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Adam Lambert Facing Lawsuit

November 09, 2011 02:00 PM by Lisa Princ

Adam Lambert won us over with his unique voice on American Idol on FOX, but did he violate the show’s rules? According to a new lawsuit, Adam Lambert did indeed, as it claims it was under contract with another company. Read on for all the details…

Adam Lambert rose to fame a few years ago when he competed on American Idol, but Adam is now facing a lawsuit that claims he was not eligible to compete on the series. According to the lawsuit, Adam Lambert is still under a Colwell Platinum Entertainment music services agreement and a co-publishing agreement, which he was under prior to appearing on American Idol. Colwell Platinum has apparently been promoting a new album, titled Beg For Mercy by Adam Lambert.

Upon hearing this news, Adam Lambert took to Twitter and posted: “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,” while his reps had the album removed from sales on Amazon. Colwell Platinum claims that Adam signed an agreement with another division of their company, which allowed them to use his name to promote music that he composed and performed for them back in 2008.

When Adam’s reps had the album sales stopped, that is when the lawsuit was filed. The company complaint states: “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,” and “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.” That would mean that Adam Lambert should have been disqualified from the singing competition.

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6 Responses to “Adam Lambert Facing Lawsuit”

  1. helen Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    how do you spell bottom feeders? let me count the ways.

  2. mark Says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Does anyone actually read the complaint before they write these internet articles? Or do they just regurgitate mis-statements made in prior articles. The lawsuit against Adam does not contain any legal claims that he was ineligible to compete on idol. The allegations re: idol are irrelevant and were just included to get press — well done! it worked. The contracts at issue are attached to the complaint and anyone with a high school education can clearly read them and see that neither contract prohibited him from entering into a recording contract. Thus, he was not ineligible for Idol. The lawsuit itself is a simple dispute over whether the plaintiff can sell certain recordings Adam made pre-idol. that is it. But I guess that doesn’t make for a good headline.

  3. Judy Lushman Says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Saying that Adam should have been disqualified from AI is jumping the gun. We need to hear two sides of the story first before we can say that. On AI Adam set the standard high for each contestant after him. AI has not commented about this. We will have to wait and see what comes from this, but I can’t wait for his new album. Industry/media people are all flailing over his songs that they have heard so far. Get a load of his performance with Queen. It does not get any better than that.

  4. Kerry Kolsch Says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    This in nonsense. Adam did not have an in place recording contract.Check your facts!

  5. nita Says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Why didn’t these people come forward BEFORE Adam competed on Idol? Maybe they realized they lost a great and profitable talent in Adam and now want to cash in with a bogus lawsuit?

  6. Claudine Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Well, the article states the truth. Adam was not the only singer signed to Wilshire records (Welsford). Robert Fleischman from Journey was as well as Steve Cooke. So I guess they all signed the same contracts, including Monte Pittman and they all lost control over their work. The label can do what they want, when they want. Its called the music business. Seems you only get better deals when you get further up the food chain.


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