Lambert was the perfect fit. Nine years later, Lambert would have to do it again. Only this time it was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, shortly after American Idol wrapped. It worked. Shortly after the show finished, he signed a contract with RCA in the States, released a warmly received debut album and, three years later, topped the Billboard with its follow-up, Trespassing. In fact, only Smith has managed to have an enviable US chart presence as a gay solo pop star since.
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Almost thirty years after Freddie Mercury died, Lambert faced some of the same prejudice and attacks. Just when he was on the cusp of his first solo success following American Idol, the singer horrified much of America with one outrageous performance and there were fears his career was over before it had really begun. Queen legend Brian May sadly admits that while times have changed, "There is still prejudice, there are still abuses that go on. In , after finishing runner-up on American Idol Lambert did major interviews on TV and in print confirming his sexuality.
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Lambert explained to fans that the reason his new music has been delayed is because of artistic differences with music executives. My self worth was suffering, I was lonely, and becoming depressed. Lambert told fans that working on the song and his upcoming album has helped him to feel better. I wanted to give a gift to you to kick off this new era before I drop my first official single. FeelSomething pic.
Or did he? While many blamed homophobia for his runner-up showing, Lambert took his fame and ran with it, helping to promote LGBTQ tolerance to middle America, which paved the way for future openly gay artists such as Troye Sivan. Talk to me about being an openly gay artist in versus When I first came on the scene almost everybody that I encountered in the music business was very supportive of me personally, but they were all a bit nervous about how it could work publicly. Is it safe to assume that these days, you no longer experience any homophobia in the music industry?