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Adam Lambert’s Old Songs Are Coming Back to Haunt Him

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Adam Lambert’s new nightmare? It’s called On With The Show, and indie label Hi-Fi Recordings/Wilshire Records says not only did the American Idol runner-up sing on the record, but he co-wrote some of the songs. The move from Hi-Fi chief John Hecker isn’t sitting well with Lambert, or 19 Entertainment, which is planning to release Lambert’s “official” debut album this fall and needs all the buzz they can get.

The release, meanwhile, has got Lambert denouncing the record, saying, “The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on. Back in 2005 when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio.”

Except: Hi-Fi’s Hecker insists he did most than just sing.

And Hecker wants you to believe he’s not in it for monetary gain! “We saw that it was the right thing for fans to hear this music. We’re doing everything on the highest level, from the mixes to how we’re promoting it.” Not to mention it’s easy to backpack on the endless promotion Team Lambert is involved with now.

Most of Lambert’s reluctance to acknowledge his work on On With The Show likely stems from the album’s first single, “Want,” which was recorded in 2005 and is making the web rounds now. Hint: There’s not much screeching in it. All of which could affect the rock god cred we’ve all lavished on Lambert. It’s threatening to destroy this carefully manicured image! It’s like when you see your favorite A-list actor schilling for a third-rate fragrance overseas — how can you ever love him again?