You already knew Adam Lambert was going to release his second major-label album, Trespassing, next month. But did you know that it is one of two CDs the former "American Idol" runner-up will be dropping this year?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the second release, Beg For Mercy, is not necessarily one that Lambert wants out in the world, but it will see the light of day thanks to the settling of a lawsuit.
Colwel Platinum Entertainment had sued Lambert over claims that the singer had interfered with its attempts to release Mercy, which was recorded before Lambert rose to stardom as the runner-up in the eighth season of "Idol." The two sides reportedly came to terms with each other and the lawsuit was dismissed less than four months after Colwel accused the singer of allegedly making a false claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and sending a take-down notice to Amazon.com after Colwel had the album on the site.
The company claimed that it owned a 50 percent share of the publishing in the recordings and That, according to its contract with Lambert, it had the right to promote and sell his music. Now, Colwel has dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice and gotten assurance from Lambert that he won't stand in the way of Mercy's release.
Both sides also made it clear that Lambert's deal with Colwel never, as rumored, made him ineligible for "Idol," though Colwel's original complaint in the case mentioned that it might have.
"The Colwel Platinum Entertainment lawsuit against Adam Lambert has been resolved," read a statement from the company to the Reporter. "Adam has withdrawn any objections to the release of 'Beg for Mercy' and he has approved the use of his songs and performances in these pre-'Idol' recordings which are interpretations of his artistic vision at the time. Neither Colwel Platinum Entertainment, Inc. nor Malcolm Welsford ever stated that Adam was not eligible to participate in American Idol when he did so and regret that the lawsuit's allegations were misinterpreted."
At press time, Lambert, who will be performing several shows this summer as the lead singer of iconic rock band Queen, had not commented publicly on the matter. The first single from Trespassing, "Better Than I Know Myself," was released in December.