In a bit of a surprising announcement considering the timing of events, it looks as though Adam Lambert has split with 19 Entertainment after being represented by Simon Fuller’s management firm for just over two years.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lambert has left 19 (which is the standard group that all “American Idol” superstars are signed to after the show) in order to join Direct Management Group — a firm that includes such clients as Katy Perry and K.D. Lang. (The group also previously worked with Miranda Cosgrove.)
As for why the timing here is a bit shocking, this news comes on the heels of Adam’s VH1 “Behind the Music” special Sunday night, and a short time before he is scheduled to unleash new music upon the world. For those curious, 19 will still receive royalties for all of their work with Adam to date, including debut album “For Your Entertainment” and some of his merchandise. As for whether or not 19 will be tied to the new album in any way, that is still to be seen — but it should not impact his record contract with RCA in any noticeable way.
Adam is certainly not the first “Idol” alum to leave 19 after a period of time — some other former contestants to branch out on their own include Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, and Chris Daughtry (who left when his manager left the company to start his own firm).
What is your response to this move, or do you care so long as he makes great music?