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Label defends release of Adam Lambert's pre-'American Idol' songs

By Christopher Rocchio, 06/24/2009 

Hi Fi Recordings has decided to stand-up to Adam Lambert.

The independent music label has defended its planned summer release of "On with the Show" -- an album featuring songs it claims Lambert recorded for Wilshire Records in 2007 and 2008, before his American Idol eighth-season run earlier this year.

Lambert released a statement Friday saying he recorded the "On with the Show" songs in 2005 when he was a "struggling artist... hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else." 

He added the album "in no way reflects" the music he is currently working on for his RCA/19Recordings debut, which will drop in the fall.

Hi Fi Recordings said in a Wednesday statement that Lambert's claims are false.

"Adam is now enjoying the success that he and Wilshire Records hoped for. However, he is now represented by high-profile companies who released a statement in Adam's name saying the songs on 'On With the Show' were recorded four years ago and Adam only contributed vocals. This is simply not true," a Hi Fi Recordings rep told Us Weekly in a Wednesday statement.

In addition, the Hi Fi statement said the songs were "recorded in a professional recording studio with top notch musicians and producers since the music was always meant to be released" and added Lambert co-wrote eight of the 11 tracks with Madonna guitarist Monte Pittman.

"As co-writer and performer, Adam will receive significant royalties just as any superstar artist would. He has the chance, finally, to make a fortune for his work -- definitely more with this album than through a major label deal," reads the statement, according to Us.

"This pre-Idol work is a fantastic representation of who Adam is and what inspired him during the months before he became famous. We intend to see that Adam will still benefit from the success of 'Want,' and from the sale of 'On With the Show,' even though he is now part of a major franchise that only wants fans to hear the music Adam records for them."

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