We’ve had a massive amount of support for our campaign to get Adam Lambert into the singles chart, and I hope loads of our UK readers are out there buying the single to help the campaign. You are, aren’t you?
I wanted to take a minute to explain why we started this campaign and also to say why we think the national radio stations should reverse their policy not to play Adam’s single, Whataya Want From Me.
Firstly though – and you should probably sit down for this – I am not a die-hard Adam Lambert fan. I don’t spend my days worshipping at the altar of his guyliner and palpitating with every soundbyte I see on the web about him. I’m just not that kind of guy.
Bet you’re glad you sat down for that!
The reason I’m getting behind this campaign is simple: I think Adam Lambert has the potential to be an amazing artist. I watched in awe as he stole the show on American Idol, outperforming possibly every contestant who’d been on the show in the previous five years. I lost touch with him until he returned to the Idol stage last year as a mentor for the contestants. He was humble, helpful and not remotely a diva.
Here’s the thing though: in a world of mediocre reality TV stars, Adam really shook up the American Idol world. He took his performances seriously and went to great lengths to be entertaining and to give a unique interpretation of the song every single time. Visually, he was striking, memorable. Musically, he was inventive, melodic, talented at creating new arrangements of classic songs. On stage, he held a commanding presence. For the first time in years, here was a reality TV star who had the talent and passion to succeed.
Of course, he didn’t win. America chose the blandest winner in some little guy they’ve already forgotten about. No offence to the little guy, by the way. But the impact of Lambert had on Idol was powerful. This year, they brought in older, more accomplished and confident singers, and the gap between those singers and their teenaged counterparts was quite scary. That happened because of Adam Lambert.
Which brings me to Whataya Want From Me. A song so good, it was originally demoed by Pink. Yes, Pink. And I hear from one of our readers that she’s been performing the song on her world tour.
I can see why Lambert fans (or Glamberts or whatever they call themselves) are so upset that national radio aren’t playing this on heavy rotation. It encapsulates everything that’s brilliant about Adam as an artist. The vocals are stunning. It’s emotional, impassioned and uplifting. I could take or leave the video to be honest, but I’ve listened to the song itself on repeat over and over again. If you’re not screaming Whataya Want From Me at the top of your lungs after a few listens, then check your pulse. That’s all I’m saying.
A quick word about Reality TV
Here’s a thing for you – another shocker, so sit down again if you’ve recovered from the last one – most reality TV singers are utter shite. No, really. Just sniff the smelling salts, you’ll get over it.
Watch your X Factors and your American Idols, and you’ll see what I mean. There’s never the level of confidence or showmanship (or showwomanship) or dare I say, tunefulness, in our reality TV songbirds. But what do you expect when the talent pool is drawn from the mentally unstable, local geriatrics and your sister’s tone deaf mate Sharon who fancies herself as the next Alexandra Burke?
For my money, Adam Lambert deserves the support of radio, because he kind of proves that there are talented singers out there who can benefit from the exposure of Idol or X Factor. Haven’t we been complaining for years about the generic pop puppets that come off those shows? Well, for once, here’s a guy who has his own vision, a great voice and the ability to rearrange and reinterpret songs in a way we’ve not seen on reality TV.
Surely he deserves a chance on that basis?
Let me sum it up for you: we’ve got a young pop/rock singer who’s got the creativity and talent and presence to be a huge star. He’s come from a reality TV background, proving that those shows aren’t totally worthless. And he’s got a fantastic single that could be a massive hit, if UK radio would get behind the song and expose it to more listeners.
And let me remind you once again – I’m not a die hard Lambert fan, but he’s got my support and respect for being a highly talented individual. I’d hate to see our radio stations killing off his career in favour of less important acts.
Don’t forget: You can support this campaign by going out and buying the latest Adam Lambert single from iTunes, Amazon UK or HMV. Help out more by tweeting to UK radio personalities and journalists to make them aware of the campaign and the fact that Adam isn’t achieving the airplay her deserves!