Adam Lambert's New Album Is Being Produced By Max Martin

Jason Scott
March 20, 2014

Adam Lambert is pulling out the big guns for his forthcoming third studio album, teaming up with pop producer Max Martin, who has worked with everyone Katy Perry to Taylor Swift. Following 2012's No. 1 bowing album Trespassing, Lambert hopes to make a splashy return to his roots, in a way, as Martin previously worked on his Grammy-nominated hit "Whataya Want From Me."

Since finishing in second place on American Idol in 2009, Lambert quickly signed a deal with RCA Records, releasing a pair of albums, and ultimately parting ways in 2013.

This new Martin-Lambert collaboration should be a good match and inject vigorous new pop energy. "[Martin] just brought in a load of people that he trusts and that make good music, and just seeing what happens," U.K. singer-songwriter Joe Janiak reveals to Billboard on Thursday (March 20).

He adds, "He's got a company which really focuses on getting the best young writers and getting them all together in one place, so that they can have a hotbed of creativity and spin ideas off of each other."

Janiak concludes that this album is something no one wants to miss. In fact, it just might be the album of the year. "I think there are going to be big things on this record, because the focus is on really strong songwriting and performance and stuff like that. They're really locking in on all of his strong points and just making him even better. I think that's definitely going to be an exciting one."

One of this year's most promising newcomers, the equally Swedish Tove Lo, made a remarkable dent at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin. She admits that she has also been working with Lambert on the project: "When you hear the fully produced stuff from the studio, that's one thing, but his voice is insane. I couldn't believe it."

In the interim between albums, Lambert has had several high profile gigs, including collaborations with legendary rock band Queen and a guest starring role on Glee, on which he plays the exuberant Elliott Gilbert.

This summer, Lambert and Queen head out on a 19-city tour in the States. On this experience, he recently told Gay Star News, citing his first live show with them in 2012, "At first it was a little daunting when we did our first incarnation of this."

He continued, "I definitely felt apprehensive. Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest singers that ever lived, and he’s a big idol for me, and I thought to myself, you know I hope that the fans dig this, you know, because there is a possibility that they wouldn’t."

"It felt really good. The reception was warm, the press reaction to it the first time was very warm."

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