When you're as over-the-top as [artist id="3188063"]Adam Lambert[/artist] is, your album cover is just as important as the music you're recording. So when a pic taken behind the scenes of his album photo shoot leaked over the summer, the glam rocker was disappointed, particularly because the photo — showing the singer in a rubber-and-sequins getup — instantly became a target for snarky gossip sites.
"It's funny, because when you take something like that out of context, it kind of looks silly, like the Michelin Man," Lambert told MTV News. "But in context, in the set that we had, which you didn't see in the leaked photo ... it works."
Lambert confirmed that the much-blogged-about Michelin Man outfit is, in fact, one of the looks fans will see in Lambert's CD artwork and said it definitely fits in with the bigger picture of what he's going for. "[The look] was supposed to be kind of high-fashion, avant-garde 'space,' and I think it works really well, actually."
To the makeup artist who leaked the photo (along with sneak peeks of Lambert's fashion-forward eye accessories and a spiky leather jacket), Lambert sarcastically quipped, "Thanks a lot for leaking it."
While the "Idol" runner-up told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that he has an album-cover photo selected, Lambert told us it's still too early for him to pick a first single, the next big step in promoting his album. "It's a very last-minute process. I'm still recording tracks this week. So once everything's mixed, we're gonna sit down next week and kind of listen to everything and pick our favorite," Lambert said. (On Tuesday night, the rocker tweeted that he was working with Daughtry producer Howard Benson.)
When asked if the single will be "Strut," a Kara DioGuardi-penned tune mentioned in a Rolling Stone blurb, Lambert laughed. "It's a wonderful Internet rumor. It's definitely one of my favorite songs on the album, and it will be on the album, but I don't know what the single's gonna be yet."
Adam Lambert's "space, pop, rock, glam alien invasion" (also known as his still-untitled major-label debut) will land on planet Earth on November 24.
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