During season 8 of "American Idol," Adam Lambert became known for blurring boundaries, mixing elements of pop, '70s glam rock, metal, musical theater and more into his live performances. It's just that capacity to take risks that he so admires in [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist], whose "This Is It" documentary hits theaters on October 28.
"[H]is music so groundbreaking because he really brought a lot of rock into [it]," Lambert, who grew up listening to MJ and watching his videos, told MTV News. "He had initially set himself up with this R&B presence and he brought so much rock into it and I think it was really groundbreaking how he fused all those different styles together in a pop format. I'm very inspired by that musically."
With "Idol" behind him and his debut album coming soon, the 27-year-old singer released a fiery music video for the power ballad "Time For Miracles" on Wednesday (October 21). When we chatted with him earlier, Lambert not only praised MJ's music but also his iconic music videos.
"Visually, his videos were, like, you could not compete with Michael Jackson," Lambert said with a smile. "He was the one. He just took a lot of chances and really went full into his thematic choices and I'm inspired by that as well."
The singer professed to be looking forward to the premiere of "This Is It" for more than one reason: it will also mark a premiere for his career as well. "Time For Miracles" appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming big-budget disaster flick, "2012," and the trailer will run before Jackson's doc.
"That will be like a double-whammy for me that night, seeing what was left of his legacy and myself to do a little pre-show action," he said. "It'll be really cool."
Don't miss "Michael Jackson's This Is It" Premiere Special, airing on MTV and VH1 on Tuesday, October 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET! "Michael Jackson's This Is It" opens in a limited engagement on October 27 and wide on October 28.
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