After rocketing to stardom with a runner up position on American Idol, televisions #1 show, many wondered where life would take Adam Lambert. Rumors abound from releasing an album to joining Queen as the new front man. Lambert ended up remaining solo and releasing his debut album, For Your Entertainment. After a much talked about debut performance on the American Music Awards, no one was quite sure where his career was headed from there. 2009 may have put him on the pop culture radar, but it was in 2010 that he would shoot into the pop stratosphere.
Join us for Adam Lambert 2010: A Year In Review.
Adam Lambert 2010: A Year In Review
January 19 – The Oprah Winfrey Show – To get a seat on Oprah’s couch is a feat that very few entertainers can say they’ve done. Mother O tends to ignore flavors of the moment for artists with substance. So it was a huge vote of confidence that Oprah invited Lambert on to the show to talk about his life and his music, and then perform. There’s no better way to kick off a year – or a career – then with the big O behind you.
March 10- VH-1 Unplugged – On March 10, VH-1 debuted VH-1 Unplugged: Adam Lambert. Joining the ranks of such artists as Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Elton John and Nirvana, Lambert played an acoustic set filmed live in New York at an intimate performance. The set included stories behind the songs: Whataya Want From Me, Down The Rabbit Hole, Mad World, Music Again and Broken Open. The Unplugged series isn’t for fly-by-night pop tartlets and one hit wonders. It has always been about strong performers and vocalists. Having Lambert sign on to the franchise was a vote of confidence from the industry and Lambert certainly didn’t disappoint with this one. This performance kicked off what was to become a landmark year in the performers career.
April 9 – Remixes – Lambert released an EP titled Remixes, appropriately, containing remixes of the first two singles, For Your Entertainment and Whataya Want From Me. It also included a bonus track titled Voodoo which would become a fan favorite soon after. While the single For Your Entertainment had already peaked at #5 on the Billboard Dance Chart upon the release of the EP, Remixes helped cement Lambert as a dance friendly artist. Whataya Want From Me raced up the dance charts hitting #1 for two weeks in a row on the Billboard Dance Sales Chart. He would later repeat the feat with the release of “If I Had You” remixes.
April 13 – American Idol Mentor – In 9 seasons of being the #1 show on television, there was one thing American Idol had not done – invited a previous contestant back to mentor. It’s even more telling that it wasn’t an American Idol “winner” that was brought back, but Lambert – a runner up. Lambert mentored the Season 9 contestants during Elvis week. Bringing showmanship and a visual flair that hadn’t been seen on the Idol stage before, Lambert certainly helped the contestants to step up their game. 21 million people tuned into watch Lambert help mentor the contestants and 21 million watched the next night as he performed Whataya Want From Me.
May 1 – Whataya Want From Me Hits #10 – With the release of the May 1st issue of Billboard, Whataya Want From Me had climbed the charts to peak at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Airplay of the song was extremely high and sales were booming. The second single from For Your Entertainment became Lambert’s highest charting single to date, and his first Top 10 hit. The song would go on to sell over 1.5 million copies and remains high in recurring radio airplay.
June 4 – Glam Nation Tour Kick Off – The first show of the Glam Nation Tour kicked off in Wilkes Barre, PA. The sold out show was the start of Lambert’s first tour, and subsequently, where the “Glam Nation” began to really build. Fans came decked out in Lambert-like clothes, wearing top hats, gloves and glitter in places you didn’t know it could stick. The 100+ date tour would go on to make over $5 million and play to 99% capacity.
October 2 – ‘If I Had You‘ Peaks – The third single from the debut album peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of October 2nd. Solidifying Lambert as a pop star to be reckoned with, If I Had You also hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Sales Charts, just as its predecessor did. The single marks the second Top 40 hit from the album. It has sold over 800,000 copies.
November 20 – Spoofed on SNL – You know you’ve made it when you have been spoofed by the Saturday Night Live gang. The November 20 episode featured a small bit with an Adam look alike singing a high pitched note for what feels like forever. It wasn’t mean. It wasn’t necessarily making fun of him. The spoof was more making fun with him.
November 21 – E! True Hollywood Story – The only American Idol runner-up to have an E! True Hollywood Story, the show interviewed Lambert’s family and friends and focused on his life up to that point. Yet another testament to the Industry’s belief in Lambert and further proof he had made it.
December 1 – Grammy Nomination – The Grammy Nominations announcement brought a pleasant surprise to Lambert fans around the country, as it was announced he had been nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal for Whataya Want From Me. There are rumors that Lambert will be performing at the Grammy ceremony. He will go up against Michael Jackon, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Michael Buble. Not bad for a debut album.
December 6 – Acoustic Live! EP – The second EP to come from Lambert this year is an ode to his vocal brilliance. While For Your Entertainment featured huge production, Acoustic Live! focused soley on the vocals. Acoustic arrangements and guitar by Monte Pittman elegantly feature the amazing range of Lambert, while giving a new life to the songs.
2010 has been quite a year for Adam Lambert and the Glam Nation. With the results of a lot of hard work in 2010, fans have a lot to look forward to in 2011 and beyond. We’re just here for the ride – & the entertainment.
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