Adam Lambert is in the spotlight again, and not in a good way. The American Idol alum has come under attack by Colwel Platinum Entertainment, which claims he was under contract at the time of his Idol audition in 2008, a violation of audition rules. The lawsuit alleges that Adam had an operating deal at the time with Welsford Music Productions, a division of Colwel Platinum Entertainment.[LP1]
According to Billboard, the complaint reads: "Upon further information and belief, the rules governing appearances on and participation in American Idol when Lambert was a contestant provided, among other things, that contestants were ineligible if 'as of the date of [the] audition, [they had]...a music recording contract...or any other contractual arrangement that would prohibit [them] from entering into a...recording contract..." A violation of this provision was grounds for disqualification."
The complaint was filed after Colwel Platinum Entertainment began marketing a mysterious new Adam Lambert album titled Beg For Mercy, containing songs co-written by Madonna’s guitarist Monte Pittman and Lambert, before he rose to fame on American Idol. The album appeared for sale on Amazon, and Lambert’s reps responded with a takedown notice on October 16. According to Billboard, the album was removed for sale, however Wetpaint Entertainment found the album still available for pre-order on Amazon, to be released on November 21.
Since Lambert didn’t own the rights to these recordings, they were released without his consent, and he took to his Twitter on [date] to voice his concern about the album: “It is NOT what I'm currently working on, nor does it reflect my artistic vision.”