Work it, Adam Lambert!
The singer just released the Hype Williams- directed video for his infectious new single, "Ghost Town," and in it, he mixes dancing, darkness and a whole lot of fashion.
"The inspiration was more like a fashion film," Adam told us via phone. "The styling was something that I talked to Hype about in depth, like I had a lot of photographs and stuff... it was really fun because I got to get in there obviously with my own wardrobe and bring a lot of my pieces in, and then even when we were styling the dancers and the models, I got to sit there with them and help style."
The former "American Idol" singer was inspired by "retro Hollywood" icons. "I'm talking about James Dean and Elvis and some of this retro Hollywood imagery," he said. "One of the other photos I gave him was Clint Eastwood as 'Dirty Harry.'" He was also inspired by Yves Saint Laurent's men's fashion.
"We threw it all in a blender creatively and just pressed 'whip' and made a big old smoothie out of it all," he said. "And I loved what we came up with."
Adam certainly had a blast on set as well, since the dancers and models in the video are all personal friends. That helped bring some extra fun to the shoot; especially since the song, which is the first single off his upcoming album The Original High (June 16), is "a bit darker."
"The energy on set was like a house party. It was so relaxed and upbeat a lot of laughs, which is funny because the tone of the video, the lyrics are a bit darker," he said. "It's a nice balance on set not to keep things too heavy, and I think that's kind of the secret to the song, because it's dealing with some sadness, but it's also an upbeat dance track and in a way, the beat and the dancing help pull you out of the sadness."
And it seems Hype certainly pulled Adam a bit out of his comfort zone during this video shoot. Adam said that the famed director got the camera "right up in his face."
"I don't think I've ever been in more of an extreme close-up in my entire life so you, the viewer, get to be right up in my face and see what I'm going through," Adam said. "It was a little scary. I don't think I've ever felt that vulnerable on camera before."