See this pic below: it’s a picture of an album cover. You know what it’s not? ITS NOT A PICTURE OF ADAM LAMBERT’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM COVER!! You with me so far? Just to make sure. This….
....IS NOT ADAM LAMBERT’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM COVER AND BEG FOR MERCY IS NOT ADAM’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM.
Can’t get any clearer than that.
So what dafark is it den? I hear you scream.
Good scream question… er thingy.
Here’s how I understand it all went down (a little historical adventure for you all)
This BFM album is a collection of songs Adam recorded several years ago when he was in a band called The Citizen Vein. He wrote the songs with Monte and one day they wandered into a studio owned by Wiltshire Records (now using a variety of other names – they’re like shape-shifters – they keep changing their appearance – but we’ll just call them “Willies” for convenience!) and recorded some of their tracks. The recordings were masters, “fist draft” quality, not intended for release without further refinements & improvements.
Here is Adam looking sweet and innocent with his little TCV band back in the day…. everyone say aaaaawwwwwww!
Nothing came of it at the time because no-one – including Willies – was interested in taking a chance on this unknown band. In the end Monte persuaded young, naive Adam to give up all his rights to royalties from the songs he co-wrote with Monte & sell them to Willies for a couple hundred dollars. Adam trusted Monte…. unfortunately so he did. Significantly, Monte kept HIS rights to his share of the royalties though, it’s not clear if Adam knew at the time. It’s possible Adam thought he had to do this because they used Willie’s studios and owed them money – but that’s conjecture.
Around the same time, Adam recorded some other tracks he wrote that were less rock-orientated and more electronic disco sounding. Adam DOES own the rights to those songs and the tracks were properly produced & intended for release. [See Digital Glitter/Fonzerelli/ and a track called Live The Life]
Adam Gets Famous – Debut Album vs Fake Debut album
SO, anyway, fast forward a couple of years and Adam competes on American Idol and kinda makes an impact. He gets signed to RCA but over in Willies World people are suddenly realising what a gold-mine they let slip through their fingers.
Someone rings someone else and prays they didn’t throw the TCV recordings out in the last clean up. Lo and behold they still have them and their little piggy eyes light up with the kind of gleam that only comes from pure unadulterated lazy greed. They get hold of their good buddies HiFi records and start plotting to release these old tracks under Adam’s name.
Meanwhile they carefully stalk Adam’s movements and just as he’s about to announce his debut album they strike!!!
“Look everyone!” they yell, rudely interrupting Adam’s life. “THIS is Adam’s debut album. We imaginatively and cleverly called it On With The Show!!!”
“Right well maybe that’s not so clever but still, it’s ADAM LAMBERT!!! You will want to buy it!!! Yes???”
It took Adam’s fans all of a couple of days to realise this was NOT the official debut album and they objected to Willie’s underhanded way of marketing the album. They also knew Adam objected to it’s release and RCA challenged their legal right to release it.
So On With the Show was pulled and never saw the light of day.
Here’s the track listing for On With the Show from 2009.Beg For Mercy Crawl Thru Fire Want Kiss and Tell Just the Way It Is Turning On On With The Show Runaway 15 Minutes of Fame The Circle MP3 Killed the Record Companies
Is this starting to look familiar?
Take One – Willie tries again with another Fake album
Realising they couldn’t release OWTS while a legal challenge was happening, they did the next best thing. Sometime in the past some mediocre song-writer had paid Adam a bit of money to record his songs as demos. Adam sang them without putting his own feelings or style into them because they were not meant to be released to the public. They were intended only to demonstrate to other singers how the song sounded so they could decide whether or not to record it themselves. Adam was just a tool being used to demo songs to other artists. He was not considered good enough to record them and release them himself. And it was essential that he didn’t put any embellishment or change the original note-for-note arrangement of the song when he recorded it. He was like a computer software programme that had been tasked with reproducing the notes in a score as blandly as possible.
Lucky for them, Willies remembered that hidden away in the storing cabinet they still had a few of these boring old demo recordings of Adam. They blew the dust and cobwebs off them and had a quick listen. Yes, they were pretty badly produced and sounded dull as swamp-water (despite Adams best efforts) but who cares? It’s Adam right? There’s a killing to be made here. No-one will notice and/or care.
So they hastily re-wrote all their press releases and interrupted Adam’s life yet again to announce a new different debut album called – even more imaginatively (joke!!) – “Take One”. Woo hooo!!!! *yawn*
I won’t bother posting the track listing – you can find it anywhere online – and I really want people to stay awake for the rest of this article.
No real fans from Adam’s camp bought it – except a few stray souls who were out of the loop and got fooled by Willie’s promotional guff. And they even managed to hoodwink a bunch of “we buy anything” Idol fanatics into buying it (on special) but it wasn’t exactly the bonanza they’d been salivating over. Willies were very sad and blamed Adam for stopping them releasing the TCV tracks. Not that Adam cared but they had to lash out at someone. After all, their brilliant blueprint for ‘becoming lazy millionaires by doing sod all and exploiting the shit out of some other poor sucker’ had failed dismally. Poor dears.
