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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