam Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor from San Diego, California. In May 2009, he finished as the runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol.
He is the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch a career on a major label in America.
Steve Cooke has been working with Monte:
ED- You also co-wrote an album with Madonna guitarist Monte Pittman. Describe the album and your contributions to it.
SC- The album is called the Mercury Feather project. I have composed 10 songs with Monte (I wrote the lyrics and vocal melodies) and we will finish production work on this album this year with Rollings Stones producer Chris Kimsey.
(sorry, something does not make sense to me here. But hopefully there is a good explanation somewhere!)
If you would like to hear the clips from one of the albums, you can download them here:
Each article that has been posted about the fakes has comments from “people” with links to a site which is being promoted to look like it’s Adam’s. I am not going to post any articles with those links. If you go to those sites, please leave comments asking to remove the links… so interesting they are the first ones!
Here is what the website looks like… they even include Adam’s tweets about the album to make it look like he’s supporting it!
Album List- Citizen Vein Songs
1. BEG FOR MERCY
2. ROUGH TRADE
3. THE CIRCLE (registered as “Complete”)
4. TURNING ON
5. JUST THE WAY IT IS
7. POP GOES THE CAMERA(registered as “15 Minutes of Fame”)
8. MP3s KILLED THE RECORD COMPANIES
9. CRAWL THROUGH FIRE
10. RUN AWAY
|4. Under The Midday Sun|
|6. Did You Need It|
|8. More Than|
|9. Hour Glass|
|10. Light Falls Away|
|13. What If This Was All|
|14. For Cello|
|19. The Lasting Time|
|20. Almost Home|
Steve Cooke’s Statement (He does not get it at all!!!!)
And there is no where to leave a comment!
Statement Steve Cooke
AMB Publicity has kindly asked Steve Cooke to inform the public about the controversy around the release of “The PS” featuring Adam Lambert and himself.
I do in a way understand the Glamberts, as there does appear to be mysteries forces at work,
(pre and post Idol) that are keeping Adam Lambert and Steve Cooke apart.
But if it sounds anything like the Monte Pittman/Steve Cooke songs it should be a great record! I am grateful that I was lucky enough to be bought in on this project (before Adams exit) and I think its great the songwriter could finish and complete his works. Would Adam have sung any more tracks for him or cut any more new songs with Monte, if he didn’t audition for Idol? Well that is purely speculation. For me, I’m really happy that Adam got the break and he is in my view, the greatest male singer currently in the world. His early work should be treated with more respect, whether it’s his work for hire jobs or his co-writes with long-term pal Monte Pittman.Its all-still quintessentially Adam Lambert; I don’t think this has arrived with the Glambert brigade and that makes me feel sad. All the musicians were paid for their crafts; Adam (like me) has already stated, “I needed the money”. I guess the label decided to put a lot of work behind both albums for the “PS Deluxe Set” and remixed/re-mastered them with all the unreleased Adam content and packaged them together, as one complete work from the author and the band (He wrote all 20 songs).I also signed up to do 2 videos for the label, Gravity being the first and then RADIO. Monte was magic and a real sport in Gravity, how many gat players would handle getting soaked from vast amounts of water falling from above 20 feet onto them playing a lead break on a cold concrete floor on a winters day? (And then, they forgot the towels!).Tommy Joe Ratilff and Steve Ferrone (Drummer Tom Petty) only filled in when Marcus Brown and Steve Sidelnyk had to do a last minute stint with Seal. (Marcus and Steve were hired to do both Vids!) So, no, this was not planned by anyone, not even the label.
I don’t believe that it was anyone’s intention to harm Adam Lambert in any way.This is also a part of Adam Lamberts Vocal life heading toward fame and I hope the audience will love every note from him and along the way appreciate and enjoy my singing. I’m not sure where all this bad blood is coming from.I guess what the burning question is…. why does Adam Lambert hate Producer Malcolm Welsford so much and what happened there? I have been asking my self this question also, as the songs sound good, especially Climb and Colder, not to mention Adams single Want.Anyway, I hope Adam knows, that there are also some very nice people from New Zealand and England. And that if Mr. Welsford does not do the right thing by him, then his Down under and UK fans will take care of it…. Not to mention me being the first one in line!! Oh Crap, I just sounded like a Glambert!!
Love and Peace,
Since last week’s announcement of the “BFM” album, there has been an intense amount of speculation regarding this seemingly mysterious album. There has also been an extreme amount of criticism being slung around at myself and other musicians who were involved with this project. I would like to address this as honestly and as openly as possible, in hopes that I can shed some light on this for those who have until now been left in the dark.
