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Adam Lambert grateful to “American Idol” but he’s ready for a “clean slate” musically

It’s been seven years since Adam Lambert burst on to the music scene with his runner-up finish on season eight of American Idol.

His subsequent stardom has eclipsed that of that year’s winner Kris Allen as well as most of the winners of any season except perhaps Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

As he prepares to release his third solo album, Lambert is hoping he can finally leave his Idol image behind.

‘I’m very happy about American Idol, but now I get to go beyond that,’ Lambert tells Frontiers Magazine. ‘I can come out as my own artist, and take my career where I want to.’

The Original High, out June 16, is a departure for the singer who is the first openly gay artist to have an album debut at number one on the Billboard sales charts.

‘I want to wipe the slate clean,’ he says, referring to his past sound and Idol-influenced work on his first two albums For Your Entertainment (2009) and Trespassing (2012).

The music in his new album is darker and more introspective than on previous discs.

‘I’ve had a really great career,’ he says. ‘I want to focus on being a good singer. I want this album to be personal, and I want my fans to relate to what I’m saying, even if it’s not their experience.’



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