After unveiling his debut-album cover earlier this week — which depicts a look he called "deliberately campy" —
"I am so excited, I popped right out of bed," he said. "Turn it up really loud, guys! I know it's really early, but turn it up!" Seacrest then hit play. "For Your Entertainment" is a synth-heavy pop club tune or, as Lambert put it, "dance music with a glam rock shuffle beat." There are echoes of Lady Gaga, countless '80s tunes and, during the chorus, "Fame." He doesn't show off his vocal range until the end, when he unleashes some of his signature yells.
The single was produced by Dr. Luke, who has worked with Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Daughtry and Mos Def, and written with Claude Kelly, whose credits include collaborations with Spears, Clarkson and Miley Cyrus.
The album, also titled For Your Entertainment, is due November 23. According to Lambert, the disc will feature some songs with an "electro pop feel" and others that combine "guitar, live drums, a real rock sound." He added, "It's fun to create an eclectic collection."
Writers on the album include Pink and Max Martin, who wrote a tune called "What Do You Want From Me?"; Muse, who wrote a song called "Soaked"; and Justin Hawkins (formerly the lead singer and guitarist of the Darkness), who contributed "Music Again." Lambert himself wrote or co-wrote four songs: "Strut," "Aftermath," "Broken Open" and "Down the Rabbit Hole," which will be an iTunes bonus track. While Lady Gaga did write a song for Lambert, she did not contribute vocals. "Hope you're gonna wanna blast it while you're gettin ready for Halloween!! Then at the club!!!" Lambert tweeted just before playing "For Your Entertainment" on Seacrest's show.
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