Let me first start by clearing up the differences between “Take One”, “The PS” and “BFM.” “Take One” & “The PS” are a group of songs written by a person under the moniker of Dublyn Jones. Steve Sidelnyk, Marcus Brown and myself performed the instrumental portion of those songs, as directed. I was asked if I knew of any good singers to sing on those songs, and since Adam Lambert and I had a band together at the time, we agreed that it would be a great opportunity for Adam, having never played in a band or recorded in a studio before, to sing on the tracks. Who wouldn’t want one of the best singers ever (in my opinion) singing on anything and everything? The whole session was engineered by Malcolm Welsford, the same producer of “BFM.” At the time, we were all paid very generously.
The “BFM” album contains songs that Adam and I wrote and recorded prior to him entering the “American Idol” competition. It was a collaboration between the two of us. Brian Frasier – Moore played drums; Rickey Pageot & Eric Mayron played keyboards on these recordings. I do not have any control of the release of any of these recordings, and I haven’t had any involvement with these songs since we recorded them. In fact, they have been out of my hands since before Adam completed Season 8 of “American Idol.”
Because we signed all of the associated legal paperwork, they are technically allowed to release it. Additionally, I have had and continue to have no control over the timing of these releases; I couldn’t halt or accelerate them even if I wanted to. All performers make money on all recordings that were played and/or written on.
From a purely artistic standpoint, I must admit that I am proud of this music, after finally hearing clips of these songs again as of last week (Link removed) . I still think they’re great songs years later. There is a lot of heart and soul and positive energy that went into this at the time, which I cannot deny. I have always composed and performed music because I love doing so and because I have a true passion for it. It’s in my blood. And when we recorded these songs at the time, we hoped anything we did would be as big as it could possibly be; no limitations. And I’d imagine that would still come through in this music.
I can’t deny that “BFM” is something we both put our heart and soul into at the time. However, I’m focused on my new album, “PLD”, which was released last week, and Adam is hard at work recording his new album.
With that said, my honest thoughts are that if you like what you hear, you should buy it and support everyone involved with this album. And if you don’t like it, then you shouldn’t buy it. As fans, that is your prerogative. However, illegal downloading of any music is wrong any way you look at it.
But I urge you to please not fling any unnecessary negative criticism or anger at any musicians involved with this project. At the end of the day, it’s just music. And music is the reason we’re all here, right?
Thank you for your support and for allowing me to address these rumors. Listen for yourself to the songs and you be the judge.
Sadly, it’s seldom ‘just music’. Rightly or wrongly, we all make judgments and while art for art’s sake has its merits, the reality is that art does not exist in a vacuum. In a capitalistic economy, often the only way to express your point of view as a consumer is to not consume. I don’t buy Chris Brown music because I prefer not to use my money to support a convicted abuser with continuing anger issues. I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A because of their repeated support of organizations such as Focus on the Family. I’m sure my few dollars mean nothing to them, but it is my choice not to underwrite them in any way.
I respect that you have no control over the issuance of either of the new albums, and I assume Mr. Cooke is in a similar situation. The control is with Malcolm Welsford. He has blatantly attempted, twice now, to fool the public into thinking that this old music is Adam’s new music in order to profit from Adam’s success. It’s sleazy. And when you link to his website to promote your music, you are agreeing that it’s OK to do so. The website barely acknowledges you as an artist, it’s all about Adam. Just look at the same of the website, and the cover art. You SHOULD be proud of your work, but this smacks of profit, not pride.
So I choose not to purchase this music and support sleaze. Perhaps it’s business as usual in Hollywood to put profit above else, but I don’t have to buy into that. I have a hard enough of a struggle to maintain my own integrity in day-to-day life, and I don’t judge those who have drawn lines differently than mine, but I won’t cross this line.
lyndseyparker Lyndsey Parker
Ugh. Just received a press release about a “new” Adam Lambert album with Steve Cooke. #emaildeleted #dontbuyit #waitfortherealthinglyndseyparker Lyndsey Parker
@jambajim OMG we both just tweeted the same thing. I got that sketchy press release too! #ick #ifeeluncleanlyndseyparker Lyndsey Parker
@jambajim Did u see press release called this moment “bitter sweat”? “Bitter Sweat” would kinda be cool song title, but MAN. #learntospelllyndseyparker Lyndsey Parker
@mmadamimadamm I forwarded the press release to Adam’s camp. They are aware.
- Audio CD (November 23, 2009)
- Original Release Date: November 23, 2009
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rca
- ASIN: B002QEXN3O
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (773 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
On my Google Alert yesterday!
|Music Releases (more headlines)||10-14-2011|
Paramount Sessions – Adam Lambert & Steve Cooke
Grammy-nominated singer Adam Lambert (American Idol) and Hollywood award winning singer Steve Cooke powerfully and soulfully interpret ten rock ballads each on this exclusive double deluxe collection “Paramount Sessions” with Madonna and Seal’s backing band.