Beg For Money – Fake Sophomore Album
But Willie still had those TCV songs and all they needed now was a legal loophole. So they released a couple of legal types onto the problem and Glory be!!! They found one.
So once again Willie (with BFF Malcolm Welsford) waited and stalked Adam for another year or so until the time was ripe – ie when he was about to release his sophomore album. They knew Adam’s sophomore album was one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2011 – so they planned their sleazy strategy accordingly. They set up websites and twitter accounts with misleading titles and articles to make it seem as though they were talking about his sophomore album. They sent press releases implying this was Adam’s second album and that he was involved in it’s production. (he wasn’t) They went on forums pretending to be fans while link-spamming and announcing Adam’s “fantastic new album”.
Everyone got confused. First there was Adam’s as yet untitled sophomore album. Then there was an album called Beg For M ercy which seemed to be his sophomore album and then lo and behold a THIRD album called “The P ara mount Se ssions” popped up out of nowhere. I mean, we know Adam is totes awesome but THREE albums at once seems a tad excessive. Even for him. Hmmmm. Fishy indeed.
Well, just have a squiz at the track listing for the P Sessions and compare them with the track listing for Take1. Dont even ask me why they’ve released the same boring songs yet again under yet another bizarre title. They just have. They are scum – don’t expect them to act rationally.
What is really going on then?
Adam’s sophomore album HAS NOT EVEN BEEN NAMED YET. It is NOT BEING RELEASED TILL EARLY 2012!!!
His OFFICIAL SINGLE should be out next month (November) and it’s name still hasn’t been announced (Come ON Adam. Quit leaving us in suspenders!!!). But his new single WILL NOT BE some track he recorded way back in the days before Idol. It will be a track he actually recorded THIS YEAR.
Beg For M ercy is a rogue album of old tracks, that were badly produced and sounded dated by the time Adam went on Idol. Here they’ve been regurgitated with half-assed remixes in a misguided attempt to make them sound ‘a bit more current’. The people behind it have marketed it in the same way they did in 2009. Using underhanded tactics and downright deceit to fool people into thinking it’s Adam’s official release.
Should you buy these BS fake scum-sucking bottom-feeders album releases??
Well darlings, we here at Adamdownunder abhor these tactics and everything the people behind these two rogue albums stand for. Adam’s sophomore release has been seriously undermined by their continued smoke and mirror tactics and he has stated his objection to the release of this music AT THIS CRUCIAL TIME IN HIS CAREER. They are DAMAGING Adam’s career, his branding, his official sophomore album release. In short: they suck.
DON’T BUY THESE FAKE ALBUMS!
Wait till Adam’s real single and real album come out and BUY THEM.
If you feel as pissed off about how they’re handling this as we do you can do even more. Here are some suggestions.
- Make sure you don’t link to the rogue albums in any way.
- Try not to use their real names when talking about them.
- Use abbreviations or funny alternative names like “Parasite Sessions”.
- Let people know these albums are NOT official releases and are NOT his sophomore album. Post it in your twitters, facebook etc and on forums where it’s being discussed. whois Anywhere you see it being mistakenly promoted as Adams sophomore album. Post screencaps of websites that are promoting it instead of links.
- [Thanks to “LOLS” for the suggestion] Report any BS articles etc you find to the AO site run by RCA. They have a thread specifically for reporting misrepresentations of “P Sessions” or “BFM” albums as adam’s new music or sophomore album http://www.adamofficial.com/us/node/2056595
- GO to Amazon etc and like/comment on Adam’s other official music such as FYE and the GNT DVD to push them up ahead of the fake albums.
- If you see them in a store PUT THEM BEHIND other music – choose something really boring and unlikely to get a lot of people looking through like… oh I dunno – “piano accordion music” or whatever
Hope this has helped clear things up.
UPDATE: Just a quickie – as of 21 October 2011 BFM (the album and the single) are not showing up on Amazon. I have no idea what’s happened. Can anyone enlighten us? – Bit more info. Apparently emails have been sent out by Amazon saying BFM is no longer available from the supplier.
PS On a personal note:
Personally, there’s no way in hell I would support these scum even though I would have been the first to promote and buy a legitimately produced and released PROPERLY UPDATED recently recorded version of the TCV tracks done in full and honest collaboration with the members of the band, including Adam. They have done the opposite of this and shot themselves, monte and everyone else hoping to make a killing off this album – in the FOOT.
I’ll stick with the free versions thanks – until Adam and Monte decide to re-record and update them and release them under their own terms.
PPS – Dear spammers from the fake album people. *waves at you* Hey! How they hanging?? Look – srsly guys. Just give it up would you. It’s getting ridiculous now. You might be able to pull that crap with some lazy media outlets but most fan sites have your number now (and your ISP and all sorts of other info on you) so it aint gonna work here. Note in particular, comments linking to the fake album website/amazon listing etc will NOT be posted. Did you not actually READ what I wrote up there??? *rolls eyes*