Adam Lambert is leaving record label RCA over creative differences regarding the direction of his next album. In a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, Lambert explained that he decided to make the break after being asked by the label to record an album of covers.
"The label is 'pushing for an (Eighties) covers album,' and feels that this is the only kind of release they are prepared to support," the American Idol Season Eight finalist said in the letter. "While there are lots of great songs from that decade, my heart is simply not in doing a covers album."
Lambert went on to praise RCA, who released his 2009 debut album, For Your Entertainment, as well as 2012's Trespassing, a live collection and several EPs. "Over the past four years, I have been truly fortunate to work with an amazing roster of producers, writers and engineers," he said. "Thanks to them, I have grown as both a songwriter and a vocalist. Artistically and professionally, I think it is essential that I continue with this evolution."
In contrast to the covers idea, Lambert said that he is "already deep into" writing new material for his next album. "I can't tell you how excited I am to share this new sound and direction," he wrote. "This music is where my heart is, and I believe that is what my fans want to hear. So after careful consideration, I have made the decision to respectfully part ways with RCA."
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This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Adam Lambert Leaves RCA Over 'Creative Differences'