Lambert made an immediate impact on 'American Idol' and made headlines after confirming that he was gay but he finished up as runner-up in the final show after performing with rock band Kiss. Later the same year he released his debut solo album 'For Your Entertainment' featuring collaborations with Lady Gaga, Linda Perry and Pink. It went straight to number three in the US Albums Chart and he recorded another track 'Time for Miracles' on the soundtrack of the disaster movie '2012'. His risqué TV appearances involving sexual innuendo with other men caused a storm of protest but he argued that he was promoting freedom of expression and his popularity remained intact. In 2010 he released EP 'Acoustic Live' and started work on a new album. In 2012 he released his second studio album 'Trespassing' which achieved number one on the Billboard 200.
During his time on 'American Idol' Lambert performed Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'; the band joined him on stage for a repeat of the performance in the final. His relationship with the band grew over time and they decided to take him on as their touring lead singer. Since 2012 Lambert has toured with Queen, under the name Queen + Adam Lambert. He has also maintained his solo work output, releasing his third studio album in 2015 titled 'The Original High' charting at number three on the Billboard 200. Queen + Adam Lambert embarked on a world tour in 2017 with television performances including 'The Late Late Show With James Cordon' and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'. Lambert appeared as a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and teamed up with Melissa Etheridge for a performance at the GLAAD Media Awards.
In 2019 Lambert lent his voice to the character of Emperor Maximus in the animated film 'Playmobil: The Movie'. He released solo single 'Feel Something' and announced a 23-date North America tour with Queen. They became the first rock band to open the Academy Awards show in February 2019 and followed this landmark performance with the documentary 'The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story'. Lambert's fourth solo album 'Velvet' was released in 2019, preceded by the singles 'New Eyes' and 'Comin' in Hot'.
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