The re-mixed and mastered songs feature new tracks, extended plays and out takes from Adam Lambert and Rocking vocals from Steve Cooke.
On guitar Monte Pittman (Madonna, Adam Lambert) on bass, piano and keyboards Marcus Brown (Seal, Madonna) and drummer Steve Sidelnyk (Seal, Madonna) on lead guitar is Phil X (Bon Jovi) with additional drumming from Brian Frasier-Moore (Madonna).
The album was produced and mixed by Grammy-Winner Bob Cutarella (also produced for Slash, Les Paul and Celine Dion) and 2x Grammy-winning engineer Alfonso Rodenas.
Adam Lambert captured the hearts of Americans during his amazing performances in American Idol, singing songs from Johnny Cash to Queen. Steve Cooke’s vocal performances embrace the tones of INXS, Zep and the Stones.
The album is an easy listening epic of twenty songs accompanied by 2 Music Clips “Radio” and “Gravity”. “Radio” features Steve Cooke and Adam Lamberts Band, with Steve Ferrone on drums (drummer for Tom Petty).
This show keeps rolling with two nominations for this year’s Hollywood Music and Media Awards, with “RADIO” for Best Video and “Gravity” for best song in Adult contemporary
The complete and only official pre-Idol recordings from Adam Lambert. (?????)
The albums will hit the stores in the US on Dec 6th.
It is already available on pre sales worldwide in every good online outlet.
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As momentum is building about his second official album and new single (which could be released as early as November), Adam Lambert’s pre-American Idol recordings are being re-released as a newly remixed and mastered package titled “The Paramount Sessions” on December 6.The album was produced and mixed by Grammy-Winner Bob Cutarella (also produced for Slash, Les Paul and Celine Dion) and 2x Grammy-winning engineer Alfonso Rodenas. Material by singer Steve Cooke is also featured on the Paramount album – 10 of the tracks feature Lambert and 10 feature Cooke.
The Paramount Sessions consists of newly re-mixed material which was previously released as a compilation called Take One, for which Lambert was hired in 2005 as a session singer before his American Idol stint. The release is part of a collection of pre-Idol Lambert recordings that keep popping up (Take One, Take Two, Beg For Mercy, On With The Show).
Take One and The Paramount Sessions are legal releases that the producers own the rights for, while Take Two, On With The Show and Beg For Mercy are said to be demo recordings from Lambert’s pre-Idol band Citizen Vain with guitarist Monte Pittman. Those Citizen Vain recordings were reportedly transfered to the company that is putting the releases on the market:
“I do not have any control of the release of any of these recordings, and I haven’t had any involvement with these songs since we recorded them,” Pittman said in a statement about the material. “In fact, they have been out of my hands since before Adam completed Season 8 of “American Idol.”
Lambert has voiced his displeasure about The Paramount Sessions release through Twitter, but he does not own the rights to the recordings. He says the material doesn’t reflect his current musical vision.
“It is NOT what I’m currently working on, nor does it reflect my artistic vision,” Lambert wrote. “Some folks will do anything to make a buck.”
Ownership of songs, recordings and publishing rights is something that has caused rock stars many problems throughout the history of popular music. The most notable occasion occurred when Paul McCartney lost the publishing rights and ownership of The Beatles recordings (among thousands of other songs) to Michael Jackson in the mid-80s through an auction. So Lambert isn’t alone.
Meanwhile, Lambert is currently working on recordings for his second official studio album, which will be released in the spring of 2012. A recent Twitter conversation between Nile Rogers and Lambert has added some excitement about the upcoming release. Rogers is best known for producing Madonna, Dianna Ross and David Bowie. He also had a hit song with his disco band Chic (Le Freak).
Rodgers tweeted, “I really wouldn’t say it if it weren’t true-Working w Adam Lambert was one of the most organically perfect jams I’ve had since Bowie.”
Lambert’s next official RCA single is expected to be released as early as November.
The Paramount Sessions track list:
4. Under The Midday Sun
6. Did You Need It
8. More Than
9. Hour Glass
10. Light Falls Away
13. What If This Was All
14. For Cello
19. The Lasting Time
20. Almost Home
ASP Guitar Hero/Rock God Monte Pittman recently gave an exclusive interview for DrownedMadonna.com and we have the first preview! “We asked Monte if he is planning to tour with Madonna next year. “If she’s playing somewhere and asks me to join her – I’m there,” he said. “She gave me my break. She comes first.”
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