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Adam Lambert settles with former label

By | Published on Tuesday 6 March 2012

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert has settled a previously reported legal squabble with his pre-Idol record label Colwel Platinum Entertainment.

As previously reported, the company sued the former ‘American Idol’ loser last November, claiming he breached earlier contracts with it by signing to Sony’s RCA label after appearing on the telly talent show. The label went legal after reps for Lambert tried to have early work from the singer, dating from 2007 and 2008 and released by CPE, taken off Amazon. But last week Colwel announced that it had reached a settlement with the singer, who, the company said, had assured it he would not try to block the future distribution of the Lambert record it released, called ‘Beg For Mercy’. With that in mind the lawsuit against the singer has been dismissed.

CPE said in a statement: “The Colwel Platinum Entertainment lawsuit against Adam Lambert has been resolved. Adam has withdrawn any objections to the release of ‘Beg For Mercy’ and he has approved the use of his songs and performances in these pre-Idol recordings, which are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”.

When CPE’s lawsuit was first filed, it was suggested that Lambert just taking part in ‘Idol’ put him in breach of their contract, and that that would in turn breach the TV show’s own rules, but reps for the company now say that they never made that allegation as part of their litigation. Clarifying that point, CPE said: “[We never] stated that Adam was not eligible to participate in ‘American Idol’ when he did so and regret that the lawsuit’s allegations were misinterpreted”.

So that’s a relief, now Adam can do his best Freddie Mercury impression in front of a crowd of metal heads without having to worry that his time on ‘American Idol’ will be tarnished in their minds in any way.