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Adam Lambert Chats About Madonna, Gay Culture And His New Album

Posted on Mon Nov 7, 2011 02:15 PM PDT

Adam-Lambert-out.jpgOut Magazine/Gavin Bond

Adam Lambert is honored in Out magazine’s Out 100, and the American Idol alum slathered on the makeup to re-enact a pose as Elvis Presley from Andy Warhol's iconic print. Loves it!

Adam reveals that Madonna and Michael Jackson were his biggest artistic influences growing up, telling the mag, "They were king and queen. And they both wore just as much makeup and were fabulous in their outfits and had music videos that were theatrical and cinematic, and that’s kind of the type of artist I see myself as—one that wants to create from the ground up, not only an amazing song, but on with a beat and a story and a look and a theme."

So what about his own music? "I want to make the kind of music I would listen to if I were out in a club," he says. Adam is putting the finishing touches on his second album, and it seems like he had far more control over this record than his first. "This is definitely the album that I want to make," he says.

Click thru to see what Adam had to say about being gay in Hollywood!

Not surprisingly, Adam also weighs in on his personal life and what it means for his public image. "I think the hardest thing about being a gay celebrity is that we’re in the middle of a social rights movement and it’s a very hot topic, so we’re at a very pivotal time," he tells the mag. "Coming out was great, but there are certain issues that always surprise me and I think, Why is this an issue? I live and I’ve grown up in a space that is very accepting and open-minded; I surround myself socially with people that are artists and very bohemian and I forget sometimes that, OK, we’re dealing with mainstream culture now, which does not have the same mentality as I do."




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